Summer Camps

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.

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.

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