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: Monkey Business Camp, Camp EDMO, Urban Adamah, and KidzToPros.

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 of 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 22 to 26) in addition to Thursday, Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day. Read on for camp suggestions that might fit the bill.

children playing parachute game outside
Children playing with the parachute outside | Photo: Monkey Business Camp

East Bay Day Camps for November:

Monkey Business Camp (Berkeley)

Recreational camp in Central Berkeley with roots in the Bay Area for 23 years. Games, nature connection, art, and other unplugged fun with a creative, dynamic staff. Stable groups and latest Covid protocols. Campers are 6 to 10 with youth leaders ages 11+.
Camp Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: Pay based on your ability: first-tier $493/3-days, second-tier $433, third-tier $373 with reduced prices available for ages 14+.
November Camp Dates: Thanksgiving Week (3 days): Nov. 22-24
Details and registration >

KidzToPros Camp (Emeryville, Walnut Creek, Fremont, San Francisco, and more)

KidzToPros socially distanced, on-site STEM, Arts, and Sports Holiday Camps provide a great opportunity for children to develop critical skills and learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship, in a fun, creative, and safe environment. Campers collaborate and work independently with time for unstructured play and making friends. Ages 5 to 11.
Camp Time: Extended day is 8 am – 6 pm; core program is 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Cost: $250/3-days
November Camp Dates: Thanksgiving Week (3 days): Nov. 22-24
Details and registration >

children outside showing their art
Campers show their flying dragon project | Photo: KidzToPros

Urban Adamah Farm Camp (Berkeley

For ages 7 to 9, campers play, build, sing, work, and get to know life on a Jewish urban farm. Through group-building challenges and project-based learning, they learn about the natural world and explore community, teamwork, and the interconnectedness of all things. Campers enjoy their day in project-based explorations that integrate the natural elements on the farm from shomrei adamah (keepers of the earth), farm activities while exploring what it means to be part of a kehillah (community).
Camp Time: Extended day is 8:30 am – 5:30 pm; core program is 9 am to 3 pm.
Cost: $395/3-days
November Camp Dates: Thanksgiving Week (3 days): Nov. 22-24
Details and registration >

kids farming
Photo: Urban Adamah

Berkeley Playhouse Holiday Camp (Berkeley)

For grades K-6, Thanksgiving campers perform A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving together over the course of the 3-day session. Camp is Nov. 22-24 from 9 am to 3 pm. $265 for the full session. More info >

Brushstrokes (Berkeley)

For ages 6 to 9, campers will paint ceramic pieces, do other art projects, and play games. Dress in layers for lots of time outside. Veterans Day camp is on both Nov. 11 and 12. Thanksgiving Break Art Camp is Nov. 22-24, and Nov. 26. Camp is $100 per day from 9 am to 3 pm. More info >

COPA Soccer Camps (Walnut Creek)

For ages 8-14, a daily soccer camp will be offered from 9:30 am to 3 pm for $399 per 3-day session, Nov. 22-24. Half-days (9:30 am to noon) are also available for $249/session. Veteran’s Day Camp is on Nov. 11 and Thanksgiving Camp is on Nov. 22-24. Pay for the full 3-day session or by the day or half-day. Discount for COPA members. More info >

Cooking Round the World (Oakland, Lafayette)

Hands-on culinary fun with mouth-watering side dishes and desserts. Called “All about the turkey,” Thanksgiving Camp is Nov. 22-24. The three-day camp is $180 for ages 6-12 from 9 am to 1 pm. More info >

Darcio Lira Jiu Jitsu Camp (Castro Valley)

For ages 4-7, a daily Jiu-Jitsu camp will be offered by Darcio Lira Jiu-Jitsu from 8 am to 2:30 pm for $210 per 3-day session, Nov. 22-24. More info on p. 39 >

East Bay SPCA Camp (Oakland, Dublin)

For grades 1-5, animal-loving children will learn about and care for living things and have fun doing it. Thanksgiving Camp is Nov. 22-24 from 9 am to 3 pm. $295 per session. Limited financial assistance is available. More info >

FAD PAD (Oakland)

For grades K-6, kids enjoy fun art and drama games at Mary Ellen’s home studio. All supplies are included in the fees. Camp is offered both Nov. 11 and Nov. 22-24 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. $75 per day. More info >

Head Over Heels Athletic Arts (Emeryville)

For ages 4-12, a daily gymnastics camp will be offered from 8:30 to 3:30 for $100 per day on Nov. 11, Nov. 22-24, and Nov. 26. Extended care is available until 6 pm for an additional $25/day. More info >

One Big Love Art Camp (Oakland)

For ages 6-11, young artists will draw, paint, and explore their creative voices together. Lunch, snacks, and materials provided. Camp is Nov. 22-24 from 9 am to 3 pm for $345 per 3-day session. More info >

Piedmont Rec Camps (Piedmont)

For ages 5-11, Piedmont Rec offers a variety of engaging 3-day camps for kids, Nov. 22-24: Soccer (ages 5-10), Art (grades K-2), and Crazy Chemistry (ages 6-11). Fees range from $220-$330/session for residents plus materials fees. Non-residents pay $25-$30 more. More info on p. 29 >

Tennyson Tennis Turkey Break Camp (Castro Valley)

For ages 8-14, a daily tennis camp will be offered from 9 am to 3 pm for $180 per 3-day session, Nov. 22-24. Half-days are also available for $100/session. More info on p. 39 >

Yama Kids Yoga (Berkeley)

Campers at Yama Kids Yoga will learn yoga poses, meditating, crafts, and do collaborative art projects with a bit of extra running around for good measure. Camp runs from 9 am to 3 pm Nov. 22-24 for ages 5 to 10. $270 for the whole session or $90/day. More info >

💻 Cool Online Camps for November

For some families, a digital program with fun projects and new people may be just the thing. Here are a couple of online camps we like.

Camp edmo zoom call
Camp EDMO Holiday Break Camp Online is active and interactive! | Photo: Camp EDMO

EDMO Holiday Break Camp (Online)

EDMO online school break camps are live, interactive, Zoom-based programs that provide opportunities for kids to navigate collaborative design challenges, practice mindfulness, and get a little silly. Book for the full break or just the days you need — you can always add more days as needed. During these sessions, EDMO works with kids to champion their authentic selves while also providing fun and life-changing learning experiences. At EDMO they believe in educating the whole child, mind, body, and heart.
Themes: Fall Festival & Minecraft EDMOtopia
Grades: Pre-K to 5
Camp Time: 9:30 am to noon or 1 pm to 3:30
Cost: $50 per 2.5 hour session. Choose as many as you want.
November Camp Dates: Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 and Thanksgiving Week (3 days): Nov. 22-24
Details and registration >

TechKnowHow LEGO & Coding Camp (Online)

Campers, age 5 to 12, can choose a topic that fits their interest. Two-hour camps are offered for ages 5-8 ($115 for 3 days) and three-hour camps are offered for ages 7 to 12 ($175 for 3 days). Hours vary, the camp is Nov. 22-24. More info >

 

Thanks again to our sponsors of this East Bay November Day Camp Guide: Urban Adamah, Monkey Business Camp, Camp EDMO, and KidzToPros. Tell ’em 510families sent ya!

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