As Spring heads closer, parents are starting to think about camps. It takes a lot of time to find the right camps and they can be really expensive. As a parent myself, I’ve done a lot of camp research and here are my five favorite affordable local camps in San Francisco.
Founded in 1973, Synergy School in the Mission offers an art filled summer camp open to all kids from all schools. Staff is excellent, attentive and engaged with their students. Kids break off into classes based on age and do science experiments, go on field trips, art class and more. A full week session tends to run in the $300 range (prices aren’t out for 2015 yet).
Camp Edmo near Twin Peaks has an Animal Survival camp session. Your child will learn about animal behavior, what they do to find food, how they communicate, survive disasters and avoid predators while in one of the most forested parts of the city. Parents love this camp. A full week at Camp Edmo costs under $389.
At Kid Stock your child will experience musical theatre, dance and singing. They’ll also participate in drama, art, and more to set up the perfect musical performance. Children will create art projects based on the musical performances themes and each child will get a part in the play with lines to memorize.
TechKnowHow at San Francisco’s Marin Preparatory School teaches young builders how to take their Lego creations one step further. Students will learn about robotics, build rockets, motorize their creations and more. It’s a blast for the kids and one week costs $395.
For an affordable overnight camp near San Francisco in the Santa Cruz Mountains, UCamp is a great option. Try out their Discovery Camp for new campers. If your child enjoys sports, art, outdoor adventures and meeting new friends, they enjoy this five day session at the beginning of August. Book before March 1st and get $100 off of registration bringing your total to $695 for the week.