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April 2010

Re: Day camps for 12 year old boy not into sports
For the person who is interested in science, mythology, robotics, tech classes, writing... that sort of thing. Ideas?

He may enjoy the Roleplay Workshop. They offer weekly day camps all summer, Mon-Fri all day (with optional extended care). You didn't say where you live, but the Roleplay Workshop is on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. The games are creative and involve science and mythology, as well as a little math. My son and daughter have both been attending for years and LOVE it! See their website for more information: http://www.roleplay-workshop.com/about/index.html

Summer day camp details here: http://www.roleplay-workshop.com/about/summer.html

I think the minimum age is 10 years old, and goes up through 17 or 18. (There's a separate teen table.) - love love love Roleplay Workshop


June 2009

Re: Camp suggestions, 1 to 3 weeks, age 12/13, both genders
How about the Roleplay Workshop summer day camps? I already posted information about them in the ''schools, preschools & camps'' newsletter, but here it is again. As we're all looking ahead to summer and finding activities for our kids/teens, I'd like to make sure everybody knows about a fantastic weekly summer program called ''The Roleplay Workshop''. The program is located in a loft above Dr. Comics and Mr. Games on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. (They also walk to a local park for lunch and ultimate frisbee games in the afternoon.) Do your kids like fantasy, science fiction, or other imaginary worlds? If so, the Roleplay Workshop may be perfect for them. My two kids both started as soon as they turned 10 years old and this summer will be their 4th and 6th years attending. It's their favorite summer activity! My daughter says ''Roleplay Workshop is a great place to have fun and express yourself.'' My son says ''Roleplay Workshop is fun for beginning and advanced players.'' Check out their website here: http://www.roleplay-workshop.com/summersplash.html Sharon


June 2009

Re: Ideas for summer activities for 15-y-o gamer
I highly recommend The Roleplay Workshop (also called Abantey)...it's a table-top role playing game and if your kid likes interactive computer games, this will be up his alley. It's even better however because it's real people sitting across from each other interacting in the moment and the game masters are very creative folks. Also, the kids go out and play an hour of ultimate frisbee each afternoon so they get some exercise too. This camp is above Dr. Comics & Mr. Games on Piedmont Ave. http://www.roleplay-workshop.com/ Brenda


May 2009

I wanted to remind everyone who is looking for something to do with their kid this summer that Roleplay Workshop (Abantey!) is around for fun, learning and entertainment. They're short a few players to make good tables and it's a great activity for kids. It's a roleplaying game that teaches responsibility and that encourages thought, math skills and interaction. And it's easy to learn and there is not a computer in sight! My son Alex loves it. Becky Thomas, who runs it, is a credentialed teacher and truly gifted with teenagers. Info is at www.roleplay-workshop.com or you can always contact me to find out more. Jackie


Sept 2007

Re: Role Playing Games for kids?
I heartily recommend The Roleplay Workshop in Oakland on Piedmont Avenue. http://www.roleplay-workshop.com/ Becky offers after-school, holiday, and summer camp programs. From the website, it appears the minimum age is 10. My two sons primarily went during school breaks and summer vacation. They always had a good time, it was reasonably priced, and Becky was always understanding and flexible. Lois


July 2004

Hi: I found yesterday a web site about an ''abantey camp'' in Oakland. It is a roleplaying camp where I would send my 11 years old son. Has any of you had an experience with this camp/method? Thanks Sophie


My son went to the Abantey camp a year ago and just loved it. The leader is really nice and enthusiastic, and the kids there all loved the game. I recommend it. Linda
My 13 year old son has been going to Abantey for 2 or so years. He goes during spring and winter break from school and as many weeks as he can during the summer (when he's not at sleepaway camp and we're not on vacation). He LOVES it. It is role play games...it is also learning math, learning about human character, how to become a better person....what do you have to do to evolve to another level...I actually don't really understand it fully...I think you have to do it to understand it. My son spends time working in his Abantey workbook at home, he has discussions with his other Abantey friends about the different beings and characters they've come up with....I believe it helps him do real life problem solving. Becky Thomas, the creator of Abantey is wonderful. I highly recommend it, if you can handle schlepping to Piedmont twice a day.

They go out during lunch and run around A LOT playing ultimate frisby, in case you're concerned about them sitting around all day. Try it for a week and see how your son likes it.... have fun, June


May 2001

My son has been attending the Roleplay Workshop after school for about 4 years now, and loves it. It is run by Rebecca Thomas, who is an experienced teacher. It's designed for kids 9 & up - with separate sessions for teens. It's a place where the kids can create a character and then work with the others to solve complicated mysteries. See their web site www.roleplay-workshop.com for more info. Kids can sign up for 1 or more afternoons per week, and there are also school vacation and holiday all-day sessions. It's held at the Dr. Comics & Mr. Games store on Piedmont Ave in Oakland, and kids come from Berkeley as well as Oakland. As the kids gain experience, there is also the chance to learn game-master skills. My son loves the program. I'd be happy to give more info if anyone wants more specifics. The phone number of the program is 510-654-3582.


Feb 2001

The Roleplay Workshop has offered a unique educational enrichment program for teens since 1989. The program uses an interactive storytelling game to teach students a variety of real life skills while they are having a great time! The program stresses problem solving, team work, conflict resolution and math skills along with boosting organizational skills and self esteem. The Roleplay Workshop began as a teaching tool to supplement Ms. Thomas' 6-8th grade classes while she was teaching at Archway school. Since then, the program has grown to become a year round program with after school programs, school holiday programs, summer day camps and special events. Ms. Thomas also offers private and group tutoring in math and the sciences. The Roleplay Workshop is dedicated to providing the best educational enrichment possible. We provide a fun, safe environment to help motivate and enrich the minds of youth. The program is proudly sponsored by Dr Comics & Mr Games (4014 Piedmont Ave.), who provide us with space to run our programs. For more information, please visit our web site: http://www.roleplay-workshop.com, or call Becky at (510)654-3582.

Rebecca L. Thomas, Director
The Roleplay Workshop


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