How to prevent the ‘Summer Slide’

Did you know?
When children don’t read over the summer, they can fall 2 ˝ years behind by 5th grade. It’s always important to support your child’s learning at home, and over the summer this is critical.

5 Tips from The Children’s Literacy Initiative

1. Choose the Right Books
Think of this as the “Goldilocks Effect.” If your kid’s book is too easy, she’ll get bored. If her book is too hard, she’ll get frustrated and give up. When your child reads a “just right” book, she should be challenged but engaged. Ask your child’s teacher or a children’s librarian for help if you’re not sure what your child’s reading level is.

2. Set Goals

Sit down with your child and set some summer reading goals together. Depending on your child’s age, you might want to shoot for one book a week, or an hour of reading time a day. Make sure your goals are realistic, and set up a reward system. For example, if she finishes three books, take a trip to the movie theater or get an ice cream cone.

3. Make it fun!
Your kids will want to read if you sneak books into all the fun activities you do. Heading to the beach? Pack some books with you. Try going on a “reading picnic” in the park. Play reading bingo or play games together that will require your child to read words. Sing songs or nursery rhymes with younger ones.

4. Go the Library
Public libraries often have great summer programs for kids, and these are usually inexpensive or free. While you’re there, let your child pick out some new books – he’ll be much more excited to crack open a book if he chose it himself.

5. Read Every Day
Practice makes perfect, and reading is no exception! Show your kids that reading is a priority, and they will treat it that way too. In the meantime, enjoy snuggling up with your child and sharing a book – these moments will help establish a love of reading and a closer bond with your family.

You can also hire a tutor or take your child to a tutoring center to give them some personalized attention.  Go to Parent Scout and search for “Tutors” in your zip code.

Food struggles with young children

My heart goes out to all parents that deal with food struggles with their kids.  There are many reasons why children become picky eaters.  Some are the result of medical issues, food allergies, or just a strong willed child that want to show their parents who is in charge.  As parents, we can get lost in the moment of frustration and it only seems to make the situation worse.  Having a child born with a rare medical condition that caused severe reflux, I have read and researched everything there is to know. Luckily, I’ve turned things around in my home. While every child is different, here is what I’ve learned along the way.   I hope it helps you too!

  1. Big portions are not enticing for picky eaters.  Start with finger foods, and have have little bits of different foods on the plate.  Don’t serve a huge helping of one thing and expect the child to eat it, or you set them up for failure and yourself up for disappointment.
  2. Make dinner time fun.  Try a plate called “Dinner Winner” which can be purchased on Amazon.  It is designed as a game board.  You put small amounts of different foods in each square.  If they eat from each square, they may look under a little box which has a surprise under it.  We had great success with this plate.
  3. Make dinner table rules.  Some of our rules are as follows:
    1. Never insult the food – When you insult the food, you insult the chef who took the time to cook and care for you.  That is grounds for being removed from the table for a few minutes.
    2. You may say “No thank you, or I’d prefer something else.” if it is something you absolutely will not eat.  We have to respect that they are their own person.  It’s ok that they have their own tastes and preferences.  It is not ok for you to cook specifically for them so have options for all in one meal.
    3. We ask that you try each thing on your plate.  You don’t need to eat it all, but a taste is strongly recommended.
    4. No veggies, no dessert.  You don’t have to eat your veggies, but don’t expect to eat anything deemed as a “treat” if you haven’t nourished your body first.
    5. Wait until everyone is finished before you may be excused.
  4. NEVER FORCE – No matter how frustrated you are, don’t force.  It will make all the challenges you deal with worse.  This will cause a power struggle and add an emotional element to it.
  5. Put multiple things on the plate, but make sure that some of them are foods your child DOES like and will eat.  For example, if they love Mac n Cheese, don’t be afraid to have that often and each night add a new side dish to try.  Remember, keep the sides small and tasty bites.
  6. Don’t expect overnight success.  Kids go through stages.  The less pressure you put on them, the faster this stage will pass.  But give it time!
  7. Focus on dinner conversation and role modeling.  Let them see you eat a healthy meal.  Thank those that cook for you.  Describe your meal as delicious.  And show them that dinner is about family time to check in with each other.
  8. Don’t over think calorie intake etc.  Yes, cook healthy, but DO NOT worry about each calorie, gram of protein or sugar.  Let them enjoy food!

For those whose children suffer from medical conditions that make eating a challenge, Pediasure has everything your child and most adults need to be completely nourished. So supplement with that (with your drs blessing of course), and introduce foods little by little with no pressure.  Let them play with their food, touch the food with their tongue to get used to the flavor and texture, and smell their food.  Let your child explore as they would with a toy.

And lastly, pour yourself a glass of wine while you are having dinner with your kids.  You’ll need it!!!

I wish you all stress free meals and healthy kiddos.

Best 4th of July Fireworks & Parades in the Bay Area

San Francisco

Pier 39: If you want the full San Francisco experience, this annual fireworks show is the one to see.  Family friendly events and live music happen from 11AM to 8PM.  Fireworks start around 9:30.

Fisherman’s Wharf: Fisherman’s Wharf hosts a fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m in tandem with Pier 39. Be forewarned, if you have young kids, the crowds are big and it might not be worth it unless you love being in the middle of the action.  Parking will be tough too.  In the very least, make sure to bring your stroller as you will most likely be doing some walking.

Blue & Gold Fleet Cruise:  What is the best way to avoid the havoc of the crowds and really enjoy the show you ask?  How about from the water!  The ship departs from Pier 39, Pier 41, and Tiburon at various times around 8:30 p.m.

Premier 4th of July Dinner Cruise – Watch San Francisco fireworks from the bay. 4-hour cruise, dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, views, and fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Please arrive early and allow plenty of extra time for heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and options for parking. Public Transportation is highly recommended. Departs Monday, July 4, 2016 from Pier 3, San Francisco, CA at 7 p.m, boards at 6 p.m. (415) 788-8866.

Chinatown : This celebration has everything from twirling firecrackers to exploding dragons. 8 p.m. at Grant and Sacramento Street is the spot to be!

The Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is open on Independence Day Holiday. Monday, July 4, 2016 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Spend the day there and then make your way to Pier 39 for the fireworks!  Pier 15, San Francisco. (415) 528-4444.

East Bay

Berkeley Marina: Spend the day at the Berkeley Marina and you won’t be disappointed.  Street venders, food, live entertainment, and fun activities ranging from face painting, boat rides, blow up slides, endless jumpy houses and pony rides make this a great spot for families! The fireworks show starts just after 9:30 p.m.

Alameda County Fairground: Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by music performed by the Oakland Symphony.

Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade – One of the longest parades in the nation starts at Lincoln Ave. and Park St., Alameda, CA. Monday, July 4, 2016. Participants MUST sign up before June 17th at noon. Race starts at 9:00 a.m., parade starts at 10 a.m. For more information please call (510)263-9399.

Jack London Square: Celebrate Independence Day at the Jack London Square July 4th Festival of Family Fun. The waterfront will be filled with interactive activities and entertainment for both parents and children. Enjoy playtime at Riveropolis, watch stilt walkers perform, experience creative puppetry. There will be food and live music performance at the festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

USS Hornet Museum
From 1PM -9PM, Enjoy live music, entertainment, carnival games, Flight Simulator, jump house, interactive games, ship exploration, food, beverages and more. Family activities from 3 PM – 9:15 PM.  View of surrounding fireworks displays begins around 9:15 p.m. with patriotic music (weather permitting).

Tickets – Adults: $20, Kids ages 6-17: $10

707 W. Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501/(510)521-8448 x282.

*USS Hornet does not host the fireworks show.

Craneway Pavillion on the Richmond Waterfront : On July 3rd, the Oakland Symphony will be preemptively celebrating Fourth of July with an evening of fun activities such as an instrument petting zoo, live music from the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, and a spectacular firework display starting at 9:15 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Get ready to see creative floats, marching musical units, and guest celebrities! 70 exciting parade entries and more than 10,000 spectators expected.   Parade routes starts at 10 AM on July 4th. Starting at the Library, the parade will head west and turn right onto Paseo Padre continuing where it will end just past Capitol.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast, parade, flag raising ceremony, live music, games and more. July 4 from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Parade begins at 10 AM-  Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563.

Pleasant Hill
On July 4th, parade starts at 9:30 AM followed by fun at the park at 10:30 including entertainment, games and more.  Fireworks begin around 9:10 PM.  Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa, CA 94523.

San Pablo
Live entertainment, food, games, activities and fireworks show at dusk! Free admission. July 4th at  El Portal Soccer Field. 2600 Moraga Road, San Pablo, CA. (510)215-3084.

San Ramon Central Park
Live music, picnic, dancing, crafts, patriotic celebration, and salute to local veterans. Additional parking will be available at Iron Horse Middle School. July 4 from 5 PM – 8 PM. 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583. (925)973-3200.

North Bay

Marin County Fair: Goes on from June 30th to July 4th.  If one night of fireworks is not enough for you, then catch a fireworks show every night at 9:30 p.m.  Carnival rides happen from 10 AM to 11 PM.

Sausalito Fourth of July Celebration: Music, food and Galilee Harbor, dancing and family games like tug-o-war and egg toss. Catch a parade at 10 AM. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Spinnaker Point.

South Bay

Skypark at Scotts Valley: This celebration has been going on for over 50 years! Experience a parade and vintage planes flying over head.  Fun starts at 3:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Central Park at Santa Clara: Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Starting at 12 p.m. enjoy free public swimming, live entertainment, carnival games, and food.

Discovery Meadow at Downtown San Jose: Festivities being at 5:15 PM.  Rotary Club of San Jose and Symphony Silicon Valley presents Rotary Fireworks, with a dinner buffet, fun activities for kids. Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Pacifica Fourth of JulyFace painting, games, food, crafts and live music are all sure to keep the family entertained. July 4. 11am-4pm. Frontierland Park, 900 Yosemite Drive.

Silicon Valley

San Francisco Symphony: Witness a musical spectacle that celebrates the holiday with a fireworks display accompanied by the orchestra. There will also be screening of well-known movies including E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mon., July 4th at 8pm. $24-35. Shoreline Amphitheater, One Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View.

Chili Cookoff and Ice Cream Taste Off: Have you ever thought about where the best Silicon Valley ice cream is made? During this third-annual even, you’ll get to sample all of the Valley’s best homecooked chili and ice cream. There will be live music, dancing, children’s activities, and face painting. 12 P.M. – 5 P.M., 500 E Meadow Drive, Palo Alto at Mitchell Park

Wine Country

Napa County Fair & Fireworks: Parade starts at 11 AM and will go through downtown Calistoga. Fireworks start at 9:30 PM. Enjoy a full day of carnival rides, games, and food.

Rohnert Park’s premier 4th of July Festivity
Festivities start at 4:30 p.m. for a lawn festival which includes carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, food, and a live-music performance . Fireworks start at sundown.

Napa Valley Wine Train for its Independence Day Dinner: Last but certainly not least!  Do your kids love trains?  If so this is for your family!  Watch the Yountville fireworks from the comfort of the Wine Train.  Enjoy a gourmet dinner and then the train stops for the fireworks celebration above the Veteran’s Home. 5:50 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa




Celebrate Dad with these gift ideas

Time to celebrate dads.  We polled the dad in our life and this is what he said he wants…

Well behaved kids –  Ha!  Let’s focus on something realistic.  Next…

For the Sports Enthusiast – Plan a family outing to one of Dad’s favorite sporting events.   Click here to buy tickets.

Electronics – While you may feel like Dad has everything, there is always something new coming out.  What about any of these? 3D printer, Anki Cosmo, Google Home,  Sony Playstation 4 Pro, Wireless Speakers, Sound Cancelling Headphones. Does he lose his keys?  If so get him a Tile.  Subscriptions make great gifts. Consider a 1 year subscription to Spotify or Apple Music.  If he has an iPad or iPhone, consider an upgrade.  Bring the magic of Internet video to your TV with an AppleTV.

For the Music Enthusiast – Concert tickets are sure to please.  Does dad need a new guitar strap?  We love the engraevable guitar picks from etsy.

Nature Guy – Plan a camping trip and include a new fun outdoor survival gadget.  Take the time to think through a great destination that Dad will love, do all the packing, grocery run and don’t forget the beer.  Remember, this day is for him.  Our favorite gadget for the “Campy” Dad is the personalized pocket knife.

Stay at Home Dad – Get him manly Dad tote.  We found one that resembles a tool bag but instead of screw drivers and hammers, it comes equipt with all the tools to be a great dad including diapers, wipes and bottles.

Remember, most Dads would climb the highest mountain, cross the widest sea and walk on hot lava all in one day if their family needed them to.  So, a simple “Thank you for all you do for us.”  is truly the best gift you can give the Dad in your life.


Celebrate Mom with these gift ideas

Here are some ideas to keep the mom in your life smiling…

Engraveable Jewelry – Engraveables are all the hype these days and for good reason.  They are classic, timeless and cool!  Why not give mom a necklace with the initials of her kids so she can keep them with her always.  Our favorite pieces are available on Stella & Dot.

Flowers – “I hate these flowers.” said NO ONE EVER!  Mother’s Day is the first sign of spring so why not shower her with love with beautiful fresh cut flowers.  And if you are trying to save money, send the kids out to the backyard.  Often times, wild flowers are better than the ones from the grocery store.

Fancy Brunch – Pick somewhere mom wouldn’t go as it might be too expensive for a standard day.  Dress up and make her feel special.

Happiness Coupons – Let’s face it, Mom does it all.  The gift she would appreciate the most comes at no cost.  Give mom coupons for work around the house.  Each family member will be responsible for 10 coupons.  They could say anything from “Night off from Dishes” or “Laundry will be miraculously put away without you” to “10 Min Massage from your significant other.”

Let Her Sleep In – You’ve been searching the internet for the perfect gift, but what you don’t realize is that the perfect gift costs nothing.  Just let her sleep in!  DUH!  Make HER breakfast in bed.  Do for her on this ONE day what she does for you everyday.

The Spa – Send her away to a place where she will be pampered from head to toe.  She can close her eyes and hear the soft vocals of Enya while a masseuse rubs her toes with lavender oil.

Hike & Picnic –  Take the time to scout out a beautiful hike and carry a picnic to your serene destination.  Make sure to leave the peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and string cheese at home.  This day needs to be about her!  This picnic should be curated as if a caterer was involved.  Throw in dried cranberries, figs, fancy cheese and sparkling wine.

Yes, we all know that Hallmark saw an opportunity and put a damper on this beautiful day, but that doesn’t mean that we can turn it back into what it was intended to be.  It doesn’t take any money to say these simple words “Thank you for all you do.”  Those words go farther than any monetary gift.

Happy Mother’s Day!





East Bay Rainy Day Activities

Cal Golden Bears– Berkeley
Head Over Heels– Emeryville
Ruby’s Tumbling – Alameda
Sky High Sports – Concord
Rockin Jump – Fremont/Dublin – Indoor trampolines
Pump It Up – Oakland

MOCHA, Museum of Children’s Art – Oakland

Habitot Children’s Museum
Rain or Shine (formerly Studio Grow) – Berkeley
The Rec Room – Berkeley
Kids Gym
Small Talk Family Cafe – Walnut Creek
Modern Recess – San Ramon

Bigger Kids
Playland Not At The Beach – El Cerrito
Pacific Pinball
High Scores Arcade
New Parkway Theater – Movie theater with couches – Oakland

The Wheelhouse – Richmond – Batting cages
Albany or Berkeley Bowl
SubPar – Indoor Miniature Golf – Alameda
Oakland Ice – Indoor ice skating rink

Chabot Space & Science Center – Oakland
Lawrence Hall of Science – Berkeley
Pacific Film Archive – Berkeley
Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward ($2 for a toddler class!).
Oakland Museum of California
Pacific Pinball Museum – Over 100 antique pinball machines! – Oakland
USS Potomac – Franklin D Roosevelt’s ‘floating White House – Near Jack London Square

Live Entertainment
Warriors Game –
Oakland Raisers Game –
Berkeley Playhouse


Parent’s Picks: Best Day Camps in Marin

Audubon Adventure Camp

Description: Every weekly session begins with an all-camp welcome and ends with an all-camp show. Our campers build lasting friendships with their peers as they create, explore, investigate and, most importantly, enjoy the great outdoors.  Audubon Adventure Summer Camp is a proud Partner of the National Inclusion Program.  We have campers of ALL abilities.

Location: Tiburon

Ages: Audubon Adventure Summer Camp is for children ages 4-8.   For campers between the ages of 9 and 11, check out Expedition Camp or On the Fly.  Campers over the age of 11, should register for our summer Audubon Youth Leaders program.

Dates: Weekly sessions from June 5 – Aug 11

Cost: $400/week


Osher Marin JCC Day Camp

Description: The Osher Marin JCC is a non-profit community organization – a place where people can enhance their lives through various activities that reflect the unique values of Jewish history and culture. We invite the entire community to take advantage of our family-friendly environment featuring award-winning pools and fitness center, performing arts center, adult classes, cultural trips and excursions, preschool, parent & toddler classes, swim lessons, summer day camps, Jewish culture and festivals, and so much more.

Location: San Rafael

Ages: K – 8th Grade / 9-10 Grade CIT Program

Dates: 2 Week Sessions from June 19 – Aug 11

Cost: $619 – $758/Week


Slide Ranch Camp

Description: Days are full of games, stories, crafts, hikes to special places, beach play and exploration. Campers discover exciting tastes, smells, textures and colors in the garden and in simple cooking projects like making cheese with fresh garden herbs and edible flowers. They make connections with and learn how to take care of Slide’s animals: goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and honeybees.

Location: Muir Beach

Ages: 5-18

Dates: June 12 – Aug 18

Cost: $450-$475/Week


Coastal  Camp

Description: A day at Coastal Camp is a day spent connecting with nature. Coastal Camp’s weekly themes vary and topics include: marine biology, coastal ecology, conservation, and cultural history. With the Marin Headlands as our backdrop, campers learn more about the topics they love. Our highly qualified staff engage campers’ interests and curiosity with a program that is flexible and adaptive to each group’s needs.

Location: Marin Headlands

Ages: K – 9th Grade

Dates: Weekly Sessions from June 12 – Aug 18

Cost: $388/week



Description:  Discover an adventure in your extended backyard. Look for animals, learn about edible plants, build shelters and try your skills at archery. This camp showcases our core curriculum and the beautiful parks and open spaces of Marin. It is a good way to get to know our programs but fun and different enough each week for the experienced camper.

This is a mobile camp that meets in central Fairfax and goes to parks and open spaces around Marin.

This camp may include

  • Nature Awareness skills
  • Wilderness safety and knowledge of
  • Local flora and fauna
  • Natural dyes
  • Animal tracking
  • Fire by friction
  • Archery
  • Scout games and practices
  • Bird Language
  • Shelter Building and survival skills
  • Mapping
  • Wild edibles

Location: This is a mobile camp that meets in central Fairfax and goes to parks and open spaces around Marin.

Ages: 4-13 / 13-18 CIT 

Dates: 4 Day Sessions from June 19th – Aug 18th

Cost: $325-$440 / Session


Avid4 Adventure

Description: With natural beauty in every direction, Mill Valley, California is ripe for adventure. Our camps teach pre-K – 7th graders of every ability level a whole range of exciting outdoor adventures, introducing them to the stunning parks, trails and mountains that surround their town and getting them excited to keep coming back.

Location: Mill Valley

Ages: Pre-K – 7th grade

Dates: 5/30-6/02

Cost: $150 – $360


Tennis & Aquatics Camps

Description: Treasure hunt, build boats, make jewelry and improve your swimming skills. After completing safety skills, children will swim with mermaid tails or shark fins, while playing games and having a Fin-Tastic time! This is a great camp to experience being a Mermaid/Merman! Home of Marin’s first Mermaid/merman class, Mill Valley Tennis Club offers campers an experience like non other. Lunch is included with camp registration, and due to swimming ratio’s, space is limited.

Location: Mill Valley

Ages: 6-14

Dates: July 31- Aug 4

Cost: $380 / week for Members & $440 / week for non-Members


Dave Fromer Soccer Camp

Description: Our program curriculum includes sessions for ball control, dribbling, passing, shooting, defending, goal keeping, creative use of open space as well as the camper favorite trick or move of the day. Special features include speed and agility training, and our own World Cup Tournament! Join us and see why many campers consider their weeks at Dave Fromer Soccer Camp to be the highlight of their summer, and enthusiastically return year after year!

Location: Mill Valley

Ages: 5-12

Dates: Weekly Sessions from June 12 – Aug 25

Cost: Check site for rates


Playwell Technologies

Description: Goals of camp are:

  • Develop and enhance students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Expose children to concepts and vocabulary of Engineering, Architecture and Physics
  • Provide an opportunity to have a great time with a terrific and versatile building system
  • Our Pre-Engineering summer camps are primarily focused on BUILDING techniques.

Location: San Anselmo, Tiburon & other Marin locations

Ages: K-8th grade

Dates: 4 day sessions, dates vary by location

Cost: $200 – $395/session

Parent’s Picks – Northern CA & Surrounding Areas: Sleep Away Camps


Description: Overnight camp focused on stilts, trapeze, drama, juggling, unicycle, martial arts, swimming, singing, dancing, hot cocoa, the labyrinth, hanging out and much, much more!

Ages: 5-15

Dates: 1 & 2 week sessions from June 19 – Aug 19

Cost: 1 week – $925 / 2 week – $1845

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Description: Trackers Earth offers award-winning camps. Parents know them as one of the best and most engaging summer camps in the Bay Area.

Expedition Overnights These camps start at the Trackers Guild Hall, Berkeley and journey to epic locations in Northern California and beyond.

Residential Overnights These camps are at our West Coast site in beautiful Sandy, Oregon. Camp Trackers is a lush forested camp on the western slopes of Mt. Hood. Track elk, visit our permaculture garden, and more. Convenient Airport Transfer service is available for all students traveling to Camp Trackers.

Locations: Northern CA locations vary & 

Ages: Grades 5-12

Dates: Weekly sessions from July 11 – Aug 25

Cost: $875/week, $1550/2 weeks

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Description: Caz strikes a balance between in-depth music education and carefree summer camp fun. Though challenging, our practice schedule includes plenty of time for rest and play. Campers also enjoy a variety of music electives along with sports, arts and crafts, ecology, and other activities. Each day closes with an evening program such as a campfire, talent show, or staff concert. At night, campers sleep on tent decks under majestic redwoods and a star filled sky. The week culminates in a formal concert performance by our students, attended by proud family and friends.

Campers at Caz are challenged by a rigorous curriculum, but the Caz magic also comes from the inspirational setting and the love and care that the staff bring to teaching our young musicians. Through immersion in music and nature, Caz teaches important life skills such as teamwork, respect, compassion, goal setting, and leadership.

Cazadero Summer Music Camp offers one- and two-week sessions based on age and musical experience and ability.

Ages: Grades 5-12

Dates: 1 & 2 week sessions from June 19 – Aug 5

Cost: 1 week – $755-$890 / 2 week – $1600-$1770

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Description: This mission is our guiding philosophy at Tawonga and shapes everything we do—from the programs we facilitate to the way that we lead campers in daily activities.

While we do not overtly teach the mission to the campers, it is central to our staff training and is infused in every moment at camp. In fact, many of our past campers reflect upon Tawonga’s mission in their staff interviews without realizing their experience so vividly mirrored our guiding principles.

At Camp Tawonga, we foster positive self-image and self-esteem, create a cooperative community, build a partnership with nature, and explore spirituality and positive Jewish identity in children.

Location: Located on 160 acres just outside Yosemite National Park

Ages: Grades 2-10 / Teen Leadership Program: Grades 11&12

Dates: 1, 2 & 3 week sessions from June 18 – Aug 15


A Taste of Camp
2nd – 7th June 18 – June 23 6 days $1,295
Session II
3rd – 8th June 25 – July 7 2 weeks $3,325
Session III
5th – 10th July 9 – July 28 3 weeks $4,135
Session IV
4th – 10th July 30 – August 15 2.5 weeks $3,775
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No matter if you are a first time uCamper or a seasoned pro, there is a summer camp to meet every schedule, interest and budget.

Every uCamps program promotes the values of acceptance, respect, and appreciation. We emphasize process over product, and enjoy sharing the great outdoors of California with our campers. All of our summer programs are overnight residential camps, and provide opportunities for students to enrich their artistic, academic, and personal skills. All of our Staff are people of high character and talent, many of whom grew up attending as campers.

Campers design their own schedule each day, choosing the workshops that most interest them . Act, sing, dance, make films, be in a rock band, write, paint, hike, swim, shoot archery, play gaga ball and more. Evenings are packed with tons of fun and excitement including: campfires, pool parties, dances, stargazing and more.

Location: Boulder Creek, CA

Ages: Grades 5-12

Dates: 10 Day sessions from June 28 – Aug 5

Cost: 10 Days – $1495

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Description: Life on the Ranch is rustic and unplugged: we spend our days swimming, hiking, riding, caring for animals, gardening, and making music and art. We live, work, and play in a co-educational, non-competitive setting where kids are free to be themselves. Building community and respect for the environment are the heart and soul of our summer camp.

Location: 17197 Hyampom Road  Hayfork, CA 96041

Ages: Grades 5-12

Dates: 1, 2 & 3 week sessions from 18 – Aug 5


Two Weeks ………………….$3150
1st , 2nd, or 3rd Session

Four Weeks ………………….$5900
Any two 2-week sessions

One Week ……………………$1650
4th Session

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Description:  Unalayee has been taking kids on outdoor adventures since 1949. Located in Northern California’s Trinity Alps, we are a non-profit, co-ed wilderness summer camp that provides meaningful outdoor experiences for children ages 10-17. Whether boating, backpacking, making crafts or learning leadership skills, campers learn how to safely enjoy a remarkably beautiful wilderness setting.

As a non-profit, Unalayee takes great pride in welcoming children from all walks of life. Unalayee provides assistance to many of its campers, allowing kids from all income levels to have a wilderness summer camp experience. Our program actively teaches campers confidence, compassion, community and conservation.

As a wilderness summer camp, Unalayee is proud to have introduced thousands of kids to backcountry living while maintaining an impeccable safety record. Kids in our summer camp programs learn about themselves as they learn to live in the wilderness. The rugged terrain of the Trinity Alps provides a challenging and dramatic backdrop for wilderness adventure.

Location: Northern California’s Trinity Alps

Ages: 10-15

Dates: 2&4 week sessions

Cost: $2050/2 weeks, $4100/2 weeks

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Description: You will not be bored during your week at Frontier Ranch. You get to fly down our 300+ foot zip line, ride our 50cc off-road motorcycles, and speed down our 200 foot slip-n-slide, along with many more activities during your week at camp! Our skits and games will give you some great memories and make you laugh so hard your side will ache. Stop by the barn and visit our farm animals, make a craft to take home as a memory of camp, or dive off the diving board in our refreshing pool. Become friends with your counselor who will guide you through your memorable week. Frontier Ranch, a life-changing week of getting to know an amazing God, making new friends, and having a blast, is the place to be this summer.

Location: 1050 Lockhart Gulch Rd. Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Ages:Grades 4-12

Dates: Weekly sessions June 11-Aug 5

Cost: $399-$495/week

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Description: At our Resident Camps, girls will all experience being away from home and building their self reliance. They will challenge themselves on the ropes courses, play games in the meadow, take hikes with new friends, cook yummy treats over a fire, participate in all camp activities and campfires, set the tables in the dining hall for meals,  learn to shoot archery and more.

Location: Multiple locations: Humbolt Country, Calaveras County, Pescadero & Kirkwood, CA

Ages: Grades 4-12

Dates: Weekly sessions in July & August – vary by location/program

Cost: Rates vary by location/program



Description:  Take a short walk to the fairy steps, or a day hike to the top of the ridge for an amazing view of the San Francisco Bay! Spend some time at the archery range perfecting your shot, or in the Art Barn letting your inner creativity shine. Travese the creek and up the trees on the incredible Rachel “Scooter” Kwong High Ropes Adventure Course. Find out if you like to be front and center on the stage or calling the shots behind the scenes in the Bothin Theater Company. Cook over a campfire, swim in the pool, and play all day out in the fresh air because there’s always something fun going on at Bothin!

Bothin provides a positive environment where girls are nurtured, respected and challenged. Emphasis is placed on group interactions and activities that help girls define themselves. Under the guidance of a trained adult staff, girls we assist girls in developing skills, learn teamwork and enhance their self esteem. The staff and administration at Bothin are committed to providing the highest quality of program for every child at camp. The health and safety of our campers and the caliber of program are our primary concerns and we strive to offer every girl a well-rounded and complete camp experience.

Campers sleep in dormitories, open air cabin, and platform tents. Making s’mores, memories, and forever friendships is what’s at the heart of the Bothin experience!

Location: Marin, 1 hour North of Golden Gate Bridge

Ages: Grades 4-10

Dates: 4-12 day sessions in June & July.  Vary by program

Cost: Avg $450/week (Varies by length of time and session)



Description: The YATC  offers Overnight Summer and Winter Camp programs. The opportunity to come to the forest and be enveloped by the performing arts is a transformative and life altering experience.
Classes.  Students attend classes in all the areas of the performing arts while at camp and are allowed to then choose an area of concentrated study by signing up for private coaching. While the curriculum at each camp differs, classes are always offered in the following areas:

Scene Study
Musical Theatre Dance
Musical Theatre Voice
On Camera Technique
Costumes and Stage Make Up
Movement for Actors
Film Editing
Empowering the Actor
Casting Workshops
The Business of Show Business
Comedy & Improv
Stage Combat

Location: Santa Cruz mountains in the beautiful town of Felton.

Ages: 8-18

Dates: The Summer Camp sessions are 11 days/10 nights -July 3-Aug 14th.  Winter Camp runs 7 days/6 nights – Dec 27-Jan 2.

Cost: $2379 – $4395 (check website for details)

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Description:For more than 75 years, YMCA Camp Campbell has provided enriching outdoor experiences to thousands of children, families, and adults from all over the greater San Jose area. With a wide variety of safe and exciting activities that focus on skill and self-confidence development, YMCA Camp Campbell is the ultimate year-round camp.

Location: Boulder Creek, CA

Ages: Mini Camp: Ages 716 / Overnight Camp: Ages 7–16 / Adventure Camp: Ages 13–16/  Leadership Camps: Ages 15–17

Dates: Weekly, multi-week  sessions from June 25 – Aug 11

Cost: $684 – $1780 (prices vary by length of session, age of child and programs – refer to website)



Description: Camp Loma Mar is accredited through the American Camping Association. We provide children with new and exciting experiences, positive role models, an opportunity to challenge themselves, and a chance to spend a portion of their summer actively learning in a fun and safe outdoor environment. Camp Loma Mar held the earliest “ragger” programs, a leadership development activity that teaches values and builds character.

Our campers come from around the country and outside the U.S., although most of our campers are children of diverse backgrounds from Oakland, Pleasanton, Fremont, Newark, Loma Mar and Pescadero.

Location: Pescadero Valley, 15 miles south of Half Moon Bay

Ages: 7-15

Dates: Weekly sessions, July 9-30

Cost: $660/week (financial aide available)

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Description:  Camp Ravencliff offers a great experience for both new and returning campers. Using age-appropriate activities and challenges, our trained, caring staff encourages campers to make new friends, experience new things and learn new skills. Alongside traditional camp activities like hiking, canoeing, crafts and sing-alongs, we teach values and skills that will make a positive difference in campers’ lives for years to come.  Camp Ravencliff is the ideal place for your youth or teen to enjoy a summer adventure.

Location: Garberville, CA 95542

Ages: 7-15

Dates: Weekly sessions, July 9-30

Cost: $660/week (financial aide available)

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Description: Each day, campers at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp have two Core Sports sessions, totaling about 4 hours of training in their Core Sport. Our specialized sports program enables young athletes to develop their skills as individual players and as teammates within a fun and supportive summer camp environment.  We also believe that game play is an important part of learning a sport so each day campers get the opportunity to play games during one of the two Core Sports sessions.

Campers select a Core Sport at the time of registration and focus on that sport for the entire session. Campers who sign up for multiple sessions can choose to remain in the same Core Sport or choose a different one.

The following Core Sports are available: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball (Sessions 1&2), Softball (Sessions 2&3), Girls Lacrosse (Sessions 2&3)

Location: Menlo College – Atherton, CA


Dates: 1, 2 & 4 week sessions from June 20-July 30

Cost: $1745 – $6090 (Depending on number of weeks)

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Description:  We pride ourselves on being hip to the times, while maintaining traditional values. Kennolyn has left a lasting impression on tens of thousands of children and adults alike throughout the years, and our campers and staff return year after year…in fact many on staff are former campers!

Camp is a great place to try new things, and we have a broad range of activities, both fun and instructional. Before summer starts, campers choose from over 40 activities (with instruction available for all levels), from Horseback Riding to Ropes & Climbing, from Water Sports to Arts & Crafts or Archery, and everything in between. We also offer Specialty Camps, our professional level activities that combine traditional camp experience with in-depth skill development in one area, including Culinary Arts, Trapeze, Surfing, Adventure Camp, Equestrian and Marine Exploration.

On Special Days, we switch things up from the regular schedule for even more adventures. Outpost camping (on our own redwood filled property), Beach Trips, Water Carnival, a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 4th of July and Founder’s Day are just some of our Special Day activities.

Each evening, we round out the day with an event for the entire camp. Campfire, Dance & Movie Night, Counselor Dress-Up and Scavenger Hunt are among the many evening activities.

Location: 8400 Glen Haven Road Soquel, CA 95073

Ages: 1st  – 10th grade

Dates: June 18 – Aug 19

Cost: $795 – $3595 (Depending on number of weeks & program)

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Description: A summer camp that brings racially and economically diverse middle schoolers together. We equip them with the leadership, social-emotional, and cultural competencies that they’ll use to develop meaningful relationships with each other. And we have so much fun!

For two weeks (12 nights), 32 rising 6th-9th graders from a diverse set of schools will sleep in cabins, swim in the pool, hike through the redwoods, navigate the low-ropes course, learn archery, play ‘gaga’ and field games, perform skits, and gather around the fire pit. At Camp Common Ground, we will also do simulations and games to experientially learn about what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes. We welcome diversity of all sorts, including religious, ethnic, political, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We intend to create a safe atmosphere, where campers can be vulnerable, listen, and share—and we’re going to have a ton of fun doing it!

Location: 545 37th St, Oakland, CA 94609

Ages: Middle School

Dates: June 19— July 1 (12 nights)

Cost: Full tuition for camp is $2,000. 1/3 of campers receive full scholarship, 1/3 of campers receive partial scholarship, and 1/3 pay full tuition.

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Description: Point Reyes Nature Science Camp is designed to inspire young people to explore, discover, and connect with themselves, each other, and the natural world in the unparalleled beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Camp programs combine outdoor adventuring with the best environmental education techniques, marine and coastal field excursions, and traditional summer camp activities to create an unforgettable camp experience.

Our hand-picked staff of professional naturalists and experienced counselor intern naturalists have a well-earned reputation for creating exceptional adventure learning within a community of loving support.

Location: Point Reyes National Seashore

Ages: 7-12

Dates: Weekly sessions in July

Cost: $770/week

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Description: Designed especially for teens, Point Reyes Adventure Camp features professionally-led backpacking trips into the heart of Point Reyes’ Phillip Burton Wilderness.

Participants develop confidence and build leadership skills while practicing “leave no trace” wilderness ethics. Each backpacking group of 13 youth is guided by one professional Naturalist Educator and two trained Counselor Intern Naturalists, all of whom have significant wilderness and youth leadership experience.

Adventure Camp I participants (ages 12 to 14) share a 3-day backpacking trip with their cabin group of the same gender and end the session with a reunion feast and campfire finale. Adventure Camp II participants (ages 15 to 17) share 4 days in the backcountry in a mixed gender group and end the session with a reunion feast and dance party.

Participants must be prepared to hike up to eight miles per day over varied terrain while carrying a 30 to 40 pound backpack. PRSC provides all group gear including tarp shelters, cooking equipment, first aid supplies, meals and snacks.

Location: Point Reyes National Seashore

Ages: 12-17

Dates: Weekly sessions in July

Cost: $770/week

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Description:  At URJ Camp Newman, we’re building a foundation for a vibrant and joyful Jewish life. Rooted in Jewish values and guided by our experienced staff, we offer fun, immersive summer sessions that give your child the opportunity to develop community, teamwork, self-esteem, and individual skill.

Activities include athletics, outdoor adventure sports, music, art, dance, leadership training, and social action. Campers celebrate their best selves, form lifelong friendships, and find a community where they belong.

There are so many amazing things to do: Conquering the Alpine Tower as a team. Seeing the final point scored in Ultimate Frisbee. Dancing together on Shabbat. Singing arm-in-arm every night before bed. Hiking to the Star that overlooks camp. Making more friends in a week than they could all year.

We believe that these transformative experiences inspire kids to bring camp home to their daily lives, applying what they learn here to better themselves, their communities and the world.

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Ages: Grades 3-12

Dates: 11, 13 ,15, 27 & 57 day sessions

Cost: $2,900 – $7,945 (depending on session)

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Description: The San Francisco adventure camps offered by Wanderers are among the best summer camps in California. Going away to camp is a milestone moment in any child’s life. If you are ready for your son or daughter to attend his or her first Northern California sleepaway camp, one of our options is sure to be perfect. We have several five to six day camp options available for kids aged 7-14. The children who attend Wanderers camps spend their days doing a wide range of activities, which sets us apart from other San Francisco summer camps. Your child will get to touch starfish, find huckleberries, look for tule elk, play in redwood forests, rock climb on granite, and do a number of other things. Throughout the week, your child will get to engage in team-building exercises that will improve his or her interpersonal skills. Wanderers’ camps culminate with a fun challenge day in which all of the campers participate.

Ages: 7-14

Dates: Weekly sessions in June, July & August


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Parent Scout Picks: East Bay Summer Day Camps

This is a list of camps in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area).  The list is always growing so check back!  Prices, dates and details are subject to change.  If you see a camp you are interested in, please confirm information by going to the camp website.



Description: Trackers Earth offers award-winning camps. Parents know them as one of the best and most engaging summer camps in the Bay Area. Day camps are fueled by compelling story and old school outdoor adventure. Overnight camps are rooted in fantastic legend and authentic traditional skills.

Locations: South Berkeley: 3049 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA / West Berkeley: Berkeley Marina University Ave Berkeley, CA / Walnut Creek: Rudgear Park 2222 Stewart Ave Walnut Creek, CA

Ages: Age 4-grade 10

Dates: June 19-Aug 25

Cost: $425/week



Description: (Ages 8 – 11)
Experience the old-time country farm lifestyle during a week of farm camp fun! We’ll learn about caring for farm animals, harvesting, cooking, getting dirty, and having fun! Register early for this popular camp.  Registration begins Tuesday, February 2.

Location: Little Farm, Tilden Park

Ages: 8-15

Dates: Weekly sessions in July & Aug (Visit site for details)

Cost: $260 – $280 / week



Description: Camp Kee Tov continues its tradition of over 45 years of excellence in day-camping with a special ruach (Kee Tov spirit) all its own. With groups for children entering Kindergarten-9th grade, our programming and traditions have inspired thousands of campers from a diverse cross-section of our community, welcoming a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, families and faiths.

Location: Pick Up & Drop Off – Temple Beth-El & Live Oak Park

Ages: 5-15

Dates: Monthly sessions – Session 1: June 26 – July 21 / Session 2: July 31 – August 25

Cost: $1,295-$1,900 (non-member) / $875-$1,350 (Beth-El Member)



Description: Infuse the love of dance in your child while they dance the day away.  Offering a variety of different types of dance to all different ages.  Check the website for details on each camp offered.

Location: 1537 & 1539 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709 (across from Andronico’s)

Ages: 3-16

Dates: Weekly sessions June 12- August 25

Cost: Half Day Camps: 1 week $215, 2 weeks $360, 3 weeks $538, 4 weeks $ 648, 5 weeks $ 896, 6 weeks $1075 

Full Day camps: 1 week $360, 2 weeks $648, 3 weeks$972, 4 weeks $1296, 5 weeks $1620 

( All camps are 5 days except the week of July 4rd )



Description: Education Unlimited offers CAPC Intensive, Prep Camp Excel, Computer Camps, Public Speaking Institute, Summer FocusScience and Engineering Camps, and Advanced Video Production.

Location: UC Berkeley – Please note, Education Unlimited programs held at UC Berkeley are not sponsored by the University of California

Ages: 5th – 12th grade

Dates: Weekly sessions in June & July

Cost: Day Camper:$1,590.00 / Extended Day Camper:$1,870.00 / Overnight Camper:$2,200.00 (per week) – (prices may vary based on program.  Check site for accurate pricing.)



Description: At Girls on the Go Camp, girls explore, imagine, and connect with one another and the beautiful BayArea. Traveling to locations near and far, Girls on the Go campers receive coaching on how to safely navigate the public transit system. Special guests share their talents in interactive play-shops, with a special focus each week. Girls have summer days filled with spontaneous and planned adventure and chances to try out new and familiar activities.


Oakland (Rockridge): Frog Park, 5500 Claremont Avenue

Berkeley (North): Cedar-Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street

Ages: 9-13

Dates: Berkeley Site: June 12-August 25 /  Oakland Site: July 10-21

Cost: $488/week



Location: 25 Sport Ln, Berkeley, CA 94720

Description:Whether your child is a first-timer or an experienced Explorer camper, our exciting and active program is sure to create lasting memories for your child for years to come! Explorer Camp employs a superb and highly-trained group of instructors and group leaders to be there every step of your child’s camp experience.

Ages: 5-15

Dates: Weekly sessions from June 12 – August 18

Cost: One Week – $380 / Two Weeks – $595



Description: Get into potions, pollywogs, chemistry, dinosaurs, bugs, and more through our  camps. They are all hands-on and age-specific, so that every child learns by doing, every day.

At the Lawrence Hall of Science, campers age 4 through grade 12 do hands-on exploration every day. See times, descriptions, costs, and registration information for over 40 camps, including half-day, full-day, research, and high school–age overnight camp.

Ages: 4 yrs-grade 12

Dates: Refer to website

Cost: Half Day – One week: $255 ($220 for Members) / Two weeks: $510 ($440 for Members) / Camps over July 4th holiday – Four days: $200 ($175 for Members) / Nine days: $455 ($395 for Members)

Full Day – One-week: $570 ($500 Members) / Two-weeks: $1,140 ($1,000 Members) / Camps over July 4th holiday are prorated: One-week: $448 ($398 Members) / Two-weeks: $1,018 ($898 Members)

Middle School and High School Full-Day Camps: Designing Structures – $600 ($510 Members)

Marine Biology Overnight Research Camp: $1,400 ($1,250 Members)



Description: Weekly themed camps in a fantastic children’s play museum that include: Under the Sea, Young Maker Lab, Back to the Farm, Cars, Boats, Planes & Trains, Castles & Dragons, The Land Before Time, Treasure Island, Space Station,  Construction Zone, Circus Parade

Ages: 3-5

Dates: Weekly sessions from  June 20 – Aug 26Ages: 5-15

Cost: $250/week (non-members) $225/week (members/ pass holder)



Description: Dive into the world of theatre arts with Berkeley Playhouse’s award-winning program. Start your dramatic exploration with our enrichment program or hone your skills in our intensive training program. Whether you are a seasoned performer or simply searching for a creative outlet, the Berkeley Playhouse has something for all students grades Pre-K -12.  Camps are generally offered Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm unless otherwise indicated.

Ages: 5-15

Dates: Weekly sessions from June 12 – July 14

Cost: 1 week: $375 / 2 weeks: $675-$750



Description: Each camp day has plenty of structure and practice, and we have lots of fun in the process. I love to work with each student, one-on-one, to see what their unique interests are!

They demonstrate a variety of methods and ways of making art to nurture artistic development. The studio also provides lessons on color theory and famous artists in art history, go on field trips, and host special guests to spark the creative process. They encourage individual exploration of personal themes and interests. And they value working together and sharing ideas.

Their goal is to provide the materials, structure, and guidance to spark creativity in each child, allow them to explore and investigate their own ideas, and have lots of fun in the process.All art materials are safe and non-toxic.

Ages:7-13, regular campers, and 14-17, counselors in training

Dates: Weekly sessions June 12 – Sept 1

Cost: $115/Day / Age 7-13: $485 / CIT Age 14-17: $465 (Register before May 15th and get a discount! Check site for details.)



Description: Day camp, full of games, crafts, capture the flag, new friends and new adventures, fosters skill building and a sense of community, while allowing campers to return home each afternoon. Specialty day camps offer children valuable opportunities to explore age-appropriate activities such as drama, art and science and develop skills specific in those areas.

Locations: Oakland, Hayward, Castro Valley, Fremont, Newark, Dublin, Pleasanton, Richmond, El Cerrito, North Richmond, Pinole (check website for exact locations)

Ages: Grades K-12

Dates: Weekly session: April 3rd-April 7th (locations may vary, check website)

Cost: Approx. $199/week (locations may vary, check website)



Description: We’re here to help you raise Curious, Courageous and Kind kids. It’s just as important to learn how to code as it to unplug and go on a hike. It’s just as important to learn to design buildings as it is to create community. Get the best of all learning worlds in one amazinating EDMO summer. Each unique weekly theme features a different combination of Science, Maker, Technology, and Nature lessons. Enroll in several different themes for maximum 21st Century skill-building. Oh, and don’t forget, every camp day also includes good ol’ fashion camp rallies, songs and outdoor games mixed with research-informed Social Emotional Learning games and our signature EDMO Vibe game.

Locations: Alameda, Berkeley, Fremont, Oakland (check site for location near you)

Ages: Pre-K-8th grade

Dates: June 26 – August 11

Cost: Check site for pricing



Description: Galileo Summer Quest is where kids ages 5th through 8th grades get to dive deep into something that inspires them.

Designed for burgeoning visionaries, Galileo Summer Quest empowers 5th – 8th graders to take the next step. Campers choose from 13+ immersive majors, picking something they already love or a new area they’re excited to explore, then spend the week diving in.

Mentored by expert instructors and equipped with professional tools and materials, campers become YouTube producers, build catapults, whip up inventive dishes, design custom video games and much, much more. Each confidence-building, collaboration-packed week gives them an opportunity to realize their personal vision in a new inspiring subject.


Ages: Pre-K-8th grade

Dates: Weekly sessions: June 26 – August 4

Cost: $379-$429 (depending on how many weeks you purchase) *early bird registration discounts are offered – check website for details



Description: We offer day camps and youth leadership for kids, ages 3-16 in Berkeley and Oakland, California, offering a variety of fun, with a lot of time outdoors. Our programs range from summers in Tilden Park, to tween and teen field trip camps, to Pre-K camp, to holiday vacation camps.

Our mission is to provide spaces for children to experience the joy of the outdoors, to learn about and celebrate being in a diverse community, to discover their unique talents and passions, and to relax and have fun in a supportive, kind environment. We are part of the movement to honor the earth and all beings and to cultivate qualities of restoration, justice and care.

Location: Tilden Park & Cedar-Rose Park – BerkeleyFrog Park – Oakland (check website to see which programs are held in Berkeley vs. Oakland)

Ages: 3-16

Dates: Weekly sessions: June 12-August 25

Cost: $488/week base rate (Add ons may apply.  Prices may vary depending on program.  Please refer to website)



Description:  Kids come into this world brimming with curiosity, wonder and creative potential. Unfortunately, we often squash that potential by telling kids what to do, and what to learn.

At Steve & Kate’s, they believe that when you trust kids, they develop the confidence to trust themselves, and learn to use their own judgment. So they built a summer camp that puts kids in charge. Because unlike traditional schools, summer gives us the freedom to reinvent learning in a way that allows kids to make their own choices – and, of course, a few mistakes along the way.

Driven by this belief, they’ve built their summer camp to put kids in the driver’s seat of a world of possibilities. So whether your child is a natural-born storyteller with a love for animation, or a budding chef, or a hacker-in-training, or a dance machine, they can dive into their passions in a world free from adult judgments and expectations.

Do a day drop in, or buy passes for as many days as you’d like.  This is the most flexible camp we’ve found yet on Parent Scout!


Fremont – Searching for a great nearby site in 2017

Ages: 5-15

Dates: Early June to late August (Specific dates vary by location and are subject to change depending on school calendars, refer to site for details)

Cost: Buy 1 or more – $100 per day / Buy 5 or more $90 per day / Buy 20 or more$80 per day / MEMBERSHIP: $2,800 per child



Description: SUNSHINE DAY CAMP (Ages 2 – 4) A camp for your youngest! Campers participate in age appropriate indoor and outdoor activities led by our experienced early childhood staff.

ADVENTURE DAY CAMP (Ages 5 – 9) This camp is a summer adventure in experiential education. Activities here include the exploration of our local environment, including a 100 year old hotel, a gorgeous park overlooking the Bay, a sustainable garden in progress, plus swimming activities in our top of the line pools.*

JUNIOR COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) (Ages 10 – 15) Our Junior CIT program is an introduction to basic job skills. These include babysitting, leadership and fundamentals of early childhood development. Our curriculum focuses on fun, hands-on learning and shadowing activities with both of our younger camps, guided by our experienced staff.

Location: 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705

Ages: 2-9 / CIT: 10-15

Dates: June 12 – August 18, 2017

Cost: Full Day Week long- $265 (Members ), $340 (Non-Members) / Half Day AM/PM $160 (Members), $200 (Non-Members) / Full Day Drop In – $70 (Members), $85 (Non-Members) / Half Day Drop In – $50 (Members), $70 (Non-Members)

CIT Program: $350/week (Members) $400/week (Non-Members), $2000 for 10 weeks (Members), $2400 (Non-Members)



Description: The goal at BDC is to give campers an opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop an appreciation of the unique natural environments that surround us in the Bay Area. Berkeley Day Camp is a traveling camp, which allows them to take full advantage of a variety of beautiful and unique environments throughout the summer. Each week, they spend one or two days in Tilden Regional Park and three days at the Berkeley Marina. One day a week we visit local swimming areas such as Lake Anza or Crown Beach in Alameda. Participants get to appreciate these fun outdoor experiences in a safe, community atmosphere, guided by trained counselors and program staff.

Location: Pick Up & Drop Off at Willard Park Clubhouse 2720 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley

Ages: 5-13 / CIT Program 14-15

Dates: June 20 – Aug 19

Cost: $169/week (resident) / $202/week (non-resident)



Description: Come discover your gifts to the world, whether you’re an artist, a music-maker, a farmer, a crafter, or cook. From building with natural materials to growing food and making art, you will experience fun earth-friendly crafting projects that are sure to delight all of your senses. For inspiration, we will also explore the diverse origin stories of our favorite foods, crafts, and family trees. Taste the power of community as our projects and friendship help us build a Global Village.

Ages: Pre-K – 5th grade

Dates: Weekly sessions: June 12- August 26

Cost: $435 /week, $850/2 weeks



Description: Emphasizing the process of creative play, “Ha Ha This A-Way” offers children an exciting variety of dance, drama, arts & crafts, clowning, circus arts, puppetry, storytelling, music, singing, aikido, sign language, yoga, nature & free play experiences in an encouraging, non-competitive setting.

Ideally suited for children, who are entering kindergarten through fourth grade, our program goals are to have fun while promoting movement confidence, balance, cooperation, performance skills, communication, self-esteem and individual creative expression.

Each session concludes with a display of the children’s Summer Camp Art and a Movement/Theatre, Dance, Circus and Clowning performance highlighting the children’s camp experience.

Location:Located in Bay #1 of the historic Kawneer Sawtooth Building at 2525 Eighth Street #16 (between Dwight Way and Parker Street) in West Berkeley, the Eighth Street Studio is half way between University and Ashby Avenues, near the Eastshore Freeway (Interstate 80/580).

Ages: 5-9

Dates: 4 week session: July 13 to August 7

Cost: $1,250 per 4 week session



Description: If you have a child that is always hanging in the monkey bars, trees, fences… or creating dance choreographies or impersonating characters together with friends in the living room for their grandparents… a child who loves to write stories, make costumes, and thinks all of this is a blast, she or he belongs at Siksha Summer Camp!

Their goal is to create a student’s show case at the end of the summer camp where kids will invite their family members, friends, and neighbors to enjoy what they learned and created.

Activities include: Dance, Movement & Design, Circus techniques (modern aerial dance, poi juggling), Rope & Harnes, Arts & Crafts, Performance Skills, Story telling.

Location: Studio Azul 2525 8th St.  STE 16 Berkeley, CA 94710

Ages: 6-12

Dates: June 19 to July 7

Cost: Early Fee by 03/31/2017: 1 week – $365, 2 weeks – $730, 3 weeks $950 l After 03/31/2017: 1 week – $400, 2 weeks – $780, 3 weeks $990



Description: JCC Camp Tzofim is an inclusive summer day camp,  from Kindergartner’s experiencing camp for the first time to teens going on overnight adventures. With activities designed for each age group – ranging from singing to swimming – JCC Camp Tzofim offers traditional camp experiences with an emphasis on Fun and Discovery! Campers celebrate community based Jewish values, while developing meaningful relationships with new friends and camp counselors. JCC Camp Tzofim is an ACA accredited camp.

5th-6th and 7th-9th groups participate in the Trip and Travel program, where they enjoy a week of onsite fun and field trips, followed by 2-4 nights of overnight adventures around California.

Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Extended-care is available at the camp location and at the JCC Berkeley Branch from 8:00-9:00am and from 4:00-6:00pm for an additional fee.

Location: Pick Up & Drop Off at 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709 (A bus is provided to and from camp from the JCC Berkeley Branch (1414 Walnut St.)

Ages: 5-15

Dates: Seven weekly sessions from June 19 – August 4

Cost: TBD



Description: The Bay Area’s premier summer day camp for curious and creative children ages. Beautiful locations in Oakland and Berkeley. Join us for exciting science and nature curriculum with insanely fun hands-on projects each day.  Weekly themes include: Great Green Science; Machine Mania; All Aboard Space Travel; Furry Forest Friends; Me & My Robot; May The Force Be With You; Wire-It-Up Electronics; Ninja Science; Have A Blast With Things That Go Fast; Knights & Princesses; Sarah’s Favorite Projects.

Location: Roberts Park, Oakland / Tilden Park, Berkeley

Ages: 5-10 / CIT program 11-15

Dates: Eleven weekly sessions from June 12 – August 25

Cost: $425/week


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Bay Area Day Trip Idea 1: Jelly Belly Factory

If you’ve ever watched and enjoyed the show How It’s Made, you will enjoy a trip to the Jelly Belly Factory. It’s just a 40 minute drive from San Fran. When you walk in the lobby you are transformed into world of candy. There are jelly beans hanging from the ceiling, walls covered in candy photos and even a gallery of art made entirely of Jelly Bellies. It’s a fun place to go and designed for families to have fun while learning about the process and history of Jelly Belly.

There are a few things to consider when planning your day.

1. No need to pack lunch, there is a Jelly Belly cafe with lots of options.

2. Bring quarters. On a busy day, you do need to wait in line for the tour. There are games along the way that require quarters to play. Some are also candy dispensers, so just accept that your child(ren) will be on a sugar high.

3. Smells in the factory can be intense! They don’t just make sweet flavors, they make sour, and practical joke flavors too, like vomit and boogers, so if you have a sensitive child, bring a clip to put on their nose!

4. Call ahead and make sure it’s a day when the factory is in production.

5. Consider going when there is an event. We went for the annual Hanukkah party and enjoyed a magician, Menorah lighting, klezmer band, crafts and food.  Jelly Belly Events Calendar

6. If you aren’t a Jelly Belly fan, not to worry, there is a chocolate and fudge shop too.

Here are some photos from our family journey:

This guy is sporting the Jelly Belly factory paper hats that all tour goers must wear.
This is the lobby/candy market.
A look inside the factory.
High fives for a pretty sweeeeeet day!
The founders of Parent Scout indulge their sweet tooth.

Lots of things to spend your money on like this jelly belly photo booth.
A look inside the factory. There are low windows for the littles.
Flying jelly bellies in the lobby.
Fabulous Hanukkah celebration. Did you know Jelly Bellies are Kosher?
Packed house for the Hanukkah celebration.
Workers packing up the jelly bellies.