Top Summer Camps on the Peninsula

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Published Mar 19, 2018

Looking for a fun summer camp for your kids this year? In the San Francisco area there are several choices available, whether your kids are interested in sports, wilderness camps, arts & crafts, or just about anything else!

I still remember when the biggest summer camp choice was whether to choose the overnight wilderness camp or which sport to choose for a day camp.

Today's camp selections are much greater, making summer camp is an even more amazing experience for our youth and teens.  With such a great array of programs to accommodate every interest, it's easy to get lost in selection process.

If you want to drill into a particular date, age, or type of camp I highly suggest browsing through our complete directory of summer camps. We compile the local options and are adding schedules to it daily, you don't have to explore 100 websites to find what you're looking for!

If you're happy to just peruse some of the options, we've highlighted some of our favorites below. 

Digital Media Academy

Digital Media Academy offers the widest variety of STEM summer courses at Stanford, taught by the best instructors Silicon Valley has to offer. STEM camp topics include coding, robotics, and music production.

Kids & teens can learn photography while exploring the university grounds or program a robot to do laps around the Hoover Tower.

Camp Galileo 

Galileo’s mission is to create a world of fearless innovators. They think kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges.  Galileo runs an evolving series of imagination-sparking programs for kids from pre-K through 8th grade.

Avid4 Adventure

These days, a lot of kids grow up surrounded by screens, disconnected from the natural world. Avid4 Adventure introduces pre-school through 7th graders to the power of the outdoors. With help from their time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, they teach campers of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike, and thrive in the outdoors! 

TechKnowHow Kids

Looking for a unique summer experience to educationally challenge and excite your child? Their camps are designed so that students learn technology skills through fun, engaging and dynamic projects. 

Each camp offers supportive, teacher-led instruction followed by hands on learning. Campers gain skills and confidence through creating, exploring and problem-solving. 

Mad Science

Summer camps at Mad Science are the perfect blend of entertainment and education. They combine hands-on lab time, outdoor games and exploration, as well as the application of scientific principles. 

Their summer science camps will engage and expand your child's mind, as well as offering a big dose of fun! Camps are in various themes and are geared to specific age groups. 

Camp CMT

CMT is proud to be the oldest performing arts organization in San Jose.

At CMT, being a performer in one of their productions includes training in performance arts, but also includes learning about the history, culture, context and artistic significance of the show.

Educational experts have reported that CMT programs contribute to success in and out of school, and support important developmental assets in youth performers.

Team Esface Hoop Camp

Team Esface is an athletic-based youth training and development organization aimed at providing the best athletics coaching to boys and girls in order to achieve positive returns on and off the training arena.
The camps inspire basketball development and build character by combining structured basketball instruction, skill drills, fun contests, and daily 5-on-5 games with innovative and embedded life lessons.

Camp Edmo & Camp EdTech  

Edventure More exists to inspire the playful pursuit of enrichment in the next generation. They provide a place for all kids to nurture their innate curiosity, confidence and kindness through hands-on science, art, technology and outdoor activities. 

Pre-K to 4th graders will enjoy Camp Edmo, and 5th to 8th graders will enjoy Camp EdTech. 


Utilizing LEGO robotics and more, they engage kids in product design, tech challenges, team games, and open-ended creativity. Kids journey through their progressive, project-based curriculum - or as they call it "The Path to Mastery". 

All camps are led by trained mentors with a passion for education, and a deep sense of play and fun.

iD Tech Camps 

Each iD Tech location boasts hand-selected staff, a unique campus experience, and stimulating course curriculum delivered in small clusters of 8 students per instructor. Their summer STEM camps are loaded with brand new, real-world curriculum and professional software from Adobe®, Apple®, Microsoft®, and other industry leaders.

College for Kids 

College for Kids is an award-winning summer program celebrating 23 years of fun learning! This popular academic enrichment camp in a college setting encourages entering 5th to 8th graders to explore new subjects and develop their skills through hands-on classes in computers, creative arts, math, sciences, digital media, sports and language arts.

Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park

Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park offers a fun, action-packaged camp that gets kids in shape, makes them bully proof and gets them more confident, disciplined and respectful than when they arrived.  

YMCA of Silicon Valley

This summer, the YMCA of Silicon Valley is proud to be offering hundreds of unique day camps and their one-of-a-kind overnight camps at YMCA Camp Campbell, offering enriching experiences to children of all ages, interests and abilities. With more than 30 locations throughout Silicon Valley and extended hours before and after camp, they offer added convenience for families constantly juggling busy schedules.

And, to ensure that everyone has the chance to experience a healthy summer filled with fun, lifelong memories, the Y offers financial assistance for those in need.

Engineering for Kids - San Mateo 

Engineering for Kids brings the wonder and excitement of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to children through hands-on learning experiences. 

Their camps and classes bring awareness to children about the work that engineers do to develop the technologies that our society relies on - from computers to scissors and even running water! Kids can expect an engaging and fun-filled day during one of their many themed camps.

Camp Unalayee 

Camp Unalayee offers children a unique opportunity to live simply with nature. In this enriching environment, campers discover themselves, explore their limits and learn what truly matters.

They offer Base Camp, Backpacking, and leadership programs that appeal to kids with a variety of wilderness experience. 


Stratford School

Camp gatherings set the stage for fun adventures in learning! Themes come to life as junior campers learn, explore, and engage in imaginative camp-style activities; and Stratford’s robust STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program rounds out the summer experience.

Bald Eagle Camps

Bald Eagle Camps provide youth with leadership skills through sports activities. 

They offer three uniquely awesome camps: Sports Camp featuring a variety of sports and skill levels, Basketball Camp for kids looking to understand and improve in basketball, and Jumpout Camp for 7th and 8th graders.

Early bird rates are currently in effect, but we don't know how long they will be - so sign up quick! 

Codebreakers Chess

Codebreakers Chess Clubs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to bringing critical thinking perfection to students in the SF Bay Area through the study and enjoyment of chess. 

Codebreakers' Summer Chess Camps are a hot ticket, with newly designed activities to keep your young chess players entertained and informed all Summer long!

Brainvyne - Providers of LEGO® Education

Brainvyne - Providers of LEGO® Education rovide teaches principles of engineering, robotics & science by stimulating and nurturing children’s natural interests to learn through play.  They offer enriching and entertaining summer camps for children ages 4 - 12 in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

i9 Sports

i9 Sports offers youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-17 in today’s most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, T-Ball and cheerleading. With our focus on fun, safety, convenience and good sportsmanship, i9 Sports is reinventing the youth sports experience for families across the country.

Dance Expressions

Dance Expressions has a great selection of camps and classes that are sure to keep you cool during the heat.  It’s a party and you’re invited!  Camps and classes are offered for a variety of ages and abilities.  Contact Dance Expressions for a complete summer schedule.

Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer! 

With so many amazing camp providers on the SF Peninsula, we still wanted to mention a few others who have had soaring review from kids and parents alike:

Team Esface
Hoop Camps


iD Tech

West Valley
College 4 Kids


Kuk Sool Won
of Menlo Park

Vision Tech

Baseball Camp


Bay Area
Mad Science

San Carlos
Children's Theater

Swim and Sport


Small Fry
Dance Club




Film Acting
Bay Area


Dojo USA
World Training Center

Do you know of an amazing camp that should be on our lists? Camp schedules can be added for free, or you can email us at to let us know :)

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