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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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

Contra Costa Camp Fair
Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pine Valley Middle School
3000 Pine Valley Rd, San Ramon, CA

Tri-Valley Camp Fair
Sunday, February 24, 2019
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Acalanes High School
1200 Pleasant Hill Rd., Lafayette, CA

Palo Alto Camp Fair
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Ohlone Elementary School (fundraiser for school PTA)
950 Amarillo Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
(Providers: Register for a table)

Silicon Valley Camp Fair
Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fremont High School
1279 Sunnyvale Saratoga Rd., Sunnyvale, CA

Marin Camp Fair
Saturday, March 23, 2019
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dominican University, Conlon Center Gymnasium
1475 Grant Ave, San Rafael, CA

East Bay Camp Fair
Sunday, March 24, 2019
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ed Roberts Campus (at Ashby BART Station)
3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA

 

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.

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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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Summer Camp Scholarships and Financial Aid 2016

Looking for scholarships to help make summer camp more affordable?  Without compromising quality, many San Francisco Bay Area camps offer partial and full camper scholarships, including the 12 popular programs listed here.  Be sure to apply soon, for some of these deadlines are coming up quick!

Find more camps offering financial aid on ActivityHero.

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uCamps Summer Camp

uCamps

uCamps is an overnight camp that offers scholarships to families in need, including partial scholarships, or setting up families up with a payment plan. Parents can contact uCamps to request a scholarship.

Destination Science

Destination Science offers financial need scholarships for children entering K – 6th grade.  Destination Science offers to pay a week of camp in full for families with an annual household income less than $40,000, and to reduce the tuition price to $170.00 per week for families with an annual household income less than $55,000.

Camper scholarship application submission begins February 2016, and ends May 27th, 2016. Learn more about Destination Science’s scholarship program.

iD Tech

Each year, iD Tech provides a number of students with full and partial scholarships to their summer programs. This year, iD Tech will be giving over 200 scholarships. Because of iD Tech’s commitment to bridging the gender gap in tech, 100 of these scholarships will be reserved for girls.

Scholarship application submission begins on January 5, 2016 and lasts to March 4, 2016. All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm PT on March 4, 2016. All decisions will be communicated via email by April 2016.

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Wheel Kids Bicycle Club

Wheel Kids 

Limited reduced price registration are available for qualified applicants.  Apply here by listing your preferred week of attendance and specify Wheel Kids as the camp you’re interested in.

Digital Media Academy

Digital Media Academy is dedicated to making world-class digital media education more accessible. Applications are taken and evaluated on a first come, first served basis to qualifying individuals.

Applications for camper scholarships will be available starting February 15, 2016

Athena Camps

Athena Camps is proud to offer partial scholarships based on financial need. Scholarships are limited to available resources.

Community School of Music and Art (CSMA)

CSMA offers 50% tuition assistance based on family size and income, merit scholarships for students who show outstanding talent and commitment, and Program Subsidies for off-site preschool classes, weekly in-school art and music classes at local elementary schools, and other programs.

Camp Chrysallis

Camp Chrysallis offers camper scholarships on a first-come, first-serve basis, but also reserves the right to make admissions decisions on other bases, such as maintaining an even gender balance in the sessions. A deposit of $200 is due at the time of sign-up, and the tuition balance is due by April 1.

GirlVentures

To ensure that ALL girls have the opportunity to participate in summer programs, GirlVentures offers financial aid to two-thirds of all participants. Full and partial scholarships are available. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

San Francisco Maritime

It is part of our San Francisco Maritime’s mission to be accessible to campers of all financial backgrounds. Applying for financial aid will neither increase nor decrease the chances of getting into a program. We encourage you to ask for assistance if you need it and pay what you can. Details about financial aid can be found here.

Marin GreenPlay Camp

During the Summer of 2016, GreenPlay will host 80 children from socio-economically disadvantaged and underserved communities in Marin County across all of our camp offerings and age groups.  To learn more go to Greenplay Foundation.

Camp Galileo

Every year, Camp Galileo awards hundreds of weeks of specially priced camp through their financial assistance program.

Financial aid applications can be submitted January 7, 2016 to March 31, 2016. Learn more about Camp Galileo’s financial aid program.

Final note:  Many camps accept donations to help fund their scholarship program.  Find more camps offering financial aid on ActivityHero.

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