The Bay Area’s unusually blustery weather marks this year’s rainy transition from winter to spring. Though the stormy weather may not scream, “summer is on the horizon!” that doesn’t mean that Marin County’s summer camps for kids aren’t already filling up fast—and getting ahead of the camp curve means knowing what options are available.
From the arts to the sciences, from outdoor sports to indoor crafts, to just about everything in-between, Marin has endless options to enrich local children’s summers through unique, interactive and downright delightful summer camp experiences.
The Marin County Camp Fair
Perhaps the most informative place to start when it comes to considering options for children’s summer camps is at the 11th annual Marin County Camp Fair. This event, sponsored by Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, is free to the public and offers ample free parking options.
The fair is set to take place on Sunday, March 26 from 11am to 2pm. The Marin County Camp Fair gives locals a chance to visit dozens of exhibitions for children’s camps alongside enrichment programs, sports options, specialty schools, art, STEM and STEAM programs, and much more.
For more information about the Marin County Camp Fair, visit the website at kidfestconcord.com/camp-school-fairs, send an email to [email protected] or call 925.408.4014. The fair will be held at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall at 10 Ave. of the Flags in San Rafael.
Marin Conservatory of Dance
The Marin Conservatory of Dance offers professional and personable lessons in classical ballet to students of all ages. Their summer camp program offers six levels of summer camp lessons, with some restrictions for older, more experienced students.
For more information, visit the website at marinconservatoryofdance.org, call 415.326.5117 or send an email to [email protected] or [email protected]. The Marin Conservatory of Dance is located at 365 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley.
Love2Dance is a dance studio that offers lessons in all genres of dance to anyone over the age of 14 months. Summer camp registration began in mid-February, so it’s recommended to get a beat on this summer dance camp sooner rather than later.
Just Dance Academy
Just Dance Academy teaches ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary dance to students all across the county, starting at age four. They offer two sets of summer 2023 dance camp sessions that, alongside dancing, also include crafts and opportunities to perform.
NatureBridge Coastal Camp
According to the NatureBridge website, their summer camp (registration now open) aims to help kids connect with nature and explore topics like marine biology, coastal ecology, conservation and cultural history, all against the beautiful backdrop of the Marin Headlands. “Our highly qualified staff engage campers’ interests and curiosity with a program that is flexible and adaptive to each group’s needs,” the website states.
For more information, visit the website at coastalcamp.org or call 415.331.1548. NatureBridge Coastal Camp is located at 1033 Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito.
WildCare Summer Camp
WildCare, Marin County’s very own wild animal sanctuary, offers a summer wildlife camp for children that strives to get kids back outside and provides kid campers with unforgettable wildlife experiences in a weekly camp program designed to educate young people on the animals they share their community with.
For more information, visit the website at discoverwildcare.org or call 415.456.7283. WildCare is located at 76 Albert Park Ln. in San Rafael.
Activity-Based and Sports Camps
Shredder’s Summer Skate Camp
Shredder’s Summer Skate Camp is the perfect summer camp for the skateboard-enthused kid. Beginners and experienced skaters alike are welcome to join the 2023 summer skate camp session at Shredder’s.
For more information, visit the website at shreddersskatecamp.com, send an email to [email protected] or call 415.529.8364. Shredder’s Summer Skate Camp is located at 310 Smith Ranch Rd. in San Rafael.
Morning Star Farm
Morning Star Farm offers horseback riding summer camp sessions that are filling up fast—with two-thirds of the summer camp slots already filled, there’s no time like the present to sign up for a summer spent on horseback. Campers can learn to walk, trot, canter and jump horses at this children’s riding summer camp.
Morning Star Farm is located at 885 Sutro Ave. in Novato. For more information, visit morningstarfarm.info or call 415.897.1633.
Marin GreenPlay Camp
Marin GreenPlay Camp is, according to their website, “Marin County’s favorite Earth-friendly summer camp that’s been making nature fun for over ten years!” They offer a wide variety of age-appropriate experiences, from rock climbing to environmental education.
Education and Theater Camps
Chronos Academy’s Maker Camp
Chronos Academy, a boutique school for gifted children, is set to host their summer Maker Camp. According to the Chronos website, they aim to provide “a summer camp with a focus on using science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) to create, build and discover.”
For more information, visit the website at chronos.academy, send an email to [email protected] or call 415.383.2283. Chronos Academy is located at 110 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur.
Marin Theatre Company
The Marin Theatre Company, a longstanding leading theater in the Bay Area, hosts yearly summer camps to teach the fine art of performance to Marin’s youth—not many spots are left in this summer camp program, so it’s recommended to act fast to reserve one. Summer camps are available for grades two through 12.
Marin Shakespeare Company
The Marin Shakespeare Company aims to educate and promote social justice through the lens of the most famous playwright of all time. Their summer camp programs offer opportunities for games and activities, to learn about The Bard himself, to interact with peers and learn from skilled teachers. They offer a variety of camps for ages eight to 19.
For more information, visit the website at marinshakespeare.org or call 415.499.4488. Marin Shakespeare Company is located at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at 890 Belle Ave. in San Rafael.