Summer Camps

Marin Mommies Readers Get a Special Discount for Camp Galilieo

March 27, 2010

Our friends at Camp Galileo are offering a special discount for Marin Mommies readers! Take $15 off your total purchase at Camp Galileo by using the coupon code GALILEOMM by April 30, 2010. Camp Galileo offers a mix of art, science, and outdoor fun, with two Marin locations: Corte Madera and San Rafael.

For more information or to sign up, visit them at or call (800) 854-3684.

New Locations this Summer for Marin's Camp Doodles

March 16, 2010

Camp DoodlesMarin's popular Camp Doodles, long a fixture at Mill Valley's Strawberry Point School, is branching out this summer and opening two additional camp locations: at Dominican University of California in San Rafael and Marin Primary and Middle School (MP&MS) in Larkspur. Camp Doodles will also offer extended weeks this summer, from June 14 —August 20.

Camp Doodles was founded in 2001 by David Hughes and his brother Jeremy. David, the “Chief of Fun”, has a Masters in Education from Dominican University and is a former elementary school principal and teacher. Camp Doodles was voted “Best of Marin” by the Pacific Sun newspaper, and is has earned national accreditation from the American Camp Association. A day at Camp Doodles is designed to provide campers with a healthy balance between structure in the morning and choice in the afternoon. Activity highlights include talent time, camper catch counselor, cool craft projects, capture the flag, parachute, science and nature discovery, "who wants to be millionaire", crazy hair days, an award ceremony, ice cream day, song fest, counselor skits and soap opera, dress-up days, daily slide show, and more!

Still Time to Take In a Unique Summer Camp

July 25, 2009

Le Petit Jardin French immersion campEven though it's almost the end of July, there's still time for your kids to take in a late-summer camp session for fun and enrichment! Two camps offering late-summer sessions include San Anselmo's Le Petit Jardin French immersion program and Sausalito's Pine Point Cooking School.

Le Petit Jardin is a licensed preschool specializing in French language instruction for toddlers. Director Amber Smith-Lopata is now offering French immersion classes to grade school children in Marin. Students learn vocabulary and conversational skills through total language immersion in a small group setting. Hands-on learning activities include music, arts and crafts, games, reading, gardening, and occasional neighborhood outings. It's all totally in French, of course!

Unique Summer Day Camps in Marin 2009

March 16, 2009

Every year, there seems to be an even greater variety of day camps offered in Marin for kids of all ages. Here are a few popular and interesting camps that you just aren't going to find anywhere else:

Angel Island Camp is a 30-year-old tradition on historic Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay. Run by the Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation Department, sessions include Survivor Challenge, Science Sleuths and Capers, Time Travelers, Raiders of the Lost Island, and more. An introduction to kayaking is provided on the last day of each session. One-week sessions are from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm, and begin June 15 and run through July 17, 2009. Cost is $325 per week (week three is $260 due to the July 4 holiday). For more info, go to and download their Summer Camp brochure.

Mediterranean Summer Cooking Camp for Kids

March 3, 2009

Pine Point Cooking School offers a summer cooking camp for kids ages 9–15 in Mediterranean Cuisine—Italian, French and Greek—with an emphasis on local organic produce, seafood and poultry. “Your dish will never be better than its worst quality ingredient,” and “Never eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food” are two of the favorite maxims of Adrianna, the Italian-Greek instructor. She mixes cooking sessions with blind tastings (“Guess which is the farmer’s market peach?”), field trips (to the Marin Farmer’s Market, to local farms, and artisanal food producers) with instruction in kitchen safety, equipment, table setting, meal planning and organizational tips.

Public summer camps on the decline?

July 13, 2008

Apparently more and more parents in Marin are sending their children to pricey private summer day camps like Camp Galileo and Steve and Kate's Camp. Of course these camps often offer innovative features and activities made possible by the higher prices. Read what local towns are doing to compete in the Marin IJ:

Towns' summer camps try to compete with private programs - Worried about competition from an increasing number of private day camps, San Anselmo Recreation Coordinator Dana Gibson decided to make the town's programs more

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