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Summer camps aplenty!

Submitted by on 1, May 29, 2009 – 6:00 am4 Comments

Judging by some of the e-mails I’ve gotten of late, this appears to be shaping up to be a pretty tough summer for folks who put on kid camps.

Just the other day, I got a “$50 off” e-mail for camp out at the Oakland Zoo, which I seem to remember signing up for at like 12:01 a.m. on the first day of member signup last year. And my kid was one of just three on the list for another camp I signed up for a week or so ago.

So I guess all of this is to say that there are camp openings aplenty this summer, some of which come with discount opportunities. So if you’re looking for some things to keep your little guys and gals busy this summer, here’s a list of on-Island (or almost-on-Island) camps I know about, which you can feel free to add to in the comments.


Bay Island Gymnastics offers week-long themed gymnastics (plus activities!) camps almost every week this summer, for kids starting at age 3 1/2. Half-day, full day and aftercare available. $140-$160 for the half-day preschool program, $250-$270 for full day camps.

Bladium’s got week-long half-day hockey, soccer and basketball camps and half or full-day all sport camps for kids as young as 5 (soccer starts at age 9). Sounds like they’ll have catered hot lunches from Kid Chow, which you can even order custom. $199 for half-day camps, $250 for full-day camps, with a discount for members.

Harbor Bay Club has full-day summer activity camps for kids ages 4-12, plus before- and aftercare. Looks like the big kids’ camp culminates with a potluck dinner, movie and sleepover. $190-$210 for half-day preschool camps, $255-$275 for full-day camps.

USA Kung Fu has got kung fu and academic two-week camps that include kung fu instruction, academic lessons, art lessons, spoken Chinese and Chinese calligraphy, games and field trips. The camp is recommended for kids ages 6 to 12. Call for prices.


Alameda Children’s Musical Theater has a host of theater and other camps (including an end-of-summer “School of Rock” camp) that run both single and multiple weeks. For kids ages 5 and up. They’ve got before- and aftercare too. $250.

Alameda Civic Light Opera has two, two-week summer camps for kids ages 7-14 which will culminate in mini-musicals to be performed in the Alameda High School Little Theater. (The shows are “Cinderella a Go-Go” and “Parry Hotter and the Wand of Randomness.”) Enrollment bennies include a free DVD of your child’s show, plus a free child’s ticket and backstage pass for ACLO’s upcoming production of “Annie” and the chance to perform in ACLO’s fall fundraising show. $500 per two-week session.

Art YoWZa has a whole list of week-long camps for the summer for kids ages 5-11. And one of the neat features of these camps is that YoWZa in chief Rebecca Stees offers a day price for those weeks you might be out of town for a few days. Now that’s crafty. $300 a week, with a per-day price of $65 per day.

Rhythmix Cultural Works has, I must confess, the coolest sounding arty-type camps this summer, which include Brazilian Capoeira dance, Taiko drumming, circus camp and art activities in the afternoon. (That said, they did have to cancel a week of camp already due to low registration). If you refer someone to one of the camps, you get $20 for another Rhythmix activity. The camps are for kids ages 6-13, and aftercare is available, like the other camps I’ve listed, for a fee. $275.

Virago Theatre Company is hosting a four-week intensive theater camp in July for kids ages 9-15. During the camp, the kids will create and star in their own play. (And they get to learn stage fighting. Cool.) The final performance will be over at Rhythmix. $775 for the four-week camp.


Camp Edmo has weekly science-y camps out at Otis School for kids entering grades K-5 and then animation camps for kids entering grades 3-5. And their partners include an impressive list of Bay Area kidstitutions, including the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium. And I thought I saw something about museum tickets being included in the price. $359 for art & science camps, $469 for animation.

Science Adventures is offering four hands-on science camps at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach this summer, including rocketry, robot, planet and physics camps, for kids entering grades 1-6. They’ve got full-day and half-day camps – and a $50 discount if you refer a friend. $194 for half day, $309 for full day.


Alameda Recreation & Parks Department Ahh, the old standby. They’ve got a whole host of programs this summer, from swim lessons to Hidden Cove nature camps, Legos and more. And they are by far the bargoon as far as camps go ($140 for a week of Hidden Cove!). Though I am going to say their website is a bit of a pain in the ass, so maybe just flip through your handy Summer Activity Guide and register accordingly? Prices vary.

Chef-K is offering three week-long, half-day culinary camps for kids ages 7-18. Kids will learn basic kitchen skills and at the end of the week, they’ll come home with a binder with all the recipes. $415 for the half-day camp.

Girls Inc. Speaking of bargoons, the folks at Girls Inc. have a full-day summer camp for girls entering first through sixth grades for just $120 per week. They’ve also got four weeks of camp for girls entering seventh through ninth grades, with two single-week camps on science and cooking and design, and a two-week adventure sports camp. I’ve gotta say that I’ve personally heard nothing but great things about their camps, so I’m really looking forward to my own daughter being old enough to go. $100-$120 a week, $200 for the two-week adventure sports camp.


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