Days are getting warmer and longer and thoughts are turning to, “Summer vacation is coming.” There are two main thoughts that run through the minds of parents at this time each year as summer approaches: “What am I going to do to provide enrichment for my children this summer?” and “What can my child do this summer besides sit on the couch watching TV or playing video games all day?” The answer to your worries? There are a plethora of camps, places and fun things to do to educate, entertain, exercise and build community for your children. Here are a few ideas:
The Los Gatos/Saratoga Community Education and Recreation
LGS Recreation offers technology, engineering and multi media, and Academic Camps. Creative programs include Youth Theater, dance, music and art, cooking and more! If you have a child looking for sports, they claim they have every sport you can imagine available.
Happy Hallow Zoo Summer Camp
Happy Hallow is offering camps for an exciting week of outdoor nature discovery, animal adventures, and fun! Activities include zoo tours, games, crafts, science activities and of course, animals up close. Happy Hallow Zoo creates age-appropriate programs for campers in PreK – middle school.
Non-Members: $255 half day / $355 full day
Members: $229.50 half day / $329.50 full day
Boxed Lunches: $40 per week (full day campers only)
CAMP EDMO (Cupertino, San Jose and many more Bay Area locations)
At CAMP EDMO (Pre-K-8th), kids discover awesome stuff as they mix and match ingeniously fun science, art, maker, tech & nature themes to build maximum social emotional learning and 21st Century skills.
Hours: 9am – 3pm, before care and after care available
Price: $409-$559/week depending on location. Discounts for multiple week enrollment, siblings, early birds, and referrals.
Galileo Innovation Camps (Saratoga, Cupertino, San Jose and Bay Area locations)
Galileo believes that kids can change the world (and have a blast doing it). Combining a mindset-shaping, innovation-based approach with crazy, summertime fun for camps kids love: Camp Galileo (pre-K—5th grades), Galileo Summer Quest (5th—8th grades).
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9am–3pm. Extended care from 8am – 6pm.
Price: $429/week for core program; Discounts for multiple-weeks or signing up early.
Play-Well STEM using LEGO (San Jose, Campbell, Almaden, Saratoga and other locations)
Play-Well teaches kids ages 5-13 the concepts of engineering, robotics, and critical thinking through building and playing with LEGO. Learn about fundamental STEM principles in core and themed camps (Intro to STEM, Jedi Engineering, Mine Craft Build, etc.).
Hours: Half-day camps, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (some locations have full-day camps)
Price: Half-day camps start at $175/week (varies by location & curriculum)
iD Tech Camps (San Jose State, Santa Clara University and Bay Area)
Campers age 7-17 can learn everything from coding to virtual reality to 3D printing in small groups.
Hours: 9am – 5pm and overnight.
Price: Varies by course and location. Programs start at $899/week
Math Enrichment Summer Program (Cupertino, Saratoga, Evergreen)
Math Enrichment is an independent summer program for students entering Kindergarten through Grade 11. The program allows students to excel at their own level while addressing individual learning styles.
There are so many wonderful opportunities for children to grow, play and learn this summer!
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