It’s that time of year: Spring Break! Families with school-aged children are either booking travel plans or arranging childcare for the days that schools are closed for Spring Break. Here is a list of programs that offer one-week sessions during the beginning of April. FYI, Oakland and Berkeley spring break is April 2-6; Albany Spring Break is April 9-13.
Spring Break camps to consider:
Abundant Beginnings Spring Camp (Lake Temescal, Oakland)
At Abundant Summers Spring Break, camp is primarily a break! It is a a time or children to play, destress and be the creators of their world. The camp community will investigate the ways we can build a community full of Freedom Fighters! Ages 2 to 12.
Dates and hours: April 2-6, 9am to 3:30 pm with extended care available by prior arrangement
Price: $85/day or $325/week
Albany Berkeley Soccer (ABSC) (Berkeley)
Open to all youth soccer players. Skills, drills, and fun games to improve ball-handling.
Dates and hours: April 2-6, April 9-13, 8:30am to 4pm (or half days)
Price: $305/week for full-day or $255/week for half-day
Berkeley Playhouse Conservatory (Berkeley)
Grades K-2 will perform Mary Poppins! Grades 3-6 will explore Bye Bye Birdie. Both week-long camps will end in final showings for family & friends.
Dates and hours: April 2-6 9am to 3pm
Camp Bladium (Alameda)
Camp Bladium features a different fun theme each week, creating a unique adventure kids are sure to love. Kids discover who they are and what they can achieve at camp. Activities cultivate values, develop skills and nurture relationships. Camp Bladium aims to challenge children to grow in imagination, creativity, self-directed initiative, and leadership. Ages 5-14.
Dates and hours: April 2-6, 9am to 4pm, extended care available
Claremont Kids Club (Berkeley)
Spend spring break with the Claremont Kids' Club. Games, hiking, swimming, cooking, arts & crafts, music and more. Ages 3+
Dates and hours: April 2-6 & April 9-13, 9am to 3pm
Price: Weekly, daily and half day rates available with discounts for members
Spring Break Camps are offered in age groups 8 to 11 and 12 to 18. Younger campers can try Extreme Gizmos and Clay Critters.
Dates and hours: April 2-6, 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm; aftercare available until 6pm.
Location: Located 1 block from the West Oakland BART station.
Price: Varies depending materials. 10% discount for Crucible members.
Head Over Heels Gymnastics Camp (Emeryville)
Offers gymnastics and circus activities, arts and crafts, and games for potty-trained children ages 5 to 12. Shorter program available for preschool age kids.
Dates and hours: April 2-6; April 9-13, 9am-4:30pm with extended care available FOR FREE 8am to 5:30.
Price: $105/day or $425/week.
JAMTOWN Basketball Camp (Oakland)
School's Out Superstars Basketball Camp for ages 8-14 runs from 9am to 2pm and Jr. Jammers Basketball Camp for ages 4-7 is mornings from 9am to noon.
Dates and hours: TBD
Price: $50/day for Superstars; $25 morning for Jr. Jammers
Little Theater Company Camp (Alameda)
Tuition includes all costumes, props and a t-shirt leading up to a 20-minute production of Sing!. We provide a healthy Nut-Free snack as well. For campers age 5 to 11.
Dates and hours: April 2-6 9am to 3pm with extended care available
Price: $295/week (need based scholarships available)
MOCHA art camp (Oakland)
Weekly or daily art topics provide a variety of enriching and creative projects that are carefully crafted for each age group and led by professional teaching artists. For campers age 6 to 12.
Dates and hours: April 2-6 from 9am to 3:30pm with extended care from 8am to 5:30pm
Price: $60/day $275/week
Monkey Business Spring Break Camp (Berkeley at Berkwood Hedge)
Art, cooking (organic, Kosher options), basketball, field games, end of week carnival, and singing, all at the Berkwood Hedge School. Ages 4.5-10, with youth leaders 11+. 19th year in Bay Area.
Dates and hours: April 2-6 from 8:30-3:30 with extended care from 8am to 6pm
Price: $87/day +
RAIN OR SHINE Yoga Camp (N Berkeley)
Join Leyna Roget Brabant for a combination of yoga exercises, songs, stories, art, open play, making friends, and other activities to develop a calm mind and happy heart. For campers age 3 to 6.
Dates and hours: April 2-6 from 9:30am to 2pm
Price: $250/week; $60/day
Sarah’s Science Spring Camp (Oakland near Lake Merritt or Berkeley at Black Pine Circle)
Come explore one of California's most unique and diverse ecosystems: the chaparral. Each day, your child will make and take home two hands-on science projects while learning about the fascinating vegetation and animal life. Campers will investigate the unusual adaptations caused by the dry climatic conditions in this environment and take a field trip by bus to experience the chaparral first hand! For campers age 4 to 11.
Dates and hours: April 2-6 from 8am to 5:30pm
Price: $120/day or $100/day for 3+ days
Sprouts Cooking Camp (varies)
Week-long camps are an intensive culinary experience full of hands-on cooking classes in restaurants, farm harvests, and cook-offs. Sprouts’ aspiring chefs will work alongside guest chefs from top East Bay restaurants.
Dates and hours: April 2-6, 9am to 5pm
Price: $500/week or $110/day
Trackers (Drop off in S. Berkeley)
Spring break camp offers day programs and activities for age 4 through 8th grade. Camp themes include ninjas, outdoor skills, fishing, and story-based adventure.
Dates and hours: April 2-6 from 8am to 4pm with optional after-care until 6pm
Price: $95/day for most programs
Zoo Spring Camp (Oakland Zoo)
Choose among (or combine) a stand-alone Monday program; Tuesday/Wednesday two-day; or Thursday/Friday two-day workshops for in K through 5th grade. Kids get behind the scenes and up close with animals and sessions are designed so kids don't repeat lessons if they take more than one.
Dates and hours: April 2, 3-4, 5-6 from 9am – 4pm with optional aftercare
Price: $90/day with discount for Oakland Zoo members
[Photos provided by the sponsoring camps and used with permission]