Winter Break Camps in Marin and Beyond

December 6, 2016

studio 4 artLooking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming winter break? Check out some of the great winter day camps here in Marin and the Bay Area.

  • Andrew's Day Camp
    Location: 400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera
    Dates: December 23–January 6
    Cost: $75 per day; extended care $10 hr
    Ages: kindergarten and up
    Andrew's Camp offers games, crafts, sports and more. Camps take place from 9 am–5 pm with extended care from 8–9 am and 5–6 pm. ABring lunch and snack. For more info,call (415) 446-8946 or  visit their website.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
    Dates:
    December 19–23, 26–30 & January 2–6
    Cost:
    $425/session; general: $450/session
    Ages: 4–8
    The BADM is offering a Winter Discovery Camp that focuses on learning through project-based, hands-on activities designed to intentionally boost creativity, STEM skills, and critical thinking. Camps hours:  9 am–2 pm; extended care from 2–4 pm (extended care $50/per day). For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit www.baykidsmuseum.org.
  • Berkeley Playhouse Winter Camps
    Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley
    Dates: December 19–30
    Cost: $350/wk
    Ages: K–6 grades

    Dive into the world of theatre arts with Berkeley Playhouse’s award-winning program. This year's themes: Zootopia, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Pete's Dragon and Tangled.To register, visit their website.
  • Camp Funderblast
    Location: Mill Valley & San Anselmo
    Dates: December 26–30 & January 2–6
    Cost: $80/day (discount for members)
    Ages: 4–11

    Camp Funderblast is a fun, local day camp that helps kids thrive! Games, arts and crafts, gingerbread houses, gort making, story telling by the fire, and hot cocoa. Hours: 9am–4 pm. Extended care available from 8 am–6 pm. There is 2 locations: Scotts Valley and Homestead Valley. Register here. For more info, call (415) 843-1730 or visit their website.
  • Charity and the JAMband Winter Jamcamp
    Location: San Francisco, Outer Sunset
    Dates: December 27–29
    Cost: $90/day or $270/session
    Ages: 5–9

    This camp invovles singing, dancing, practicing mindfulness and merry-making and learning about opening our hearts to the big world and all its inhabitants and create something special to share with others in our community that may be less fortunate. Hours: 9 am–4 pm. For more info, call (415) 425-0372or visit their website.
  • The Culinary Dude Cooking Camp
    Location: St. Hilary School, Tiburon
    Dates: December 26–28
    Cost: $325
    Ages: 5–16
    Get the kids in the kitchen for some hands-on cooking. Themes include: Chanukah, American Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Hours: 10 am–2 pm. Location: 765 Hilary Drive, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 242-4192 or visit their website.
  • GymWorld Holiday Camps
    Location: 3040 Kerner Blvd.,San Rafael
    Dates:
    December 23, December 26–30 and January 2–6
    Cost:
    Price: $75 Drop in, $350 for the week, $550 for  2 weeks
    Ages: 4 and up
    Kids will learn gymnastics on floor, beam, bars, trampoline, and ault. We also have a tumble-trak, foam pit, climbing wall, ropes and rings. Will learn in groups of 8 students or less per coach, according to age and skill level.  Hours: 9:30 am–1 pm. For more info, call (415) 482-8580visit www.gymworldmarin.net.
  • Joy of Dance Ballet Holiday Camp
    Location: 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito
    Dates: December 27–30 & January 3–6
    Cost: $360/wk or $95/day
    Ages: 3–10

    Children will learn the basics of ballet, holiday crafts and more. Hours: 9 am–2 pm. Location: Harmonia in Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 812-4821 or visit their website.
  • The Lawerence Hall of Science
    Location: Berkeley
    Dates: December 19–22
    Cost: $420 ($390 members)
    Ages: K–6th grade

    Lawrence Hall of Science Winter Camps are specifically designed to provide your child with hands-on engaging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experiences that encourage social interactions, develop skills used by real STEM professionals, and keep campers thinking throughout their school break. Hours: 9 am–4 pm. To register, visit their website.
  • Marin JCC Winter Camp
    Location: 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
    Dates: December 26–30 and January 2–6
    Cost: $80/per day (members) & $90/per day (non-members)
    Ages: kindergarten–6th grade

    The Osher Marin JCC offers Winter Camp offers arts and crafts, swimming, sports, science, cooking, music, and more. Hours: 9 am–4 pm. Extended care is available for $10 per day in the morning and after care $20 for afternoons.  For more info, call (415) 444-8000 or visit www.marinjcc.org.
  • Marinwood Community Center Winter Break Camp
    Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael
    Dates:
    December 27–30 & January 3–6
    Cost:
    Drop-in is $46 a day
    Ages: 3–12
    This year's Winter Break Camp will be separated into three age groups: Camp Snowflake for ages 3–4, Camp Polar Bear for ages 5–7,  and Camp Blizzard for ages 8–12. Camps will participate in separate activities including holiday games, cookie decorating, music, themed crafts, and sports.. They also offer a before care from 8–9 am for $8 a day and after care from 3–5 pm $15 a day. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or vist www.marinwood.org.
  • Morning Star Farm Winter Camp
    Location: 885 Sutro Avenue, Novato
    Dates: December 28–30 & January 2–6
    Cost: $70/per day
    Ages: 6–14

    Camps offer riding lessons, horse care, grooming & saddling each day and other horsey activities. Hours: 9 am–12:30 pm. For more info, call (415) 897-1633 or visit their website.
  • MV Code Club
    Location: Greenbrae & Mill Valley
    Dates: December 28–30 and January 2–6
    Cost: $275 for members, $350 for non-members
    Ages: 1st–8th grade

    MV Code Club teaches kids how to code, game development, web development and more. Hours: 9 am–3 pm. See their schedule of camps here. For more info, call  www.mvcodeclub.com.
  • No Limits Day Camp
    Location: Neil Cummins Elementary School, Corte Madera
    Dates:
    January 2–6
    Cost: $75/per day
    Ages: 4–12
    The Winter Break Camp offers a well-balanced program of sports and art activities. Hours: 9am–4 pm with extented care at 7:30 to 6 pm. For more info, call (415) 717-6925 or visit www.nolimitsdaycamp.com.
  • Novato Gymnastics Holiday Camp
    Location: 950 Seventh Street, Novato
    Dates:
    December 19–23 and January 3–6
    Cost: $115–$153
    Ages: 3–12

    Kids will learn gymnastics skills, develop strenghth and flexibility, winter-themed crafts and more. Hours: 10 am–12:30 pm. For more info, call  (415) 899-8279 or  www.novatogymnastics.org.
  • Pine Point Cooking School
    Location: Sausalito
    Dates: December 20–23
    Cost: $660
    Ages: 5–12

    This holiday camp is full of cookie baking and holiday spirit. Hours: 9:30 am–3:30 pm. For more info, call (415) 332-4352 or visit www.pinepointcooking.com.
  • Play-Well Marin
    Location: 216 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo
    Dates: December 19–January 6
    Cost: $188/per camp
    Ages: 5 and up

    Play-Well Marin is offering some hands-on LEGO camps: Jedi Adventure Game, JediCraft Survival Game, Jedi Engineering, Intro to STEM with LEGO and many more. Hours:9:30 am–12:30 pm and 1:30–4:30 pm. For more info, call (415) 460-5210 or visit their website.
  • Point Bonita YMCA Winter Camp
    Location: Marin Headlands, 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito
    Dates: December 19–23
    Cost: $$70/per day
    Ages: grades K–8

    Camper will explore the outdoors, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories. Hours: 9 am–4 pm; extended care: 8–9 am and 4– 5:30 pm. For more info, call (415) 447-9692 or visit their website.
  • Rolling Hills Club
    Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato
    Dates:
    December 26–30 and January 2–6
    Cost:
    $70 per day members, $80 guests/
    Ages: 5–12
    The Rolling Hills Club Holiday Camp will feature STEAM activities using common items, surprising materials, and imagination, as well as games, arts and crafts, sports, and swimming. Hours: 9 am–4 pm. Extended care available. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit visit their website.
  • Studio 4 Art
    Location: 1133 Grant Avenue, Novato
    254 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley

    Dates: December 27–24 and January 2–6
    Cost: depending on location
    Ages: 4 and up

    Campers will have the choice of many different projects each day at December Fine Arts Camp. Popular events such as clay, sewing, cartooning, and painting will be highlighted, all tought by Studio 4 Art's professional artist teachers. The camps are  and take place in Novato (ages 4–14) and Mill Valley (ages 4–8). A sibling discount is offered. For more info, call (415) 596-5546 or visit www.studio4art.net.
  • Mill Valley Community Center
    Location: 180 Camino Alto
    , Mill Valley
    Dates:
    December 27–30 and January 3–6
    Cost: 
    $240 per session or $65 for drop-in
    Ages: 4 and up

    Join an enthusiastic staff of trained recreation leaders for a lively and entertaining mix of activities, crafts, sports and winter surprises. HoursL 9:30 am–4 pm  Extended care is available before and after scheduled camp hours: 8–9:30 am and 4–6 pm. Extended care:  i$70/per session or $18 per day. For more info, call (415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Vilda Nature Holiday Camp
    Location: Fairfax & Sausalito
    Dates:
    January 2–6
    Cost: $63–$80
    Ages: 4–12

    Vilda outdoor nature camp includes wilderness survival, archery, shelter making, crafts, storytelling, and much more. Hours: 9 am–3 pm. Price: $63 per day (ages 4–6); $80 per day (ages 6–12). For more info, call (415) 747-4840 or visit their website.
  • Wildlife Camp at Wildcare
    Location: 76 Albert Park Lane, San Rafael
    Dates: December 27–30 & January 2–6
    Cost: members $250, non-members $270
    Ages: grades K–3

    Does your inquisitive child love animals? Wildlife Camp is a fun way to stimulate learning about wild animals and instill a life-long respect for nature. Session 1: December 27–30, grades K–1, , 9 am–3 pm. Session 2: grades 2–3, January 2–6, 9 am–3 pm. Scholarships are available. For more info, call  (415) 453-1000 x12 or visit www.wildcarebayarea.org.
  • Zoo Camp at the San Francisco Zoo
    Location:Great Highway at Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
    Dates: December 19–23 &December 26–30
    Cost: $205 and up for members, $245 and up for non-members.
    Ages: 4–11

    At the San Francisco Zoo's wildly popular Zoo Camp, children  will enjoy learning about how wildlife adapts to the challenges of winter. Hours: Pre-K/K camp takes place from 9 am–noon and costs $205 for Zoo members and $245 for non-members. Camp for grades K–5 takes place from 9 am–4 pm. Price:  Early drop-off and late pick-up available for an additional fee. For more info, call (415) 753-8135 or visit www.sfzoo.org.

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