Summer Camps

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.

Techno-tainment Camp from PlanetBravo Now in Marin at Ross School

February 23, 2014

PlanetBravo Techno-tainment Camp Marin Ross SchoolMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from PlanetBravo, who are now offering their computer and technology summer camps in Marin County at Ross School.

This summer, Marin is the first-ever Bay Area location for PlanetBravo’s exciting Techno-tainment Camp! PlanetBravo’s camps at Ross School introduce talented kids to the latest in cutting-edge technological tools. Campers can create video games, film their own movies, animate in 2D and 3D, and even build robots.

Course offerings this summer from PlanetBravo in Ross include LEGO EV3 Robotics, Minecraft Modding, DSLR Photography and Video, 3D Animation in Maya, GameSalad 101 Mobile Apps, and much more. Some courses are full or nearly full, so sign up now for your spot!

Winter Teen Writers Workshop at Northbay Artworks in Novato

November 17, 2013

Summer writingDo you have a middle- or high-schooler who loves to write? In the Teen Writers Workshop this winter at Northbay ArtWorks in Novato, budding authors can indulge their love of storytelling while also learning valuable writing techniques.

Students will focus on creating compelling characters that come to life for readers. In the end, they'll write short stories to be included in a professional-quality class anthology! This workshop is run by Brenda Zahn, a professional writer and journalist with 20 years of experience.

The next session begins December 2 and runs through January 27. Classes are held Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 pm at Northbay ArtWorks, 7049 Redwood Boulevard, Suite 208 in Novato. Each seven-week session costs $110.

For more information or to register, contact Brenda Zahn at bmz70@comcast.net or (415) 893-0426 or visit the Young Writer's Workshop Facebook page. To learn more about Northbay ArtWorks, visit www.northbayartworks.com.

There's Still Time to Sign Up for a Cool Summer Camp in Marin

July 10, 2013

Play-Well LEGO campsIf you're still looking for a camp for your kids this summer, don't fret—many great summer camps in Marin still have room available for their mid- and late-summer sessions. Here are a few of our picks for cool summer day camps for kids of all ages throughout the county.

  • Rolling Hills Club in Novato offers offers a variety of active camps for kids ages 3 to 13 at its seven-acre facility nestled at the foot of Mt. Burdell. Offerings include Sports and Splash Camp, Junior Tennis Camp, Tot Camp, Snorkel Camp, and more. Read our article about Rolling Hills Club's camps here. For more information, contact the Rolling Hills Club's camp director Amanda Young at amanda@rollinghillsclub.com, or call (415) 897-2185.
  • Young Writers Workshops at Novato's North Bay Artworks offer budding Shakespeares or J.K. Rowlings the chance to do some summer writing instead of summer reading. Run by Brenda Zahn, a professional writer/journalist with 20 years of experience, these workshops are great for kids 8 and up and teens, too. Her next workshop is July 22-25. For more information or to register, contact Brenda at bmz70@comcast.net or (415) 893-0426 or visit the Young Writers Workshop website. Read our article about the workshops here.

The 2013 Marin Summer Camp Guide

January 22, 2013

Marin Summer Camp GuideEven though Christmas was only a few weeks ago, it's already time to start thinking about summer camp! Believe it or not, summer camp sign-ups will be starting soon, and many of the popular camps in Marin and the Bay Area fill up quickly.

Find the the ideal camp for your children in the 2013 edition of our Marin Summer Camp Guide. Our Marin Summer Camp Guide is a comprehensive directory of summer camps in Marin County, with selected Sonoma County and San Francisco camps included, too.

Browse camps by location, age level, and camp activities. You can also rate your favorite camps and share your experiences with other local parents.

If you run or represent a summer camp and wish to update your camp's information or add a new camp to the guide, submit the new or updated info in a listing here. We welcome listings for camps within Marin County, Sonoma County, and San Francisco, but if you have a camp located outside the area that would be of interest to local families, feel free to submit the information and we'll consider adding it to the guide.

High-Flying Fun at San Francisco's House of Air

April 10, 2012

House of Air MatrixEveryone's been telling us how much fun they've had at the House of Air, San Francisco's indoor trampoline park, so we decided that it was high time we paid it a visit. House of Air is located in an historic airplane hangar at Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, and features 8,000 square feet of trampolines that allow you to jump, fly, flip, and have a blast.

We booked our session online (always a good idea at this busy place, it turns out), and headed south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Unlike some places in San Francisco, there's plenty of free parking in the area, especially in the large lot adjacent to the beach.

When you go in, sign the waiver if you haven't already, then check in and get your bracelet. You either jump barefoot, or you can buy a pair of special House of Air trampoline socks to wear for $2. You'll jump in the Matrix, a large area of 42 interconnected trampolines, which includes the 2X Bowl, a special freestyle trampoline area modeled after a skate park. The House of Air's staff of Air Traffic Controllers give you a short briefing before your session, and then you're good to go. You also have access to the smaller Collosseum, a space with 22 conjoined trampolines that's used for organized sports like trampoline dodgeball.

2012 Summer Tennis Camps in Marin

March 27, 2012

tennisOne of my passions in life is the game of tennis. As a child, I took lessons, and I love to play with friends and family. I love the challenge of tennis, and of course it’s great exercise at any age. It's also a great game to challenge the little ones and a good way for them to meet new friends. Listed below are a list of tennis camps available throughout Marin County.

Belvedere

  • Belvedere Tennis Club is offering a Activity Day Camp for ages 4–8 and an Aces Summer Camp for ages 8–12. Activity Camp is weekly, full day camp from 9 am-2 pm that includes tennis, games, crafts, activities, snack and lunch.  Prices range from $65–$350 per child. The Aces Summer Camp is a weekly, full day camp from 9 am-4:30 pm that includes summer camp fun and professional tennis instruction. Prices range from $85-$95 a day. For more info, visit their website.

Corte Madera

  • Ross Valley Swim and Tennis Club offers a summer camp for ages 6–16 starting on June 18. Bay Club Ross Valley Junior Tennis Academy Summer Camp is designed for those players looking to improve their tennis on both technical and tactical levels. The Camp will use situational based training to enhance the learning environment and provide a "play-based" setting in which juniors will learn specific tactical responses to situations. Camps are Monday–Friday from 9 am-noon. The cost is $275 for members and $325 for non-members. For more info, call (415) 461-5431 or visit their website.

Fairfax

  • The Cañon Tennis and Swim Club in Fairfax offers a tennis camp for ages 7–14, grouped according to their ability level. The weekly camp sessions start on June 11 and runs through August 17. Sessions are Monday–Friday from 11:30 am–3 pm, with extended day care available from 3–5 pm ($75 per week or $20 per day). The cost is $235 per week. To register, call (415) 457-9217. For more info, visit their website.

Explore the Marin Headlands this Summer at Coastal Camp

March 21, 2012

Coastal CampWith its wind-swept hills, vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, and wealth of natural wonders and historic sites, the Marin Headlands sounds like the ideal place for a summer camp. Well, in fact, it is—Coastal Camp by Naturebridge offers educational and fun day camps in the Marin Headlands for children entering kindergarten through 9th grade, and partners with the National Park Service and the Marine Mammal Center for some fantastic educational opportunities.

Campers will explore this amazing national park and learn about the area's natural and cultural history, marine mammals, and coastal ecology, investigate tidepool creatures in the intertidal marine lab, hike along coastal trails, and even sail San Francisco Bay on board an 82-foot schooner. Coastal Camp programs are led by college-age camp counselors and experienced professional field science educators.

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