Cool Camps for Winter Break in Marin and Beyond

December 12, 2014

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 San Francisco.

  • Studio 4 Art
    1133 Grant Avenue

    (415) 596-5546
    Campers will have the choice of many different projects each day. 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 December 22–24, 29–31 and January 2 from 9:30 am–1:30 pm for ages 4–14. A sibling discount is offered. For more info, visit
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum Winter Break Camps
    557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
    (415) 339-3900

    The BADM is offing two two-day sessions: Art Attack on December 22 and 23 and Shipwrecks and Treasure Hunts on December 29 and 30. Both run from 9 am–3 pm and are for children ages 4–7. In Art Attack, explore your artistic potential and express yourself through paint, sculpture, nature objects, recycled materials, and the very popular messy art curriculum. Shipwrecks and Treasure Hunts campers will sing chanteys, make maps, dig for artifacts and treasures, and discover strange sea creatures. Cost: Supporting Family Members: $210 per session; general: $235 per session. Note: no extended care available. For more info, visit
  • Cal-Star's Winter Break Camp
    70 Digital Drive, Suite 3
    (415) 382-7827

    The holiday gymnastics camp takes place from December 22–January 2 for ages 5+. Cost: $160 for four full days from 9 am–3 pm and $110 for four half days from 9 am–noon or noon–3 pm. Cal-Star also offers drop-in sessions for $55 full-day or $35 half-day. Sign up by calling (415) 382-7827. For more info, visit
  • Marin JCC Winter Camp
    200 North San Pedro Road
    San Rafael
    (415) 444-8000

    The Osher Marin JCC is offering a winter camp from December 22–24, 26, 29, 30, 31 and January 2 from 9 am–4 pm for ages kindergarten–6th grade. Single day $80 members, $90 non-members. There also offer extended extended care: before care $10 per day and after care $15 per day. Camp offers arts and crafts, swimming, sports, music, and more—with some specialty camp surprises. For more info,
  • Marinwood Community Center Holiday Camp
    775 Miller Creek Road
    San Rafael
    (415) 479-0775

    The Marinwood Community Center Holiday Camp will take place December 22–26 (no camp Thursday, December 25), and December 29–January 2 (no camp on Thursday, January 1) from 9 am–3 pm. This year's Holiday Camp will be separated into three age groups: ages 3–4 Camp Snowflake, ages 5–7 Camp Polar Bear and ages 8–12 Camp Blizzard. Camps will participate in separate activities including holiday games, cookie decorating, music, crafts, and sports. Cost: $150 residents, $170 non-residents. Drop-in is $44 a day. 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, vist
  • Mill Valley Community Center
    180 Camino Alto

    Mill Valley
    (415) 383-1370

    Join an enthusiastic staff of trained recreation leaders for a lively and entertaining mix of activities, crafts, sports and winter surprises. Camp sessions take place December 22–23 and December 29–31. All camps run from 9:30 am–4 pm. Extended care is available before and after scheduled camp hours: 8–9:30 am and 4–6 pm. Cost varies depending on session. Extended care is $14 per day; weekly rates available, too. For more info, visit their website.
  • Zoo Camp at the San Francisco Zoo
    Great Highway at Sloat Boulevard
    San Francisco
    (415) 753-8135

    At the San Francisco Zoo's wildly popular Zoo Camp, children ages 4 years through 5th grade will enjoy learning about how wildlife adapts to the challenges of winter. Week 1: December 22–24. Week 2: December 29–31. Pre-K/K camp takes place from 9 am–noon and costs $120 for Zoo members and $145 for non-members. Camp for grades 1–5 takes place from 9 am–4 pm and costs $170 for members, $195 non-members. Early drop-off and late pick-up available for an additional fee. For more info, visit
  • Winter Nature Camp at Wildcare
    76 Albert Park Lane
    San Rafael
    (415) 453-1000 x12
    When winter makes its chilly debut, what do the wild animals do? Some like to snack, while others may nap. Many travel a long way and some adapt so they can stay. Get to know our animal friends and how they survive until the winter ends. Session 1, for kids in 2nd and 3rd grade, December 22–24. Session 2, for K–1st graders, December 29–31. $175 Wildcare members, $195 non-members. More info:
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