Summer camp options for 4.5 and 10 year old
Our family is moving to Berkeley from Washington DC this summer and are exploring summer camp options for our two kids - age 4.5 (will be entering TK in fall) and 10 (will be entering 5th grade in fall). We are specifically looking for camps in July (7/10 - 28 is when we need coverage), and for our younger daughter since programs for her age are more limited. We would love something fun and outdoors that allows them to get to know kids in the area since they will be new. Would love to know what people recommend and if people know of camps that still have availability. Thank you!
Feb 1, 2023
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Camp sign-ups are just starting and some haven't started yet. If you're signing up in Feb. and March, you should be able to sign up. Steve & Kate is a camp that accepts kids age 4 - 12. This could be a good camp for you. Here's an excellent website that lists nearly all camp options and you can search for them: https://www.510families.com/east-bay-summer-camp/
Not to cause stress, but you should sign up for summer camp ASAP. Many camps are already full. We love Trackers. They actually haven't opened up registration yet. We also moved to the Bay Area from DC :) It is hard to find options for under 5. Check out Head over Heels for gymnastics camp.
Monkey Business! Your younger one will be on the young end of the age range, and your elder on the older end, but they should both be able to go. It's super fun and chill, all outside at Tilden.
Welcome to Berkeley! Don't stress! Some camps are full but some camps haven't opened registration yet. Options are more limited for your younger kid - some options I know of are Steve & Kate's, Camp Doodle, EBI, Head Over Heels, Abundant Summers, KidzToPros, Cal Explorers (that one's full, but you could get on a waitlist) and some multi-age camps that say 5+ will accept younger kids if you also have a sibling. Berkeley City Camps are great, affordable, haven't opened registration yet, and will have lots of future classmates, but only for your older kid.
EFBA (French Education Bay Area) offers French immersion summer camps that are play-based and built around weekly themes like Ancient Egypt, circus, building Notre Dame, and are open to 4-14 year olds. In the East Bay, the summer camps will be held at the German International School of Silicon Valley, Emeryville, next to Berkeley, and run the dates you are looking for. They have special discount prices for the summer camps starting from $402 a week, good until March 1. You can read more about the camps here: https://efba.us/french-summer-camps-bay-area/camp-themes/