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!
FastForward Adventure Reporters Camp helps students learn and develop writing/interviewing skills, exciting opportunities abound! Campers will interview noted personalities like Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, visit the SF Giants, the Infineon Raceway, YouTube, Google, ILM, and more! They will learn to assemble and create FastForward stories on state-of-the-art equipment. Journalism campers will conduct four interviews per week and learn in a fun atmosphere, developing interviewing and writing skills, and learning that listening to someone else can change their life.
Kids attending FastForward’s Adventure Reporters Program learn the rocking journalism skills needed to ace an important interview. That’s why they have first priority in getting our big interviews. Plus there’s that whole "really fun and awesome" factor... so Sign up today!
WHERE: Redwood High School journalism lab
NEW YORK CAMP
Students entering Freshman-12th grade
NEW YORK CAMP
Students entering Freshman-12th grade
WHEN: FIVE Bay Area 1-week sessions for 2017: June 12-16 (entering High School & up), June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21. Hours are M—F from 9:00 am–3:00 pm.
AGES: Entering 5th-12th grade
ACTIVITIES: Preparing for and conducting interviews with sports, business and technology leaders at companies in and around the SF Bay Area. Photography, broadcast journalism, and creating interactive slide shows are all part of this project-based journalism program.Read More
Halleck Creek Ranch invites youth and young adults with special needs (AND their siblings!) to join us for horse camps this summer! Here at Halleck Creek Ranch, we believe that those with special needs can do anything they want, they just have to do it a little differently. If your child or young adult loves animals and being outdoors, then this is the camp for you.
Campers are grouped by age and ability level, no previous horse or riding experience required. Our Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and interns direct activities with an emphasis on safety, respect for others, and most importantly, fun! Activities will include horsemanship skills, horse care, interactive group activities, and riding lessons both in an arena and on the trail!
WHO can join in the fun?
Children and young adults with a wide range of special needs including developmental, physical, and sensory disabilities (and their neurotypical siblings!). HCR offers year-round therapeutic riding programs to riders with a wide range of developmental, physical, and sensory disabilities including: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, vision/auditory impairments, and more.
WHERE: Halleck Creek Ranch is a picturesque 60-acre ranch located at 1740 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio, West Marin
WHEN: Each week includes a 3-day Session (Tuesday-Thursday) from 9:00 am-1:00 pm, June 27-August 3. Sessions are grouped by age (see details).
AGES: 5 years and up!
ACTIVITIES: Riding lessons in an arena and on the trail, vaulting, grooming and horse care. Horse games, art, outdoor activities.Read More
Marin Greenplay Camp is a nature awareness day camp now in its 8th summer for kids entering kindergarten through 12th grade. Favorite activities include outdoor rock climbing, tide-pooling, boogie boarding, kayaking, orienteering, geocaching, hiking, farming at Green Gulch Farm, biomimicry, citizen science, nature art, service learning and more, depending on age level! A GreenPlay day includes hiking, natural history instruction, games and fun learning-building activities, art, storytelling, and just time to use their imaginations and play in nature. Lunch available.
WHERE: Mill Valley, Muir Woods, Tiburon, Larkspur, San Rafael, and other locations in Marin and San Francisco
WHEN: Ten week long full and half-day nature awareness sessions from June 12-Aug 25.
HOURS: Full day sessions run M—F from 9:00 am–4:00 or 5:00 pm; half-day sessions, M—F from 9:00 am–1:00 pm. Free before and after care is provided.
AGES: Nature awareness camps available in three age groupings: grades K-2 (Watershed Warriors); grades 3-6 (Earth Adventurers); ages 8-18 (Outdoor Rock Climbing Camp)
ACTIVITIES: Our campers will participate in a huge variety of age-appropriate nature awareness and adventure activities.Read More
Six weeks of fun for all children. Jamaroo Music and Movement classes for 3-4 year olds, swimming lessons for students ages 5 and up! Field Trips on Fridays! Wacky dress-up days, face painting, cookouts, nature hikes and scavenger hunts.
Marin Horizon School believes that every child can grow up to make a difference in the world. Every day, our faculty enthusiastically delivers a topnotch education to children from preschool through middle school in joyful classrooms where academics and integrity are of equal importance. We do this because the world doesn’t just need smart people. The world needs smart people with the courage to be kind and to stand up for what’s right.
WHERE: Marin Horizon School, 305 Montford Ave. in Mill Valley
WHEN: Choice of 4 or 5 days per week. Sessions run from June 20-July 29. Hours: M—F from 9:00 am–3:00 pm. Extended care and half-day options available.
AGES: 3-8 years old
ACTIVITIES: soccer, arts & crafts, music, nature hikes, drama, cookouts, off-campus nature walks, and various field trips.Read More
Your K-10th grader can be a Happy Camper this summer at Marin JCC Camp Kehillah! Our 11-acre campus includes outdoor and indoor pools, an art studio, a theater, an enclosed outdoor field and playground, a gym, and air conditioned programming spaces! Campers will experience a premier skill-based swim program for all levels. We offer 2-week traditional camps which include a mix of art, sports, music, field trips & overnights! Additionally, we offer 1-week Specialty Camps: Jr. Chefs, Ninja Warrior, Capoeira, How To Be A Mad Scientist, Artistic Adventures, Intro to STEM with LEGO, Rock On & many more! Also, back by popular demand – a selective 4-Week Counselors In Training (C.I.T.) Program!
WHERE: In San Rafael at Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road
WHEN: Camps run June 19-August 11. Our camp day runs from 9:00am–4:00pm. AM Care is available beginning at 7:30am, PM Care is available until 6:00PM
AGES: Entering-K thru grade 10
ACTIVITIES: Our 2-week traditional camps include a mix of art, sports, music, swimming, field trips & overnights! Additionally, we offer 1-week Specialty Camps: Jr. Chefs, Ninja Warrior, Capoeira, How To Be A Mad Scientist, Artistic Adventures, Intro to STEM with LEGO, Rock On & many more! Also, back by popular demand – a selective 4-Week Counselors In Training (C.I.T.) Program!Read More
At Marin Shakespeare Company Summer Camps, we make Shakespeare fun! Campers learn the stories and characters of Shakespeare's plays through story-telling, creative dramatics and theatre games.
Why Shakespeare? He presents the human condition in all its infinite variety— the beauty, terror, comedy, and passion of the human spirit. His rich language, complex characters and compelling stories help us develop our critical sensitivity and emotional intelligence. It’s a lifelong journey, as our students can attest, and our professional teaching artists make Shakespeare passionately, exuberantly fun!
WHERE: Locations in Novato, Ross and San Rafael. See website for details
WHEN: One week sessions, M-F. 9:00-12:00 pm; Two week sessions, M-F, 9:00 am–3:00 pm; June 12-August 11. Classes for teenagers: noon-4:00 pm
AGES: Boys and girls, ages 5-18
ACTIVITIES: Four programs based on child's age. See website for specific dates:
- Shakespeare's Stories: ages 5-7 (San Rafael)
- Young Company: ages 8-12 (San Rafael,Ross and Novato)
- Teen Programs: ages 13-18 (San Rafael)
- Tennis/Drama Camp: ages 8-14 (San Rafael)
Wildcat Summer Sports Camp offers kids an exciting opportunity to learn from great coaches, dedicated staff, and interact in a safe and competitive, but fun environment. If you have a passion for a sport or just an interest in the game, we have a camp for you. Sports include: Baseball, Softball, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball and Non-Contact Football, Girls Lacrosse and Co-ed Soccer. Sessions vary based on activities.
All of our sports camps (formerly offered by Wildcat Camps) are coached by Marin Catholic Coaches and Marin Catholic students. They provide a great way to learn new skills while having fun!
WHERE: Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield
WHEN: Camp sessions run from June 19 through August 4. Session dates vary by sport.
AGES: Girls and boys, grades 3-9; Girls Lacrosse, grades 1-9
ACTIVITIES: Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Non-Contact Football, Baseball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse and Co-ed SoccerRead More
Let Marin Theatre Company (MTC) nurture your child's passion for theater this summer! Join us as we go in search of Pokémon, party with Trolls, and explore the magical world of Harry Potter! We are happy to be running seven weeks of camps this year and each week will be chock-full of imagination, drama, laughter, and fun.
At MTC we strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for young people to grow in the arts.
WHERE: Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
WHEN: June 19-August 4. Specific dates vary depending on camp.
AGES: Grades K-12.
ACTIVITIES: We offer two areas of focus:
• In our Creative Dramatics camps students will have the opportunities to immerse themselves into the worlds of Pokémon, Harry Potter, beloved Disney musicals and more! Each camp offers opportunities to build performance skills, as well as increase confidence and build friendships through the arts.
• In our Production Camps, students will be focused on rehearsing and performing in fully staged productions of Seussical Jr. and Seussical KIDS.Read More
Marin Waves Track Club is open to youth and high school levels—and above. Serving all levels from beginner to elites, we've been a USATF Member Club since 2007. Recent club achievements include: (2016) 3 National JO XC Qualifiers, 2 National Champions, 3 National Runner-Up Awards, 3 National JO XC Qualifiers 2016; 10 National JO Track & Field Qualifiers 2016; 26 Total All-American Awards.
Spring/Summer 2017 Training is available in the following: Track & Field, Speed & Agility Training for All Sports, Cross Country, and Road Racing. All-Comers & USATF Meets also available for those interested.
WHERE: Various Marin Locations. For specific days/locations visit our website
WHEN: We offer training sessions in the spring (March 13-May 21) and summer (May 22-July 30). Sessions are 1 hour in length unless otherwise noted. A detailed schedule with times is available on the camp website.
AGES: Open to youth ages 6-14, as well as grades high school & above! Open to all ability levels from beginners to elite.
ACTIVITIES: Track & field events, speed & agility training (all sports), cross country, and road racing. Sessions include cardio work, dynamics, speed development, individualized workouts, strength building, and flexibility training. All-Comers & USATF Meets also available for those interested.Read More
Dive into marine science at Camp Sea Quest, a summer camp for aspiring marine scientists K-6! Through real science experiments, marine mammal observations at the Center’s unique hospital, nature discovery hikes in a national park, crafts, games and more, campers will discover the wonders of marine mammals and learn how we are all connected to the ocean.
WHERE: The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands, just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge
WHEN: June 19-August 11, 9:00 am–3:30 pm. Extended care is available from 8:00 am–5:00 pm.
AGES: Rising k-grade 6
ACTIVITIES: There will be science experiments, guided tours of our marine mammal hospital, nature exploration walks/hikes, crafts, games, special activities and when possible, opportunities to do behind-the-scenes experiences at the Center.Read More
Mill Valley Recreation’s Summer Youth Programs for 2017—Camp Kaleidoscope, Splash Camp, Sports and Specialty Camps—provide youth from pre-K to their teens plenty of fun choices for summer. Moms and dads can join in the fun too with our popular Family Camp Out, Film Nights in the Park and Open Swim rounding out the summer fun for families.
WHERE: Mill Valley Recreation, Mill Valley
WHEN: Wide variety of camps from which to choose running June 12-August 25. Hours vary by camp. Drop-in for the day options and Extended Care are also available for some camps.
AGES: Pre-K to teens
ACTIVITIES: K-6th graders can choose from all types of fun camp activities including art, swim lessons, trips and more. We offer many options for Pre-K and teens. Specialty camps include sports, music, art, drama and more.Read More
Welcome Horse lovers! If you are between the ages of 5-14 years, our summer day camp is just what you are looking for. We offer English/Western horse camps for youth. Campers are grouped by ages and riding levels. Our enthusiastic Certified Instructors teach riding and horse care skills combined with many fun and exciting activities—some of which include Trail Riding, Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) Bareback riding and Petting Zoo. There will also be show at the end of each week so campers can show off their newly acquired riding skills.
WHERE: Morning Star Farm, 885 Sutro Avenue, Novato
WHEN: Weekly Sessions from June 5-August 25. Full Days (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Half Day (9:00 am –12:30 pm). See website for other specialty camps/times.
ACTIVITIES: Horse riding lessons, trail rides, vaulting, grooming and horse care. Horse games, horse art, petting zoo
AGES: 8-14 years (some 7.5 year-olds with a minimum 1 year of riding lesson experience considered)Read More
Experience the outdoors this summer on a mountain bike! Founded in 2006, we offer 5-day camps for novice to expert mountain bikers. Custom-tailored sessions explore the world-renowned trails of Marin County. Campers improve their riding skills, learn bike maintenance, trail etiquette, local history and ecology. We promise not to test campers on the last two. Ride new trails each day with expert coaches in a fun, non-competitive environment, while learning to be a safe, conscientious, self-reliant cyclist. We don’t just go for rides, we coach mountain biking with a focus on each rider having fun while safely taking their skills to the next level. The ultimate goal is for all of our campers to find that same joy that we have found, in nature—on a bike. Mountain biking can be as hard as it is fun, but if you ask us who the best rider is, we’ll tell you—it's the one wearing the biggest smile.
WHERE: 10 Old Mill Street in Mill Valley
WHEN: 11 weekly sessions from June 12-September 1, M—F from 9:00 am–4:00 pm. Early drop off and after care is available.
AGES: Boys and girls, ages 8-14
ACTIVITIES: Mountain Biking, Skills Coaching, Basic Bike Mechanics, Short Nature Hikes, Water Balloon Fights, Capture the Flag and Bike related gamesRead More
Coding is the New Literacy. Software is reinventing the world. Prepare Your Child for the Future!
Make it Fun. Make it Educational. Make it Their Best Summer Ever!
MVCode’s summer camps are the perfect way to make your child’s summer fun and filled with important learning for their future. Week long summer camps teach coding through robotics, Minecraft plugins, gaming, web, apps, Unity and programming fundamentals. MV Code Camps were designed by camping professionals and include 90 minutes of daily outdoor play, team building activities and games.
MV Code Camps are week-long programs for students in grades 1 through 8. Visit our website and be sure to read the individual camp descriptions and specific age/prerequisite requirements.
WHERE: Four locations: in Greenbrae at 151 Bon Air Center; in Mill Valley at 38 Miller Ave.; in San Francisco at 3236 Geary Blvd; and in Redwood City at 928 Woodside Road.
WHEN: 1-week camps run May 30-August 21, M—F from 9:00 am–3:00 pm with before and after care available
AGES: Boys and girls, 1st through 8th grade
ACTIVITIES: Kids learn coding through Robotics, Minecraft plugins, Web, Gaming, Apps, Unity and programming fundamentals. Camps also include outdoor play with team building games and activities.
COST: Prices vary depending on the camp selected. For detailed pricing or to set up a free trial for your child before the summer, please visit our website.Read More