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Welcome to the 2017 edition of our annual listing of summer day camps for kids. In addition to our own FastForward Adventure Reporters Camp, this year's selections include traditional camps, preschools and workshops focusing on a full range of fun and learning activities. Listings are intended to provide a brief summary of each camp's activities, their dates of operation, the minimum and maximum ages for attendees, location and costs when available. Full information can be obtained at each camp's own web site or by phone. Be sure to book early as many camps tend to fill up quickly. Some also offer discounts for early registration. Enjoy!

Performing Arts Academy of Marin

The Performing Arts Academy of Marin (PAAM) offers a fun-filled and inspiring summer day camp for the young performer! Weekly Theater Arts and Dance Programs are available throughout the summer. Students gain superior training from seasoned professionals in a supportive and fun environment. Programs are grouped by age for students ages 6 and up, and PAAM also offers Demi Camp for ages 4-6! Our weekly Theater Arts and Demi Camp Programs culminate with a performance for parents & family.

WHERE: 60 Belvedere, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley

WHEN: Weekly sessions from June 12-August 18, 8:30 am–2:00 pm. Aftercare is available until 2:00-5:00 pm with advanced registration at $15 per day.

AGES: Boys and girls, ages 4-18

ACTIVITIES: Weekly Theater Arts & Dance Programs

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Poekie Nook

For 16 years, Poekies (a stuffed animal toy) have introduced various hand-sewing techniques to thousands of children in Marin County. Our camp teaches hand-sewing (beginning to advanced), beading, and other arts and crafts, for children age 6 and up.

The physical benefits of hand-sewing are obvious, it improves manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. But the children also learn patience and the value of precision. Comparing a perfectly sewn Poekie and a not-so-perfect one, is like looking at “pretty and sweet” versus “scruffy and sweet.” Both are adorable but every child sees the difference and eagerly takes the challenge to reach that perfection. Children also learn to think in three dimensions. Through their hands and their eyes they experience how a few two-dimensional pieces become a three dimensional sculpture.

WHERE: 247 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley

WHEN: Drop in sessions available from June 19-August 22, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

AGES: Ages 6 and up

ACTIVITIES: Starting with easy, beginning animals, students sew their way up to advanced Poekie animals. Students are free to choose their projects depending on experience and ability.

COST: $280/20 hours; $170/10 hours; $20/1 hour. Maximum charge is $420 per week.

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Ross Academy Montessori School Summer Mini-Camp

Ross Academy Montessori Schools' Summer Mini-Camp Program for 2016 offers a continuing Montessori environment with regular staffing for the entire summer—and lots of outdoor fun with Guest Appearances and other Special Events. Our personal goal at Ross Academy is to “educate the human potential” which is achieved through positive and stimulating experiences. Our program has been designed especially for your child’s growing needs. Along with the Ross Academy staff, we look forward to having your child be a part of Summer Mini-Camp.

The Ross Academy Montessori Schools were established in Ross in 1966. Our Mill Valley school was opened in 1971.

WHERE: Ross Academy Montessori, 7 Thomas Drive, Mill Valley

WHEN: 8, 6 & 4 week programs available from June 19-August 11. Full Day (9:00 am–2:30 pm) and Half-Day programs (9:00 am–noon) with individual weeks okay. Extended care is available, 7:00 am–6:15 pm.

AGES: Toddler Program 2-3 years. Primary Program 3-up-5 years.

ACTIVITIES: We offer themed weeks (Introduction/Safety, Patriotic, Music, Magic, Insects, Puppets, Western and Live Animals) while incorporating art, music and water activities.

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San Domenico Summer Camp

The best summers start at San Domenico! Since 1995 our 500 acre campus in Marin County of rolling hills, hiking trails, outdoor kitchen/classroom, organic garden, and state of the art sports and arts facilities have been making San Domenico an ideal place to spend summer days. Come explore our swimming pool, organic garden, outdoor kitchen classroom, hiking trails, and state of the art sports and arts facilities.

WHERE: San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Road in San Anselmo

WHEN: Sessions run June 19–July 28, M-F, 9:00 am—3:30 pm. Extended care available.

AGES: Boys and girls, 5-18 years

ACTIVITIES: Build a multi-session, summer-long camp experience for your child. We offer Nike Basketball, Nike Tennis, Nike Swimming, and Nike Soccer, plus SD Flag Football, 3D Makers Lab, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Lego Free Play, Craftsmen Kids, Explorers, Arts, Dance, Vocals, Theatre, Writing, Boat Building, Water Polo & more.

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SingersMarin Summer Camp

Does your child love singing and dancing, drama and performing on stage?  Are you looking for a summer camp that offers all of this plus the opportunity to make new friends, be taught by talented, enthusiastic professionals and have lots of fun and laughter along the way?  Then this is the camp for you.

Singers Marin presents its 7th Annual Summer Camp, where children can maximize their vocal potential by learning to sing songs in a variety of musical styles, take part in daily dance routines and put on a wonderful show for family and friends at the end of the week.  During the week, the children will receive voice instruction, group singing, and musicianship training, dance and choreography lessons, stage presence and develop overall confidence as a performer.

WHERE: 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley

WHEN: July 10–21, 10:00 am-3:30 pm, M—F

AGES: Girls and boys, 6-13 years old

ACTIVITIES: Every day will begin with a fun session of warm up games and vocal exercises.  The day will then be structured around the above mentioned activities with breaks for playtime and lunch, (not included)

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A unique summer camp offering engaging academic classes in the morning and lively enrichment activities in the afternoon, SummerCrest camp is offered at the lovely Dixie Elementary School site. Each summer two 3-week sessions are presented.  Classes are designed to foster student excitement and wonder in learning, and to bring out these same feelings in enrichment and outdoor activity programs. Classes such as archeology, tide pools, computer coding, computer game design, animation, art, outdoor games, are only a few of the SummerCrest offerings this summer. As 3rd grader Emma D. states: “It’s fun and educational . . . I have done many things but nothing like SummerCrest!”

WHERE: Mary Silveira School, 375 Blackstone Drive, in San Rafael

WHEN: Two 3-week sessions: June 12-30 and July 3-21. Session times: Full-day, (9:00 am-–2:45 pm); Half-Day, (9:00 am-–12:05 pm); Partial Day, (9:00 am-–1:45 pm)

AGES: students entering Kindergarten (and TK) - 6th grade

ACTIVITIES: New learning experiences, discovery, laughter, games, outdoor play, and new friendships are all part of SummerCrest.

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Super Summer Adventure Camp

In San Anselmo, we are gearing up for another fun summer of field trips, optional swim lessons, art, science and gymnastic activities and lots more. Our experienced staff will once again put on a summer that your child will not soon forget! Located on the spacious campus of Wade Thomas School our headquarters are fully equipped and air-conditioned. Swim lessons take place at Drake High School Pool. Staff experienced in Early Childhood Education and most work year-round. They are CPR and First-Aid certified. Join us for the fun!

WHERE: Wade Thomas School, 150 Ross Ave. San Anselmo

WHEN: Weekly sessions from June 19 to August 11. Various schedules from 1/2 day to full day and 2, 3, 4 and 5 days a week. 7:30 am — 6:00 pm

AGES: Entering K-3rd grade

ACTIVITIES: Optional weekly field trips, swim lessons, art, crafts, science and yoga activities and lots more 

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The Planet Summer Camp

The Planet: Famous Kids’ Summer Place with the best hand-tool wood shop, and bead-jewelry and sewing shop. Kids direct their own time, with freedom to do nothing. We're not only a summer camp. We also offer a year-round drop-in day camp and activity center, a conscientious alternative for all kids ages 6 and beyond!

The Planet Sausalito - The Kids’ Headquarters has been serving Marin since 1995, providing wholesome activities and meticulous supervision, and also maintaining a unique, ongoing community discussion of every issue that pertains to what is best for children.

WHERE: 220 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley

WHEN: M-F, 8:30 am–6:00 pm, June 16-August 25

AGES: 5 1/2 years and up

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Vilda Nature Camps

Our nature day camps are an organic, all natural, local, free range, 100% awesome summer experience in the hills and lakes of Marin and at a 250 acre organic farm in Petaluma! With wilderness skills, nature connection and ecological stewardship wrapped in lots of adventure and play, campers learn about animal tracking, wild edible plants, primitive skills, natural dyes and much, much more. Our San Rafael camps include swimming and kayaking and our Petaluma camps include organic farming and tending baby farm animals. We are a small, local non-profit, with highly trained adult instructors who provide kids with a caring individualistic experience.

WHERE: Fairfax, San Rafael, Petaluma

WHEN: June 12-August 18. Multiple weeklong sessions available. See camp website for specific dates and locations.

AGES: Camps are available for kids ages 4-15.

ACTIVITIES: Nature awareness, Wilderness Survival, Games and hiking, Animal Tracking, Plant ID and uses, Primitive Skills, Wilderness safety and lost-proofing, Organic Farming, Tending Farm Animals, Stealth and Archery, Bird Language, Ecology and sustainable practices, Journaling and nature meditation, Yoga or movement, Peacemaking and team building, Leadership skills.

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