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

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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.

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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 ActivityHero.com. 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 https://www.activityhero.com/go/grant 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”.

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About ActivityHero

ActivityHero.com 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 https://www.activityhero.com

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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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Kids’ Activity Providers: Apply by May 31 to Win a Small Business Grant

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 https://www.activityhero.com/go/grant 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!

2018-grant-contest-vote.pngApply by May 31, 2018 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”.

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About ActivityHero

ActivityHero.com 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 https://www.activityhero.com

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San Francisco Peninsula Spring Break Camps – 2019

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

See Peninsula Spring Break Camp Schedules >>

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

Art-Smart Studio Art, Drama, and Lego Engineering, Foster City – Spring Break Camps weeks, starts in April.

Activities include creative arts, drawing and painting, crafts and activities, outdoor active playtime, science and technology. Your child will thoroughly enjoy being creative by learning Canvas Painting, Quilling, Foam Board Craft, Wood Painting, Cloth Painting, Cartoon Story Making and much more. Teacher Shilpa has been teaching Art to kids for over 10 years.

Legarza Basketball Camp, Belmont – Spring Break Camps starting in April.

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Campers work hard and feel good about themselves in a safe, disciplined, highly structured and motivating environment of learning and fun. Legarza places the child and his or her personal development ahead of the game. Positive encouragement and measured improvement in the fundamental skills are trademarks of their camp, as well as players learning to work together in a team setting while playing games and tournaments.

BrainVyne Lego Camps Multiple Peninsula locations (Palo Alto, Menlo Park) in April.

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Create 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
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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.

See Peninsula Spring Break Camps Schedules >>

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Veterans Day Camps in the SF Bay Area

With the busy days leading up to Halloween, it’s been easy to forget that kids have a Veterans Day holiday and school is closed. If you haven’t already found a one day camp for Veterans Day it’s not too late – there are still lots of great options out there!

See All Bay Area Veterans Day Camps

Some of the options you’ll find on ActivityHero:

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Ingenium Enrichment in Redwood City
Bladium
in Alameda
Wheel Kids Walnut Creek & San Francisco
Legarza Basketball in San Carlos
Brushstrokes Studio in Berkeley
Silicon Valley Tennis in San Carlos
BrainVyne Lego Camp in Palo Alto
Creative IQ Arts Studio in San Francisco
FUZE Fit in Los Gatos and San Jose
GrowFit in Redwood City

For more camps, search for the latest schedules on ActivityHero using our date search.

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San Francisco Summer Camps in Late August

Updated March 28, 2019 !!

Searching for a camp (with availability) in August can be as hard as finding a needle in a haystack.  But with ActivityHero’s date search, we found these great summer camps in San Francisco, Marin, the Peninsula, the South Bay, and the East Bay in a few seconds.

Below, we’ve listed a few of the camps offering August sessions that you might want to check out. (To see the full list of August camps in the Bay Area, visit the #1 Summer Camp Marketplace, ActivityHero.)

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Celsius and Beyond 
Hands-on science enrichment taught by real scientists & professionals! Explore chemistry, math, physics, cell biology. 2 San Francisco locations.
See Celsius & Beyond Camps >

Dragonfly Designs
A unique camp that blends textiles, art, jewelry-making, yoga and more. Offering in English, Mandarin, or Spanish immersion. 2 San Francisco locations.
See Dragonfly Designs Camps >

Camp Doodles 
(Many sessions already waitlisted — act fast!) Built on STEAM-based fundamentals, this camp gives kids unique opportunities to be makers & creators. Berkeley, Orinda, Mill Valley & San Francisco.
See Camp Doodles Camps >

Performance & Puppet Theater Camp
Discover the joy of puppet theater! Paint, draw, build, explore! The San Francisco Children’s Art Center is a fun place for children to explore their creative interests through quarterly art classes.

See Performance & Puppet Theater Camp >

Communication Academy
Improve communication skills at camp — focused on debate, public speaking, writing, math, and reading. Cupertino & Palo Alto.
See Communication Academy Camps >

Need more ideas? Visit ActivityHero, the #1 marketplace for kids camps & workshops to see a complete list of providers in and around San Francisco.

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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.

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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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