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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!

Andrews Camps

AndrewsCamps is Marin’s leading provider of school age childcare programs. We offer great summer camps and an awesome after school program during the school year. Our indoor/outdoor Corte Madera center is alive with games, arts & crafts, zip line, climbing wall, petting zoo, laser tag, trampoline, baseball, basketball, dodge ball, capture the flag and more. Our famous traveling/adventure day camps go to beaches, parks, the Russian River, Spring Lake, Six Flags, WaterWorld, the Exploratorium and more. The AndrewsCamps staff is great, fully engaging every camper. We are a state licensed childcare facility (Lic #214005379) and meet state requirements for staff qualifications and safety.

WHERE: 400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera. Across from the DMV, next to the Corte Madera/Larkspur bike path.

WHEN: Summer Camps run June 12-September 1, M—F from 8:00 am–6:00 pm. Please visit the camp website for details on all the available programs. Early drop-off and late pickup is available. Our center is also available weekends for birthday parties (the best party facility in Marin).

AGES: Three groupings: k-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-9th grades. All children welcome. Everyone has a great time at AndrewsCamps.

ACTIVITIES: AndrewsCamps is a place for having fun. We provide many alternative activities for each camper to experience. We encourage them to take initiative, make their own choices and explore. Teamwork and respect for others are also values we teach. We let kids be kids at AndrewsCamps, playing games, learning crafts, having fun in a safe and stimulating environment.

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Bay Area Discovery Camps

Give your kids a rewarding summer at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Discovery Camps! Our camps provide child-directed, inquiry-driven learning through project-based, hands-on activities designed to intentionally boost creativity, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills, and critical thinking.

With over 20 themes, we’ve got camps to satisfy all interests - everything from robots and art to geology and fashion. Camps run on a weekly basis, so you can book a diverse set to keep your kids excited through the entire summer!

Plus, to keep you up-to-date on all the fun, instructors email you a weekly summary of your child’s unique experience.

WHERE: Two locations: Bay Area Discovery Museum (557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965); Marin Art and Garden Center (30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957)

WHEN: Camps run May 29-August 25, 9:00 am –1:00pm. Extended care available (8:00–9:00 am and 1:00–4:00 pm)

AGES: Preschool ~ 3rd Grade. Junior Counselor program ~ grades 4-9

ACTIVITIES: Over 20 Themes! New 2017 themes include Disappearing Art, Fab Fashion, Robots, Music Makers, Big Art, Junior Navigators, and more! Visit our website for complete list of themes and descriptions.

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Blaster Camp

At Blaster Camp. we provide safe, fun and exciting NERF blaster games and battles to develop speed, quickness, endurance and agility. The perfect way for kids to stay fit in the summer while playing outdoors, having fun, and making new friends. Six weeklong sessions available as well as daily drop ins. Sausalito, San Francisco and Petaluma locations. Healthy morning and afternoon snacks included. Lunch and rental Fitbits are an option.

WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Sausalito, Mountain Lake Park in San Francisco, and Leghorn’s Park in Petaluma

WHEN: Seven weekly sessions from June 19-Aug 11. Hours are M—F from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Drop-ins are welcome; extended care is available.

AGES: 7-14

ACTIVITIES: NERF Blaster games and battles designed to improve fitness as well as water activities on Fridays and hot days.

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Branson School Summer Session

Our Summer Session is a co-educational program offering academic courses and athletic camps for students and adults. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from experienced faculty and coaches, enjoy and become familiar with the Branson campus, and meet new friends. Whether you enroll in an academic enrichment course or sign up for an athletic camp, your experience will be fun, challenging, and rewarding. 

Our camps and classes are open to students aged 7-18, and we offer adult classes as well. Be sure to read individual camp/course descriptions for specific age/grade requirements. Students from all schools are welcome and encouraged to participate in our Summer Session. Please learn more about our programs by visiting the Branson website.

WHERE: Branson School, Ross, CA

WHEN: June 12-August 18; session times vary according to activity

AGES: Students grades 1-12

ACTIVITIES: SPORTS CAMPS: Basketball and Soccer. ACADEMICS:  SSAT Prep, Geometry, College Essay Writing, Engineering, STEM Institute, Robotics, Programming in Python, Prep for 10th Grade English, Algebra I & II Prep, Calculus Prep, Musical Theater, Photography, Screen Writing, Reading & Writing Skills, and more.

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Camp Cyber Garage

Spark Your Child’s Curiosity and Imagination This Summer ~ Unlike any other camp in Marin, Cyber Garage is a Makerspace, Robotics, Coding and Tech wonderland filled with the most advanced prototyping and woodworking machines, laser cutting, 3D printers, virtual reality, science, digital arts, engineering, film making, game design, robotics, the latest and greatest in technology and much more!

Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators ~ With the guidance of our knowledgeable and caring year-round professional teachers, your kids will be fully engaged in projects that combine technology, science, engineering, art, hands-on learning with memorable summer camp fun— like launching rockets, building your own Star Wars or Minecraft world, driving hovercrafts or racing custom built cars and robots.

A Healthy Balance of Mind/Body/Social ~ At Cyber Garage, we don’t believe that kids should be hovering over a computer all day long! Our camps provide a much-needed balance of learning, building and playing with friends both indoors and out.  At Cyber Garage, kids can explore their creativity, meet, socialize and most importantly, have FUN! 

WHERE: 14 Ross Avenue, Downtown San Anselmo, Marin

WHEN: Weeklong Camps and Counselor In Training for K-8th grades run June 12-August 11, M—F. Half Day Camps are from 9:00 am–1:00 pm and Full Day Camps are 9:00 am–3:00 pm. Early drop-off available starting at 8:00 am with late pick-up until 6:00 pm.

AGES: Boys and girls, grades K-8

ACTIVITIES: 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, 3D Modeling, Film Making, Woodworking, Hands On Design Build, Robotics, Animation, Game Design, Coding, Digital Arts, Wearable Tech, Virtual Reality. Visit our website to learn more about our weekly camp curriculum.

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Camp Funderblast

Bring your kids to a fun, local, safe, loving environment and watch them thrive! Through games, arts 'n' crafts, swimming, nature adventures, cooking projects, songs, skits, and more your child will come home grounded, confident and happy. Founded by Veronica Cowen, Camp Funderblast's mission is to create an environment where each child feels seen and loved—and that is just the beginning...! That is the Funderblast difference.

WHERE: Three great locations: in Mill Valley at Scott Valley Swim & Tennis Club and the Homestead Valley Community Center, and in Fairfax at Cascade Canyon School.

WHEN: Hours and dates vary by location. Our Homestead Valley site runs June 12-August 18, M—F from 8:00 am-6:00 pm. At Scott Valley camp runs June 19-August 18, M—F from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. And at Cascade Canyon School June 19-August 11 from 9am-4pm.

AGES: Boys and girls, pre-K through 6th grade - 4-11 years old

ACTIVITIES: Active Games, Swimming, Dress-up days, Arts 'n' Crafts, Storytelling, Louie the Lightning Bolt of Love, Nature Adventures, Songs, Skits and More!

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Camp Strawberry

Ready, Set, Go Camp Strawberry! Go swimming, go tennis, go cooking, go yoga, go arts & crafts, go athletics, go nature, go science and go adventure!

Camp Strawberry is the only camp in Southern Marin that integrates these exciting activities at one site. The Strawberry Recreation District (SRD) campus features tennis courts, an aquatic center, gymnasium, athletic fields and indoor activity space. SRD is a parents’ and campers’ summertime utopia with high program standards. Camp Strawberry provides opportunity for campers to develop lifelong skills in three age groups. Led by an experienced, passionate, fun, and enthusiastic staff. Ready, Set, Go Camp Strawberry and sign up today!

WHERE: 118 E. Strawberry Drive in Mill Valley

WHEN: Camps run June 5 through August 18 with full summer or weekly options. Each week will focus on a different theme. See details below.

AGES: Camps available for four age groups: Sprouts – ages 4-1/2 to 6 (M—F, 9:00 am–4:00 pm); Sports – ages 6 to 10 (M—F, 9:30 am–4:30 pm); Athletic X-Training – ages 8 to 12 (M—F, 9:30 am–4:30 pm); Counselors-In-Training (CIT) – ages 11 to 15 (M—F, 10:15 am–5:15 pm).

ACTIVITIES: Activities include the weekly themes and play activities, professional athletic instruction in swimming, tennis, and soccer, guest entertainers, special events, walking field trips, spirit dress-up days, craft projects and so much more.

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Circus Center

Circus Center's Summer Camps offer weeklong romps through the world of circus, building self-confidence and joy in kids ages 6-16.

Our CPR and First Aid-certified instructors are professional circus artists who have extensive experience teaching children and adults. Your kids will build fun and unique skills, burn off all that energy, and learn valuable lessons in collaboration, self-confidence, realizing their goals and fulfilling their dreams!

Circus Center San Francisco is a non-profit center celebrating 33 YEARS of inspiring passion for the circus arts!

We offer a sibling discount (5%) and a multi-week discount (10% - must sign up for 3 weeks).

WHERE: Circus Center, 755 Frederick St., San Francisco, 94117

WHEN: Dates and hours vary according to camp:

  • DISCOVERY CAMP ~ 9:00 am–3:00 pm. June 5-9, July 3 & 5-7, August 21-25. Ages 6-12
  • ACRO CAMP ~ 9:00 am–3:00 pm. June 26-30, July 24-28, August 14-18. Ages 7-14
  • AERIAL CAMP ~ 9:00 am–3:00 pm. June 26-30, July 24-28, August 14-18. Ages 7-14
  • FLYING TRAPEZE & TRAMPOLINE CAMP ~ 10:00 am–3:00 pm. June 5-9, July 3 & 5-7. Ages 7-16
  • PERFORMANCE CAMP ~ (two-week camp) 9:00 am–3:00 pm. June 12-16 & 19-23, July 10-14 & 17-21, July 31-August 4 & August 7-11. Ages 7-14

TIME: Sessions run from 9:00am–3:00pm. Campers perform on Friday!

AGES: children ages 6-16

ACTIVITIES: Acrobatics, flying trapeze, trampoline, juggling, stilt walking, clowning, and much, much more!

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City Of San Rafael Child Care Kids Camp

Kids Camp is a fun-filled, action-packed summer program for school-age children. Located on or near San Rafael elementary school campuses, each of our 7 centers has professional, caring enthusiastic staff that plan and present a wide variety of kid-friendly activities and special events in safe, state-licensed facilities. Each week your child will have the opportunity to create, explore, swim, splash, play games and just enjoy being a kid! Visit our website to view summer highlights, rates, schedules and registration information.

WHERE: Locations throughout San Rafael include: Coleman Children's Center, Dixie Children's Center, Glenwood Children's Center, Mary Silveira Children's Center, Parkside Children's Center, Vallecito Children's Center and Venetia Valley Children's Center

WHEN: June 12-August 18; M—F, 7:30 am-6:30 pm. Flexible scheduling also available.

AGES: for Boys and Girls, ages 5-11

ACTIVITIES: Swimming, weekly field trips, arts and crafts, guest speakers, walking field trips, water play, science and group games and much more.

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Coastal Camp

Windswept beaches, rolling hills, a view of the Golden Gate Bridge—as you can see, this is not your ordinary summer day camp.

Every day at Coastal Camp is an opportunity for adventure and discovery in the outdoors. Coastal Camp finds the place where play and learning meet by combining marine and coastal ecology with hands-on activities, art projects, group games, and hikes exploring the Marin Headlands. Campers entering grades K-9 engage their curious minds and boundless energy by exploring and investigating the natural world.

WHERE: Located in the Marin Headlands just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and steps from Rodeo Beach.

WHEN: June 12-August 18; M—F from 9:30 am–3:30 pm. Extended care available 8:00 am–5:15 pm.

AGES: Entering Kindergarten through 9th grade

ACTIVITIES: Beach time, arts & crafts, hiking, exploring a National Park, campouts, sailing, tidepooling, games, team-building activities, campfires, hands-on learning in our labs

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Culinary Dude's Summer Cooking Camps

This summer, let your child experience the wonders of cooking with the Culinary Dude's Summer Cooking Camps. Our hands-on cooking camps will enable kids to find their inner chef. The Culinary Dude has created a wonderful collection of daily menus that the kids will cook themselves. Using the freshest ingredients, fun and interactive cooking techniques, the kids will prepare meals from scratch each day as they learn kitchen and food safety, professional kitchen etiquette, measuring ratios, prep skills, and table manners. In addition to a wide variety of tactile recipes, kids will participate in additional food-related activities. All camps include lunch for all campers. We offer a variety of cooking camps throughout the year with a wide array of themes. We are a nut-free business and use Wowbutter and SunButter as a nut butter replacement unless otherwise requested.

Your children are not numbers to us! Unlike other programs who just want your money, our focus is to cater to each child individually, help them where they need improvement and cap our class numbers to keep the class intimate, so your child does not get lost in the masses and feels like they are truly a part of the whole.

WHERE: St. Hilary School, 765 Hilary Drive in Tiburon

WHEN: This summer from June 12–August 18, 2017, we offer a series of multi-themed 4- and 5-day camps. In addition to our summer programs, we provide winter and spring camps at locations in Tiburon and San Francisco. Visit our website for details.

AGES: boys and girls, ages 5-16

ACTIVITIES: Cooking! The kids will be cooking their lunch daily. In addition they will be setting up the daily buffet, cleaning, washing and drying the dishes. Hopefully these will carry over to the home.

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Dominican University of California Summer Odyssey

An innovative program designed specifically for academically gifted and creatively talented students, grades 2–9, from Marin’s public and independent schools. Summer Odyssey camps are designed to challenge the intellect, stretch the imagination, and embolden the talent of each child. Classes are held on the Dominican campus in San Rafael, where teachers and students can take full advantage of the University’s setting for outdoor fun and adventures. Participants are selected on the basis of their academic abilities, creativity, talent, and keen desire to explore and learn.

WHERE: Summer Odyssey meets at Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Avenue in San Rafael.

WHEN: July 17-28, M—F, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

AGES: Boys and girls entering grades 2-9

ACTIVITIES: Session dates, programs, and ages vary according to camp. Visit our website for additional information.

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EFBA French Immersion Summer Camp

Wishing you could send your children abroad this summer for a rich cultural experience immersed in the French language? EFBA – French Education in the Bay Area offers children K-5th grade the opportunity to have a true immersive experience in French through our week-long summer camps staffed by French native speakers from France or other French-speaking countries. 

We take your children on an amazing journey through the ages and cultures of France and other French-speaking lands. Although French is the only language used during the camp, non-native speakers are welcome! Our ratio is 1 adult for 5 or 6 children, which ensures the French immersion. The language is a tool for super fun activities, games and exciting encounters that will satisfy the discovery needs, leisure, creativity, imagination, and socialization of each child. Your children will become explorers, adventurers, artists and researchers in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. 

This innovative summer program is part of the EFBA year round model. For non-native speakers, visual, audio and other supports are prepared in advance by our educators in order to facilitate the French immersion experience. Our camp counselors are specifically trained to make the children feel comfortable through techniques that ensure that each of them finds his/her place in the group and has a great time!

WHERE: Marin camp meets at Hall Middle School, 200 Doherty Drive in Larkspur. Other camp locations available in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Mountain View, and Berkeley/Oakland.

WHEN: Weekly Sessions from June 19-August 4. A day at the camp lasts from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with the option of enrolling your child in additional activity time from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

AGES: Grades K-5

ACTIVITIES: Theme-based activities geared toward exploration and learning the French language include French class, songs, music, stories, manual and creative expression, artistic activities, outdoor activities, games and much more! For 2017 we offer the following theme weeks:

  • Those crazy Romans | June 19-23
  • Intrigue in the Lascaux caves | June 26-30
  • The Tour of France | July 3-7
  • Totally Spies | July 10-14
  • Saving the Ariane space rocket! | July 17-21
  • Jacques Cartier and the Treasure of Newfoundland | July 24-28 
  • The secret society at the Panthéon | July 31-Aug 4
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