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My son's independent middle school doesn't start until after Labor Day this year, and
that seems to be the same with several of his friends at other independent schools.
I've talked to several moms about summer camp options but they all end in mid-August.
Looking for something for the week of 8/20-24 and 8/27-31. Any ideas? There's a
market here for camp organizers to tack on an extra couple of weeks for kids with no
place to go!
Campless in Late August
This Land Is Your Land day camp (Tilden Park, Berkeley), runs through
August 24. The Oakland camp (Roberts Regional Park, Oakland), runs through
August 31; www.sarahscience.com/pages/summer.html. Fabulous camp--my two
children have attended for years, and have moved up to working as a CIT and
Hi Campless. I have also been stuck trying to find summer camps that run
until the end of August. So far, I have run across Sarah's Science
Summer Camps. They have a site in Berkeley that runs weekly sessions
through August 24 and a site in Oakland that runs weekly sessions through
August 31. After reading the reviews here, I think we're definitely
going to be signing up for those last few weeks. You can read about the
specific activities and projects here: www.sarahscience.com.
Sarah Science Camp always runs through the last week of August (in Roberts
Regional Park, Oakland) and this year Monkey Business Camp (in Tilden Park,
Berkeley) is also open through that week.
Have the same problem
No one mentioned Head Over Heels in Emeryville, which runs summer camp
through Aug. 31. I don't think you have to be a ''gymnast'' to enjoy all
the fun activities there (especially for the younger kids).
It's another option
My 12 year old son's school doesn't start until after Labor Day--any leads
on camps that go until late August? I don't mind him staying home a week
before school starts, but I'd like him to be in camps as long as possible.
The only camp I've found that goes later in the summer is Sarah's Science
Camp, and he's not interested. He's the sports/music/writing kind of kid.
We live in Berkeley.
Clueless and campless mama
Steve and Kates offers camp thru Aug 24 at the Oakland campus.
If you sign up for this camp you can drop off at any of their
campus locations and any time within their hours of operation
(think it's 7:30-6pm) without any additional charges. The
Hello! Downtown Berkeley YMCA Camps run through August 24th.
Our Movin' On camp for kids grades 7-9 is tons of fun with
lots of field trips throughout the week to keep things new and
fresh. For more information you can contact Noelle Boero, the
Camp Director, email@example.com or 665-3271. Or see the
I am looking for a summer camp for the week of Aug 23. It
seems like all the ''great camp'' ends the week before.
My son's school doesn't start until September 1st. I am
hoping I can find a camp that goes until end of August.
Does anybody have any recommendation?
My son will be attending a VERY small summer program (4 to 8
kids) for the two weeks from August 16 through August 27.
It's a film and martial arts camp. The location is Downtown
Berkeley. One of the leaders is a young man who has done
extensive group child care for my son in the past. He
teaches the children martial arts, meditation, relaxation,
etc. and my son, and all the kids, love him. This camp
will also focus on film making. It goes from 9-4:30, and is
$250 for the two weeks, but I imagine you could go for just
the one week. Oh, and it's for ages 7 (or 6) to 14. My son
and his friend who will definitely be there are 11. The
website to check is: abutterflyandalotus.webs.com
Check out the Berkeley YMCA.
My daughter's last day of pre-school is August 13
doesn't start kindergarten until August 30. I'm
some activities or camps to enroll her in. Does
information on late August camps?
Berkeley Music and Art Camp is a great camp and has a
session the last week of August, as I've noticed on the
The website is www.stringimprovisation.org
Sarah's Science camp runs late into the summer. The camp at
Roberts Park in Oakland has weekly sessions available
through September 3 and the Berkeley camp, located in Tilden
Park runs until August 27. Campers take hikes, do nature
studies, swim, play games and bring home a science project
every day. The staff do a wonderful job of blending science
with outdoor activities so the kids are actively engaged
throughout the day. You can register and get information
online at www.sarahscience.com. Good luck!
I'm looking for a day camp for my seven-year-old son the week of August 24,
preferably one that starts before 9:00 or at least has extended care option to
by 8:15. Most camps seem to finish before August 24. I'm not picky about the
of camp, but something that requires a lot of activity and/or science fun would
great. Any leads?
The City of Oakland's Lake Merritt Boating Center
offers ''Pirate Camp'' for 7-10 year olds that week. $145 for 9-
3:30pm with before&after care available for $10/day from 7am
until 6pm. Call 510-238-2196 to for information or register on-
line at www.oaklandnet.com/parks (click on ''Register Online''
you can then ''Search Activities''- left side of page to look for
Veteran teachers Camille Zulpo and Lauren Ganes have created a
one week Art and Cooking Camp for 8 lucky children. Mornings
will be busy with campers making art and cooking their own
lunches and snacks. Afternoons will be busy playing and
relaxing at Keller's Beach or exploring Pt. Richmond. Camp is
August 24-August 28 from 9:00--3:30. For more information
contact Camille, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren email@example.com
If you are looking for a great summer camp for the week of
August 24th, check our Sarah's Science/This Land Is Your Land
Summer Day Camp. Sarah has two locations available in the final
week of summer - Berkeley at Tilden Park and Oakland at Roberts
Regional Park. This is an outdoors science camp with lots of
fun activities for kids from 5 through 15. Basic camp hours are
from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Extended care is available from 8:00
am to 9:00 am and also from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. My four
grandsons love this camp. They come home tired, dirty and
loaded with great science information! They also bring home a
different science project every day. The theme for the last
week is always ''Sarah's Favorite Projects'' so the projects for
that week are always lots of fun. You can get additional
information by going to their website, www.sarahscience.com, or
you can also call the office on 510-581-3739.
As a daycamp newbie, I have discovered that most camps end Aug.
14th. However, my kids the following week as their last week
of summer. We are unable to take that week as vacation, so
they need to be looked after. Both are in elementary school,
entering 1st & 5th grades.
I am looking for options in the vicinity of Walnut
Creek/Lafayette (where we live) and/or Oakland near Lake
Merritt (where I work). If you can make any recommendations,
please pass them along.
Thanks so much!
We have found that Monkey Business Camp
(MBC) at Tilden Park
offers sessions all the way up thru the end of the summer/up to
Labor Day (check their website for exact dates). This schedule
accommodates our EBIS schedule and the very last week of
summer, they offer a pay by the day option which is nice if you
want to take a long weekend before school starts.
The camp location is near the little farm in Tilden and is a
wonderful serene setting for the kids (and nice when you pick
them up too!). The programs include arts and crafts, sports,
science and drama - check the website for the weekly themes.
This is my daughter's favorite camp and we have been going here
since she was in kindergarten (she is now a 3rd grader).
I need a camp for my wonderful almost 8 year old daughter. Thus far I
found anywhere where I can put her in for just a week.
going back to work week
in Alameda offers camp by the week or even day.
Rebecca Stees' studio is a small art camp for kids. My daughter
(8) is looking forward to returning this summer.
Try Sarah's Science - This Land is Your Land camp in Oakland or
Berkeley. They run very nice week-by-week science camps. Here
is the web site: http://www.sarahscience.com/camp/tlyl.html.
You can get the phone number and call right away.
Try Sarah's Science Camp (This Land is your land) at
I need to find a camp for my 7 year-old the week of June 11-15. Our family is
vacation later in the summer and I can't afford to take off this week as well.
checked out a number of camps and they all seem to start on June 18th. Any
recommendations are greatly appreciated.
Check out the great camps run by Cal Berkeley
at oski.org. Your seven-year-old will
probably love the Bears camp at the Clark Kerr campus, and they have sessions
beginning June 11.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a daycamp in Walnut Creek or
Lamorinda for the week of August 20-24th? The summer camp our daughter
normally goes to each summer (Camp Shelanu at the JCC in Walnut Creek)
week earlier than expected and we need something for Aug. 20-24. We
daycamp that has extended care both at the start of the day and end of
the day. If
you can provide links to the camp website if they have one, that would
be great, too. Our daughter will turn nine years old in early August.
unexpectedly looking for more camp options
Consider Girl Scout Camps this Summer. See
er_camps.html for more information about sleep away and
daycamps. You don't have to be a Girl Scout to attend camp.
For your area, there is a Girl Scout Day Camp that may have the
schedule that you need. See http://www.diablodaycamp.com/.
It is very hard to find anything beyond the 17th of Aug in
Lam/WC. The only camp I could find (as I pondered both half
and full day camps) was Deer Hill Camp which is a farm
experience but is only half day. Even in Berk/Oak that week is
difficult. Sarah's Science camp has before/after and full day
camp that week (8-5:30pm)
I am looking for a camp that is open the week after OUSD closes
twelve year old boys. I just need that one week.
Monkey Business has a one week session that week. A 12 year old
boy can be a cit, counselor in training.
My daughter's school doesn't start their Fall session until the
Wednesday following Labor Day. Most Summer Camps end August
25. Does anyone know of Summer Camp options that run that last
week of August (Aug 28 - Sept 1)?
THERE IS A CAMP IN OAKLAND, LOOK IN THEIR WEB PAGE
Are there ANY day camps operating the last week of August??? Aug
25-29? My 7 year old doesn't go back to school until Sept 2 and
I haven't been able to find a day camp for her the last week of
August. And I will be out of town that week, so I'm trying to
make arrangements for her during the days that week.
for lots of Berkeley area camp details (though many will be
full by now)
My son will be going to Sarah's Science Camp the last week of
August. There are two locations, one in Tilden Park and one in
Roberts Park in Oakland. My son has attended the first week and
absolutely loved it. You can check out their website at
The Cal Blue Cubs Camp is open that week. Check them out at
My 7 year old has really enjoyed this camp a lot.
There are two camps I know of. One is This Land is Your Land in
Oakland (Robert's Park), run by Sarah of Sarah's Science. I
don't know if there are spaces available, but I'd guess so.
Should be a fun week, doing lots of Sarah's favorite science
projects (my 6-year-old will be there). Also, Cal Explorer
usually has camp that week too. This camp is at the rec center
at Strawberry, and is very sports-oriented. Many kids like this
camp, but my son, who is not at all sports-oriented,
categorically told me he never wanted to go there again, after
just one week last year. Hope you find something that works.
School doesn't start until the very end of August, but most
summer programs end mid-August. Surprise! (You can tell it's our
first go-round and I sure planned our vacation wrong this year).
Does anyone know of summer programs in the
Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville/El Cerrito areas that run weekly all
the way through August 29?
Contra Costa Civic Theater
Monkey Business Camp
Help! I just recently moved into the UC Village in Albany and I am a
single parent of an eight year old. I, as many others, will start
school two weeks before my daughter begins school (third grade). I am
wondering if someone can please tell me of any type of childcare that
I can use for these two weeks, from baby-sitters to daycare. As for
the school year, it looks as though she will be attending an
afterschool program. I would also appreciate if I could get people's
opinions of the three programs available in Albany (YMCA, Albany
Recreation Dept., and Albany Kid's Corner). Thanks! -Angela
I sympathize with your childcare dilemma; we'll be going through the same
thing with our 5-year-old. You may be interested to know that there is a fourth
childcare option for Albany schoolchildren. The Berkeley Richmond Jewish
Community Center (Rose & Oxford in Berkeley) has vans that pick up children
from Albany elementary schools. That's where our daughter went last year, and
she really enjoyed it. In my opinion, the JCC is the best afterschool option
for Albany students. Since Berkeley schools start a week earlier than Albany's,
the JCC afterschool program actually begins August 31; so if you decided to
send your daughter there for the school year you would only have one week to
That said, we will be switching our daughter to the Friendship (run by the
Recreation Dept.), for the simple reason that it's so much more convenient:
we live across the street from Memorial Park, where the Friendship Club is
located. The same will be true for you, of course, with the Kids Corner.
We never considered Kids Corner, since it's so far out of our way (although we
certainly would have when we lived in the Village a few years ago!); so I
really don't have an impression of that program. My sense is that it is
similar in quality to Friendship Club; that is, pretty good.
To return the first part of your question, what to do for childcare the last
2 weeks of summer: I know the Recreation Dept.
offers a summer camp program for
the first of those 2 weeks (the last week of August). But they don't offer any
programs for the first week of September. JCC has nothing the last week of
August, and then starts their "Center Stage" afterschool program the first week
of September (meaning that unless your daughter will be a JCC regular during
the school year, JCC won't work for you). I don't know what, if anything, Kids
Club or Kids Corner offers, although since the latter is used mostly by
children of UC students, one think they would offer something.
The ymca.html#berk>Berkeley Y camp
usually runs late each summer, and Lawrence Berkeley
Labs has a camp (from 7:45-5:00, if you include before and after care) with
openings the week of Aug 31.
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