Summer camp options for 6yo in Albany/ElCerrito area

We are looking for summer camps for our 6 year old. We need extended care in the morning and afternoon. We live by the Albany El Cerrito border and are looking for some options not too far away. There seem to be a number of options but we would really appreciate personal recommendations! Thank you.


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Although this is further north I highly recommend Camp Ursa Major. They start with kids who just finished Kindergarten and have a group specifically for that age. The counselors associated with that group have a lot of support working with the little kids at camp. It’s fabulous and a lot of fun.  If you have any questions, reach out to owner Liz Kimmelman who is more than happy to answer anything you may want to know.

You should try TG learning center on Washington Ave. My daughter is attending afterschool program there and she enjoys it.

Our 6 year old daughter will be attending El Cerrito camps again this year for most of the summer ( She enjoyed Adventure Camp last year and will be trying Discovery Camp this summer. Both of these camps run from 7am to 6pm (you can add "early bird" or "late bird" sessions on to other El-C camps, too, for a fee) and have swimming lessons twice a week as well as trips to the splash park (Discovery Camp also takes one offsite field trip a week). In addition to having working parent hours, they are very reasonably priced. 

I highly recommend Monkey Business Camp, My son has gone to MBC for over a month each summer since she was 4 (he will turn 11 this summer) and we often use the afternoon extended care.  Their site is in Tilden, so close by.  In addition to having a joyful, laid-back atmosphere where the kids have a ton of fun outdoors, MBC has been a great place for my son to grow. The staff really sees each child as an individual and helps them navigate the social and emotional aspects of being in a large group environment. The kids are given a lot of choice in their activities and are encouraged to take on increasing levels of responsibility as they get older. This coming summer my son will enter the youth leader program (CIT) and I have no doubt that it will be a wonderful experience for him.