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Winter Break Camps for 4 & 6 y.o.s
I'm interested in winter break camps (particularly for that loooong week after Christmas)
that my 4 & 6 year olds can attend together and be in the same section/class. I would
prefer the area between Berkeley and Richmond. Thanks!
The City of El Cerrito offers camps during the holiday break. Usually kids need to be
in at least K, but you could call and see if they will let a 4yr old little sib
attend too. See their Dept of Rec page at: http://el-cerrito.org/index.aspx?nid=622
EC camper mom
Check out the new play space and sensory gym in Berkeley (off Ashby on 7th) called We
Rock the Spectrum. It's awesome! They have day camps for all children with activities
your child will love. http://www.werockthespectrumberkeley.com/index.php
They are fairly new (although its a franchise, the rest are in Southern CA) so I
didn't see details for their camps up on their website but I know they have them-
just call them.
I highly recommend Monkey Business Camp for Winter Camp! Monkey Business is a safe,
warm, fun and positive environment with a caring and diverse counseling staff. They
are always professional, but really emphasize fun and silliness. They truly cater to
the individual camper by allowing them to set their own pace and choose from a nice
range of activities, from low key options like arts and crafts to high energy games
like Monkey Ball and Medic! They operate out of Berkwood Hedge School in Berkeley
for the winter session. My older son has attended since he was five and this past
summer was his first as a counselor. My youngest son is attending for the second year
and loves it! Their website is: monkeybusinesscamp.com. Feel free to contact me if
you have any questions.
My son's pre-school will be closed the last week of March, and I am looking for a fun,
nurturing camp for the week. I actually only need three days, but three full days. I'd love
some recs! Thanks
I've sent my 4 year old (now 6) to Sarah's Science spring break camp and
he loved it! (We'll be back again this year.) Officially, they advertise
that it's 5+ but they do accept 4 year olds as long as they are potty
trained and can spend a full day away from home. If your son is
comfortable in a full day preschool setting, then he'll probably do fine
at Sarah's Science.
It's a full day program (8-5:30) filled with science, arts and crafts,
and playtime. It's all hands-on and actually works great for pre-readers.
The staff are warm and nurturing. Most of them have been with the company
for several years and are aspiring teachers.
This year, the camp wil be held March 25-29 in Oakland and April 1-5 in
Berkeley. You can sign up for individual days or the whole week. Two
snacks are provided during the day. You just have to pack a lunch.
More info here: http://www.sarahscience.com/spring or call (510)
Preschool Camp Mom
Wondering if there are any ''schools out'' day camps avaialable for a
FOUR year old-- most that I have seen are of ages 5 and up. My
not-yet-in-kindergarten 4-year-old needs care on Veterans Day and
also November 21 and 22. Does anyone know of a good drop-in camp
Working single mama
I'm also a working single mama and understand the challenges. Your post
didn't say what city you are in though. I had good experiences with
Petite Academy. They have several locations around the bay area. My
daughter attended two locations - Martinez and Concord. Depending upon
availability, there is usually drop-in care. Earlier reservations are
Albany schools are on break the week of Feb. 21. Does anyone have a list
of camps or organized activities to keep a 14-yr old stimulated?
The Albany Bowl had leagues for teens that my child did and enjoyed. It is
near the EC Plaza Bart.Yoga Kula in Berkeley (closest to downtown Berkeley
Bart) has lots of classes and my other child and several of her friends used
to go there. It was a good work out and relaxing at the same time. The
Albany Y near Solano and San Pablo has a fitness center and many classes.
My child's school is closed this Feb 21-25. Does anyone know of
any camps available other than Monkey Business?
Skye Valley Training in Castro Valley is likely running a horse camp
during the week of February 21st. My children have thoroughly enjoyed
Skye Valley's camps over the years; the horses are lovely and the camps
are very well run with safety as a top priority for the young riders.
Contact Jaimi Martin at email@example.com or 925-858-8825 for more
information. The website for general camp information is
I am not sure where you live, but the Hilltop YMCA in Richmond is
offering a February Break Camp
Here is the link:
Aurora School runs camps during its breaks that are open to children
at all schools. This will include Feb. Break. More information should
be on the website www.auroraschool.org or by calling Josh Johnson at
Brushstrokes has a week-long camp during President's Week! It's a
great program, now in it's 15th year, with great teachers and a
beautiful, safe, environment.
Do you know of 1/2 day or full-day vacation programs for kg/1st grade in or
Berkeley for vacation week April 6-10? Our interests include art, sports,
does great programs for all the breaks, this spring week they're doing
Redwoods every day and I think that's full-day. The science and the staff are
the JCC costs less per day and they usually run activities there, like games and crafts
and outdoor play at their site and then they do a field trip for part of the time as well.
At winter it was ice skating one day, the Jungle another, the zoo another, Jelly Belly
I highly recommend Monkey Business camp for the April 6-10
break. A link to their website is posted below. This is a very
fun camp with warm counselors and lots of attention to each
individual child. My 5 year old son enjoyed it so much, he
wanted to go an extra day. We tend to be overscheduled with
classes so he had so much fun playing and learnign how to make
friends in a supportive atmosphere.
returning to MB
My 5 year old daughter attends a school where they do not return
back to school until the 7th of January. I was wondering if
there are any camps that are #1 available for a girl that young
and #2 a camp that is going on until the 4th of January? Any
suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
1st Time Camp Hunter
The 3 camps we were considering for our 5 y.o. for that week are
Glitter and Razz, Sarah's Science and Monkey Business. We
decided on Glitter and Razz. He's done it before and we loved it.
Hi, I had the same issue with my son (during the summer). He
really didn't like his pre-school and I wanted to give him a
break over the summer. I spoke with Sarah, of Sarah Science,
and she said that if I thought he was ready, he was welcome.
Her website says that their winter camp (at a church on Lake
Merritt) says they'll take 5-12. Not inexpensive, but the kids
Because OUSD doesn't start until after the first week of
January, I bet there are many camps open. MOCHA also comes to
mind to check. The most important thing for my son has been to
find a friend to go with him to a new camp. Good luck.
The City of El Cerrito recreation dept has winter camp for K-6
-- a mom
Aurora School in Oakland has camp 12/26-12/28 and 1/2-1/4.
Care available 7:30-6 and is $40/day or $110/week. The theme
is Winter Wonderland and the kids will play winter games, do
winter crafts, and learn about the Arctic and Antarctic.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 428-2606 ext. 208.
Monkey Business Camp hosts Winter Camp for 8 days at Berkwood
Hedge School in Downtown Berkeley. Ages 4.5-15 (split into 2 age
appropriate groups). Theme-based activities -- indoors and out:
Daily registrations accepted.
with Optional Extended Care from 7:30-8:30am and 3:30-6:00pm
Monkey Business Camp also hosts their well-known GIRLS ON THE GO!
field-trip camp Jan 2, 3, & 4 from 8:30-6:00pm. For girls ages
9-13. Check out www.monkeybusinesscamp.com/girls.htm
NUMEROUS Parents' reviews are posted on our website. Check them
out for yourself!
Any recommendations on a Winter Break Camp for my two boys ages 8
& 9 I am seeking a location in the Oakland area. Let me know.
My summer camp website (tlent.home.igc.org/Day_Camp.html)
lists quite a few day camps that also run a winter camp. Just
look for the ''WC'' in the listings.
See Sarah's science camps (www.sarahscience.com) for the
Inventor's Workshop during Winter Break. We've taken a spring
break camp from her and were very impressed - adults working
there and really novel projects. The other bonus is that you
can do single days and don't have to do full weeks and they
have Oakland and Berkeley locations.
Our elementary school is closed the whole week of Thanksgiving.
How can I find a camp from 9-3ish on M-W, or on single
days, for a 7 year-old?
Adventure Time - http://www.adventure-time.com/index.html
Contact them to see which campus they will hold their
Thanksgiving break camp at.
East Bay Dance Center
in Oakland's Glenview District is perfect.
It's about $40 day a little more for before and after care. The
before and care is a little like ''child care'' to be fair -
however the majority of the day is hip-hop, ballet, jazz, tap
and tumbling / acrobatics. And it's FUN. My 8 year old has been
going for three years and loves it. Begs to go. Donmt worry if
you donmt have the tap or ballet shoes, Bonniems got kem for
kids to use.
Bonnie is the owner and main instructor - classes fill up fast.
East Bay Dance Center Fan
Does any have recommendations for spring break camps for April
17-21,2006? My kids are 9 years old. Thanks.
You can check the following webpage (the Berkeley Richmond JCC)
www.brjcc.org or http://www.brjcc.org/jcc/camp_berkeley_j.htm.
They will post information regarding spring camp in early
March. In the meanwhile, you can check summer camp 2006 and see
what they did for winter camp (It will have the same structure
and same prices).
I am looking for recommendations for (all) day camp for my five
year old for Spring Break, 4/17-4/21. Preferably in Oakland.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
Sarah's Science Camp
Hi - I didn't see anything on the website concerning Winter
Break camps. What are parents doing who have to work full-time
during this period? (or, does just nobody work during this
time?) Any full-day camps you've heard about, or even most-of-
the-day camps? How was the program? Activities? Down time?
Cost? I'd love to hear more! Thanks.
Will be working Winter Break
Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center (2)
Head Over Heels Gymnastics (2)
Mocha Summer Art Camps
Monkey Business Camp
Does anyone have a recommendation for a Berkeley area spring break
camp for a ten-year old boy from April 7 - 11? The camps we've sent
him to in the past (Cal camp, Sarah's Science) are happening a week
later (April 14- 18).
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