Cool Camps for Winter Break in Marin and Beyond

December 3, 2013

Looking 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
    Novato

    (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 25–27, 30, and 31 and January 2 and 3 from 10 am–1 pm ($65 daily; $155 weekly for 3 day camp, $205 for 4 day camp) for ages 4–14, or 10 am–3 pm ($90 daily; $225 weekly for 3-day camp, $300 for 4-day camp) for ages 7–14. A sibling discount is offered. For more info, visit www.studio4art.net.
  • Ark Row Kids Winter Camp
    122 Main Street
    Tiburon
    (415) 435-2200

    The Ark Row Center in Tiburon is offering a winter camp for ages 2–8 from December 23–January 10 from 9 am–noon ($45 per day), 9 am–1 pm ($60 per day), or 9 am–2 pm ($75 per day). There will be lots of fun holiday projects and activities. For more info, visit www.arkrowcenter.com.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Winter Break Camp: Art Attack!
    557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
    (415) 339-3900

    The BADM is offing two two-day sessions: December  26 and 27 and January 2 and 3 from 9 am–3 pm for children ages 4–7. Explore your artistic potential and express yourself through paint, sculpture, nature objects, recycled materials, and the very popular messy art curriculum. Each day focuses on introducing new techniques and exploration of a variety of fun, basic media. Children in this camp will explore the artistic process no matter how messy they may get — and they do get messy! Cost: Supporting Level Members: $200 per session; general: $225 per session. Note: no extended care available. For more info, visit www.baykidsmuseum.org.
  • Cal-Star's Winter Break Camp
    70 Digital Drive, Suite 3
    Novato
    (415) 382-7827

    The holiday gymnastics camp takes place from December 23–24, 26–27, 30–31 and January 2–3 from noon–3 pm. Cost: $149 for four full days from 9 am–3 pm and $98 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 www.calstar.info.
  • 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 23–24, 26–27, 30 and January 2–3 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, www.marinjcc.org.
  • Marinwood Community Center Holiday Camp
    775 Miller Creek Road
    San Rafael
    (415) 479-0775

    The Marinwood Community Center Holiday Camp will take place December 23–24, 26–27, and 30, and January 2–3 from 9 am–3 pm. This year's Holiday Camp will be separated into three age groups: ages 3–4 Camp Bunny Slope, ages 5–7 Camp Snowshoe and ages 8–12 Camp Bobsled. 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 www.marinwood.org.
  • 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 16–20; December 23, 26, and 27; and December 30, 31, and January 1 and 2. All camps run from 9:30 am–4 pm. Extended care is available before and after our 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

    What happens in winter? At the San Francisco Zoo's wildly popular Zoo Camp, children ages 4 years through 5th grade will enjoy learning about hibernation, migration, camouflage, adaptation, and more. Zoo tours, interactive projects, games, and crafts, are all part of the fun. And don't forget plenty of play time on the newly re-opened Elinor Friend Playground. Week 1: December 23, 24, 26, and 27. Week 2: December 30, 21, January 2, and 3. Pre-K to K camp takes place from 9 am–noon and costs $160 for Zoo members and $188 for non-members. Camp for grades 1–5 takes place from 9 am–4 pm and costs $224 for members, $252 non members. Early drop-off and late pick-up available for an additional fee. For more info, visit www.sfzoo.org.
  • Winter Nature Camp at Wildcare
    76 Albert Park Lane
    San Rafael
    (415) 453-1000 x12
    Who nibbled this plant? Who left that track? Look around and see if we can discover what animal did that. Have fun with animal tracks, fur, feathers and more. Meet some animals that leave those clues behind. We’ll examine the differences between mammals, birds, insects and others. Come learn, play games, make crafts, and more! December 30–January 3, 9 am–3 pm. For children in 1st and 2nd grade. $285 members, $295 non-members. More info: www.wildcarebayarea.org.
Image Courtesy of Studio 4 Art