This roundup of artistic camps includes a range of summer camp creative pursuits from instruments, vocals, and theater to making art and cooking. Kids get to focus on these activities all day long instead of just after school. Learn more about these and other East Bay camps in our 2016 Camp Guide.
Photo: Go Girls Camp
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Music, Arts, and Maker Summer Camps
Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s Summer Performers Camp (Alameda & Oakland)
One and two-week performance-based camps give children special opportunities and experiences that can build their self-confidence, impart self-reliance and building their theatre skills in a face-paced, exciting day camp.
Hours: 9am – 4pm, aftercare available
Price: $350 (1-week program) $650 (2-week program)
CAMP 510 (Park Day School in Oakland)
CAMP 510 is an engaging, hands-on arts and maker day camp for East Bay kids entering grades 1-8. From the producers of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, comes an engaging, hands-on summer day camp for curious kids ages 6-14. CAMPers will explore studio arts, tinkering, sewing, building, cooking, movement, music, welding, leather-working, mini-golf course designing, and more. Projects are led by professional artists, makers, performers, teachers and chefs in the spirit of D-I-T (do it together).
Hours: 9-3 with am/pm extended day options
Price: $420-$475/week; early bird discounts available
Cooking Round the World (Alameda, 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.
Hours: 9am to 4pm
Price: $450/week, before-care available
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!
Dates and Prices: One week programs vary for ages, hours and prices.
Go Girls! Camp (North Oakland Community Charter School, Redwood Day School, JCC of the East Bay)
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.
Hours: 9am-4pm; Aftercare available
Price: $699 per 2-week session
Mr.D’s Music and Arts Summer Camp (Oakland)
This award-winning camp offers 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.
Hours: 9 am-3:30 pm. Extended Care hours are 8am-9, 3pm-5pm for $7 per hour.
Price: $325 per week. Multi-week discounts, sibling discounts, and referral discounts available.
Project Ember (Berkeley, Oakland)
A maker camp dedicated to stoking kids’ creativity, confidence and sense of community through the creation of large scale art and engineering projects. Campers use construction-grade materials and real tools to solve a new design challenge each week (like Castles you can climb in! 10 foot tall puppets!). Ages 7 to 13 for day camp. Ages 13 to 17 for overnight session.
Hours: 9:30am-3:30pm with extended care available
Price: $520/week with earlybird discounts & scholarships available
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.
Hours: Morning is 930am-1pm; Afternoon is 1:30pm-4pm; supervised lunch available
Price: $180/week-$320/2 weeks; teen camp is priced differently.
Other East Bay Creativity Camps you'll find in our 2016 Summer Camp Guide:
- Brushstrokes Studio (Berkeley) Website >
- COOK! (Emeryville) Website >
- The Crucible (Oakland) Website >
- Curiosity Hacked (Oakland) Website >
- Dancing Paintbrush Studio (Berkeley) Website >
- Doodle (Berkeley & Piedmont) Website >
- Kala Art Institute (Berkeley) Website >
- Kalen Meyer Art Camp (Berkeley) Website >
- Kids ‘N Clay (Berkeley) Website >
- Monart Camp (Berkeley) Website >
- MOCHA! (Oakland) Website >
- Painter’s Pot (Richmond) Website>
- Sprouts (East Bay various) Website>
- Sticky Art Camp (Berkeley) Website>
- Westside Studio (Berkeley) Website >
Photo: Cooking Round the World