It’s the middle of May—do you know where your kids are going to summer camp? Don’t panic procrastinators, there are still a handful of amazing options around the Bay Area that have spots available, from coding camps to cooking classes to weeklong woodworking workshops. Check out five of our favorites below!
Photo: The Butterfly Joint
The Butterfly Joint
Remember wood shop? Well, since most schools have sadly sold off all their saws, screwdrivers and sanders, a local teacher decided to take matters into his own hands. The Butterfly Joint is a brand new woodworking and design studio for kids 4 and up and is headed by Danny Montoya, a professional woodworker and former elementary school teacher with more than ten years of classroom experience. He is opening his Mission District teaching studio just in time for summer camp, and a schedule and sign-ups just went live yesterday—so nail down your spot now!
Dates: Weeklong camps offered June 29–Aug. 28
2640 Mission St.
San Francisco, Ca
Photo: Hogwarts Americana
Does your little one insist on being called Harry (even though her name is Genevieve?). Then this is her summer camp. There are a few spots left at Hogwarts Americana, the fantastical school in Tiburon where little wizards learn the ropes. This week-long summer camp will be a dream come true for Harry Potter fans, who will get schooled in everything from potion making to quidditch skills, and even compete in the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Campers will be sorted into one of the four Hogwarts Americana houses: Embredor, Firesong, Grizzlestorm or Paladorn and then attend classes such as Muggle Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts and Care of Magical Creatures. Getting dressed in the morning will be its own adventure, as costumes are encouraged!
Dates: July 6-10
600 Neds Way
Cooking Round the World
This delicious option is perfect for foodies in training, and offers numerous campuses througout Oakland and Lafayette. Each day your little chef will get to experience a different country though their culinary dishes and traditions as they cook and eat 5-7 dishes each day. In additional to all the edible education, campers will also dabble in foreign language skills, play international games and learn folktales from other parts of the world. The mini chefs will close out the week with a rousing game of “Chopped,” and hopefully, graduates will take over dinner duty for a while!
Dates: Weeklong camps offered June 15–Aug. 21
See all locations and sign up here: cookingroundtheworld.com
Photo: Avid 4 Adventure
Avid 4 Adventure
If you believe kids should come home from summer camp dirty, exhausted and maybe even with a skinned knee or two, then this camp is for you. From biking, climbing, hiking and even paddle boarding and kayaking, the experienced instructors will lead campers in a variety of never-boring adventures, all while taking advantage of the area’s bountiful parks, mountains, lakes and rivers. These camps are perfect for kids with extra energy to burn, and the stimulating experiences will build confidence and ensure they know how to find their way through a forest when Google Maps isn’t available.
Dates: June 15–Aug. 15
Herbert Hoover Elementary School
445 East Charleston Rd.
Palo Alto, Ca
University AME Zion Church
3549 Middlefield Rd.
Palo Alto, Ca
The Coder School
At our summer camps we mastered Cat’s Cradle, but today’s campers will come home with the ability to build websites, design games, even create their own social media platforms. The Coder School is a wildly popular South Bay institution, training the next generation of techies. While camps at their two existing campuses are nearly sold out, they just released dates for their new Cupertino campus, and as of this writing, all camps still had availability (and a pretty nice discount on tuition). But click quickly, we’re betting this news will go viral.
Dates: Weeklong camps at their 3 locations offered June 15–August 14
10057 Saich Way
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all of the above camps had open spaces available.
Have you signed your kids up for camp? Where will they be going this year? Tell us in the comments below!