Is Your Child Interested in Sailing?

It’s that time of year again: parents everywhere are thinking about and booking their children’s summer camps. Often we choose the same camp year after year, but sometimes we think about being more adventurous, and offering our kids a totally different experience that could spark a new passion that lasts a lifetime.

Kid's at a sailing camp

San Francisco Maritime Camp

That’s what got us thinking about the unique and educational San Francisco Maritime sailing camp. As a non-profit partner to the Maritime National Parks, Maritime Sailing Camp gives kids an insider look at our bay’s maritime history and the opportunity to explore the Maritime National Park and San Francisco Bay just like a sailor or scientist would.

Campers also get the chance to test water samples, go rowing in whaleboats, and examine the bay’s mud and the creatures who live in it. They’ll also get to check out the World War II submarine Pampanito and go sailing for a day on the historic scow schooner Alma.

A fabulous option for boys and girls alike, San Francisco Maritime camp starts at $250 (aftercare is extra), and sessions run weekly throughout the month of July.

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Five Affordable Camps in San Francisco

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.

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On 1970s Message to Parents and feeling fortunate to be a San Francisco Bay Area Parent

Ok, so we could not resist it and simply had to share the image that is going viral today – the 1970s “Message to Parents” by LEGO.legogender1

Here in San Francisco Bay Area, we are particularly fortunate to have so many opportunities to “put the right material” in our kids’ hands and let their imagination fly.


Look no further than The Young Builders Workshop in Palo Alto. Here kids of all ages are able to build their projects from scratch, using blue prints, raw materials and tools that can be found at any home improvement store. “All it takes is a “can-do” attitude, the right tools, a little bit of practice, safety measures and the skills your child will learn at our workshop”, says the owner, Kobi Schindelheim.

Just further north in San Mateo, Art-Smart Studios offer kids an opportunity to explore creative arts, legos and robotics all in one place. Kids have fun and are being challenged to come up with simple, guided, but creative programming ideas.

In San Francisco, Celsius and Beyond, lets kids ages six through 14 experiment with mazes to solve math questions, music to understand physics and cooking to learn chemistry – all to cover the fascinating topics of science and provide an ever-challenging environment for learning and exploration.

Across the Bay in San Rafael, The Computer Clubhouse provides a creative and safe learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence through the use of technology. The Makerspace here gives students an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects.

So, as you give Thanks this week, remember how fortunate we are to raise our kids in the Bay Area.


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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 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 (see special offer for $300 off, before Dec 4)

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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