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Oakland Parks and Rec.
Depending on the location, weekly rates are quite reasonable, from $60
- $150 per week. Dimond, Montclair, Redwood Heights, Allendale, etc.
Another option is
Adventure Time. They are the aftercare program at several OUSD elementary
schools and they run a summer camp open to anyone - you don't have to be enrolled in the
aftercare program during the school year to attend their summer camp. Their summer camp is at
Robert's Park in Oakland 3 days per week and then at an OUSD school the other 2 days (typically
Joaquin Miller or Montclair). You can sign up for the entire week or by the hour.
The least expensive summer camp I found was Adventure Time
(located in several OUSD schools,
and on Monday-Wednesday in Roberts Park). They charge per hour, and although I have not looked
at the prices this year, my memory is that if your child goes full time, you pay something
between $5.00 and $6.00 per hour.
They do a lot of different activities -- crafts, sports and games, and a lot of free play.
Very low key.
See their website at http://www.adventure-time.com/camp.html
Take a look at Lakeshore Children's Center,
which runs summer and school break camps, in
addition to its preschool and aftercare programs. It is located on Lakeshore Ave, and costs
$150 a week (I think). They have a pretty typical summer camp program, with Monday being
''wheel day'' (bikes, scooter, etc at the park), swimming two days a week, field trip one day a
week (bowling, ferry to San Francisco, etc.), and arts and crafts one day. My daughter really
enjoys it there.
Other affordable options include Oakland Parks & Rec
camps (although I was underwhelmed by the
counselors), and the Oakland YMCA.
Summer camp was a big sticker shock for us, too, not to mention the transportation logistics.
The city parks & rec departments are the way to go. In Oakland, our kids have really enjoyed
summer camp, which has 9am-5pm days for -- brace yourself -- $150/week for city
residents. Throw in a couple of weeks of that, and you can still afford some Monkey Business
or another more expensive camp if you want, if your kid has friends are going there, etc.
also know that most of the OPR rec centers (Montclair, Dimond, Redwood Hts, etc.) have all-day
programs at similar prices. For the Oakland programs, their website is here:
https://securerw.oaklandnet.com/registrationmain.sdi For category, enter ''day camp,'' and
then you can sort by start date or location, and click through on ages/places/dates that work
for you to get more information. Also, there's Berkeley City Camp, which even with morning and
after care at non-resident rates is less than $300/week, and pickup/dropoff is at Willard Park
in South Berkeley.
Summer camp sticker shock
Not in Oakland but nearby in Elmwood/Claremont are the Cal Youth camps, which
are $200-300/week depending on the child's age, for 9am-4pm. Extended care
is offered from 7:30-9am or for 4-5:30pm for $45/week. Here's their website:
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