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

Peninsula:

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))

Peninsula:

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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