2023 Summer Camp Guide – San Francisco Bay Area

    It’s time to start signing your little ones up for camps!

    To make things easier for you, we have put together our top picks of
    this year’s summer programs available to the San Francisco Bay Area, along with insider tips and camp must-haves from our team of fellow SF Bay Area Mamas.

    Scroll on and happy camping!


    Camp Brandeis

    Calling all artists, innovators, and creators!

    Camp Brandeis is an exciting day camp offering daily STEM, arts, and outdoor activities for kids entering grades K-5th. Sign up for one, two, or all three sessions, for a total of 6 weeks in an engaging summer experience your child is sure to enjoy! Extended care is available for weekly purchase.

    DATE  | June 12 – July 21, 2023

    LOCATION  |  655 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, California 94112

    PHONE  | 415.406.1035

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    Seabird Preschool Summer Camp

    Seabird Preschool summer camp invites children ages 2 to 6 to participate in fun summer activities. Weekly changing themes let children explore nature, art, science, space, outdoor physical activities, and so much more. Weekly themes spark kids’ curiosity which is foundational to helping young learners develop new skills and knowledge, and most importantly develop a love of learning. Seabird summer camp culminates in a Carnival week where children play games and win prizes. Seabird Preschool has a private outdoor playground with an organic garden where kids can safely and freely play and explore.

    DATE | June 1 – August 11, 2023

    LOCATION  | 9 Pelton Pl San Francisco, CA 94133 (entrance from the alley next to 750 Pacific Ave)

    PHONE  | 415.932.6023



    Enriching, unforgettable programs for K-8 in the Sunset District! Film-Making/Animation, Public Speaking & Debate, Coding, 2D & 3D Art, Algebra, Scientific Inquiry, Dragon Tales, Musical Theater & more!

    DATE  | Starts June 12, 2023

    LOCATION  |  St. Gabriel School, 2550 41st Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116

    PHONE  | 415.629.8540

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    KidzToPros STEM, Sports & Arts Summer Camps

    June to August | Save $50 with code SFM-50!

    KidzToPros has what you need to get through the summer months! Join us for exciting summer camps that bring together our most popular programs for an exciting and skill-building mix of STEM, Arts, and Sports activities. These on-campus camps keep kids happy, healthy, and learning while schools are on break. KidzToPros camps have curricula tailored to each grade level to ensure fulfillment for any child from ages 4 – 12. Whether your little one is a budding explorer, athlete, artist, inventor, or engineer, we’ve got you covered for fun, enriching classes that will inspire creativity and ignite a lifelong passion for learning! Check out our website for Summer Camps in the San Francisco area, and be sure to use SFM-50 for an extra $50 off of summer fun!

    Multiple locations throughout the Bay Area

    Steve & Kate’s Camp

    Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge of their own learning experience. Kids choose from a variety of activities in real-time, including sewing, coding, maker crafts, baking, sports, and more! As kids try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of the world with creativity and confidence. Families can buy any number of days, to use at any time–no weekly reservations required. Or, buy a Summer Pass, which covers the whole season. Either way, any unused Passes are automatically refunded at summer’s end. Ages: 4–12 | Lunch, snacks & all hours (8am–6pm) included.

    San Francisco- Sunset Dianne Feinstein Elementary School
    2550 25th Ave.
    San Francisco, CA 94116
    Jun 5 – Aug 4
    San Francisco- Potrero Hill Live Oak School
    1555 Mariposa St.
    San Francisco, CA, 94107
    Jun 12 – Aug 4
    San Francisco- Fremont BASIS Independent Fremont
    3300 Kearney St.,
    Fremont, CA 94538
    Jun 12 – Aug 4
    San Francisco- Oakland TBD! TBD!
    San Francisco- Walnut Creek The Seven Hills School
    975 N San Carlos Dr.
    Walnut Creek, CA, 94598
    Jun 19 – Aug 11
    San Francisco- Corte Madera The Cove School
    330 Golden Hind Passage,
    Corte Madera, CA 94925
    Jun 12 – Aug 18
    San Francisco- Petaluma Spring Hill School
    705 N Webster St.
    Petaluma, CA 94952
    Jun 12 – Aug 11
    San Francisco- Santa Rosa Sonoma Country Day School
    4400 Day School PL
    Santa Rosa, CA, 95403
    Jun 12 – Aug 18
    San Francisco- Palo Alto Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
    450 San Antonio Road
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    Jun 19 – Aug 11
    San Francisco- Redwood City Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
    301 Grand Street,
    Redwood City, CA 94062
    Jun 12 – Aug 11
    San Francisco- San Jose Shu Ren International School of San Jose
    540 Sands Dr Building B,
    San Jose, CA 95125
    Jun 12 – Aug 11
    San Francisco- Santa Cruz Spring Hill School
    250 California St,
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Jun 5 – Aug 4
    San Francisco- Sunnyvale BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School
    1500 Partridge Ave,
    Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    Jun 20 – Aug 4
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    K-5: Mission Campus, 3250 18th Street | PreK: Dogpatch Campus, 728 20th Street
    San Francisco, CA | 415.551.0000 | 06/26/2023 – 07/28/2023 | Flyer

    At La Scuola’s Summer Camp, each camper has the opportunity to build community across grade levels; older students act as mentors and younger students learn from them. Every camp week will offer an interdisciplinary educational experience that develops skills and creates lifelong memories.

    7795 CA-9 Ben Lomond, CA 95005 | 510.499.7468 | 07/02/2023 – 08/01/2023

    New Campers Save $500! The Young Actors’ Theatre Camp is an award-winning overnight camp for ages 8-18 in the Santa Cruz Mountains that explores ALL areas of the performing arts. All classes are taught in a safe and supportive environment by industry professionals and geared toward all levels of experience and interest.

    5100 Clayton Road Suite A-10  |  925.288.0900

    $399 for a 3-month membership with unlimited classes which includes One Tribe t-shirt and kung fu pants.

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    Summer Camp Tips From Our Writers:

    • Keep up to date and compile with health guidelines for a safe camping experience!
    • Don’t over-schedule your children, especially if they are super young and this is their first time at camp/ away from you. It’s summertime, and you don’t want your kids exhausted from too many things. Let them be kids and have downtime too.
    • If your child is starting preschool in the fall, do a “little” camp.  This will help with the preschool transition and may help with school separation anxiety.  That way, if your child freaks out and doesn’t really make it to camp that much, you didn’t waste money on a whole semester.
    • Try something new.  This is a great chance to try something before registering for it for an entire semester.  Does your child like dance, basketball, or computers?  Who knows?  Summer allows you to give it a try. Exposure to different activities allows children to really find what they are interested in.
    • Take advantage of the area we live in.  Maybe your child will want to do coding or circus acrobats?  These camps aren’t offered other places in the country like they are here.  If you have an older child, camps like these stand out on college applications because they are unique.
    • If your are trying to get into a particular school, register for their camp.  It doesn’t hurt to get your family’s name out there and let the school get to know your child. It can only help!
    • Don’t just do what your friends are doing. Do what’s best for your child. Use this guide to find something special for your child.
    • Plan your camps around your vacations.  It’s hard to plan in advance, but try to plan what you might be doing this summer from little day trips to maybe some bigger vacations (woo hoo!).  You don’t want to pay for camp and then realize your child is going to miss a whole week for your cousin’s wedding on the East Coast.
    • Location, location, location.  Don’t sign up for a camp too far away.  Just because this isn’t your child’s every day school, don’t forget you still might find it super inconvenient to drive a long distance every day over the summer to a camp.
    • Dress your child in T-shirts that can be conversation starters.  It’s hard to make new friends in a new environment.  Maybe a SF Giants shirt, 49ers shirt, or an Elsa Frozen shirt (you get the idea) will help the kids realize they might like something in common and help them begin to chat.
    • Don’t panic to sign up. Take your time to find the right camp. There are plenty of camps out there. It will all work out.
    • Let your child take some ownership in their camp. Give them choices, ask them what they want to do, and then use this information to make a good decision.
    • Remember to apply sunscreen and pack sunscreen for outdoor camps.  Note whether your camp is allowed to re-apply or not and discuss this with your child.
    • If you have a child that is just too young for camp make sure and carve out some “summer experiences” just for them so they don’t feel left out seeing their older siblings go to camp.
    • If your child is independent, don’t be afraid of sleep-away camps.  The goal is to raise children who will one day be capable of leaving us, right?
    • Label EVERYTHING! Here are some of our favorite labels.
    • Don’t let your child bring their “favorite” anything (water bottle, hat, whatever), even if it’s labeled. Items tend to go to home with the wrong camper and sometimes never make their way back. All kids have different schedules, and you may not see the same kids every day like you do in regular preschool.
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    How do you choose which camps to send your kids to?

    I talk to my kids. I asked them what they want to learn about. Sports, legos, airplanes, the arts, etc. Then, I give them options my husband and I are already cool with to pick from. I let them have some ownership in their camps. I don’t worry about what their friends are doing. If they have friends will similar interests, great! If not, no big deal. I don’t want my kids to do a camp just because their friends are there. I want them to be interested in and excited about the camp!

    Also, don’t just look at the type of camp, look at the location! A camp that is 20 minutes away may not sound far, but driving to and from camp (especially if it’s a half-day camp) adds up quickly and will take up a lot of your time!

    Finally, you also need to consider half-day versus whole-day. You really need to think about the age of your child. If they are young, maybe a half-day is enough. Older kids have more stamina for longer days. Don’t over-schedule your kid just because the camp sounds cool. They will not learn if they are super exhausted.

    And just a side note–a lot of preschools have camps, so if you’re unsure what your child may like because they are still young, try one of the school camps.


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