San Francisco After School Activities – Fall 2015

Great after school classes of all kinds are happening all over the city! Here are a few highlights of what San Francisco has to offer…

Navarrete's Black Belt Academy.jpg Tiny Tigers
Noe Valley
Ages 3 – 6

This Taekwondo class helps you develop your balance, strength and coordination — and focus on courtesy, respect, discipline, and following directions, too.
Free trial!

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Ms Marian's.jpg Beginning Hip Hop for Girls
Richmond District
Grades 1 – 5 (girls only)

Learn a variety of classic moves and steps to music with a strong beat. You’ll develop an ability to move with a heightened sensitivity to music, timing, and accent.

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It's Yoga Kids.jpg It’s Yoga, Kids
Ages 5 – 8

Explore yoga poses, play cooperative games, and learn breathing and relaxation. Fun and non-competitive. Includes IYK T-shirt and eco-friendly yoga mat.

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HigginsTennis.jpg Tennis Class
Belvedere Tiburon
Grades 1 – 5

Beginners and advanced beginners: Learn stroke fundamentals, then incorporate your new skills into games like Ghostbusters, Angry Birds Tennis, and Skyball.

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EspanolforKids.jpg A Trip to South America
Ingleside Terrace
Ages 6 – 10

What’s life like for kids in other countries? Take a virtual tour to learn Spanish language and South American culture through games, songs, and projects.

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Wreachout Rock Band.jpg WREACHOUT Rock Band
Inner Richmond
Ages 6 – 12

Learn cooperation with band mates, how to play your preferred instrument well, band etiquette for rehearsals and performances, equipment setup, stage presence and more!

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Little Opera.jpg After School Opera Program
Grades 2 – 7

Create and star in an original opera. You’ll learn to write the story, craft the libretto, compose music, choreograph, design sets and costumes, and perform.

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rock band.jpg Rock Out!
Ages 5 – 12

Form a band, write a story and a killer rock song, and record the song. One parent says, “the confidence she comes out of each class with is unmatchable.”

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Pixie Hall Studios.JPG Cultural Mixed Media Class
Noe Valley
Ages 7 – 13

Set your artistic voice free with a range of crafting mediums and materials. Learn about history and culture with projects like book binding, doll-making, more…

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American Girls Fashion.jpg American Girls
Inner Richmond
Ages 6 – 14

Have you always wanted to dress up like your favorite American Girl doll? Come in to design and create an outfit for you and your favorite American Girl character.

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Many SF summer camps still have space — but filling up fast!

Kids getting bored? No plans for the last few weeks of summer? Check out these great San Francisco camps that still have spots left for July & August sessions. Everything’s filling up fast so register right away.

Technology & Programming Camps

Design and Build Summer Camp
by TechShop SF
Design and Build Camp introduces young innovators to software and provides a chance to bring creations to life using TechShop’s laser cutters and 3D printers!
(Sessions available until Aug 28)
Ages 8-17, 9:30am-3:30pm (extended care 8:30am-6pm)
Cost $600
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minecraftMinecraft Camp
by Sparkiverse Tech Camp
Palace of Fine Arts – Marina
Is your child obsessed with Minecraft? Have them grab a pickaxe and come adventuring with us! This summer we introduce a program dedicated to using Minecraft as an educational tool — MinecraftEdu.

Next Session: August 3-7
Grades 3-5
Cost $299
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Creative and Performing Arts Camps

Dance Production: Musical Theatre Camp
by Ms. Marian’s Dance Garden
Geary Blvd – Richmond
Learn what it takes to put on a SHOW… your show! Campers will learn performance techniques in singing, dancing, and acting — the Triple Threat — plus production techniques: stage lighting, makeup, costuming, PR/advertising, set design, and choreography. Then create a mini-musical and present it the last day of camp!
Sessions: July 13-17 and Aug 10 – 14, 2015
Grades 1-8
$350/week Register today and get 25% off!

modelModeling Camp
1300 Columbus Ave – North Beach
If you want to “discover the model” in you — this is the place to get started! Modeling Camp invites you to experience the world of modeling and fashion.
Next Session: August 4-7
Ages 11-17

wagon_paintingSummer Art
by Chris Babcock Art
5907 California St. – Richmond
You don’t have to have an exceptional talent to learn how to paint and draw, you just have to love art.
Next Session: July 13-17 (Sessions available until Sept 4)
Ages 5½-12
9am-3pm (extended care until 5pm)

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circusCircus Camp
by FOGG Theatre Youth Conservatory
Woh Hei Yuen Clubhouse – Chinatown
This camp is an outside-the-box adventure celebrating the performing arts of circus basics. Parents write, “It’s so fun! We are so pleased and will be encouraging more activities like this in the future.”
Next Session: August 3-7
Ages 5-11
$400/session $50 off if registered by July 12

dancersBallet Fantasy Camp
by Shan-Yee Ballet School
403 Arguello Blvd. – Richmond
Children are immersed in an exciting new story theme each week based on classical ballet stories, with an unforgettable end-of-week performance.
Next Session: July 13-17 (Sessions available until July 31)
Ages 5-8
9am-4pm (extended care available 8am – 6pm)

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 Language and Culture Camps

njahsNJAH Discovery Camp – Festivals! Taiko & Dance
by NJAHS Discovery Summer Camp
Presidio of San Francisco
Just in time for the Obon Odori Street Festival, learn about Japanese festivals, traditional dances, and make a taiko drum. Design a lantern and Japanese tenugui towel, and festival fan!
Next Session: July 27-31
Grades 1-5
10am-4pm (extended care available 9am-5:30pm)
$300/session – $50 sibling discount
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frenchPreteen Summer Camp… in French!
by EFBA French Immersion Summer Camps
Lycée Français de San Francisco – Hayes Valley
Spend an unforgettable summer vacation… in French! With counselors from France and French-speaking countries, kids enjoy activities and games in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Next Session: July 13-17 (Sessions available until July 31)
Grades 5-8
9am-4:30pm (extended care available until 6pm)

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Sports Camps

summer skateSummer Skate Camp
by San Francisco Skate Club Skate Camps and Classes
Various skate parks – San Francisco
A two-week skateboard Summer Camp touring and skating Bay Area skateparks. Parents write, “My son had a GREAT week, very cool camp! Thanks to Sean, Zack and the rest of the team, we will be back next year!”
Next Session: July 20-31
Ages 8-13
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fencingFencing Camp
by San Francisco Fencers Club
4000 Balboa – Richmond
A week of fun with a foil. Ages 7-13. Beginners welcome. Daily warm ups, games, footwork, attacks, fundamentals of defensive actions, and bouting with a partner.
Next Session: July 13-17 (Sessions available until August 14)
Ages 13-18

SoccerInsight_2Soccer Summer Camp
by SoccerInsight
Paul Goode Field – Presidio
Camp groups are dynamic and allow kids to develop at different rates. Parents write, “Great camp! My daughter has participated at least 1 session every summer the past 3-4 summers.”
Next Session: August 17-21 (Sessions available until August 28)
Ages Pre-K
9am-3pm (extended care available 8:30am – 5pm)

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Camps for Kids who Love to Cook

If you’ve got a kid who loves spending time in the kitchen, these Bay Area cooking camps are worth checking out. (Frankly, we’re feeling a little jealous that we can’t go, too!) Many still have availability for July and August, but act fast because spots are limited.

What’s so great about cooking camp?

Teaching littler kids to cook is a great way to expand what they’re willing to eat. It’s an incredible sensory experience — and it also sneaks in lot of other great skills like counting, measuring, observing, and tasting.

For tweens and teens, check out cooking camps that give them the knowledge and skills they need to build healthy, lifelong habits — including smart eating and exercise.


Which San Francisco Bay Area cooking camps should you explore?

Culinary Dude St. Thomas School San Francisco or St. Hilary School, Tiburon
There is no cookie-cutter approach to connecting kids with cooking here! The Culinary Dude shakes it up with great programs like Pop Stars favorite Foods.

Culinary Dude is also offering Regional and international Food Cooking Camps and teaming up with St. Hilary School’s longtime Athletic Director and PE Teacher  to offer kids the opportunity to learn about healthy living, including sports activities, cooking & nutrition, math & reading and personal outdoor care & safety. Here’s what parents have to say about their Cooking & Exercise Camp at St. Hilary’s in Tiburon:

My sons just loved this camp! They used math. They used creative skills and, if you send them there with Tupperware they will bring home the most delicious meals for dinner. It’s a working parent’s dream. No need to pack a lunch and they bring home dinner to boot. Awesome food. I particularly was impressed by the Japanese food. The California rolls rocked. My kids ate more vegetables in their one week of camp than they have eaten all year.

Food Truck Challenge at JCC San Francisco
Campers work in teams to create their very own food truck concept, visiting local hot spots to find inspiration. Campers perfect their recipes and design their brand in time for an end-of-session street festival. July 13 – 17.

Eureka Valley Arts  San Francisco
Pupusas and more! Kids will get visit restaurants, watch professional chefs at work and create their own culinary delights. As always at Eureka Valley Arts Camps, days will also include arts and crafts, outdoor play, and weekly trips to the pool. July 6–10.

Rainbow Chefs San Mateo
Empowering aspiring chefs to develop healthy eating habits, explore their creativity, and enjoy cooking in the kitchen! Themed weekly camps include Gourmet Baking, Italian, Summer Classics, Food Science, and more. Your kitchen Diva might like “Cook Like a Food Network Star,” and artsy kids will like “The World of Edible Art.”

KMS Culinary Adventures in Fitness & Nutrition Camps  Mission, San Francisco
KMS & Y.U.M Chefs are teaming up for a unique summer camp dedicated to teaching kids how to live healthier lives. This is a special interactive summer camp that combines food, fun, and fitness for kids 5-11. Each day of the two-week long session includes nutrition and food culture topics, exciting fitness activities, and an exposure to seasonal wholesome ingredients. Campers will be introduced to various sports, physically active games, and overall wellness through daily fitness and nutrition lessons. Campers will enhance their agility, balance, coordination, and social interaction. Two two-week camp sessions offered July 13-24 and August 10- 21.

Adventures in Baking: Camp Friends San Francisco Friends School
Learn to make pies, cakes, bread, pizza, muffins, and cookies from scratch. Learn the difference between yeast breads and quick breads, how to use a rolling pin and a pastry bag, and many other kitchen skills. Celebrate the end of each class with a delicious treat and extra to take home!  Jul 13-17.

A Little Yumminess: Cooking Around the World Marin Prep, San Francisco
Dive weekly into some amazing cuisines — and along the way, learn about diverse cultures through the lens of food, tasting and exploring traditional ingredients, and of course doing lots of hands on cooking.

This camp usually fills up early, so act fast and you’ll be happy you did. Kids not only get an incredible culinary and cultural experience, they get great skills too — each week they get knife skills workshop and a cheese-making workshop!

Le Toque de Cindy Palo Alto
Cindy brings the magic of cooking and culinary fun to tweens and teens (ages 10-17) and younger cooks (ages 6-9).   Camp activities include cooking instruction, hands on projects, taste tests, contests and field trips.   Campers will bring home their marvelous creations to share with their families and recipes at the end of the week to hone their skills. Sessions will be taught in a home setting in downtown Palo Alto except field trip days.

Multi-Cultural Cooking Palo Alto Family YMCA
This camp explores and prepares a variety of dishes from around the world like Italy, Mexico, China, and America. Your taste buds don’t want to miss out on this camp. Campers will create recipe books to take home at the end of the week. Jul 27 – 31.

More cooking tips for summer

  • Visit local farmers markets, make a day of  visiting the Ferry Terminal and walking the trail along the Bay
  • Have kids help plan and make meals or snacks they love
  • Go Berry Picking! You might even have some fruit left over to bake with
  • Grow some veggies on your balcony or in your yard
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Camps for Preschoolers!

PreschoolSummer can be a hard time to juggle child-care and activity needs for your kids, especially preschoolers. We’re happy to report that we have found a bunch of great options! Many are open to preschool + elementary age kids. If you’re dreaming of  summer weeks with a single drop off point, read on!

May14_campdoodlesCamp Doodles NEW Hayes Valley location in San Francisco for 3 – 4 year olds.  Weekly themes, full and part-days June 22 – August 21, 2015

They are still running their full summer camp program for 4-11 year old at their original Hayes Valley location at the French American International School. Weekly themes, full and part-days June 15 – August 14, 2015

may14_kidsoutdoor Kids Outdoor Club In the idyllic setting of the Presidio, kids from 3 to 11 years old play sports, hike, climb trees, build dams, visit the police horse stables, tromp through the sand dunes of Ocean Beach, explore Land’s End and Sutro Baths and play games in the woods such as capture the flag. Full and part-days/weeks May 18 – August 28, 2015

may14_wiseforestWise Forest Preschools Nature Immersion Preschool Camp for 2.5-5 years in Golden Gate Park. Modeled after the popular European Forest Kindergarten concept, activities include dramatic play, circle time, creative arts, learning plant and animal names, fort building, nature journaling, and more! Students explore and engage the natural world with science tools, digging implements, and musical instruments from our popular tool wagon. Daily 9:00am-12:00pm, Weekly and Partial Weeks May 4-Aug 28, 2015

may14_elsaMiss Marian’s Dance Garden’s Preschool Dance Camp The Richmond District In a fun, supportive environment, campers will explore a variety of activities and lessons: arts, crafts, dance, sewing, yoga, cooking, gardening, and more!  Daily 9am-1pm, 3 weeks:  Jun 8-12, Jul 6-10 and Aug 3- 7, 2015

may14_danceCreative Movement Summer Dance Camp at Dance Mission, One week of half-day camp for little dancers! June 1-5th, 2015


may14_adventureAdventure Camps, Mobile Camp with 2 Pick up spots including Julius Kahn Park in the Presidio and Midtown Terrace.  This mobile day camp uses the Bay Area as their playground. Everyday is different. They love to explore the BayArea’s wonderful parks, playgrounds, and beaches. Ages 4-14 years. Weekly, 9am-3pm, June 15 – Sept. 4, 2015

may14_eureka_kidsEureka Valley Arts Summer Camp Kids 4-13 create great projects, enjoy awesome adventures in and around San Francisco, and build amazing friendships. They will explore in and around San Francisco, have outdoor/indoor activities at Eureka Rec. Center, and a special field trip once a week. 9:00am-4:30pm, Extended day 8am-6:30pm June 1 – August 28, 2015

may14_soccerFun in the Sun Camp, Super Soccer Stars’ camp in Mission Bay for 3-5 year olds. Kids enjoy active fun in the fresh air all summer long. Two hours of outdoor soccer fun through skill-building games and activities. Camp runs weekly 9-11am, June 15 – August 15, 2015

Camp Edmo has a few sessions for 4 year olds at Rooftop School in Twin Peaks:
Earth Explorers Camp Discover curious creatures, magical habitats and unique cultures from around the world! You’ll swing through the Amazon rainforest, cross the African savanna on the backs of antelopes and play a didgeridoo invented 1,500 years ago by indigenous Australians.  Offered full day, 2 weeks: Jun 22-26, 2015, Jul 20-24, 2015
may14_edmoGames and Gizmos Inventors, tinkerers and creative thinkers wanted! Enter a world where your imagination transforms everyday objects into quirky machines, mind-bending puzzles, mini-pet robots, original board games and one-of-a-kind creations! Offered full day, Jun 29-Jul 3, 2015

Steve and Kate’s Camp Design-your-own Camp (lunch included) for 4-12 year olds. Now with 2 locations in San Francisco, they offer supreme flexibility. Kids get lots of time Steve_and_Kate_youngcampers9_1to choose from a huge variety of activities including daily and weekly specials. Parents love that everything is included (lunch + extended day!) and flexible attendance. Full Day Lycee Francais de San Francisco: Ortega Campus,  Jun 22-Aug 14, 2015
Alvarado Elementary School  Jun 1-  Aug  7, 2015

may14_yoga It’s Yoga, Kids Summer Yoga Camp for 4-11 year olds. Campers stretch their minds and bodies with art, dance, music, nature and yoga with the most talented team of professionals from ABZ Music, ARTifact, Caring Creatives, Children’s Center for Dance, and It’s Yoga, Kids. Daily 9:00am-1:00pm, Jun 15-19, 2015

may14_malltalkSee Saw Studio’s Small Talk Summer Camp, Ages 3 – 5 Hayes Valley. Led by speech language pathologist. Seesaw provides: healthy snacks, group lessons & activities, child-directed free play time, social skills, communication & language-rich exercises.
Daily:  8:30am-3:30pm, Jun 15-19, 2015

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Special summer camp discounts end May 3

hotsavings_piggyGreat discounts on unique camps! There’s something to match every kids’ interests – tech, art, sports, music, cooking and more!  Click below to see details and reviews for each camp.

Free sound even better? We’d love to make your day! Enter for a free week of camp at Brainvyne, Explore Science Camp, Camp Marco Polo, or TechKnowHow!

South Bay/Peninsula

Sparkiverse Tech Camp
Sparkineers spend their days switching between activity blocks: tech lab, art lab, outdoor play, group skits, spirit building, carnival, and more! Get $250 off camp until May 3rd.
Palo Alto

may1_artwjennyArt With Jenny
Kids draw, color, paint, get messy, sculpt and craft. The projects are all very age appropriate and are great for boys AND girls. 10% off camp until May 3rd.
Mountain View

may1_christinasChristina’s Art Adventure Camp
Girls are excited about their own creativity when they experiment in various artistic media, culinary projects, and acting techniques. Sign up for camp for only $275/week.
Palo Alto

may1_exploreExplore! Summer Camps
Learn about the natural world through personal exploration and become responsible stewards of the Earth. Receive 20% now through May 3rd.
Palo Alto

may1_journeysJourneys Across Time
A unique, hands-on, role playing summer camp program that immerses kids into a different place and time each week. Receive $25 off camp until May 3rd. Extended care is always free. Palo Alto

may1_kidventuresKidventures Summer Camp
Lots of adventures, outdoor play, nature exploration and fun await your kids. Receive 20% off sessions 2 and 3 of Adventure Camp.

731f7d80-737c-4da9-b2c1-40a92bd6b2e2Young Outliers
Activities inspire students to experiment to learn and space to invent– shape new ideas and learn without fear. Receive $50 off camp registration.
Palo Alto

Parents write, “Our boys’ favorite camp! They built great models, and best of all made an animated Lego movie with the iPad. Wonderful.” Receive 10% off until May 3rd. Refer a Friend and save $25. Palo Alto

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEmbark Labs: Coding Together!
Learn creative problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership skills. Parents write, “This is such a great alternative to the standard summer camp!”. Receive 10% off camp registration. Menlo Park

may1_wheelkids Wheel Kids Adventure Riding Camp
Kids explore the Bay Area on their bikes! They get excited about cycling adventures and learn how to keep their bikes and themselves in good shape! $50 off until May 3rd.
Palo Alto

East Bay

may1_mrDMr. D’s Music Club summer camps get kids ages 8–13 movin’, groovin’, singin’, dancing, and laughing. Parents report, “My son had a blast at this camp.” $50-$100 off camps until May 3rd. 15 percent off ongoing classes.

may1_shurenShu Ren International School
For K-8 camp ONLY & limited time – $50 each session if sign up for 2 or more sessions

may1_wheelkids Wheel Kids Adventure Riding Camp
Kids explore the Bay Area on their bikes! They get excited about cycling adventures and learn how to keep their bikes and themselves in good shape! $50 off until May 3rd.
Walnut Creek


may1_21academyThe Academy of 21st Century Learning. Month-long academic morning programs and week-long afternoon classes. Kids will laugh, learn, experiment, and challenge themselves. Buy 3 get 4th session free! Vacaville

San Francisco & Marin County

may1_skykidsSky Kids International Camp
Fun camps in creative and performing arts, science and nature, plus cultural exchange and Mandarin instruction. Save $100 until May 3rd.
San Francisco

may1_xkids The X Kids Tech Camp
Children as young as four get exposure to Robotics, computer programming, chess and 3D printing. $75 off until May 3rd.
San Francisco

may1_clinical_girlsSan Francisco Clinical Psychology Camp Seminar-style psychology program for high school students. Small groups foster accessible, fascinating talks on the workings of the mind. Save 20% until May 3rd. San Francisco

may1_marianMs. Marian’s Dance Garden
Musical Theater, Fairy Princess Dance and Sewing Camps. Week-long camps for Pre-k up to 8th grade. Save $25 off camp registration ends May 3rd.

may1_kidsoutdoorSan Francisco Outdoor Camp
A great opportunity for 4-6 year olds to spend their days exploring some of San Francisco’s natural gems! Weekly visits to Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach (weather permitting) and Lands End. Save 15% on 2+ weeks

may1_makerMaker Camp, sponsored by MAKE magazine, focuses on creating, building, and discovering. Makers complete engineering and art projects designed to teach them to innovate & solve problems using science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Save $75 until May 3rd. San Anselmo

  Overnight Camps

may1_wanderersWanderers Yosemite Hiking Adventure.
Explore and learn about the natural history of the Giant Sequoia, visit to Hetch Hetchy reservoir with a swim in the pools below spectacular Wapama Falls and hike to the top of Sentinel Dome. $75 off Yosemite camps until June 1st

may1_natomaCamp Natoma
A traditional summer camp located on California’s Central Coast. Parents write “he loved it so much that he begged to go every year.”  Outdoor activities including archery, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, music, team-building and more! Get $25 off when you register by May 3rd.


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Family events in the SF Bay Area for May 2015 – Kite Day, Cinco de Mayo and Fun Runs

Cheerful Children Playing Kite Outdoors ConceptThis May brings more outdoor events to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.  Here are the event’s we have marked on our calendar.

Menlo Park’s annual Kite Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 – Noon to 3:00 pm. Bedwell-Bayfront Park.  Bring your own kite or buy a new kite when you get there.  Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you assemble and fly your kite.

City of Palo Alto May Fête Children’s Parade & Fair,  May 2, 2015.  Parade begins at 10am, University Avenue.  Fair is at Heritage Park from 10am-1pm.

YMCA Summer Camp Fair, Learn about the YMCA’s summer camps while playing camp games, playing in bounce houses and running obstacle courses. Free camp T-shirts.  May 2, 1-3 p.m at the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View.

Cinco De Mayo Festival, May 2, 10am – 6pm in San Francisco.  Valencia Street between 21st and 24th Streets

Children’s Day Festival, May 2, 11am – 4pm Japantown’s Peace Plaza, Buchanan and Post Streets

Healthy Parks, Healthy People, May 2, 2pm – 4pm Presidio of San Francisco, 50 Montgomery at the corner of Lincoln Blvd.

Mother’s Day Concert at Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)  Saturday, May 9, 2-3pm in Mountain View.  Free!

Sunday Streets, May 10, 11am – 4pm in San Francisco.  Valencia Street between McCoppin and 26th Streets

Mother’s Day Kids Run, May 10, 9:45am – 10am in San Francisco.  East Beach at Crissy Field

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Olympic triple jumper Erica McLain combines sports and academics into a new summer camp

AH blog pathworks 1PATHworks is a unique summer camp that focuses on both sports and education. We spoke with Erica McLain, the founder and camp director, about the PATHworks program and what it was like to participate in the 2008 Olympic Games.

1. Tell me what a typical day of camp is like. Will there be any athletic activities or is it all in the classroom?

The PATHworks day is a fluid mix of academic and athletic activities rotating throughout classrooms and athletic facilities. Our athletic activities focus on key fundamentals, such as balance and agility, and technique training, such as running form and vertical max, that are critical to nearly all sports.

Every morning begins with core strength and mindfulness exercises that will help students learn about their muscle structures and how to consciously control their movements. From there the daily adventure begins as students learn to connect their grade level math and language arts learning objectives to the skills and technical aspects of their favorite sports. Students will get to apply their new sports skills to a competition in the afternoon. The day of learning and fun will end with science, technology and nutrition activities.

On Fridays, students will have opportunities to focus on their sports of choice and we will host special guest speakers from the sports and fitness industries. Our special guests will introduce students to how they can apply academic concepts in cool ways, both on and off the field, and how this will enable them to accomplish amazing things in their own lives.

2. What if my child is not into sports?  Would he/she feel out of place in the PATHworks program?  

Our primary goal is that students learn while having fun! If your child simply hates sports this might not be the camp for them; however, we don’t expect students to be super athletes. Our activities are designed to enable students of a wide range of athletic abilities, from beginner to advanced, to reach their personal best. If your child is new to sports and nervous about fitting in then PATHworks is the perfect place! Our curriculum will help provide an introduction to a variety of different sports and our students are taught to collaborate with and support one another.

  1. What motivated you and the team to start this camp?

My team and I all share personal stories of how involvement in sports has positively impacted our own lives and examples of how we’ve each been able to use various aspects of sports to inspire others. While we certainly believe that the entire course of a student’s academic career is critical to their development, we’ve found through our individual experiences that the middle school years seem to be the most challenging for students, teachers, and parents alike.  During these pivotal years, students are going through important yet difficult physical, emotional, and psychosocial changes. Surprisingly though, less that 15% of youth development programs aim to directly address the unique needs of middle schoolers. Perhaps this is because the middle school ages are among the most difficult to teach as students are going through significant hormonal changes but my team and I are up for the challenge!

We chose sports not only because they’ve personally played relevant roles in our own lives but also because scholarly research proves that sports participation can improve cognitive development, train critical thinking skills, empower students to excel under pressure, and cultivate essential soft skills such as teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence. With nearly 75% of our nation’s middle school students engaged with some level of athletic participation, sports provide a popular vehicle to reinforce academic concepts in ways that are fun and engaging.

4. What was it like to be in the Olympics? 

AH blog pathworks 2Surreal! It was exciting, humbling, terrifying, and amazing all at the same time… it truly was a dream come true! I’ve been in sports my whole life, playing eight different sports… gymnastics still is and always will be my #1 love. I didn’t really get involved with track & field until my freshman year of high school after volleyball and basketball seasons had ended. I actually discovered the triple jump by way of doing a gymnastics move called a “split leap” at the track. The jumps coach saw me doing one and asked if I could demonstrate that move to her jumpers. Who knew that in that moment I had stumbled upon the event that would, years later, earn me a full-ride scholarship to Stanford, a contract with Nike, and a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. This is just one example among many of why I encourage kids to be curious and try new things… you never know where it might lead!

One of my favorite things about being in the Olympics was being surrounded by the top athletes in the world from a wide variety of different sports. On the field, sure they’re your competitors, but off the field it was amazing to experience the camaraderie of the biggest names in sports all just hanging out playing in the arcade, sharing a meal, etc. I even got to play scrabble with Michael Phelps and talk about my hobby of photography with Carmelo Anthony… it was super cool!

See more information about PATHworks or sign up for camp.

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