Bay Area Camp Fairs in 2023

Attend a camp fair from home! Meet amazing camps in the Bay Area and hear about their plans for in-person summer camps in 2023. Mark your calendar for March 4-5, 2023!!

Register for the fair near you!

  • Thornton Junior High School Gym in Fremont for East Bay programs (Saturday, March 4 from 1:00-3:00)
  • Palo Alto High School for programs in Palo Alto or the Peninsula area (Sunday, March 5 from 11:00-2:00)

If you can’t make it to one of these fairs, check out ActivityHero for the latest summer camp schedules and reviews.


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Thanksgiving Break & Winter Break Camps in San Francisco

Updated for Winter 2022

Here in San Francisco, three weeks of school vacation are coming up — and you may be looking for a Veterans Day Camp, Thanksgiving Camp, or Winter Camp before the end of the year.

These holiday breaks are a great time to try something new like horseback riding or spend a little extra time on interests like cooking.

Thanksgiving Break Camps thanksgiving cooking camps

Find Thanksgiving Camps for the holiday break. Even though school may be out for one or more days, you’ll find plenty for kinds to do at camp during Thanksgiving Week.

Thanksgiving Break
Ages 5-15
San Francisco
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Winter Break Camps

Enroll in a camp during Winter Break to make the most of the winter school holiday. Many camps are available for single days so you can book just the days you need.

Winter Break
Ages 5-15
San Francisco
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Want more ideas? Check out all the camps available for kids over Thanksgiving Week and Winter Break.

Holiday Break Camps in San Francisco

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San Francisco Peninsula Spring Break Camps – 2021

Spring Break is here! Looking for some last-minute coverage? Some of these camps offer one-day drop-in rates for the ultimate flexibility!

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Aviation Camp, San Carlos – Spring Break Camps for Elementary and Middle School Students, starts in April.

Hiller_kidsAviation Camp is an immersive hands-on aerospace experience for campers entering Grades K-8.  All programs are held at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.

Launch a mission to the cutting edge of aviation! Investigate the fastest, highest and biggest things in aerospace using realistic flight simulation, exploration of real aircraft, model aircraft construction and more

Cool Coyote Kids Camp, Mountain View – Spring Break Camps starting in April.

Camp is focused on exploring and playing in nature. The goal of this camp is to let children be children, letting them play in nature while learning about their surroundings and the balance in nature. Each day we take a small group of children and after meeting up for circle time in the morning, we head off to different local state parks, beaches, creeks and farms.



Kids Dojo, Palo Alto – Spring Break Camps starting in April.

Enjoy 5 days mountain biking and exploring trails. This is for those who want to learn mountain biking skills and is designed to teach basic riding skills, mechanics and very beginning racing skills in a fun, relaxed, and comfortable environment. We have enthusiastic, experienced instructors for our unique program dedicated exclusively to mountain biking. Your child will have the opportunity to be challenged, while they grow as a rider and we make sure they laugh and learn. Whatever their level, they will improve their cycling and self-confidence in a safe,fun environment. Each day we ride different trails and pump tracks and practice skills while learning trail etiquette and enjoying the outdoors. You can expect your child to be tired, dirty and hungry at the end of the day! Please be sure to make sure your child drinks plenty of water when they get home.

BrainVyne Lego Camps Palo Alto and Menlo Park in April.

biggerbrainCreate battery-powered LEGO® creations within a variety of themes – Space, Vehicles, Pokemon, Animals and Cities. Experiment with gears and wheels to create movement. Through hands-on building, students will learn how form and function come together in a great design.


 It’s Yoga Kids Spring Break Camp San Francisco

Spend time in practice, reflection and creative expression – inspiring self-connection and building friendships and community.  Yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation practices will flow alongside discussion, art projects and group games as we explore the many ways “yoga” can show up in our daily lives.

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School Holiday Camps – Fall & Winter 2020

This year, there are so many school breaks that we don’t even have a name for many of them. Your school might be out for 1-5 days in October, plus a whole week of Thanksgiving, and 2-3 weeks for Winter Break.

For Columbus Day (or Indigenous Peoples Day) or October Break, you’ll find camps for basketball, art, programming, martial arts and more!

In November, most schools are off for Veterans Day on November 11. More and more schools now have the full week of school off for Thanksgiving. You’ll find camps that offer 1-4 day sessions.

And to end the year, your child can try out some new activities, like jewelry making, flight simulators, table tennis, cooking, and more over Winter Break.

To easily keep track of when your school is off, you’ll find school calendars for most SF Bay Area schools on the ActivityHero blog.

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School Break Camps in San Francisco Bay Area

Parents with school-age kids know firsthand that the school calendar is full of one day holidays as well as a several full weeks off. In fact, school is out 16 weeks a year so it is not a surprise that hardly a month goes by without some type of school break.

On the plus side, many holiday break camps have emerged in the San Francisco Bay Area to enrich and engage kids on their days off.

Here is the list of school holidays recognized by SFUSD and other school districts in the SF Bay Area, and where you can find school break camps during the days off.

Winter Break Camps
MLK Jr. Day Camps
President’s Day Camps
Spring Break Camps
Summer Camps
Fall Break Camps
Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day Camp
Veterans Day Camps
Thanksgiving Break Camps

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Thanksgiving Holiday Camps

Updated for Thanksgiving 2022

The countdown has begun and the Turkey time is almost here! Many Bay Area schools are out the whole week of Thanksgiving and you can find some fun camps for kids. Fear not though! We’ve got you covered with these Holiday Camps on-site in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Belmont, San Jose, Los Altos, and online!

Featured In-Person Thanksgiving Camp in San Francisco

Thanksgiving Cooking Camp with 4ft and Up Kitchen


Aviation Camp at Hiller Aviation Museum (San Carlos)

Build-A-City In-Person LEGO Camp (Belmont)

South Bay:

CD’s Art Studio, San Joseturkey-soccer-ball
Coach Ken Soccer Academy Los Altos
Best in Class Education (Palo Alto)

San Francisco & Marin:

Horse Camp with Chaparral Ranch at Golden Gate Park (San Francisco)
Basketball and Sports Camps by Legarza Kids

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Online Camps for Kids in SF Bay Area

Many families in the San Francisco area are not ready to have kids attend an in-person summer camp in 2020. But they also don’t want kids to sit at home with nothing to do. Online summer camps, with live instruction and a variety of topics, can keep kids engaged and learning over the summer from home. 

Online Art Camps

Art camps are available for all ages and are a great outlet for kids at home. Many online camps offer kits with the necessary materials for kids to use as they follow along in class.

Pacific Art League –  Various weeklong summer camps for ages 5-16, from Calligraphy to Digital Design to Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies!

CD’s Art Studio – Fun virtual painting camps for kids, an online painting party, and an online slime party. Packages of materials are sent via mail or can be picked up in San Jose, CA.

Art School of SF Bay – Online art summer camps via Zoom for various mediums and genres, including 20th Century studies, manga, and digital painting. 

Young Art – Virtual summer camps for K-6th grade students in both morning and afternoon. 

Online Coding Camps

Kids can be introduced to programming and other technological skills through coding their own games or applications! Coding camps may require software such as Scratch to be downloaded before the session. Coding skills become increasingly useful as our world shifts online.

CodingREV Kids – Coding fun challenges using drag and drop code. For ages 6-11 with no typing or coding experience needed. 

Digital Dragon – Creative coding with Swift for ages 14-18. Create an iPhone app while covering the basics of Apple Xcode, the Swift programming language, and mobile app design. 

RISU USA – One week camp for ages 8-13, learning coding in Python and algorithm development.

NR Computer Learning Center – An 8-day camp where students will learn to design and develop a website through lectures and hands-on activities.

Online Science Camps

Science camps are both educational and fun, with an endless amount of material to cover. Online science camps provide a great opportunity to experience fun projects and experiments from home. 

Camp EDMO – Camps for pre-K through 8th grade for all kinds of technology-based topics, including TinkerCAD 3D modeling, photography, Graphic Design, Minecraft, and Roblox. 

Camp Captivate (Science Smart Kids Inc.) – Kids learn about famous national parks from home using art and science kits. A fun virtual camp for ages 7-10.

Digital Media Academy Tech Camps – For ages 9-12, featuring 10 technology-based online courses for design, entrepreneurship, machine learning, journalism, and more. 

Online Academic Camps

Academic subjects like math and writing can be difficult to comprehend through only textbooks and Youtube videos. Live instructors at academic camps provide personalized instruction and help keep kids focused and engaged. 

Wizbots – Creative thinking and programming with Scratch. Students work through puzzles, and design and program their own puzzle game by the end of the week. 

Communication Academy – Offers writing courses for 8-14 year olds. Learn to express yourself through interactive activities and practice core writing skills in four-day camps. Topics vary by week. 

Mathletes – In Coach K’s Math Camp, kids will practice creative problem solving, playing games and solving puzzles, and building challenges focused on mathematics and geared towards middle schoolers. 

Summer Camp Online – Online SAT prep course for high schoolers. Two hours per day, Monday through Friday. 

Online Camps For Teens

Teenagers are already experts at navigating online resources. Online camps and academic programs can serve as a way to connect with peers and mentors to learn and grow while at home. 

Bottom of the Box, LLC – Teen resilience and leadership workshop. Gives teens the tools to exercise resilience, express themselves, and build confidence and perseverance. Skills can also help support the college application process. 

Inspirit AI, Inc. – An artificial intelligence pre-college program taught by Stanford graduate students. Students work on AI projects, learn about potential careers in AI, and help prepare for CS/AI college programs.

Math Enrichment Summer Program – Offers math and science courses for credit. Classes are taught by credentialed teachers and meet for four hours a day. Students receive UC/CSU/Private School/High School credit for these courses. 

Access online camps from across the country:

Kids may see fellow campers from all over the US or even the world. There’s a wide variety of online camps available, so be sure to take note of the time zone when registering for an online camp.

Beginning summer camp in the morning can help kids keep a steady daily routine over the summer and help prepare them for next school year. Morning summer camps will start the day with fun and education, leaving the rest of the day free for a second class or camp, physical activity, and free time. While kids have missed out on part of the school year, online summer camps are a reliable alternative for academic and enrichment programs in summer 2020. You’ll find schedules, details and reviews on ActivityHero.

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Free Family Events for Fall 2019

Though summer is ending, there are still plenty of opportunities for fun family outings and educational days for your kids. Take advantage of the many free events in the San Francisco area in the upcoming months!

National Park Free Entrance Days


Muir Woods National Monument

There are three entrance fee-free days for all National Parks in the upcoming months:

  • Sunday, August 25th – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28th – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11th – Veterans Day

Parks in Northern California include Muir Woods, Redwood, Sequoia, and Yosemite. Set out on a weekend camping trip before the weather turns too cold, or take a nature-filled day trip for a short escape from the bustling city. Go for a hike and point out different plant and animal species along the way for a great combination of exercise and hands-on learning!

Check out more details about the entrance fee-free days, and mark “I’m Interested” to receive reminders and extra information about the event.

Museum Free Admission Day

This year, on Saturday, September 21st, museums and cultural institutions across the US are participating in the Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day.


The Tech Interactive

Museums encourage your children to think critically and creatively about the contents of the exhibits and why they’re being displayed, and can also be a great source of inspiration if your child is interested in science, art, history, or any other subject. Do your kids have the misconception that museum trips are too long and boring? Read some tips about how to get them to love these educational institutions.

In the Bay Area, museums include the Bay Area Discovery Museum, The Tech Interactive, Museum of Craft & Design, and the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU). Each reserved ticket allows for free admission for two people at one museum, so get yours soon!


More family-friendly free events are bound to pop up as the year goes on, so make sure to check back for updates!

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Over 1,000 Summer Camp Scholarships available to children in San Francisco

For the first time, families who struggle to make ends meet can apply for multiple summer camp scholarships with ActivityHero’s simple online registration. Over 1,000 scholarships are available at 50 summer camps for as little as $20. Participating camps include Celsius & Beyond, STEMful , Always Learning and Growing, Mariposa Kid’s Community Project, Girls Leading Girls and many more in and around the San Francisco bay area.

While some summer camps already offer financial aid, each has its own application process and deadline. ActivityHero’s scholarship program allows families to apply for multiple summer camps with one application, saving time and increasing the success of receiving a scholarship.

Families can apply for a scholarship at Scholarships are available for children ages 5-17. Household income and family size will determine scholarship eligibility. Cash contributions from local families help more children attend summer camp.

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$10,000 Grant for Kids’ Camps & Classes – Now Accepting Applications for 2019

ActivityHero announces a Business Grant Contest that will benefit kids’ camp and class providers with over $15,000 in grants. 

If you’re a kids’ activity provider who faces the challenges of being a small business in the competitive Bay Area marketplace, here’s some good news. ActivityHero recently launched a Business Grant Contest to help providers strengthen their customer relationship base and apply to win over $15,000 in grants.

The Prizes

The 2019 Business Grant contest will award over $15,000 in grants and prizes from ActivityHero and its Partners.

    • Grand Prize: Business Grant worth $10,000
  • Silver Prize: Business Grant worth $3,000

In addition, seven Finalists will each receive $500 in services from GoDaddy Website Builder, 4imprint Branded Promotional Products, PsPrint Online Printing Services and ActivityHero Online Marketing.

These services help small businesses look their best and attract more customers.

GoDaddy is a web-hosting platform and domain registrar that serves over 17 million customers while offering award-winning customer service. Build a top-flight website with ease.

4imprint boosts marketing power by providing companies with high-quality products such as water bottles, t-shirts, and booth signage that can be customized to promote their business. They also offer expert art and design consulting services.

PsPrint offers quality printing, graphic design services and affordable prices. Popular items include postcards, posters, flyers and stickers.

ActivityHero is the #1 online marketplace for kids’ camps and classes. Families find and book activities near them and businesses can use ActivityHero’s online registration service on their website for a convenient, seamless experience.

Apply Online by May 31

How to apply:

    1. Make sure your business has a valid ActivityHero listing. You can easily create a listing if you don’t already have one.
  1. Visit and answer some basic questions about your vision, inspiration, and the kinds of connections you as an activity provider have made with your community. Be clear and concise!

Apply by May 31, 2019 to increase your chances to win since you will be eligible for all three finalist drawings (one at the end of each month from May through July).

The more votes and reviews you receive from families, the better are your odds of winning. Families cast their vote on each business’ ActivityHero listing.

Get Valuable Customer Reviews

The ActivityHero grant contest will help you get more online reviews which can pay long-range dividends like a boost in personal referrals and customer trust in your brand. To maximize your customer reviews, read ActivityHero’s recent blog post, “5 ways to get more reviews for your business with theActivityHero’s Grant Contest”.


About ActivityHero is the leading online marketplace for camps, activities, after school classes, workshops, and kids’ nights out. We reach more than 2.5 million families nationwide with our easy-to-use website and weekly newsletters. Providers can customize their listing and grow their registrations by visiting

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