Marin 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!
Do 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.
If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com or (415) 893-0426 or visit the Young Writers Workshop website. Read our article about the workshops here.
Even 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.
Everyone'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.
One 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 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.
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.
The Cañon Tennis and Swim Club in Fairfaxoffers 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.
With 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.
With all the summer camp choices available out there, things can get a bit confusing when it comes to finding one for your children. If you need a little help with making your summer camp decision, don’t miss the Strawberry Recreation District Summer Camp Night on Thursday, March 1 from 5–7:30 pm.
Over 70 different camps from the Bay Area and beyond will attend, offering parents and campers an evening to explore, research and choose the perfect camp for this summer 2012. Meet special guest Susan Gal, local author of Into the Outdoors. There will also be a REI seminar on what to pack for camp, youth contests, and giveaways. This free event includes door prizes, a jump house, food vendors, and more. All ages are welcome (all children must be accompanied by an adult).
Stop by check out this summer’s offerings. For more info, please call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website. The Strawberry Recreation District is located at 118 East Strawberry Drive in Mill Valley.
Summer camp signups are upon us, and one of the most popular camps in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area is Camp Galileo. Camp Galileo is an art, science, and outdoors day camp that offers campers a wide variety of hands-on experiences and activities, all with the aim to develop the skills and confidence they need to become innovators. Camp Galileo boasts impressive curriculum partners, including the de Young Museum, the Tech Museum, and Klutz.
Camp Galileo serves children from pre-K to those entering 5th grade. Campers are divided into three age groups: Nebulas (preschool and entering kindergarten), Stars (entering 1st and 2nd grade), and Supernovas (entering 3rd–5th grade).
Each week-long camp session has its own creative them designed to spark campers' imaginations, and some are even tied into current events like the 2012 summer Olympics and the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. This year's Camp Galileo sessions include:
Galileo Olympics: Greek Art and the Science of the Games
Celebrate the Golden Gate: San Francisco Art and Bridge Engineering
Leonardo’s Apprentice: Renaissance Art and Inventions