East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2015)

We’ve put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. There’s still lots of time to register for most of these, you can use Activity Hero EasyEnroll to register for dozens of camps near Oakland/Berkeley that have openings.

East Bay Summer Camp Guide

STEM | Art, Design + Cooking | Classic | Music, Dance + Performing Arts| Language + Culture  | Eco + Outdoor skills | Sports | Overnight camps

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps

Biology, academics, engineering, coding, and more

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Galileo Innovation Camps (Alameda, Oakland, El Cerrito, other Bay Area locations)
Drawing from processes developed by the Stanford d.school, these imagination-sparking programs are for kids from pre-K through 8th grade: Camp Galileo (pre-K – 5th graders), Galileo Summer Quest (5th – 8th graders), The Tech Summer Camps (4th – 8th graders). Budding innovators spend time doing art, science, and outdoor activities. Over 25 Bay Area locations.
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Hours: Mon–Fri, 9am–3pm. Extended care from 8am – 6pm.
Price: $399/week for core program; Discounts for multiple-weeks or signing up early. Save $30 with code 2015510FAMILIES when you register for Galileo innovation camps (some restrictions apply).

Alexa Cafe Summer Camp

Alexa Café (Mills College, Oakland)
All-girls summer program for ages 10-15, offering creative courses in coding, web design, and more. Campers learn code, design, film, and engineering atop beanbags and around café tables. Collaboration takes place in small, close-knit clusters alongside tech-savvy mentors in 8:1 ratio.
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Hours: Mon–Fri, 8am–6pm. Overnight camp adds $549 and includes meals.
Price: $949/week; Discounts for multiple-weeks or referrals.

DS_3-1486x60_staticDestination Science (El Cerrito, Glenview, Piedmont)
Science day camp for curious kids age 5 to 11. Campers rock out with the science of sound; build and battle their own dino-robot; launch rockets; so much more. Each day is filled with fun, hands-on science activities with projects to bring home.
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Hours: 8am – 3:30, before care and after care available
Price: $369 a week with early bird discounts available

“This is the best camp that my son has attended ever! The program is interesting and well planned – no down time for kids to wonder what to do next. It is stimulating, educational, and, best of all, FUN! My son LOVES to go to camp every day.” ~ Karen Phelan – Berkeley

Tech Know How Summer Camp

TechKnowHow LEGO & Technology (Berkeley, Alameda, Oakland and other Bay Area locations)
Teacher-led instruction followed by hands-on learning build camper’s confidence in problem solving. TechKnowHow Summer Camp classes include LEGO projects with motors, K’NEX, EV3 & NXT Robotics, Arduino, iPad Movie Making and Game Design, and each class features high-interest, age-appropriate projects which teach technology and science skills based on the S.T.E.M. curriculum for children ages 5 to 16.
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Hours: Half Day (9am to noon or 12:30 to 3:30) or Full (9am – 3:30) with extended care 8:30 to 5pm.
Price: $395 to $495/week for full day; Discounts for multiple-weeks and for early registration.

Sarah's Science Camp

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 over age 5. CIT program begins at age 11.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, plus before care and after care
Price: $380/week or $90/day with 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). They come home happy, full of new knowledge, dirty and tired!” ~ Mom of 7 & 10 year-old campers.

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Camp Edmo (Alameda, Oakland)
Makers, Arts & Science, Tech & Nature programs for pre-K through 4th grade with 10 unique weekly themes. Each week’s themes are designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences and Children’s Creativity Museum. Every week includes Costume Day, Wacky Wednesday, Family Friday and The Vibe Game.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, before care and after care available
Price: $379/week depending on location (First-time campers save $50 with code FIRST51015). Significant discounts for multiple week enrollment.

“We said it last year and we’ll say it again, Camp Edmo is a great experience for both children and parents; Camp Edmo is a place where they THRIVE. Thank you for the thought and energy you put into making my kid happy and fostering a love of learning and connecting with other people.” ~ Nicole M., 3rd Grade Oakland Parent


Camp EdTech (Alameda, Oakland)
Digital Media Art camp for entering 5th – 8th graders who will create, direct, edit & star in their own short films and animations, develop 2-D and 3-D Video Games or express their unique perspective of the world in a digital photography program.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, extended day available
Price: $479/week depending on location (First-time campers save $50 with code FIRST51015). Significant discounts for multiple week enrollment.

“Spending summer at camps like Edmo/EdTech has helped my son to be a critical thinker. He asks ‘why’ and has learned how to reason and figure out concepts on a deeper level. 4th grade was a heavy Math and Social Studies year, so I think it’s been timely for him and his development.” ~ Donna C., 5th Grade Alameda Parent

Oakland Zoo Summer Camp

Oakland ZooCamp (Oakland Zoo)
Expect an exciting week of outdoor nature discovery, animal adventures, and fun! Summer Camp activities include zoo tours, interactive stories, puppet play, games, craft projects, science activities and of course, animals up close. Oakland Zoo takes great pride in creating age-appropriate programs for campers in PreK – High School.
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Hours: Full-day programs 9am – 4pm. Half day also available.
Price: $326/week for non-members. Discounts available to members.

iD Tech Camp

iD Tech Camps (Berkeley, Oakland, Moraga)
Campers age 7-17 go deep into coding and technology through weeklong, day and overnight programs held at area college campuses. Campers learn code, game design, app development, robotics, web design, film, photography, and more in a fun camp setting. Only 8 students per instructor.
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Hours: Weeklong, day (full and extended) and overnight.
Price: Varies by course and location. Programs start at $879/week.

Quantum Camp

QuantumCamp (Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland)
QuantumCamp offers exciting, hands-on, discovery-based math and science camps exploring the fundamental concepts of both subjects for 1st through 9th graders. In addition to academics, campers take breaks for games, teacher-led science demos, joke telling time, free play, and lunch.
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Hours: 9am – 4pm, plus after care until 5:30
Price: $499 a week with significant earlybird discount available

“THANK YOU for all your work in building such a safe, amazing place for kids to learn and be themselves…”

SPCA animal camp

East Bay SPCA (Oakland, Dublin)
Through hands-on lessons, interactions with a variety of animals and fun animal-themed activities (beekeeper, dog trainer!) children entering grades 1 through 8 will spend a week doing everything animal at the adoption center. Purr-fect experience before you add a furry friend to the family.
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“Our daughter absolutely LOVED the summer animal camp. And we felt so good about sending her to a camp like this especially knowing that the proceeds would go to such a good cause. The animals are amazing, the humans are amazing, and the camp is amazing.” ~ Nicholas W. Castro Valley

Play-Well Teknologies

Play-Well Engineering using LEGO (Albany, Piedmont, Alameda, Fremont & other locations)
Play-Well TEKnologies teaches kids ages 5-13 the concepts of engineering, physics, architecture and robotics through building with LEGO. Learn about fundamental STEM principles in both core (i.e. Pre-Engineering, Engineering FUNdamentals) and themed (i.e. Jedi Engineering, Mine Craft Build, Mindstorms Robotics) camps.
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Hours: Half-day camps, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (some locations have full-day camps)
Price: Half-day camps start at $175/week (varies by location & curriculum)

“What made the program more than ‘just LEGO?’ The instructors were so well-schooled in engineering, vehicle anatomy (axles, bushings, all kinds of gears, pins, etc), and even a little physics. They brought battery packs, remote control devices, and tons of sophisticated LEGO parts I never knew existed.” ~ Judy R.

VisionTech VTE Camps

VisionTech VTE Camps (Danville, Lafayette, and more)
VisionTech offers cutting-edge technology summer camps and after school programs for children ages 7-17. Themes this summer: LEGO EV3 Robotics, Video Game Design, Engineering and 3D printing, Minecraft, JAVA and Python programming camps that motivate and prepare students for careers in STEM fields.
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Hours: 9am-4pm (aftercare available)
Price: $799/week

“Your ‘Minecraft Modding with Forge’ class last week was fantastic. Miles is definitely coming back to VisionTech to learn more next summer. I especially want to thank owner/director, Anita, for her infinite passion, help, and attention she shows towards each student, and parent.”~ Susie


Castro Valley Educational Foundation (Castro Valley)
Math prep classes and other enrichment classes for high school students prevent “summer slide” and offer a solid foundation for success in the next school year. The classes feature a small sizes and boast faculty from the award winning Castro Valley school district. All class materials are provided.
BART accessible!
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Hours:1-3 pm
Price: $450

ATDP, Academic Talent Development Program (Richmond, Berkeley)
Elementary and middle school scholars take three-week sessions of activity-based academic enrichment like Math-MAGIC or Greek Myths. Each course focuses on one specific subject, allowing students to gain deep knowledge while having fun. Camp is offered as a single three-week block where courses are half-day and not on Wednesdays. Cal Sports and additional “explorations” make camp feasible for working families. Application involves essay, recommendations, and scores.
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Application Deadline: Returning elementary applicants by 3/11; new apps by 3/25. Different schedule for secondary school.
Hours: Morning classes are from 8:30 AM to noon, and pm classes are from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. Each class meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Price: $650-$700 covers one session; discounts for siblings. Financial aid available by application.

Junior Center’s Art & Science Camp (Oakland)
The Junior Center of Art and Science offers a variety of art (painting and printmaking), science (electricity and fizz BOOM), and carpentry classes. Ages 5 to 17.
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Hours: 9am noon and 1pm to 4pm. Extended care and supervised lunch available.
Price: $230 for a week of half-day sessions.

Lawrence Hall of Science Camp (LHS, Berkeley)
For kids ages 4 up through high school, LHS offers half-day camps on fun topics such as building, oceanography, dinosaurs, game design, and potions.
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Hours: Half day from 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm. Full-day camps available by combining two sessions and adding supervised lunch. Extended care until 5pm.
Price: $510 per week of full-day ($255 for half-day week); discounts for members or multiple weeks. Need-based scholarships available by application.

SEEK, Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (MLK Elementary, Oakland)
3rd through 5th graders work in student teams designing and building machines using engineering principles. Sponsored by the NSBE (National Society for Black Engineers) to build STEM skills.
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Application Deadline: New students registration February 3, 2015 at 10am EST until all spaces are filled.
Dates: June 22nd- July 10th, must be able to attend the entire session
Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm
Price: FREE for 3-week session

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Art, Design, and Cooking

Hands-on arts, crafts, tinkering, clay, paint, and making food


CAMP 510 (Oakland)
From the producers of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, comes an engaging, hands-on summer day camp for curious and creative kids ages 6-14. CAMPers will explore studio arts, tinkering, sewing, building, cooking, movement, music, welding, leather-working, river-building, mini-golf course designing, and more. Projects are led by professional artists, makers, performers, gardeners, teachers and chefs in the spirit of D-I-T (do it together).
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Hours: 9-3 with am/pm extended day options
Price: $370-$425/week for 6-10 year-olds; $440-$460 per week for 11-14 year-olds; early bird discounts available

Camp 510 is *the best* camp I can imagine. My 6-year-old had an amazing summer full of rich adventures. She attended every week and loved every minute of it. She’s already talking about how she can’t wait to go next summer! ~ Alisa B. on Yelp

4Cats Arts Studio Summer Camps

4Cats Arts Studio Summer Camps (Kensington)
4cats is a professional art studio for artists ages 2-15. Clay, potter’s wheel, painting, papier mâché & more are just some of the things we might explore! Campers create lots of cool stuff using professional art materials.
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Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 4:30pm, 2 camps running each day in the AM & PM; Extended morning and afternoon options available.
Price: Basic program ($195/Mon-Thurs) is half-day, but if you’re looking for an all day camp, you can enroll your child in both the AM & PM camps at a discounted rate. Please contact the studio for pricing details.

Our daughter has attended summer camp, classes and had her birthdays at 4Cats class in Kensington. She looks forward to every session and comes home with stories about artists and she talks with excitement about the projects she is making. We would highly recommend 4Cats to all the budding artists out there. Rachel from Berkeley

Crucible summer camp

Crucible (Oakland)
The Crucible offers hands-on creative fun in blacksmithing, ceramics, welding, glass blowing, robots & kinetics, wood carving, and much more. Make art while learning real-world skills! Camps offered for ages 8 to 17 but not all disciplines offered to all ages.
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Hours: 9 am – 4 pm; aftercare available until 6pm
Price: From $525/week; prices vary by material

“The Crucible is a great creative, educational, inspiring environment for a teen.” ~ Chela R.

Brushstrokes Studio Summer Camp

Brushstrokes (Berkeley)
Set in a paint-your-own pottery studio, this art camp offers kids a chance to explore all sorts of materials in order to express their own visions and stories. Expect access to lots of clay and paint in addition to canvas, ink, and more. For kids 4-11. Afternoon program for teens and tweens.
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Hours: 9 am – 1 pm for 4-11 year olds
Price: $335/week for half-day camp; $365/week includes camp until 3pm

Richmond Art Center Day Camp

Richmond Art Center Camp (Richmond)
Campers, ages 6 to 13, will use their imaginations in the Richmond Art Center’s summer art camps with hands-on activities ranging from painting, drawing, clay, weaving and collage. Expect small classes with professional artist-instructors and a nurturing environment. Teen camps, ages 12+, feature metals, jewelry, screen-printing, and glass work.
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Hours: Morning is 10am-1pm; Afternoon is 1:30pm-4pm; supervised lunch available
Price: $324-$385 for 3 week-sessions of kids camp; teen camp is priced differently.

Cooking Round the World

Cooking Round the World (Oakland and other East Bay locations)
Campers age 6 to 13 learn about the flavors and cultures around the world with occasional foodie field trips. Cooking Round the World Summer Camps combine hands-on cooking instruction with cultural education to provide a fun and engaging experience. From soups to entrees and desserts, children will learn culinary skills alongside international games and language acquisition.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm or 9am to 1pm
Price: $400 full day; $250 half day, $10/day for before-care

Sticky Art Day Camp

Sticky Art Camp (Berkeley)
Sticky Art Camp offers a mix of structured design and build time, free-play tinkering with exciting reuse materials, outdoor and leisure time in a fun urban studio..
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, plus after care 4 to 5:30 pm for $10/day
Price: $320/week or $70 daily

Westside art camp

Westside Studio (Berkeley)
Westside camp creates a unique setting for a multi-aged group of young artists to spend warm summer days exploring new ways to paint, draw, make prints, sew, sculpt, and collaborate.
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Hours: 9 to 3 with extended care until 5pm.
Price: $395/week includes all supplies, snacks and trip fees. $100 per week for aftercare until 5 pm or $12 per hour for drop-in.

Jen Burke is one of the most gifted art teachers around. My daughter has gone to her camps for 5 years and spends a big chunk of her summer at Jen’s Westside Studio. For someone whose life is art, I couldn’t recommend her camps enough!~ Terri Friedman professor at CCA

Kalen Meyer Art Camp

Kalen Meyer Art Camp (Berkeley)
Eight individual weeks of exploring art subjects such as book making, printmaking, photography, fabric arts, clay making and more! Projects vary all summer; every week we work on new assignments. Camp classes are small, limited to 18 students, with a 6 to 1 student teacher ratio. For ages 6 to 12.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm
Price: $335/week includes all materials.

“It’s amazing what the kids produce in just one week! Not only do the kids love making the art, but their summer projects decorate the walls of our home and impress our guests.” ~ Mother of 2 boy campers

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Monart Camp (Berkeley)
Weekly art camps are offered based on a single artistic theme; topics include watercolor, human form drawing, 3D shading, manga, and more! Check the website to find out whether your desired camp is for ages 6+ or 9+.
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Hours: 9am to noon
Price: $185/week includes all materials.

“What sets Monart apart from other art education programs is that our classes seamlessly integrate relevant, age-appropriate academic curriculum in inviting and interesting ways. “

COOK! Culinary Camp (Emeryville)
Morning program builds to a balanced lunch each day where all students cook and clean. Campers will learn knife skills and knife safety, basic cooking techniques set in commercial kitchen with ample workspace and ovens. Weekly themes include Italian, French, Vegetarian, and Desserts. The last day of class includes a meal celebration for parents. For kids 9-16.
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Hours: 9 am – 2 pm for basic program
Price: $540/week

Dancing Paintbrush Studio (Berkeley)
Children ages 5-17 will be exposed to a variety of materials and techniques to nurture artistic development. This small camp (15-20 kids per session) provides lessons on color theory, introduces famous artists in history, takes field trips, and hosts special guests to spark the creative process.
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Hours: 9am-3pm (Before and after care are available from 8am-6pm for an additional fee).
Price: $375/week with all fine art materials included, discounts for bringing a friend along

Kids ‘N Clay (Berkeley)
Campers age 7+ can explore their creativity while learning the art of ceramics.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm
Price: $385/week

Kala Art Institute (Berkeley)
Campers age 6-17 have the opportunity to explore a new medium, learn how to think visually, or simply have fun being creative. Camp Kala includes hands-on art making, gallery tours, and outdoor activities based in West Berkeley. Programs are divided up by age to allow teens to pursue more challenging media.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm
Price: $375/week with some discounts available (Tell ’em 510families sent ya!)

Camp Reel Stories, Media camp for teens (Oakland School for The Arts) Camp Reel Stories is a one week summer camp designed to give 13-18 year old women the skills to empower them to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field. Working in small, collaborative groups and utilizing accessible technologies, the campers will be encouraged to actively participate in creating their own short film from leaders in the film industry!
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Dates: June 16-21; July 14-19
Hours: 9 to 5:30
Price: $475/week Financial Aid Available

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Classic Day Camps

Body moving, outside, running around, old-fashioned fun (formerly called “general”)

Sarahs Science outdoor day camp
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 over age 5. CIT program begins at age 11.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, plus before care and after care
Price: $380/week or $90/day with 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). They come home happy, full of new knowledge, dirty and tired!” ~ Mom of 7 & 10 year-old campers.

We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym Camp

We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym (S. Berkeley)
For ages 3 to 12, We Rock the Spectrum – Berkeley Summer Camp offers 1 to 4 ratio, fun structured indoor play, arts & crafts, dance, fitness, music. Parents to provide snacks, lunch & drinks plus change of clothes. For kids older than 8, we suggest you bring a friend. Call to reserve your spot: (510) 845-9787.
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Hours: 9am – 2pm, plus after care available until 5pm
Price: $59/day and $12/hour for extended care hours

Roughing it day camp

Roughing It (Lafayette Reservoir, free pickup from many {510} locations)
Roughing It Day Camp is an all-outdoor summer day camp for children age 4-16. Activities include instruction in horseback riding, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, overnight camp outs and more! Free transportation from many convenient Bay Area locations.
Hours: 8am-4pm including transportation to and from camp; free extended care available
Price: Prices vary, see dates and rates. Discounts for early birds, siblings, and friend referrals.

“I believe there’s a lot to be said for a camp that celebrates kids being kids, under the watchful eye of people who have been doing this for years” ~ Damon M., Camper ParentSt Pauls Day Camp
St. Paul’s Day Camp (Oakland)
St. Paul’s Summer Camp, located just a few steps away from Lake Merritt in Oakland, hosts a variety of thematic one-week camps such as Art, Basketball, Fun In the Sun, and Medley camps (lots of fun stuff in one busy day). Two academic camps offered for students entering kindergarten and sixth grade. Programs offered for grades K through 6.
Hours: 9am – 3pm for the core program; extended care available 7:30 – 6pm 9:00am–3:00pm.
Price: $350 – $375/week; $40/wk for before-care; $120/wk for after-care. Discount for siblings or Mention 510families to receive 15% off by March 15 (cannot combine discounts).

Aurora Summer Camp in Oakland

Aurora Day Camp (Oakland)
Open to campers entering grades K through 6. Small groups rotate through woodshop, coding, cooking, gardening, arts & crafts, and sports & games each day of a week-long session. Aurora’s experienced staff and small groups give our campers lots of individual attention for an extra fun summer. All of our camps are open to both Aurora and non-Aurora students. Full and Half Day options available.
Hours: Full day is 9am-3pm; half day until 1pm, with extended day options from 8am to 6pm
Price: $369 for full day and $225 for half day. Early bird discounts before April 1.

Gan Israel Camp

Camp Gan Israel (Berkeley)
Gan Israel offers a fun-filled and enriching camp for kids of all Jewish backgrounds and affiliations with swim lessons, sports, fishing, drama, ceramics, field trips, & cooking. Older campers can do a river rafting overnight on the American River or a Santa Cruz overnight including kayaking and the Boardwalk. Transportation provided from North Berkeley BART. Ages 4 to 11. CIT program for ages 12-14.
Hours: 9am – 3:30pm for the core program; extended care available
Price: $300/week or $850/3 week session

Girls on the Go Camp

Girls on the Go! (Berkeley, Oakland)
Girls ages 9 to 13 explore the Bay Area in a series of fun field trips (e.g. mini-golfing, ice-skating, ferry rides, movies, and baseball games) and workshops led by women leaders (e.g. cooking, lip balm making, needle felting, henna, and dance). Travel via public transportation empowers the girls to gain more independence in a safe way. Staff co-creates fun, supportive community so girls feel connected. (See also Monkey Business Camp description for similar Boys on the Go field trip camp)
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Hours: 8:30am to 4pm with aftercare available with extended care from 8am to 6pm
Price: $445/week with multi-session discounts available

“Uplifting. Our daughter had a great time with staff, making friends, doing neat activities. It was her favorite camp of the summer.” ~ Mom

Monkey Business Camp

Monkey Business (Berkeley)
Campers will experience art, games, cooking (organic food!), science, singing, among other outdoor activities. For core Tilden Park program, days are spent entirely outdoors with one day swimming each week. Ages 4½-10 for campers, 11-15 for youth leaders. Additional programs include pre-K program for 3-4 year olds and Boys on the Go field trip camp for ages 9-13.
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Hours: 8:30am to 3:30pm with extended care from 8am to 6pm
Price: $445/week with multi-session discounts available

“Once again, this was Josh’s favorite camp this year – it feels like a part of our family tradition now. Playing outside all day long in a beautiful setting with good friends (new and old), learning new things, making lanyards; it is what summer is all about and is the greatest. We will continue to tell our friends about it. Thanks!!!” ~ Whendee

Adventure Day Camp in Walnut Creek

Adventure Day Camp (Walnut Creek with transportation serving Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley)
Adventure Day Camp is a traditional day camp for children ages 3-15 years old. In a low pressure, relaxed atmosphere, children gain confidence and skills in a wide range of camp activities, including arts, sports, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, tennis, horseback riding, archery, climbing, drama, music, hiking, overnight camping, and much more!
Hours: 8am – 6pm
Price: Prices vary, see dates and rates. Discounts available (early bird, sibling, multiple sessions); transportation extra

“This has been an incredible summer experience for my kids! You really did bring that east coast camp feel here and we can’t wait for next summer! The counselors were quality, activities engaging and fun, and the self esteem building just incredible!” ~ Wendy, Mom to 8 & 10 year old boys

Steve and Kates Camp

Steve and Kate’s Camp (Berkeley at The Berkeley School; Oakland at Park Day School, more in the Bay Area)
This multi-disciplinary camp has a unique kid-driven agenda, and a parent-friendly schedule. Kids plan their own day at a Steve and Kate’s camp, attending whichever activities interest them, including sports, film-making, cooking, and more. Extra staff guide the youngest campers through their day. No sessions are required and you can switch locations as needed. (There are sites in San Francisco and Marin as well as the East Bay.)
Hours: 7:30am to 6pm; LUNCH PROVIDED
Price: $89/day; 5-day packs $79/day; 20-day packs $69/day. $2,415 gives you unlimited access for the summer.

Tzofim Jewish day camp

Camp Tzofim (Oakland Hills with drop off in N. Berkeley available)
Campers will experience traditional camp activities focusing on play while celebrating Jewish traditions. Expect outdoor play, songs and games and for your camper to come home dirty. Occasional late night or overnight depending on age group. 5th-9th grade groups enjoy a week of onsite fun and field trips, followed by 2-4 nights of overnight adventures around California. For pre-K through CIT in 11th grade. Sessions are two weeks long.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm, Extended care available 8am to 6pm at either N. Berkeley or Oakland JCC locations.
Price: Find prices on this page; rates vary by age and JCC membership status; early bird and sibling discounts also available.

Bay Area Rainbow Camp (Berkeley)
Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp (LGBTQ friendly) offers arts and crafts, dance, movement and yoga along with traditional camp activities for gender creative, non-binary and transgender youth, their friends, siblings and allies aged 5-17.
Hours: 9am – 3pm; extended care available
Price: $375/week

Berkeley Day Camp (Berkeley)
This general day camp provides a chance for children ages 5-12 to explore our local parks. A typical week includes two days in Tilden Park and two days at the Berkeley Marina. Swim Day occurs every Friday and campers visit various beach locations, such as Lake Anza in Tilden Park or Crown Beach in Alameda (by bus, not your car).
Hours: 9am – 3:30pm for the core program; extended care available at Willard Clubhouse 7:30 – 6pm
Price: $169/week for core program to Berkeley residents and $202/week for non-residents.

Crestmont Summer Camp (Richmond)
Crestmont Summer camp is open to the whole community not just students of the school. Camp strives to give children, K – 6th grade, a balance between structured & unstructured time. Themes make each week different; each Tuesday involves swimming.
Hours: 9am – 4pm; extended care available
Price: $280/week with discounts for multiple weeks.

Julia Morgan Girls Camp (Mills College)
Julia Morgan School for Girls (JMSG) summer camp offers 3 summer sessions to girls entering 4th through 6th grade based on a theme and supporting different learning styles. Campers can enjoy dance, music, sports, science, poetry, art and crafts, games that include a creative component, group work, and opportunity for self-reflection.
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Hours: 8:30am to 3:30pm with extended care available
Price: $400 with discounts available to earlybirds. Financial aid available.

Camp Kee Tov (bus pick up in N. Berkeley and Oakland, camp at Beth El)
Camp Kee Tov is a traditional Jewish camp in which participants spend their days deep in the woods doing skits, singing, and having good, safe fun without realizing they’re learning leadership and social skills. Each age group has an age-appropriate overnight trip. Camp Kee Tov welcomes children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. Sessions are four weeks long. As of February, some age groups are already full, waitlist is open.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm with extended from 7:30am to 6pm
Price: Choose 1 or 2 four-week sessions (1) Jun 22 – Jul 17 or (2) Jul 27 to Aug 21, $1125-$1600, discounts for Beth-El members. Financial aid available before March 31.

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Music, Dance and Performing Arts

Instruments, singing, dance, circus arts, and theater

Crowden summer camp

Crowden Music Camps (Berkeley)
Crowden Music Center in Berkeley offers fun and inspiring music camps for ages 3-22: Instrument Discovery, Summer Strings, Piano Partners & more!
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Dates: One week programs vary for ages, hours and prices.

This was my favorite music camp ever! – Liliana, age 7

Mr D Music camp

Mr.D’s Music and Arts Summer Camp (Oakland)
A playful approach to the exciting world of performing and fine arts for kids of all abilities, ages 8-13. Children explore their vocal abilities, listen to their favorite songs, learn and design their own dances, create original art, learn yoga, play games, go on field trips, and put on a performance in a safe and supportive environment. With special guest artists every day.
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Hours: 9 am-3:30 pm. Extended Care hours are 8am-9, 3pm-5pm for $7 per hour.
Price: $325 per week. Early Bird discount before May 31. Multi-week discounts, sibling discounts, and referral discounts available.

Like Mr. D himself, it is a one-of-a-kind camp… a place where magic happens. If you are looking for a place for your child to giggle, celebrate life, sing, giggle and sing some more… THEN THIS IS THE CAMP! ~ Bibi J. Oakland 2013

Go Girls camp

Go Girls! Camp (North Oakland Community Charter School, JCC of the East Bay in Oakland, and Lincoln Middle School in Alameda)
Go Girls! Camp is not just a summer camp, it is a movement to ignite compassion by helping girls take center stage. During two-week sessions, rising 1st-6th graders make and perform their very own peaceful and powerful plays that we believe will change the world.
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Hours: 9am-4pm; Aftercare is only available at the JCC of the East Bay site.
Price: $670 per 2-week session


Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s Summer Performers Camp (Alameda & Piedmont)
Campers learn acting, singing, and dancing skills as they rehearse either Dear Edwina or Shrek. Whether novice or seasoned performers, this fast-paced, two week musical theater production camp will prepare you for final performances in front of your family and friends. Skill building and stage confidence will be emphasized along with group participation.
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Hours: Young Performers: Grades 2-8, 9am – 4pm (PM extended care optional); Little Performers: Grades K-1, 9am – 12pm
Price: $575 Young Performers (2-week program); $400 Little Performers (2-week program)

“BACT makes theatre fun and accessible for all youth. It’s an amazing balance of fun and fundamentals in a very relaxed, low-key setting, highlighting the team aspects of theatre without unduly added pressure or competition. BACT camp has helped my son develop confidence, teamwork, and a true love of theatre.” ~ Leanna, parent

Berkeley City Ballet Dance Camp

Berkeley City Ballet Dance Camp (Berkeley)
Berkeley City Ballet offers weekly camps (June 15-August 17) of ballet, jazz, hip-hop with arts and crafts for children ages 4 to 11; performances every Friday at 2:30pm.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm
Price: $300 with discounts for siblings and multiple weeks

Musically minded summer camp

Musically Minded Academy Camp (Oakland)
Musically Minded Academy’s Musical Theater Summer Camp provides art, music and acting activities. Campers will create their own skits and then create props, costumes, and choose songs to support the plot. Theme is Once Upon A Time…Epic Fairy Tale Adventures. There will be a short performance on Friday of each week at 3:30 PM. Weekly from June 8th – July 31st.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm; extended care available from 8am – 5pm
Price: $330 with discounts for siblings and multiple weeks

Audition Skills Summer Camp (Grand Lake, Oakland)
A two week intensive summer audition skills program for intermediate thru advanced vocal and theater performers ages 10-18 to fully prepare for auditions and GET IN!
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Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM
$985 for a two-week session; early bird discount

BandWorks Summer Camp (Oakland)
For kids 8+, BandWorks Rock n’ Roll Camp is open to young beginners through advanced, older teen players. Professional musician-instructors create a fun and supportive environment while they teach kids the skills they need to play in a rock band-and make new friends in the process. Campers may enroll for a 1/2 day or full day. All instruments welcome! By the end of the week, students are performing.
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Hours: AM session: 9am-12noon; PM session: 1pm-4pm, (campers signing up for full day will be provided lunch supervision); before care and after care available
Price: $275 – $300 per week

Berkeley Playhouse Summer Camps (Alameda & Piedmont)
Musical, acting, and directing camps explore the stories of The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Fiddler on the Roof, and Harry Potter. Grades K-5. CIT positions beginning at age 13.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm for most; K-1 camps end at 1pm or 2pm; extended care available
Price: $295 – $380 based on program selected

Camp Central (Richmond)
A collaboration between three Richmond-based kid classes results in a day camp that provides Art + Gymnastics + Dance.
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Hours: 9am to 5pm with before and after care available to reach a 7:45am to 6pm day
Price: Half-day – $200/week; Full Day – $390/week

Children’s Fairyland (Oakland)
Children aged 5 (entering kindergarten) through 10 can explore the Fairyland theme park –- animals, plants, puppets, rides! -– develop social, emotional and conflict resolution skills, and use their imaginations and teamwork to create original end of the week plays (themes change each week and range from princesses to outer space) in a nurturing camp environment.
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Hours: 9am – 5pm with am/pm extended day options
Price: $300 non-members; $275 for members

Doug’s Drama (Oakland Hills)
Full day theater camps in two-week sessions for students entering grades K-8 culminating in a full-length evening performance at the end of the session. In addition to creative drama and storytelling, camp includes lots of outdoor playtime. First two sessions are K-4 and third session is for grades 3-8.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, before and after care available
Price: $590 K-3 or $630 Grades 3-8 per two-week session

Fiddlekids (Berkeley) One week only
Fiddlekids is a summer day camp devoted to traditional fiddle music. Campers will explore bluegrass, Appalachian, Celtic, jazz, and other traditional styles through tunes and songs. In addition to fiddling, Fiddlekids offers art and dance classes in small groups. Camp culminates in a Saturday performance at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Fiddlekids is open to violin students ages 7 to 14 with at least one year’s playing experience.
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Dates: June 22-June 26 (final concert on Saturday, June 27, from 9am–11:30am)
Hours: 9am-3:30 at Berkwood Hedge School except final show
Price: $520 for full week, early bird and sibling discounts available.

Ha Ha This A-Way (Berkeley)
For ages 5 to 9 years old, this day camp offers dance, acting, circus arts, clowning, field trips with plenty of time for free play. The primary goals are to promote movement confidence, balance and performance skills in a low pressure environment. One 4-week session concludes with a performance.
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Dates: July 13 to August 7
Hours: 9am to 3pm with no aftercare
Price: 4-week sessions /$1250

Kids ‘N Dance (Oakland-Redwood Heights/Laurel District)
Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts offers dance, musical theater, gymnastic/circus arts and general day camps for pre-school through middle school students.  Full day, part day, and puzzle-piecing two camps in one week are all available options, with and without field trips. Visit the website to discover all that Kids ‘N Dance Theater Arts has to offer this summer.
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Hours: 9am – 4pm
Price: Call for details

Kinetic Art Center (Oakland)
Campers days are filled with clowning, trapeze, juggling, acrobatics, climbing and general circus happiness.
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Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
Price: $420/week, significant early bird discount for Feb registrations

Luna Dance Summer Camps (Berkeley)
Luna Dance offers a mini camp for 5-7 y/o, a full day camp for 8-11 y/o, and a teen choreography workshop intensive. Students discover, invent, perform & respond through the ART of dance.
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Shawl Anderson Half-day Dance Camps (Berkeley)
Half-day dance camps are offered for different ages and dance specialties throughout the summer including middle school and high school age. Dance Camp for ages 6-9 will offer all styles of dance and take place as a morning camp during one week. Hip Hop Camp for ages 9-11 will take place in the morning only. Find more details on the website.
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Hours: Morning sessions are 9am-12:30pm; afternoons are 12:30-4pm
Price: $225/week

Trapeze Arts (Oakland)
Trapeze Arts Circus Camp is for kids ages 7-14, campers learn flying trapeze, trampoline, aerial arts and more and put on a show every Friday for families and friends!
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Hours: 9-3 with aftercare available
Price: $375/week

Language & Culture

Writing, reading, speaking, and immersion into other cultures

Young Writers Camp

Young Writers Camp (Albany, Oakland & other Bay Area locations)
Sponsored by the Bay Area Writing Project and UC Berkeley, camp offers kids entering 3rd through 9th grades a unique opportunity to develop their creative abilities and writing talents in a relaxed camp atmosphere. Teen writing camps also available.
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Hours: 9am – noon
Price: $550 for three-week session

EFBA French immersion camp

EFBA French Immersion (N. Berkeley & other Bay Area locations)
Education Française Bay Area offers week-long immersion in French for grades K-5 exploring French-speaking cultures through sports, cooking, games, music, art, and more. Pre-teen program offered through 8th grade.
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Hours: 8am or 9am – 3pm (morning welcome is free) with extended care until 6pm
Price: $410 per week with discounts for current students, multiple weeks, early registration

“My 6-year-old daughter was very happy with this summer camp.The staff was great, nurturing and loving. The activities were fun and engaging, the kids had a lot of fun. She learned songs and played games I used to play when I was a kid in France” ~ Caroline J, parent

Edah Jewish camp

Edah Summer Camp (Berkeley)
Edah Berkeley is a high quality Hebrew language, Jewish experiential summer camp and after-school learning program for children K-5 and their families.
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Dates: Edah Hebrew Adventure: June 15-19th
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-5:15pm & Fri 9am-4:15pm; early drop-off available
Price: $395 / Edah Members $350

SF Clinical Psychology Camp

Clinical Camp (San Francisco State)
Staffed by professional therapists, Clinical Camp is an opportunity for bright and motivated teenagers to learn more about how they experience themselves and the world through discussion of Freud, subjectivity, and other psychological principles. For curious 9th through 12th graders. Note: this is not a therapy camp.
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Dates and Hours: June 15-26, 2015 M, W, F 9:00am-1:00pm
Price: $750 per session

“H. has really enjoyed the class, and I have enjoyed hearing about it. It reminds me how interesting the study of psychology is and may even motivate me to take a local college class on the subject next year.”

EBI Spanish Summer Camps

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional Spanish Summer Camp (Oakland, Emeryville)
EBI campers will explore art, music, science, gardening, movement and dozens of other enriching activities in Spanish. For children ages 3 to 15 (potty trained). No prior Spanish speaking experience required for the first two sessions. Choose themes during registration. Sessions are part-day and two-weeks long.
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Hours: 8:30am-4:00pm, with extended care and half day available
Price: $340-$400 per two-week session of half-days (or about the same for one week of full days)

Shu Ren Mandarin Immersion camp (Berkeley)
Children who are interested in learning Mandarin language skills and Chinese cultural knowledge through fun, immersion-based activities and hands-on field trips. No prior Mandarin skills needed. Pre-K Camp is for Ages 2 years and 6 months old to 4 years and 7 months. Must be potty trained. The school-age camp spans ages 5 to 13. Camp is offered in five two-week session.
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Hours: 8:30am – 3pm with extended care available from 7:30am to 6pm
Price: $800 per 2 week session (Pre-K campers may choose one week only)

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Eco & Outdoor Skills

Adventure, sailing, wilderness, tree-climbing, and farming

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

Avid4 Adventure (Oakland and other Bay Area locations)
Fun and empowering, Avid4 Adventure camps teach pre-K through 7th graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors.
Hours: 9am-3pm Extended care: 8:00am-5:30pm
Price: $435/week. Early bird discount available.

“Avid4 Adventure gives campers solid skills and character-shaping confidence, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure.”

Kids for the Bay summer camp

Kids for the Bay (All drop offs in Berkley area, locations vary daily)
KIDS for the BAY summer camps take advantage of the amazing natural spaces around the Bay. Campers will study aquatic invertebrates, create nature art, explore the beach, and kayak on the bay. Hands-on outdoor science and nature programs facilitated by professional environmental educators. Camp sessions for 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13 year olds include local nature field trips (transportation provided).
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Hours: 9am – 4pm; extended care to 5 pm
Price: $340/wk for core program. Early registration discount available.

“This is exactly what camp is supposed to be: stimulating, outdoors, organized and with interpretive guidance of individual environments… and FUN! All of the counselors were great, energetic, responsive, flexible, patient and optimistic! We’ll be back!” ~ Ry’s Parent, 2014

Urban Adventures daycamp in Oakland

Urban Adventure (Rockridge BART)
Urban Adventure Camps is unique week-long day camp that takes campers on exciting fields trips every day of the week for campers ages 8 to 15. Groups visit the Bay Area’s best museums, parks, galleries, science centers, and various other urban attractions and city centers. Public transportation is used to travel between locations, thereby developing the campers’ knowledge and confidence when traveling within a city. No two days are the same. Girls only and Boys only camps available.
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Hours: 8am to 4pm, After care available
Price: Explorer camp week $425; Active camp week $625; need-based scholarships available; discounts for bringing friends. Fees include transportation + museum admission.

Berkeley Forest School (Berkeley)
Berkeley Forest School’s nature-immersion summer camps offer a hands-on collaborative learning and playing experience, building skills, character and connection with nature. Campers ages 4 to 9 will use tools, climb trees, and build fires (with adult supervision).
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Hours: 9am to 1pm for younger campers, 9am to 2pm for older campers
Price: $250 for ages 4-6, $325 for ages 6-9

Sailing & Boating (Oakland at Lake Merritt and Jack London Square)
Youth ages 7-17 come to Lake Merritt for boating adventures. Younger children use various boats and learn about the animals and ecology of the lake and older kids learn to sail. Advanced sailors go to the Oakland Estuary to advance their skills.
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Hours: 9am to 3:30pm, after care available
Price: $165 per week, more for non-residents

Trackers (Berkeley)
Day and overnight camps feature a range of themes: wilderness survival, homesteading crafts, role-playing adventure, archery, and much more for children entering 1st grade through 9th. The youngest campers learn the beginnings of these new and fun skills.
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Hours: 8:30am to 4pm, After care available to 6pm
Price: $425 per week; Early Bird and other discounts available

Urban Adamah Farm Camp (Berkeley)
Camp Urban Adamah offers campers a taste of organic farm life through fun and dynamic experiential programs at an urban farm. Whether they are planting, harvesting, building mud forts or preparing meals in solar ovens, campers have the opportunity to explore the wonders of the natural world right here in the city. Camp draws inspiration from Jewish tradition. Open to children entering 1st–5th grades.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm, After care available
Price: $395 per week; Early Bird Discounts available

See many more adventurous options in our sleepaway camp guide!

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Sports Camps

Soccer, gymnastics, tennis, basketball, martial arts, skateboarding, parkour, and more!

Oakland Hills Tennis Camp

Oakland Hills Tennis Club summer camp (Oakland)
Oakland Hills Tennis Club is a family tennis, swim and athletic club nestled in the Oakland Hills. Camp focuses on tennis skills in the morning. Afternoon camp offers choice of basketball and water polo too. All sessions emphasize fun and education to build teamwork, friendship, agility and sportsmanship. Camps will run from June 15th through the end of August. Ages 5 and up.
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Hours: Three daily sessions priced separately: 8:30am to 12; 1pm to 3pm; 3pm to 4:30pm
Price: Weekly sessions: Mornings and midday for $400 non-members (or members $350) with supervised lunch; Late afternoon $125.

Bladium day camp

Camp Bladium (Alameda)
Children, ages 4-14, can experience a wide variety of activities: rock climbing, basketball, arts & crafts, laser tag, jumpers, LEGO, karaoke, and water slides. Healthy snacks and lunches provided. Specialized single-sport camps are also available.
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Hours: 9am to 5pm with free extended care 7:30am to 6pm; half day: 9am to 1pm with free extended drop-off
Price: $300 per week for full day; $225 for half day. Discounts available for multiple weeks and to members.

Future Star Baseball camp

Future Star Baseball Camp (Oakland)
Future Star Baseball offers baseball camps for players 6 to 12 of all abilities. Coach Ben and his staff emphasize skill building and teamwork with regular turns at the batting cage.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm for full day with 9am to noon or 12:30pm to 3:30pm for half days, extended care available
Price: $330-$350 per week for full days, $175/half day hitting camp or bat-n-ball; discounts for siblings and multi-week commitments.

“My son started going to Future Star when he was seven and has wanted to return each year. Ben and his crew do a great job making every kid feel part of the group and at the same time giving them individual instruction. Your child will improve at these baseball camps.” ~ Father of a 11-year Future Star Baseball camper

APEX parkour ninja summer camp

APEX Parkour & Ninja Warrior Camp (Concord)
Campers build foundational movement skills in a fun, safety-focused, supportive environment enjoying obstacle courses and challenges in the Parkour and American Ninja Warrior style. For ages 6 to 17, beginner and intermediate camps available.
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Hours: 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm for half days
Price: $275

“APEX is a safe space for kids to learn parkour skills (padding everywhere, parkour equipment, experienced teachers) and they have American Ninja Warrior obstacles (warped wall, salmon ladder, ultimate cliffhanger) which was a treat as we’re big American Ninja Warrior fans. Worth the drive.” ~ Yelp reviewer

Cal Youth Camps

Cal Summer Youth Programs (Berkeley)
Cal offers camps for pre-K to high school students in a huge variety of sports camps, including some full-day multi-sports program. Please visit their website to find options ranging from Martial Arts camp, Gymnastics camp, Outdoor Adventure camp and more. Hours and prices vary.
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Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics Camp (Berkeley)
Gymnastics, dance, and trampoline activities for “Bear Cubs” ages 5-6 in morning or afternoon half-day sessions; and full day activities for ages 6-18 across all levels of gymnastics. Find details on the
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Hours: Full day 9-3:30; Half day 9-12 or 12:30 to 3:30
Price:Full Day $295; Half Day

Head Over Heels (Emeryville)
Day camp program for kids 4+ offers gymnastics and circus arts, plus playground games and arts + crafts. Each Friday ends with a performance for the parents and friends.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm for full-day camp; 9am to 12pm for half-day camp, before care and after care available for $20/day
Price: Full-day camp: $325/week; Half-day camp: $245/week; day rate $70/day; discounts for mulitiple weeks, siblings, and early registration

Jack Hyde Soccer Camp (Caldecott Field, Oakland)
Emphasis upon improving your soccer game & skills in a positive fun environment for boys & girls age 6-12. Beginning & advanced players welcome. Discounted gear available throughout camp.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm for full day with 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm for half days, extended care available from 8am to 5:30pm
Price: $310 per week for full days, $155/half day camp

Jensen Redondo Tennis Academy (Mills College, Oakland)
Emphasis upon progressive learning for campers age 5 to 10 making it engaging and fun to learn tennis. Campers ages 10 to 17 focus in fundamentals and stroke improvements.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm
Price: $375 per week

Monkey Ninja Camp @ Athletic Playground (Emeryville)
This morning drop-in camp focuses on Parkour and acrobatics. Get ready to jump, vault roll, flip, land and go through creative obstacle courses. Ages 5-13.
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Hours: 9am – 12pm, drop-in
Price: $75 per 3-hour session; discounts for multiple days & members

Sonny Dykes Youth Football (Berkeley, Cal Memorial Stadium)
The SD youth program is run by the Cal Football coaching staff, as well as current Cal players. “Bears in training” camp is designed to improve a child’s beginning, intermediate or advanced skill level. Fundamentals of all positions on offense and defense are taught in addition to life skills such as respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, teamwork and the importance of education. Participants are grouped based on age and skill level. Boys and girls ages 5-13 are welcome.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm; aftercare available for $25/day
Price: $400/week

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  1. Cynthia says

    I highly recommend RIDC to parents, who are looking for great outdoor summer camp. My daughter is a long time camper. When she hears the word summer- the first thing the comes to her mind is Roughing It. It means fun, excitement and adventures. She loves their activities like arts & crafts, swimming, fishing, canoeing and most of all horseback riding. They have an amazing, well-trained counselors and staff, great bus service and well organized camp programs. Many reasons why many families keep coming back.

  2. says

    I highly recommend summer camps offered by Glitter Kids in Dublin. They are are offering Crazy Chemistry, Secret Agent Camp, and NASA: Journey into Outer Space in association with Mad Science of Mount Diablo. They are also offering Lego Robotics, Video Production, Engineering, Drama, Painting, Bollywood Dance, and Fun/Academic Camps. Check out their website(http://www.glitterkids.us) for more details.

  3. Lisa Tsering says

    Hi guys FYI the Berkeley Day Camp is not held at Prospect Sierra School El Cerrito but instead at various locations in Berkeley.

  4. says

    Hello 510 Families! The San Francisco Early Music Society will be holding its annual Music Discovery camp this year from June 14-19, 2015 in Berkeley.

    This camp provides immersion in a historical time through music, dance, drama, and crafts. No musical experience needed! More information can be found here: http://sfems.org/?page_id=624

    We’re introducing a Youth Collegium this year for middle- and high-school musicians with more experience, as well!

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks! –Katie Hagen khagen@sfems.org

  5. says

    Super Soccer Stars camps are a great way to get your child running, kicking, and playing! With various camp types, we are sure to have something for your child. For kids ages 2-3 and 3-5, we have Fun in the Sun – 1/2 hours of outdoor soccer games and activities. For ages 6-8 and 9-12, Kick It camp is 3-4 hours of skill-building activities, small-sided games, and other activities.

    At our Super Soccer Stars summer camp class, the soccer ball is used as the vehicle to help children not only improve their soccer skills, but also to develop self-confidence, improve gross motor skills, and hone socialization skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment.

    Travel around the countries of the World Cup this summer! This program offers a variety of World Cup themed curricula where each day the boys and girls will learn a little background about one of the countries, and learn and practice the particular skills that the country is known for.

    Camps are held during school breaks, holidays, and weekly throughout the summer. Class locations available currently in San Francisco, Marin County, East Bay, and Palo Alto with many more locations to come! so come kick with us!

    From Super Soccer Stars

    • Phone: 415-233-8277
    • Email: sf@supersoccerstars.com
    • Website: la.supersoccerstars.com/bayarea

  6. says

    I’m a local pediatric occupational therapist and am opening the first California location of the award-winning TimberNook program this summer in Oakland. Find out more about our innovative curriculum and philosophy by visiting http://www.timbernook.com. Registration now open for both weeks of half-day camps (July 27-31 for 7-11 year olds, and Aug 10-14 for 4-7 year olds) this summer at Joaquin Miller Park. Maximum 20 children per session with 4-5 staff members allows for a child-led approach that fosters community and allows ample time for imaginary and creative play outdoors. Feel free to email me with any questions!

  7. says

    Our Summer Camp has just begun and it’s not too late to join the fun! We are offering all families the opportunity to experience our dance and arts camp for kids ages 4-16. Enter the promo code “tons of fun” in the comments section when you register for a FREE day of camp! Must register online. For more information go to http://www.eastbaydancenter.org/camps or call Miss Bonnie at (510)336-3262. Don’t miss this great deal!

    • says

      Hi Kerri,

      Here’s what we’ve found for the last weeks of summer: Berkeley’s JCC; Emeryville’s Athletic Playground Monkey Ninja Camp; Sarah’s Science Camp; Berkeley City Ballet Camp; We Rock the Spectrum Camp.

  8. Amalia says

    My family was the lucky winner of the Roughing It week. The camp was new to us, but my rising 2nd grader absolutely loved it and is already talking about going back next summer!