Winter Break Camps in the SF Bay Area

Happy Holidays! Are your kids excited about the Winter break yet? Are you ready for schools to be out? These winter break camps are open over Christmas Week or New Year’s Week in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay.

In San Francisco:
Adventure Camps, San Francisco
WinterDayCamp_AF79AB26BF632Celsius & Beyond, San Francisco
Eureka Valley Arts, San Francisco
Ms. Marian Dance Garden,  San Francisco Young Actors Theatre Camp, San Francisco

In the East Bay:
Abantey: The Roleplay Workshop, Oakland Afterguard Sailing Academy, Oakland Brushstrokes Studio, Berkeley
Redwood Ranch Stables, Oakland
Prashanti Art, Fremont
Triple Threat Academy, Piedmont, Oakland, San Ramon
Monkey Business Camp, Berkeley

In the Peninsula:
Art-Smart Studios, San Mateo
Aviation Camp at Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
Core TKD, San Mateo
Tech Know Academy, Belmont
Art School of SF Bay, Palo Alto
Young Builders, Palo Alto
Rainbow Chefs, San Mateo

In South Bay:
Art Bash Studios, San Jose
South Bay Sports Training, San Jose and Saratoga
Spartans Sports Camp, Mountain View
School of Rock, San Jose

Click here to get the latest list of camps and activities to keep your kiddos busy.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Camps 2014

The countdown has begun and the Turkey time is almost here! So are the Thanksgiving Breaks at your kids’ schools. Fear not though! We’ve got you covered with these Holiday Camps in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay.

San Francisco:

Adventure Camps Camp_Thanksgiving
The Culinary Dudes

East Bay:

Redwood Ranch Stables Oakland 
Abantey: The Roleplay Workshop Oakland 
Oakland Zoo Oakland
Afterguard Sailing Academy Oakland
East Bay Dance Center Oakland
NextGen Tech Learning, San Ramon


Maureen McVerry Theatre Camp Redwood City
Aviation Camp at Hiller Aviation Museum San Carlos

South Bay:

Kids Art Bash, San Joseturkey-soccer-ball
MVLA Academy Los Altos
Way to Go Foundation Los Altos
South Bay Sports Training Santa Clara
Starting Arts San Jose

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Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Holiday Camps 2014

School-holidays-are-hereShorter days, crisp, chilly air in the morning, specks of yellow, orange and red all over – yep, Fall is in the air. The Season is upon us, and so are the School holidays. Fear not though! We’ve got you covered with these Day Camps in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay.

San Francisco:

Adventure Camps, (Day Before Thanksgiving)
Eureka Valley Arts, (Veteran’s Day)
Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, (Veteran’s Day)
Bricks 4 Kidz, (Veteran’s Day)
Play in a Day Camp, (Veteran’s Day)

East Bay:

Brushstrokes Studio, Berkeley (Veteran’s Day)
Abantey: The Roleplay Workshop, Oakland (Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Week)
Three O’Clock Rock, Oakland (No camps, but your kids can learn to be in a band)
Circo Day Camp, Oakland (Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Week)
Sarah’s Science, Oakland (Thanksgiving Week))


Maureen McVerry Theatre Camp, Redwood City (Thanksgiving Week)
Aviation Camp at Hiller Aviation Museum, San Mateo (Thanksgiving Week)
ART-Smart Studios, San Mateo (Veteran’s Day)

South Bay:

Kids Art Bash, San Jose (Thanksgiving Week)
MVLA Academy, Los Altos (Thanksgiving Week)
Way to Go Foundation, Los Altos (Thanksgiving Week)

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Summer camp discounts for SF Bay Area

Summer Camp Kids There’s still time to find a great summer camp for your child, before they overdose on TV!  Even better, get $50 or more off any of these camps listed below.  You’ll find summer camps in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula, Marin and South Bay. ActivityHero July Deals

Visit our July Deals page to register and make the summer a fun one! Space is limited so book your spot soon.

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Financial Aid for Summer Camp

Summer camps can put a pinch in your budget, but some camps are offering free or reduced fee scholarships for families who need financial assistance. Families can apply for financial assistance by filling out an application form.  Camps will review your application and you will be contacted if space is available.

If you are a camp that can offer financial assistance, please fill out this form.

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Meet our Parent Hero!

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Meet Elaine, a parent and an entrepreneur from Palo Alto. Elaine is very familiar with summer camp planning and starts the process early January each year. She has been researching summer camps even before her kids, now 8 and 5, were ready for it. Elaine has relatives visiting from Asia every summer and for the last ten years, she has been helping them find and enroll in summer camps. These visiting families like to enroll their children into different summer programs to help them learn new skills, enhance their English language, and get better at various sports. Elaine helps about 10 families from Asia every year to find camps of varied interests and age groups. Until about 3 years ago, she used to spend countless hours scouring through newspapers, magazines, parent group forums, and asking friends for camp recommendations. She used to create a mini database listing of all the classes and sort them by different categories, prices, and locations. It was a long and tedious process! But Elaine did it every year so that her nieces and nephews had a wonderful learning experience.

happy campersIn 2011, Elaine found ActivityHero and her life got significantly easier since then! She loves ActivityHero’s easy user interface that makes her camp search a breeze compared to her previous experience. She no longer has to go hunting for camp related information in several different places and is able to find everything she needs in one central place. Through ActivityHero she gets information of the various sports camps, English writing, science, and arts for kids ranging from ages of 3 to 13 years all in one place. Most importantly, she can register for all these camps through ActivityHero and does not have to contact the various camps individually or login to various sites. ActivityHero is Elaine’s one stop shop for all her research, planning, and enrollments. It has helped her save at least 30 hours of planning time and given her access to new and unique summer camps that she might not have found otherwise. She can instead spend that valuable time doing what she loves. Elaine is extremely excited for all the time and effort ActivityHero saves her each year.

Elaine, we are glad to hear your story and happy to be of help to you! We look forward to continue assisting parents like you!


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Summer Camps for Girls – Only!

An all-girl summer camp might offer a unique experience for your daughter.  We asked some camps why are all-girls camps so great and different and here’s what Aby Ryan, CEO and Founder of Athena Camps, told us:

  • They teach girls to learn from and respect each other’s differences
  • Offer an opportunity for girls to encourage and be encouraged by other girls and women
  • Girls are more willing to try new things and be themselves in an all girls environment
  • Girls develop new, diverse, and lasting friendships beyond school
  • Girls learn from and bond with strong role models
  • The entire camp experience is tailored to girls preferences and learning styles.

Tennis.We_RockAthena Camps-Sports, Creativity & Girl Power: Athena Camps are designed to empower and build confidence in girls, ages 6 to 11, through self-expression and personal connections. Sports are really important at Athena Camps in order to emphasize skill development, and character building. These sports teach goal setting, perseverance, and teamwork. Some of the main sports are: Tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, yoga, and running. Creativity is also an essential part of Athena Camps. Girls are encouraged to use their unique creativity on different art projects every single day. Some examples are: Journal making, Hope Boxes, Dream Catchers, Friendship bracelets, and much more! Daily, girls receive positive affirmations from coaches and new found friends. When girls attend Athena Camps, they are happy, confident, courageous, and extremely eager to return!

See Athena Camps’ locations and schedules!

SpyGabbyWalkTalkieCamp is offering a couple of weeks exclusively for girls! All-day Squads of 12 kids maximum are led by educator Matt Martin, founder of BrainBounce.  Spy Camp training includes: Gadget & Gizmo making, Rock Climbing (at Mission Cliffs), Martial Arts training, Indoor Ski & Snowboard training (on Endless Slope), Surveillance, Code breaking & Map design, Team Capture Games, and Outdoor Field Missions.

We had a chance to talk to founder Sarah Cooper recently about why she created the Girl-Only weeks and whats so special about them.  Read the interview.

Ice_Skating_3Girls on the Go: Girls on the Go Camp gives girls the opportunity to explore, imagine, and connect with one another and the beautiful BayArea.  Girls on the Go campers receive coaching on how to safely navigate the public transit system.   Weekly interactive workshops with women with special knowledge and talent in the arts, science, movement, and environment provide for extra fun and expose girls to opportunities for their lives.  Girls have summer days filled with spontaneous and planned adventure and chances to try out new and familiar activities. Different outings include: Ice-skating, bowling, mini-golfing, baseball games, boating at Lake Merritt, and more! Campers range in age from 9-13.

See Girls on the Go’s locations and schedules.

Alexa_Slider01Alexa Café: Alexa Café was designed with girls ages 10-14 in mind. Alexa Café acknowledges the  pervasive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) gender gap, and seek to remedy it with a chic, collaborative learning environment focused on girls. The Café emphasizes leadership, entrepreneurship, brand identity, and philanthropy. All students get a personalized 1- on- 1 instruction. Girls work with industry-standard hardware and software, kick-start their own 1-for-1 social movements, and bring their new skills and ideas into the real world.

Take a look at Alexa Café’s locations and schedules. 

More All-Girl Camps:

Go Girls! Camp is where girls make and perform their own plays that allow them to learn and practice the essential social/emotional skills. Campers range from 1st graders to 6th graders!

Girl Scouts has exciting and fun activities that build self-esteem, enhance teamwork, develop skills and increase awareness towards our environment! Each camp is unique and offers a place for self-discovery, laughter, and personal growth. Campers range from ages 5-17!

Girls Inc. encourages girls to learn, explore, make friends, and most of all have fun! The camp inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Campers range from 6-12 years old!

Camp H’s summer and after-school programs include hands-on activities like cutting plywood with a jigsaw, fusing metal with a welder, and creating projects of personal and social relevance. The camp inspires creativity and curiosity through hands-on building, and problem solving. Campers range from ages 9-12.

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