Summer Camps

Find the Perfect Camp at Strawberry Recreation District's Summer Camp Night

February 29, 2012

Day camp kidsWith 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.

Get Ready for Camp Galileo 2012

February 12, 2012

Camp Galileo art roomSummer 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
  • Galileo Rocks! The Art and Science of Music

Science, Art and Fun at Camp Galileo

July 27, 2011

Camp Galileo art roomLike many parents in Marin and the Bay Area, I'm always looking for summer activities for my children that are not only fun but educational as well. This summer, my eight-year-old son attended Camp Galileo day camp at their Marin location at the beautiful Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera. Camp Galileo offers campers hands-on art, science and outdoor activities as well as fun camp traditions like dress-up day, water day, and the rubber chicken cheer. Furthermore, Camp Galileo boasts impressive curriculum partners, including the de Young Museum, the Tech Museum, and Klutz.

My son was a member of Camp Galileo's Supernovas group—comprising children entering third, fourth, and fifth grades. The camp theme during the week he attended was Detective in Paris: Impressionism & the Science of Sleuthing. In this adventure centered around a fictitious 19th-century art theft, campers explored Impressionist art and used science to try to find the culprit behind the heist. Camp Galileo offers a unique approach that teaches children to be innovators. Campers learn to innovate, collaborate, identify their goals and audiences, generate ideas, and be creative.

New Parent Tot Camp at Marinwood

July 23, 2011

Marinwood Summer Camp has added an all-new camp this summer for parents and new campers. On August 1, 3, and 5 from 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Marinwood will be hosting Parent Tot Camp, especially for three-year-olds and a parent. Fun activities at Parent Tot Camp include playing games, making crafts, singing songs, and swimming in the Marinwood tot pool. It is a perfect way to introduce little ones to camp.

To sign up for Marinwood's Parent Tot Camp, visit or call the Marinwood Community Center at (415) 479-0775. Marinwood Community Center is located at 775 Miller Creek Road (near Lucas Valley Road) in the Marinwood area of San Rafael.

Marin Golf Summer Camps 2011

May 25, 2011

Golf is one of those sports that you have to try at least once, so you learn how to swing the clubs properly and understand the game. A number of Marin County summer camp programs offer golf lessons for kids starting at pre-K. Here are some of the choices:

  • Marinwood Community Center in San Rafael offers a Junior Golf Summer Camp for ages 7–16. There are 9 sessions starting on June 13, Monday–Friday from 9 am–noon or 1–4 pm. The Junior Golf Camp takes place at the McInnis Park Golf Academy in San Rafael. The camp focuses on building the confidence of young athletes through training in proper technique and foundational skills. The cost is $325 per session. Visit their website to sign up or more info.
  • McInnis Park Golf Club Summer Camp in San Rafael offers weekly camps for ages 7 and up Monday–Friday with morning and afternoon sessions. Their golf camps cover all aspects of the game with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Camp ends with a graduation BBQ and presentation of graduation certificates. The price is $325 and includes a daily snacks. For more info, call (415) 492-1800 or go to their website.

Marin Parks & Recreation Summer Classes 2011

May 17, 2011

Still looking for fun kids' activities and camps for summer? There's still time to sign up for one of the many classes and programs offered by local parks and recreation departments and other organizations. Find your local recreation resource on our list below. We've also included links to the summer camps offered by the Marin YMCA and the Osher Jewish Community Center.

Summertime Sailing Fun in the Bay Area

May 13, 2011

Kids and mom sailingGuest contributor Barbara McVeigh shares some great resources for summer sailing and nautical fun for kids and families.

The America’s Cup sailing race is yet two years away, but the excitement in the maritime communities is beginning to build just like the wind before a full blown gale.

There are lots of family fun sailing events planned this summer with activities promising to please the youngest of sailors to the crustiest of old salts. Treasure hunts, model boat building, schooner sails and pirates in Vallejo are just some of the teasers to lure a landlubber into the magical world of sailing.

Youth sailing camps start in June. The sport encourages teamwork and develops self reliance and confidence unlike any other activity. For a child, this can be the beginning of lifelong knowledge of the sport and art of sailing, as well as a connection to the natural elements of sea and wind. Kids laugh and have fun sailing!

Prevent Summer Learning Loss at an Educational Summer Camp

April 12, 2011

Learning at summer campMarin Mommies presents a guest article from the staff at Camp Edmo and Camp Edtech on the dangers of summer learning loss and what you can do about it.

Summer is coming and it can be hard to choose the right camp for your child. The choice often depends on the age of the camper and the types of activities. You can choose a general camp, an academic camp, a specialty camp, or a hybrid. If you have a younger child, the choice is up to the parent, of course. Why not choose a camp that provides balance, introduces them to a variety of activities and helps put them on a fun path to learning at an early age?

The Education Foundation states “Informal activities at camps or with families cultivate such things as reading for pleasure and experimenting out of sheer curiosity”.1 Additionally, studies by John Hopkins University have found all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Researchers note that children across the socio-economic spectrum lose an average of over two months’ learning from the previous school year in math, science and reading. Cumulatively, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, this counts for three academic years lost!2

Pyramid Gym Summer Camp Giveaway Winner

April 4, 2011

Congratulions to Jenny K, winner of our Pyramid Gym summer camp giveaway! She wins a gift certificate good for one free gymnastics summer camp week at Pyramid Gymnastics in Corte Madera.

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