Summer Camps

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.

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 www.marinwood.org 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.

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