Summer Camps

A Summer of Shakespeare

April 20, 2015

Marin Shakespeare CampMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marin Shakespeare Company, which offers fun Shakespeare summer camps for kids of all ages in Marin.

“I love that this summer camp is more than just fun & games. I wanted a camp where my kids would have fun AND learn something. At Marin Shakespeare summer camp, they learned about Shakespeare & developed an interest in classic literature.  It was great for them to have gentle encouragement to get on stage & perform for a small audience.  Each teacher we had was different, but each one had an extremely creative way to engage the kids. Highly recommended.”

—Nicki, Parent of two Marin Shakespeare campers

Marin Shakespeare Company has been providing fun and educational Shakespeare summer camps for years in Marin County, California. They offer camps for students ages 5–19, in locations across San Rafael and Ross. Their camps feature professional teaching artists, fun and educational Shakespeare instruction, and performance opportunities for the campers. Many of their campers come back year after year, and some even end up on stage with the professional Shakespeare company when they get older!

Unique All-Girls Sports Camp Experience for Your Daughters!

April 14, 2015

Prime Youth Sports CampsMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Prime Youth Sports Camps.

Is your daughter interested in becoming more involved with sports but lacks confidence? Does your child want to explore athletic activities that she has not played before? Does your daughter want to take her game to the next level? If so, Prime Youth Sports (PYSC) is the camp for her!

PYSC offers a unique experience for girls to learn, play, and have fun in an all-girls environment. In its second year, PYSC provides girls with a strong foundation of sports fundamentals and skills, knowledge, character and leadership development—and a love for athletics! PYSC emphasizes FUN and comradery in an respectful environment that drives passion for athletic activities. PYSC employs unique games and challenges that enhance skill development in and sport - basketball, soccer, softball - and more!

Camps and Family Fun at Mill Valley Recreation

March 16, 2015

Mill Valley RecreationMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Mill Valley Recreation.

It might still be chilly in the morning but summer is right around the corner and registration has started! Did you know that there is fun for the whole family at the Mill Valley Recreation?

We have programs for people of all ages, from the smallest crawlers to the seasoned pros. Whether you want to be an Olympic athlete or the next big rock star, we have just the camp for you.

Camp Overview

Our most popular camp is the Splash Camp for incoming Kindergarten to 6th graders. It’s a special 2 weeks filled with fun and swim. Monday through Thursday you will start your day with a swim lesson taught by ARC Instructors, then camp continues with arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking, and more!

This Summer, Learn STEM Skills and Have a Blast with iD Tech!

March 2, 2015

iD Tech CampsMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from iD Tech summer camps.

One million STEM jobs are projected to go unfilled by the year 2020. We’re talking some of the highest-paid, most creative careers imaginable. Yet only one in ten high school students have access to computer science courses—and far fewer at the K-8 level—meaning they are missing important instruction.

But what about summer?

At iD Tech summer programs, students ages 6–18 code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce movies, create wearable electronics, and more. Courses are taught by tech-savvy, adult-only staff in small clusters of just 8 students per instructor—guaranteed. iD Tech offers five summer camp experiences in Northern California:

Summer Fun at the Bay Area Discovery Museum's 2015 Discovery Camps

February 10, 2015

Art Attack Camp Bay Area Discovery MuseumThis summer, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito offers a variety of exciting summer Discovery Camps for children ages 3 to 8. They'll also be offering an all-new camp venue in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts. Weekly camps start June 1 and run through August 21. Kids can sign up for a different camp each week and enjoy guided exploration and open-ended creative play. The museum's experienced educators and camp counselors will be on hand to help provide direction and guidance for the campers. General registration starts Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

New offerings for 2015 include an expanded age range (9 to 14) for the Junior Counselor program and a new all-outdoor camp. There's also an additional extended care hours for morning sessions.

The museum's 2015 camps include a Big Discovery Camp for three-year-olds, an afternoon Summer Camp Sampler featuring some of the most popular camp themes, and a multiple week discount—get an extra $25 off when you sign up for four weeks, $50 off or five weeks, $75 off for six weeks, and $100 off for seven or more weeks.

Preschool camps are for children ages 3-year-olds who are currently enrolled in a preschool program. Pre-kindergarten camps are for children ages 4 and 5 who have not yet attended kindergarten. School-aged camps are for children entering first, second, or third grade in the fall.

Spend the Last Days of Summer at the Rolling Hills Club in Novato!

August 3, 2014

Rolling Hills Club Summer CampIt's August, and summer vacation will be over before we know it! But we still have a couple weeks to go, and if you're looking for something for the kids to do in the last days of summer, check out the camps for kids 3 to 13 at Novato's Rolling Hills Club.

You can sign up for the whole week, or attend the club's Sports & Splash Camps and Junior Tennis Camp on a daily basis. Extended camp is available daily from 8:30–9 am and 4–6 pm.

Nestled at the foot of Mt. Burdell, the club's seven-acre campus features two outdoor swimming pools, 12 tennis courts, two racquetball courts, an outdoor sports court, an outdoor playground, grassy fields for outdoor play, and more.

In Sports & Splash Camp for ages 5–12 campers play basketball, tennis, soccer, and wild and wacky games, and of course swimming is offered every day, too. August 4–8 is "Have a Ball" week, and August 11–15 is "Spy Week". Daily fee is $70 ($60 members); weekly is $320 ($270 members).

Sailing into San Rafael’s Community: A Mother Daughter Story!

April 21, 2014

Sailing Education AdventuresMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin mom Barbara McVeigh

After 30 years, Sailing Education Adventures, one of Marin’s best kept secrets, sails into new territory. Just over a year ago, the nonprofit moved its adult program from Sausalito to San Rafael’s Loch Lomond Marina, just down the Canal from its hallmark Summer Youth Camp at Marin Yacht Club. The organization has positioned itself well to serve the North Bay sailing community. New programs are building to support family, adult and teen sailing year round. Last year the community came together to support youth sailing for kids of the Canal District, a program that will continue because of a generous grant from the State of California.

This year, new program director Meghan Hartnett takes the helm. She just moved back to Marin after living in New York for nine years. Her mother, Jane Piereth, founded the organization and Meghan grew up sailing, as well as leading the summer camp 13 years ago. “It’s like coming home,” she says.

Summer Sports Camps in Marin County

April 7, 2014

Summer Sports Camp in MarinMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the National Academy of Athletics, which offers over 40 fun sports camps throughout Marin County this summer. Find out more at www.NationalAcademyofAthletics.com.

Everyone has their favorite summer camps, but let me share with you a resource that we are very lucky to have, right here in Marin County.

Aaron Locks—who grew up in Mill Valley, played at Tam High and went on to play college basketball in Oregon—is the founder and CEO of the National Academy of Athletics. Aaron worked directly with John Wooden, Rick Barry, George Karl, Pat Riley, Don Nelson and others as he formulated his expertise through 27 years of developing and coaching sports camps for kids. “Our camps provide a great way for kids ages 6-9 and 10-13, to fall in love with team sports. Through our camps, boys and girls can learn the fundamental skillsets needed to play their favorite sport, and they can do it simply by having fun.” Many Marin County parents have found that these camps not only send their kids home happy and tired, but also better, more confident players of the sport in which they choose to participate.

We all know that there is tons of documented proof that shows how kids’ involvement in sports, especially team sports, contributes to their overall success in life. Here are Aaron Locks’, top 5 reasons why you should get your child involved in sports:

LEGO Engineering Summer Camps at Play-Well Marin in San Anselmo

March 12, 2014

Play-Well gear driven LEGO carMy kids love LEGOs, so of course we're big fans of Play-Well, the amazing LEGO activity center in San Anselmo. Play-Well operates on the belief that kids learn best through play, and their activity center is a fantastic place for children to explore, problem solve, and create through the world of LEGO. My kids always have so much fun here they don't even realize they're learning about engineering!

Play-Well offers popular LEGO-inspired engineering summer camps, where kids in grades K–8 can play with LEGOs to their hearts' content and learn engineering fundamentals at the same time. Camps are designed to develop and enhance students' problem solving and critical thinking skills, expose children to concepts and vocabulary of engineering, architecture, and physics, and above all have a great time. Some of this years' camps include: Pre-Engineering using LEGO, Art and Architecture using LEGO, Ninjaneering using LEGO, Bashem' Bots using LEGO, Batman Mechanics with LEGO® Workshop, Jr. Robotics using LEGO, Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game using LEGO and much more. Check out their complete schedule here.

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