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Short-term camps, short lead time?

June 2011

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any summer day camps that take kids on a daily basis with little advance notice, sort of drop-in camps. I may have to find some child care for my son while I do some work for a week or so near Woodside. But, I won't know the dates until shortly before, and I won't know how many days. Also, I'm not rich, so these $600/week camps are out of the question. Does anyone know of any such camps? Obviously, near Woodside would be ideal, but I'm willing to consider anything reasonable. Desperately Seeking Day Camp

Check out Steve and Kate's Camp at: Many locations around the Bay area (18, I think)

You can attend by the day with no pre-arrangement. You can also prepay for 20-days, or the whole summer! Attending by the day is most expensive naturally, but it is still $75/day, with all meals/snacks included.

We are trying it for the first time this summer precisely because my work schedule/needs were completely unclear earlier. Also, if you buy one of the packages, but don't use all days up (at the higher daily cost), you get a refund!

I hope its as good as everyone tells me. New to Steve's

Camp Galileo is available around the bay area and is a fun learning based camp for younger children K-5. They offer extended care for a little more and you can book now still as they have openings most weeks.

Camp fees start at around $369 for a week, with discounts added for multiple weeks. YBrown

Monkey Business Camp has some openings at Tilden Park locations for sessions June 20-August 30. Ages 5-10.

We have week-long theme-based sessions including Mad Science, Pirate Camp, Outdoor Cooking, Circus Arts & Magic and Drama/Performing Arts.

$325/week for 8:30-3:30 Extended Care available from 8:00-8:30 and 3:30-6:00

Plenty of parent & camper reviews on our website. Celebrating 13 years as a locally run, Berkeley-based camp. Monkey Business Camp office [at]

Kinetic Arts Center has openings in the Circo (Circus) Summer Camps - particularly in the weeks starting July 25 and Aug 15. These two weeks are for ages starting 5 (kindergarten) up to 9 years. Circus Arts, clowning, puppetry, circus acrobatics all day long. Love Love Love it. vangello