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Top Summer Camps in the East Bay

Published Feb 19, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Looking for a fun summer camp for your kids this year? In the East Bay there are several choices available, whether your kids are interested in sports, wilderness camps, technology, or just about anything else!

The weather is starting to turn, and summer holidays are coming up in a hurry!

We are working hard to make our complete summer camps list, and local camp providers are posting their schedules daily, to give you a single handy site to filter all the camp options available to you.

We work with local businesses to list everything in one easy place so that you can do a direct search on ChatterBlock and easily filter by age, date, and category.

If you're just looking to what's out there, and see some of our staff recommendations, check out the list below:

Digital Media Academy

At DMA Summer Tech Camps, kids and teens will build tech skills in topics like coding, Artificial Intelligence, wearable tech, 3D printing, robotics, filmmaking, and game design.

Camps are offered at Several Bay Area locations.

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. 

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.

Registration open. 

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! 

Crowden Music Center

Crowden offers fun and inspiring music camps for ages 5 to 22! Children with no previous experience love the instrumental discovery camp, Scrape, Squawk, and Bang! Programs are offered for every level, including: Summer Strings, Piano Partners, All Things Cello, Young Musicians' Chamber Music Academy, and more. Financial aid and childcare available.

Musically Minded Academy

Join Musically Minded Academy for some fun acting, music, and art in their Musical Theatre Day Camps. Campers will create their own skits and then create props, costumes, and choose songs to support the plot. There will be a short performance on Friday of each week. Campers are encouraged to be creative, work as a team, and take responsibility for the outcome of their efforts. They can also add their own ideas and problem solve to find ways to bring these ideas into fruition in ways that are fun and creative.


Through innovative hands-on projects, you will enjoy the intricacies of Holographic AR programming, computer animation, learn fascinating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts, understand the art and science of user-centric design, practice public speaking and communication skills. What’s more fun than dreaming up stories, making friends, and exploring the magic of Holographic AR at your own pace with Silicon Valley’s very best engineers and designers?

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.

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.

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. 

East Bay Kidz Summer Math Camp 

This camp focuses on the building blocks for success in math in an engaging and hands-on approach. It is taught by two of the Bay Area's most sought-after math learning specialists. Evan Delegeane and Michael Curry both come from the public school classroom and utilize Making Math Real based methods in their teaching. This special 3-week, small group summer program will provide an investigative, prescriptive & fun environment for your child to get the extra support they may need to get a head start on the school year.

Richmond Art Center 

The Richmond Art Center's Art Camps offer kids (6+) and teens a nurturing environment and creative atmosphere to experience hands-on activities including painting, drawing, clay, weaving and collage in small morning and afternoon classes during summer break.

The Center has existed longer than the Golden Gate Bridge, so you know they're doing something right! 

California Academy of Performing Arts

CAPA's philosophy is "to teach the art of dance and theater in a professional manner, and to develop life skills in individual students that will be a lifelong benefit whatever path they take.” They operate on the belief that “The product is important but the emphasis is on the process.” This is a great environment for your children. Their time at CAPA and the life lessons they learn translate into success in many walks of life. Dance mates become their lifelong friends – much like family.

Berkeley Playhouse  

Students will fall in love with storytelling and performing by learning valuable acting, improvisation, singing and character work techniques.

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.

See registration for details.

Stage Door Conservatory 

Based in Berkeley, they offer 4 popular summer camp programs in musical theater to children entering the 2nd through just graduating 12th grade.

Acclaimed artistically, their day camps provide an enriched, supportive and often profoundly memorable experience for children interested in developing and expressing themselves as young actors and theater artists.

Sibling discounts are available - ask about it when you register! 

Athletic Playground 

Get a new perspective - flip your world upside down! Kids and teens at Athletic Playground will experience a fun, supportive, noncompetitive, yet super motivating physical atmosphere. 

Mornings are Parkour & Acrobatics, and afternoons are Ariels & AcroYoga - kids are welcome to join both! Camps run weekly for five weeks this summer. Registration open.  

Monart Drawing Studio 

At Monart, kids explore a wide range of subject matter, media, and artistic techniques so that they may continually develop their skills at their own pace.

This summer they are offering camps in Manga, Animals & Birds, Human Form, 3D Shading, and Watercolor. 

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

Don't forget- You can always check back for updated listings. We try our absolute best to be the hub for finding all available summer camps and things to do with your kids.

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 community@chatterblock.com to let us know :)

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