Last-Minute SF Summer Camp Deals

There are a still a few SF summer camp 2017 bargains to be had, but time is running out. Snap them up now!

hot_dealsNow that it’s May, you won’t find quite as many early bird deals on San Francisco summer camps as you might have seen back in December and January.

But that doesn’t mean the deals are all gone! Here are a few camps still offering discounts. Grab them before time runs out:

babcockChris Babcock Art
San Francisco
Save $25 until May 28

 

code_revCode Rev Kids
San Francisco (Sunset) + more
Save $50 until May 16

 

njasNJAHS Summer Camps
San Francisco (Presidio)
Save $50 until May 8

 

embarkEmbark Arts
San Francisco (Fort Mason)
Save $25 until May 29

 

theXkidsThe X Kids Tech Camp
San Francisco (Mission)
Save $600 (!!!) until June 5

 

dest_sciDestination Science
San Francisco & more
Save $10 until May 31

 

celsius&beyondCelsius and Beyond
San Francisco (multiple locations)
Save 25% until May 15

 

RayKoRayKo Photo Center
San Francisco (SOMA)
Save $25 until May 15

 

See a full list of camps near you >>

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Summer Camps: Teen Edition

(updated on March 26, 2017)

As any mom knows, once the teen years hit, it can be really difficult to find something your kid finds enjoyable. And, if you’re a teen reading this, come on you know it’s true! Blank stares or eye-rolling are all too common when teens are asked what they want to do in the summer.

While traditional summer camps may not be what you have in mind for yourself or your child this year, the good news is there are plenty of high school camp options out there that teens DO enjoy.  No matter what your interests or goals after high school, these camps can help you accelerate your skill set, or even just plain have fun and relax before people will expect you to get a job!

Art Camps are a great way for teens to start the summer to unwind and express their creativity. Teens who want to expand their photo skills beyond the cell phone camera can learn photography and darkroom skills at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. Art School of SF Bay offers Fan Art, Digital Painting, Advanced Manga, Comic Art and other subjects geared for teens. Camp Fashionista in San Jose has fashion drawing, embroidery and dress making classes for teens.

Blue Bear boy teen

Music camps for teens at Blue Bear Music include Recording and Songwriting

Music lovers can join a band at Rock Camp at San Francisco Rock Project or School of Rock San MateoBlue Bear of Music in San Francisco and Dandan Performing Arts Center in San Lorenzo both offer songwriting camps and more advanced music topics.

Dance and Theatre are also good creative outlets and workouts for teens. Dance intensive programs often fill up quickly.

For work experience, teens can get valuable leadership skills and experience as a counselor-in-training at Stanford All-Sports Summer CampCastilleja’s Counselor In Training (Palo Alto), Camp Gan Israel of Silicon Valley, Hi-Five Silicon Valley, or Camp Edmo.

For those who love computers and tech, coding camps at NextGen Tech Learning (in San Ramon and Fremont), Coder School of Fremont, and MathGymUSA in Mountain View are a few of the Bay Area programs that specialize in helping the next generation become coders and makers. Startup Wonder offers teen programming, app design and business camps. For a hands-on experience, check out the variety at TechShop SF.

Math Enrichment is a math and writing program to help kids get a leg up on their next report card. From basic math skills to difficult geometry theorems, students learn and have fun with field trips. It’s also very affordable with their early registration discounts. Yes, teens reading this know that academics aren’t exactly the ideal summer vacation, but when you get into a good college – you can thank your mom AND your summer camp teachers. Debate, SAT and ACT Test Prep, and Startup camps are other ways that teens can use the summer to develop these academic areas.

Sports camps can keep teens active by focusing on the same sport or trying something new. Encore Lacrosse provides lacrosse fundamentals while GameBreaker Lacrosse has day and overnight options for ages 8-18. If soccer is your game, AYSO Soccer Camps and Challenger Soccer are good ways to keep active and learn from enthusiastic soccer coaches.

Stanford Baseball offers pitching, hitting and other advanced baseball camps. Ace’s Golf Club and Shoreline Golf are great ways to get teens on the links.

SF paddling and sailing teens

Teens enjoy the day on Lake Merced at SF State Community Youth Sailing & Paddling

Overnight camps offered by Camp Chrysalis will give all city kids a chance to experience the great outdoors. The nature adventures include canoeing, kayaking, and various team building activities in the wilderness.

You’ll find more overnight and day camps that take place on college campuses. These programs are a great way to spend a week at university, including Stanford and Berkeley. You’ll find iD TechCamp BizsmartAdidas Tennis, Revolution Softball and Revolution Field Hockey at several colleges this summer.

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What?! School’s out in May? Find the Early Summer Camps

If your kids are one of the lucky ones who get out of school before mid-June, you might be scrambling to find a camp that is running in late May or early June. Here, you’ll find summer camps that are open (and still have spots left) in early summer.

Hi-Five Sports SF

Hi-Five Sports SF

Week of May 29 – June 2

SUMMER ART CAMP at Creative IQ Art Studio
San Francisco

IMAGINATION STATION at Mariposa Kids
San Francisco

SPORTS SUMMER CAMP at Hi-Five Sports SF
San Francisco

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE & FUNDAMENTALS OF PROGRAMMING at Celsius and Beyond
San Francisco

FORCES & MOTIONS SUMMER CAMP & COMMOTION MOTIONS at Bricks 4 Kidz SF
San Francisco

BLADIUM SOCCER CAMP at Bladium Sports and Fitness Club
Alameda

Week of June 5 – 9

This week the options in San Francisco expands to the list above, plus more camps, like these (See ActivityHero for the full June 5-9 list)

GIRL CODER at Camp Edmo
San Francisco, Palo Alto and other locations

SUMMER ART CAMP at Chris Babcock Art
San Francisco

YOGA/DANCE CAMP at Petits Pas
San Francisco

X KIDS – MINECRAFT, ROBOTICS at The X Kids Tech Camp
San Francisco

DESIGN AND BUILD SUMMER CAMP at TechShop – SF
San Francisco

ADVENTURE & LIFESTYLE SUMMER CAMP at Super Kids
San Francisco

CREATIVE ARTS CAMP at SF Children’s Art Center
San Francisco

SECRET AGENT SQUAD SUMMER CAMP by Brain Bounce
San Francisco & more

STEM SUMMER CAMP at STEMful
San Francisco

FUN WITH FESTIVALS! at NJAHS Summer Camps
San Francisco

ADVENTURES IN PROGRAMMING at CodeREV Kids
San Francisco & more locations

GLO SUMMER ADVENTURES: TECH EXTREME at Growth and Learning Opportunities
2 San Francisco locations

BLACKOUT FOR GIRLS: TINKERING WITH LIGHT at Renegades Girls
San Francisco

ART SUMMER CAMP at Nine Studio
San Francisco

ARTNINJA at Silicon Valley Kids
San Francisco

SUMMER ART CAMP at Dragonfly Designs
South San Francisco

CHEER & DANCE CAMP & CREATIVE ART CAMP at Paly Cheer & Dance
Palo Alto

MINECRAFT RALLY: TEAM CHALLENGE at Camp Sparkiverse
Palo Alto

CAMPVENTURES & JR. CAMPVENTURES at Kiddie Academy
Mountain View

SOCCERBASEBALL & FAST PITCH SOFTBALL SUMMER CAMPS at Silver Creek Sportsplex
San Jose

NIKE JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS at Shoreline Golf
Mountain View

By mid June, the camp options grow by leaps and bounds. But if you need a camp in August, plan ahead, because there are only half has many camps open that month.

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2017 Bay Area Camp Fairs – visit ActivityHero and 100’s of local camps

Camp fairs are a great way to meet the people who run day and overnight camps.  The camp directors and staff are there to answer questions in person and you are likely to get a better sense of the camp personality by talking to them.  You can also bring the kids to see what catches their interest.

SF Bay Area Camp Fairs Co-Hosted by ActivityHero

Marine Science Institute

Sea creatures from Marine Science Institute

Palo Alto Camp Fair
(Providers: sign up for a table)
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Addison Elementary School
650 Addison Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Oakland Camp Fair
(Providers: sign up for a table)
Sunday, April 30, 2017
8:30 am – 11:00 am
Sequoia Elementary School
3730 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA

More Bay Area camp fairs

Fremont Unified (FUSS) Summer Programs Fair
Friday, March 10
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
American High School, Fremont, CA
More info: http://www.fuss4schools.org/2017-summer-programs-fair-activities-and-internship-opportunities/

San Francisco Resource Fair
Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park

Marin Camp Fair
Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

Dominican University, Conlan Center gymnasium (1475 Grand Ave San Rafael, CA 94901)
More than 100 day & overnight camps catering to kids from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade will be showcasing their summer camp programs during the three-hour fair. Admission is free and there will be Disney princesses, professional face painters, bounce houses, prizes and pizza – all free for families coming to learn about the camps.
More info: http://www.marincampfair.com/

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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Best Discounts at Bay Area Summer Camps

It’s a great year for summer camp deals. But, many of the best early bird deals expire February 28 or March 1, 2017. Now’s the time to lock in savings at these Bay Area camps.

Save $75 or more at these camps

Tech Shop, San Francisco
Sky Kids International Camp, San Francisco
Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco
Marin Hobby & Gift, San Anselmo
Camp Chrysalis, Berkeley
Three O’Clock Rock, Oakland
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and School, Belmont
Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts, Menlo Park
Tap in Talents, Palo Alto
Wushu Central, San Jose
Math Enrichment Summer Program, Multiple South Bay Locations

Popular camps with deals that end soon

Avid4 Adventure, Multiple Locations
Camp Edmo, Multiple Locations
Bald Eagle Sports Camps, Multiple Locations
EFBA French Immersion Summer Camps, Multiple Locations

Camp that are filling up

Some Bay Area camps are already beginning to sell out. If you want a spot in any of these, register right away:

The Decathlon Sports Club, Los Altos
Art And Soul, Palo Alto
Crissy Field Center Summer Camp, San Francisco
Kid Stock, San Francisco & San Rafael
Wheel Kids, Multiple Locations

See the latest summer camp discounts on ActivityHero and get your summer camp coupon.

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School Holiday Camps – Fall & Winter 2016

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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San Francisco Summer Camps on Sale

Summer+Camp+SaleSeveral top San Francisco summer camps are offering deep discounts — but only until they fill their last few spots, or until June 30, whichever comes first.

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the deals — to see the whole list, visit the Last-Minute Summer Camp Sale.

Activity

Ballet Fantasy Camp

By Shan-Yee Poon Ballet…
Sessions start Jun
Ages 4 – 8
San Francisco, CA
From $350 /week 20% off until 6/30
See Schedule

 

Activity
Design and Build Summer Camp
Sessions start Jul
Ages 8 – 17
San Francisco, CA
From $649 /session 20% off until 6/30
See Schedule 

 

Activity
Nature’s Little Gems
By Art School of SF Bay
Jun 20-24
Ages 6 – 10
San Francisco, CA
From $250 /week 50% off until 6/20
See Schedule

 

Activity
Chocolatier Training Camp
Jun 27 – Jul 1
Ages 6 – 12
Berkeley, CA
From $425 /week up to 20% off until 6/30
See Schedule 

 

Activity
Robotics Camp
By ROBOTS-4-U
Sessions start Jun
Gr 2 – Gr 8
South San Francisco, CA
From $300 /week 50% off until 6/30
See Schedule 

 

Activity
Jewelry Making & Design + Yoga Camp
By Dragonfly Designs…
Sessions start Jun
Ages 5 – 16
South San Francisco, CA
From $425 /week 20% off until 6/30
See Schedule 

 

See All Camps on Sale

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Long Waitlists at Top Summer Camps

It’s May, and you think summer is still weeks away. But given today’s 80 degree weather, it’s time to get serious about finalizing summer camp plans or your kids will be on THE WAITLIST.

waitlist

Photo courtesy of Kidizens

In case you’re wondering, these Bay Area camps are at least 90% full as of May 15:

Camps that are filling up very rapidly:

If the camp you want is already full, there’s no cost to be added to the waitlist when you shop on ActivityHero. Joining the waitlist is a good idea because there’s always a chance that the camp will add more sessions when they see how many potential campers they have.

But keep in mind that the camp might not ever be able to open up a spot for waitlisted children. And even if the camp does open a spot, you might not find out until 1 or 2 days before the camp starts.

Our best advice? Register as soon as possible to secure your spot, especially if the camp you want is a popular one. And if your favorite camp is waitlisted, add your name to the list — but start looking for back-up plans right away.

If you’re still feeling iffy about your plans, look for camps that have a cancellation policy that will let you switch weeks or change your mind with a small cancellation fee.

Find camps with their availability on ActivityHero right now >>

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