It can be tough to be a preschooler. Active and filled with a hunger for learning about the world around them, 2-4 year olds aren’t included in many summer programs offered at local recreation centers and other destinations around their hometown. Fortunately, this need has been recognized and has been remedied in many ways for those little ones living in the bay area. From tennis camp to a more general breadth of summer fare, the youngest of children can now enjoy their very own camp experience without having to wait until the bit day when they turn 5.
My Gym offers a Fun Camp for ages 3-9 with fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, and music. It even includes lunch!
Bay Area Discovery Museum Three-year-olds will also enjoy their time in this place where the Big Discoveries camp takes place. With giant learning opportunities designed for the littlest of campers, children will participate in everything from treasure hunts to art projects that will get them joyfully messy from head to toe.
Monkey Business Camp sessions run most of the year, with special summer programs for campers aged 3-10. Preschoolers join the Papayas group (ages 3-4), and enjoy outdoor climbing structures, cooking and baking projects and all-day play at Berkeley’s Tilden Park, which includes farm visits, walks to the lake and plenty of other exploration activities.
Bay Area Shakespeare Camp offers fun experiences with the Bard for kids as young as 4 years old. Kids learn basic stage skills, theatre games and more in this classical education environment located in San Francisco.
Camp Edmo, one of the top rated camps in the San Francisco bay area, has camps for preschool children where they experience everything from outdoor play to animation lessons provided in a partnership with various educational institutions.
Tutu Camp is dedicated to teaching little ones the world of ballet! With dance classes, costume decorating and plenty of opportunities to hear stories about famous ballet dancers, this is a camp perfectly suited for aspiring stars of the stage aged 4-8.
For those aged 5 and about to enter Kindergarten, the options for camp get even more exciting and diverse.
Camp Galileo has hands-on art, science and outdoor activities every day for preK-5th, plus have tons of fun with camp traditions like dress up days, water day and the rubber chicken cheer. Camp Galileo has 20 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
ArtWorks offers camps for ages 5 to 10 years old which focuses on nurturing creativity and teaching the most basic of art skills. Kids participate in drawing, painting and sculpting as they develop their own unique artistic voice. Workshops are also available for older children.
Camp Doodles, located in Mill Valley, offers a special program for those entering Kindergarten in the fall. Kids will enjoy skits, science, story time, water play and specially themed days like ice cream socials and dress up events.
Celsius and Beyond welcomes all 5-year-olds who will love this hands-on science camp that teaches them all about chemistry and other exciting components of the science world. Kids experiment with mazes and use music to decipher potentially frustrating concepts like math and physics.
These are just a few of the great ideas to get your preschooler away from the TV, out of the house and onward toward their very first summer camp experiences. They will cherish the fun experiences for years to come, as these first steps introduce them to the fun-filled world of fun, sun and exploration. Do you have a suggestion of what to do with your preschooler at home?