Thanksgiving Camps in Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda

Thanksgiving Camps & No-School Day Camps in November

Thanks to our sponsors of this East Bay November Day Camp Guide: Inspire/Call of the Wild, Axé Oakland, The Busy Bee Activity Center, Berkeley Forest School, El Cerrito Martial Arts, and GrowFit Camp.

Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving can take a busy parent by surprise. Whether your child’s school is closed all week or just a couple days, we figured you might be looking for a little support for kiddos otherwise bouncing off the walls.

Oakland Unified and Berkeley Unified schools are closed the entire week of Thanksgiving (Nov 21 to 25) in addition to Friday, Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day. Read on for camp suggestions that might fit the bill.

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Photo: Berkeley Forest School

East Bay Day Camps for November 2023:

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Axé Oakland Thanksgiving Break Camp (Oakland)

Axé Oakland offers Thanksgiving Break Camp for kids ages 4-12. Camp is capoeira-based and kids will be learning capoeira movement, music, dance as well as language learning. Additionally, they will engage in gardening, arts & crafts and plenty of free play.

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Berkeley Forest School (Berkeley)

Berkeley Forest School offers full days of outdoor adventure, silly songs and animal stories, nature crafts, and forest play! Programs are entirely outdoors in the beautiful spaces of the East Bay. Camps are 9 am-2 pm with aftercare available until 5 pm.

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Busy Bee Activity Center's School Break Day Camps (Alameda)

No School. No Problem. The Busy Bee Activity Center’s Day Camps provide your busy bee with a variety of creative learning activities while you are busy at work including thematic arts & crafts, story-time and educational videos, open gym play, Zumba, yoga, and snacks. The program is run by credentialed and certified educators. Kids PreK-5th grade welcome!

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Call of the Wild Camps (Oakland)

Inspire's Call of the Wild outdoor camps are for kids ages 5-10 to connect with nature in Oakland forests. Kids enjoy enrichment in biology and language arts, hikes, exploration, nature-themed holiday activities, creating and playing games, making friends, and more!

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El Cerrito Martial Arts Fun Camp (El Cerrito)

El Cerrito Martial Arts Fun Camp runs from 8-6pm daily with rolling drop off and pick up. Kids do one Jiu-Jitsu class per day, arts and crafts, dodgeball, indoor soccer, trips to the park (weather permitting) and more. No prior experience required.

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GrowFit Camp (Walnut Creek / Concord, East Bay (Other))

Experience this fun-filled camp for kids aged 4-12. Enjoy nine daily sports and games, from basketball to bubble soccer in a socially safe environment where traditional and innovative games bring joy. Sign up for your child's opportunity to shine and grow!

ANTS Sports Explorers Holiday Camp (Oakland)

Ages 5 to 11. Maximum FUN exploring many different sports including tennis, soccer, basketball, flag football, dodgeball, and capture the flag.

Aran's Art Studio Camp (Castro Valley)

Art camps give children and teens, ages 6+ the space to explore their creativity and make new friends. Various art projects such as raw clay, canvas painting with acrylic paint, pottery painting, and glass fusing. All materials are included.

Berkeley Playhouse Holiday Camps (Berkeley)

Dive into the world of theatre arts with Berkeley Playhouse’s grades K-2 and 3-6 holiday break camps. This holiday's Musical Theater Camp is inspired by A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. No final show this year.

Camp Bladium powered by Nike Kids (So Five) (Alameda)

Camp Bladium powered by Nike Kids Camps, campers have the opportunity to choose among many games and activities. Ages 5-12.

Creative Community Fall Break Mini Camp (Alameda)

Studio art and outdoor nature-based day camp for K to 6th grade. A blend of art, science, movement, and music as well as community building.

East Bay SPCA Fall Animal Camp (Oakland, East Bay (Other))

East Bay SPCA Animal Camp is the purr-fect fit for children who are passionate about pets, want to make a difference for shelter animals, or just need a little experience before adding a furry friend to the family. Grades 1 to 5.

MOCHA Fall Break Art Camp (Oakland)

MOCHA Art Camps are hands-on arts activities for grades K-5 combining thematic artistic mediums and a structured environment while being free to test the limits of their imagination.

One Big Love Art Camp (Oakland)

Art-making camps for ages 6 to 11. Art supplies, lunch, and snacks are provided.

Piedmont Rec Fall Camps (Piedmont)

For ages 5-12, Piedmont Rec offers 3 days of Thanksgiving camps for kids ages 4 through grade 5 in a variety of topics (hip-hop, cooking, art, farming, etc.). More info on p. 47 of the linked recreation guide.

Steve & Kate's Camp (Emeryville)

Ages 4 to 12. Campers will design their day in real-time by choosing from a variety of activities offered at once. Lunch included.

Swings + Wings (Alameda)

Ages 3 to 6. Through songs, crafts, and hands-on activities, campers will learn about our wild neighbors including fish, sharks, mammals, and birds.

Total Skills Basketball Camp (Oakland, East Bay (Other))

Kids, ages 6 to 12, will learn how to score from triple threat position, off the dribble, off the pass. They will learn to finish strong at the basket as they become a stronger offensive threat.

Trackers Bay November Camp (El Cerrito)

Get outside. Join in learning the ancient skills of wilderness survival, fishing, foraging, and archery. For grades K through 8. Pick exciting survival themes by day.

Traverse School Break Ninja Camp (Richmond / Point Richmond)

Throughout the day campers will learn obstacles during class time, have free time to practice what they learned and explore new obstacles, play ninja games/do ninja challenges, or do some stretching/yoga.

Ultimate Sports Connection Holiday Break Camp (Walnut Creek / Concord)

Ages 4 to 12. Gymnastics, trampoline, games, crafts, and lots of laughing.

Warriors Basketball Academy (Oakland)

One-day basketball skill clinics are for boys & girls, ages 5-17, of all skill levels and abilities. There's an option to pay more and receive Golden State Warriors tickets, too.

Yama Kids Yoga Thanksgiving Camp (Berkeley)

At camp, the kids will learn yoga poses, meditation, and mindfulness plus crafts, collaborative art and a bit of running around. Ages 5 to 10.

Thanks again to our sponsors of this East Bay November Day Camp Guide. Tell ’em 510families sent ya!

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