We all know how time moves these days—lickity split. Before the calendar flips from April to August, find out where to send the kids for the sticky months.
This selection of Marin County summer camps includes everything from parkour to animal care world arts. There’s an option for every curious kid—and a respite for every parent.
Summer (FUN!) Writing Workshops
This is for the next Allendes and Tartts—whether academic or creative, Summer (FUN!) writing workshops are just that: a fun, focused way to develop writing and grammar skills over the summer. Don’t knock it; try it!
Led by award-winning writer Dana Lomax and her published author daughter, Una Lomax-Emrick, this program is four one-week sessions from June 28 to August 20. Each week focuses on a different writing technique and academic skill. Expect fresh writing activities and the acquisition of a lifelong skill. Scholarships available. For more information, visit danateenlomax.com
Camp Integem #1 AR Workshop
“Create a magical world and step into it!”
This camp for kids 5 to 18 is a masterpiece in AR training and fun. Holographic AR coding, STEM, AI design, Fashion, Animation and Game Design are some of the classes offered, with no prior computer experience necessary. Classes are small, allowing for a personalized educational experience, and students are set up for both a fun-filled summer and future success. Sports and outdoor activities are included. Integem AR camp is offered at 200+ schools internationally, and can be found at Hall Middle School in Larkspur. Visit camp.integem.com to register for this summer’s program.
Marin Humane Summer Camps
Whether considering a career as a veterinarian or simply a deep animal lover, Marin Humane Summer Camp is the opportunity for youngsters to get hands-on experience with a wide variety of animals. Animal-themed arts and crafts, games and lessons in animal care are all offered to kids grades 1-8; camp is divided into age groups. For those in grades 8-12 interested in Marin Humane Summer Camp, a Teen Camp Assistant application is open for community service credits and an opportunity to help with camp programs.
2022 dates have not yet been announced due to Covid, but tails are crossed! Contact [email protected] with questions.
Windrush Farm Summer Camp
This spectacular sheep farm has been offering a farm camp since 2005, welcoming children and teaching them to care for goats, chickens, sheep, alpaca and more. Together, the children collect eggs, harvest vegetables, milk goats, and develop a deeper understanding of the art of farming and from where their food comes. Felting, singing and searching for tadpoles are also on the itinerary— this is wholesome good fun. Camp is offered to kids 7-12. Contact Arann at [email protected] for any registration questions.
Perhaps one or two campers this summer will wind up a farmer…!
Love2Dance Summer Camp
Who doesn’t love to dance?! No one, after a summer spent at Love2Dance Summer Camp! Opened in 2002 by Novato-native Tara Caprice-Broadwater, Love2Dance is a positive and family-friendly dance studio, committed to cultivating positivity and developing leadership skills through joyful movement.
For kids from preschool to grade 5, Love2Dance Summer Camp is an opportunity for little ones to find creative freedom, build confidence, make friends and move their bodies. Weekly summer camps run Monday-Thursday, from 10 to 2pm, June 18 through August 18. Visit www.love2dance.biz to register for classes.
Get the groove going!
Performing Arts Academy of Marin (PAAM)
PAAM offers a wide variety of theater and dance programs during the summer months, for those looking to cultivate their craft before their big Broadway debut! Classes include Tumble & Groove (think parkour, Ninja Tech, Pop Dance and more), Acting for Broadway, Acting for Film (perhaps it’s Hollywood on the horizon) and Dance Blast Camp, to name but a few.
Information and dates for all workshops and classes can be found at paamarts.com. Shine, bright stars!
San Domenico Summer School
Internationally recognized boarding and day school San Domenico offers a positively rocking lineup of classes to students all over the Bay Area, grades K-12. Want to learn AI’s core technologies? World art? Drawing, crafting, painting? San Domenico has classes for those this summer. With art, jewelry, baseball and a chance to make lasting friendships, San Domenico Summer School is maybe the hottest place to be this summer, pun intended.
For information and registration, visit
Summer Film Academy
This one’s for the burgeoning Almodovars and Andersons. California Film Institute in San Rafael offers a variety of programs for students ages 11-18, exploring the myriad aspects of film, from cinematography to documentary production to different aspects of the industry.
Explore options like Young Curators, a class on how films get selected for festivals, or Behind the Scenes, a class on all the hands-on-deck during movie production. Spend the summer developing curiosity and skills. Lights, camera, action!
For more information, dates and registration, visit cfieducation.cafilm.org.