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: Camp EDMO, KidzToPros, MOCHA, Junior Center of Art and Science, Inspire/Call of the Wild.

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 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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Hiking Tres Sendas Trail in Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park as part of a camp day | Photo: Call of the Wild Camp

East Bay Day Camps for November 2022:

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Call of the Wild Camp (Berkeley, Oakland)

Inspire's Call of the Wild outdoor education camps: kids ages 5-10 connect with nature in Berkeley and Oakland forests! Kids enjoy enrichment in biology and language arts, hike, read, write, explore, learn, create and play games, make friends, and more!

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Junior Center Thanksgiving Break Camp (Oakland)

Art From Around The World Camp students will create mixed media art through an exploration of Otomi-inspired Papel Amate Art, Repujado/Mexican Tin Art to Ruth Asawa-inspired cardboard roll art. For ages 8 to 10.

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KidzToPros Thanksgiving Camp (Emeryville)

Kids ages 4-12 can expand their creativity and sportsmanship by exploring new fields that could fuel their future. On-campus Holiday Camps bring together KidztoPros' most popular activities for a mix of STEM, sports, and arts -- from Minecraft coding and LEGO robotics to basketball and origami. Many locations.

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MOCHA Holiday Camps (Oakland)

MOCHA Fall and Winter Holiday Camps offer campers ages 5-13 a place to create and make art while schools are on break. They have projects all age levels can enjoy.

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💻 Camp EDMO Virtual Minecraft Camp ()

During break times at school, EDMO open's it's famous Minecraft server EDMOtopia to collaborate, complete building challenges and engage in Social Emotional Learning activities with kiddos! For grades 1-5, choose from a morning or afternoon session on select dates this fall and winter.

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.

Axé Oakland (Oakland)

For children ages 4+, daily activities include Capoeira, yoga, mindfulness, music, art, gardening, and games.

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 (Alameda)

Camp Bladium powered by Nike Kids Camps, campers have the opportunity to choose among many games and activities. Ages 5-12. Soccer camp at the same site also offers half-days.

Cooking Round the World (Hayward, Oakland, Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda)

Everything But the Turkey Thanksgiving Camp for ages 6 to 12. (note: Find Hayward info on p.26)

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.

Fad Pad Holiday Break Camps (Oakland)

Kids, grades K to 5, enjoy fun art and drama games at Mary Ellen's home studio. All art, gardening, and cooking supplies are included in the fees. Themes for fall break include Harry Potter and appreciation.

Galileo Technic Young Engineers + Cuddly Pets (Hayward)

For ages 5-11, Young Engineers’ Galileo Technic program will learn how to problem solve from a mechanical engineering perspective by building models and "rides" for cuddly pets. Held at San Felipe Park. See page 27 for details.

Legarza Sports & STEM (Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda)

Moraga Intermediate School hosts All-Sports, STEAM, and Basketball Camps for grades K-8 on Veteran's Day. Other Bay Area locations also offer Thanksgiving Camp

Monkey Business School Break Camp (Berkeley)

A camp for kids to get swept up in the joy of playing with well-structured times with specific games and projects led by a creative, dynamic staff. Unplugged all day, with primarily outdoor classrooms with covered roofing. Ages 5.75-10, with youth leaders 11+.

One Big Love Art Winter 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 (comics, cooking, art, LEGO engineering, etc.). More info on p. 38 of the linked recreation guide.

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.

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.

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.

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MOCHA campers building free-standing structure, #ArtIntegration. | Photo: MOCHA

Thanks to our sponsors of this East Bay November Day Camp Guide: Junior Center of Art and Science, Camp EDMO, KidzToPros, MOCHA, Inspire/Call of the Wild. Tell ’em 510families sent ya!
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