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12 Boredom Busting Spring Break Camps

Little sports geeks to art fanatics have their pick with these half to full day spring break camps — some even offer extended hours to help out busy parents. Be sure to get on registration quickly since these camps fill up fast. Read on for our favorites.

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San Francisco

Tree Frog Treks
Explore the wild side of Planet Earth with hands-on activities, science experiments, adventures and more. Kids will get to investigate animals, plants and different habitats right in your own backyard! Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and there are two sessions with Tree Frog Treks for kids that need a little flexibility in the their schedule.

Grades: K-4
Dates: 
March 31 – April 4; April 14 – April 18
Cost: $399/child; early care is an additional $60/week

2114 Hayes St.
San Francisco, Ca 94117
415-874-3764
Online: treefrogtreks.com/programs/springcamps

SF Zoo
If you have an animal lover on your hand SF Zoo’s spring break camp will take them on a combination of zoo tours, animal themed arts and crafts and close encounters with everyone’s favorite critters. Broken into two sessions and divided by age groups, PreK – K explorers camps last from 9 a.m. – 12pm. while kids from grades 1 -5 go from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grades: PreK-5
Dates: March 31-April 4; April 7-11
Cost: $200/Pre-K – K SFZS members; $235/Pre-K – K non-members; $280/Grades 1-5 SFZS members; $320/Grades 1-5 non members

1 Zoo Rd
San Francisco, Ca 94132
415-753-8135
Online: sfzoo.org/zoocamp_winter

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JAMaROO
If you’re looking for something short and sweet as an afternoon breather for the little ones, JAMaROO has drop off classes all spring break long. Kids will get to dance, do yoga, do some art activities and more.

Ages: 4-7
Dates: March 10-April 16
Cost: $342/kid

2001 Pine St.
San Francisco, Ca 94115
415-614-2001
Online: jamarookids.com

Peekadoodle
Make your kiddo’s spring break extra special at Peekadoodle. This mini camp is specifically for little tots who are interested in doing everything from art to cooking. Camp days run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and campers must be potty trained.

Ages: 3-5
Dates: April 14-18
Cost: $350/week for members; $375/week for non-members

900 North Point St.
Suite F100
San Francisco, Ca 94109
415-440-7335
Online: peekadoodle.com/

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East Bay

Alameda Parks and Rec
Join the Alameda community with some thematic arts, crafts, games and cooking during your spring break. From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., your little one will have a blast playing with other kiddos. Plus, if the weather is nice, there’ll be walking excursions, so remember to pack a lunch, comfortable shoes and some sunscreen!

Grades: K-5
Dates: March 31-April 4
Cost: $150/resident; $165/non-resident; $75/per child for extended care

1450 High St.
Alameda, Ca 94501
415-753-8135
Online: alamedaca.gov/recreation/ausd-non-school-care

Bay Ariels Gymnastics
For the little one’s with boundless energy, Bay Aerials Gymnastics offers a spring break camp full of hours of fun. Explore their fun house filled with floor, bars, trampoline and even an all new bouncy house! Climbers can get their hands on obstacle courses, parachutes, arts and crafts, games and other countless activities. Sessions run from 9 a.m – 12 p.m. and 12 – 3 p.m.

Ages: 3+
Dates: April 18 and 23-27
Cost: $40/half-days; $70/all day; extra care available

1450 High St.
Alameda, Ca 94501
415-753-8135
Online: bayaerials.com/Activities/Camp

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Sarah’s Science
This year Sarah’s Science is dedicated to all the tree climbers and spider monkeys out there. Kids will get to learn about California’s own redwood forest and all the critters that call this place home. There’ll be plenty of projects for kids to do: from making a hiking pouch to playing redwood forest bingo!

Ages: 5-11
Dates: April 14-18
Cost: $95/day; $85/day for 3 or more days

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
1255 1st Ave.
Oakland, Ca
510-581-3739
Online: sarahscience.com/pages/spring

Monkey Business Camp
Your little ones will be split up by age group so that they’ll have familiar friends at the Monkey Business Camp. With their newfound friends, they’ll be doing everything from making kale chips to going on a penny treasure hunt. A basic day runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., so be prepared to pick up a super tired, but happy monkey!

Ages:  4.5-10
Dates: March 31-April 4
Cost: $70/day; additional $5 for early am care, $18 for late pm care

Berkwood Hedge School
1908 Bancroft Way
Berkely, Ca 94703
510-540-6025
Online: monkeybusinesscamp.com/spring.php

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Marin County

Mill Valley Recreation and Parks
Trained recreation leaders will lead kids in a variety of Spring Camps at the Mill Valley Community Center. Focuses of each camp include baseball, basketball, chess, tennis and general activities. Hours vary per camp, beginning at either 9 am or 9:30 am, and end around 12 – 1 pm or 4 pm. Extended care available.

Ages:  4-13
Dates: April 14-18
Cost: Varies by camp, check website here

26 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
415-388-4033
Online: cityofmillvalley.org/Index.aspx?page=181

Ross Recreation
Let your kids learn about healthy food, science, art and yoga with Holly’s Hoppin Science/Art/Yoga camp. Little ones will be encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to experiment with art projects, collaborate on team projects and even indulge in some cookery. Classes run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and you’ll need to provide a packed lunch for your kids.

Ages:  4.5-11
Dates: April 14-18
Cost: $260/week; $65/drop-in day

9 Lagunitas Rd.
Ross, CA 94957
415-453-6020
Online: rossrecreation.org

Adventure Camps
The only mobile day camp in the Bay Area for over for over 40 years, Adventure Camps offers a new adventure everyday for your little Indiana Jones. Spring break camp combines education, entertainment, structure and spontaneity all in one rolling package!

Ages:  4-13
Dates: April 14-18
Cost: $80/day

Pick up and drop off points vary between The Presidio, Laguna Honda and Mill Valley.
415-388-2216
Online: adventurecamps.net

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South Bay

Theatre Works
Wondering what to do with your little thespian? Hone their skills at Theatre Works during their spring break camps. Their camps are broken into sessions that last from 9 am – 3 pm each day. Activities include juggling, puppetry, singing, dancing and acting to get your playmaker used to the spotlight.

Grades: K-5
Dates: 
Vary by location — check website here
Cost:
$350/week

Locations vary throughout Palo Alto and Menlo Park
650-463-1950
Online: 
theatreworks.org/learn/youth/camps

City of San Bruno
The city of San Bruno offers spring break camps for all little residents (and non-residents) to get together and be active all day! Camp hours are 10 a.m. – 4 pm, with extended hours available. Kids will participate in scavenger hunts, cooking projects, sports, arts & crafts, and a medley of springtime fun. Remember to bring a packed lunch!

Ages:  4-11
Dates: March 31-April 4
Cost: $142/resident; $157/non-resident; extended camp is extra

251 City Park Way
San Bruno, CA  94066
650-616-7180
Online: sanbruno.ca.gov/

Where is your kiddo spending his or her spring break? Share your camp suggestions in a comment below.

—Renee Rutledge with Christal Yuen

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