(updated on July 7, 2017)
It takes a lot of time to find the right camps and they can be really expensive. As a parent myself, I’ve done a lot of camp research and here are my five favorite affordable local camps in San Francisco.
Kid Stock, San Francisco & Marin
Offering 3-week long sessions
Full-day $800 ($267 per week)
This musical theatre fills up every year. Kids build confidence, participating in workshops of song, dance, drama and art, all culminating in an original musical performance.
Mariposa Kids, the Mission District
Offering weekly programs through June and July, Full day 8:30am-6pm,
$275-$350 (STEM) 5 Days, $165 for 3 Days
Mariposa’s Summer Adventure camp is back! Includes weekly themes of Art, Food, Museums, Wheels and STEM Camp weeks with Engineering for Kids
Maritime Summer Camp, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
Weekly program, 9am-3pm $300
Kids have a chance to experience San Francisco Bay through the eyes of a Sailor and a Scientist. Campers explore all the different activities the Park and the surrounding SF waterfront have to offer. Campers will also get to row and sail the many small craft in the park and learn the basics of marine biology including water quality tests, species identification, clam dredging, & tide pooling.
GLO Summer Adventures, 2 locations in San Francisco
Weekly program, 9am-4pm (optional extended care) $300 per week
Tech Extreme will explore all things technology. Campers will get hands on with fun with legos, and robots. They will learn how to code and program in an age appropriate environment. Weekly field trips.
Maker Studio SF, San Francisco
Weekly themes, 9am – 3pm, $350 per week
This girls-only camp is designed to engage, inspire, and support young women to pursue careers in STEM. Girls spend the week coming up with design ideas, brainstorming, sketching, turning those sketches into 3D models and then using 3D printing and sewing to bring designs to life.
Considering Overnight Camp?
For an affordable overnight camp near San Francisco in the Santa Cruz Mountains, UCamp is a great option. Try out their Discovery Camp for new campers. Kids enjoy swimming, hiking, shooting archery, acting, singing, dancing, roasting marshmallows and more!