If you're trying to make a decision on the perfect summer camp for your kids, don't miss this Saturday's Marin Camp Fair, which takes place March 9 from 11 am-2 pm at Conlan Center Gymnasium at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael. There will be pizza, snacks, and a bounce house for the kids while parents visit representatives from over 100 local summer camps.
If you want to explore a variety of camps in one location, this is your best bet. I attended last year and it was fantastic. I brought my kids and they got a chance to discover some new camps and talk with camp representatives.
Nearly every local day camp for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students will be represented, as well as several of the most popular sleep-away camps throughout California. The Marin Camp Fair is a community event managed by the Dominican University athletic department and Camp Doodles.
The fair is a free event and takes place from 11 am to 2 pm. Conlan Center Gymnasium is located at 1475 Grand Avenue. For more information, visit www.MarinCampFair.com.
If you haven't been to the PlayLand indoor bounce house experience in the MLK Gym in Sausalito, it's definitely worth a visit, especially if it's rainy or cold and you can't play outside. PlayLand is a full-sized gymnasium full of inflatable bounce houses, including a 40-by-20-foot sports arena, a 15-foot slide, a bounce house with basketball hoop, and a toddler bounce zone.
My kids always have a blast playing here—sliding, jumping, bouncing, and playing games in a warm, safe, indoor environment. PlayLand was started by Marin dad Jeremy Williams, who also runs Mt. Tam Adventure Camps. He's often on site with several coaches who make sure that everyone has fun. During our last visit, a coach was making balloon animals for the kids, and there was even a remote controlled flying giant clownfish roaming the room. It's a fun and cool place to play in Marin.
This summer, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito offers a variety of exciting summer Discovery Camps for children ages 3 to 8. Weekly camps start June 3 and run through August 23. Kids can sign up for a different camp each week and enjoy guided exploration and open-ended creative play. The museum's experienced educators and camp counselors will be on hand to help provide direction and guidance for the campers.
The museum's 2013 camps include an expanded Big Discovery Camp for three-year-olds, an afternoon Summer Camp Sampler featuring some of the most popular camp themes, and a multiple week discount—get an extra $25 off when you sign up for four weeks, $50 off or five weeks, $75 off for six weeks, and $100 off for seven or more weeks.
Even though Christmas was only a few weeks ago, it's already time to start thinking about summer camp! Believe it or not, summer camp sign-ups will be starting soon, and many of the popular camps in Marin and the Bay Area fill up quickly.
Find the the ideal camp for your children in the 2013 edition of our Marin Summer Camp Guide. Our Marin Summer Camp Guide is a comprehensive directory of summer camps in Marin County, with selected Sonoma County and San Francisco camps included, too.
Browse camps by location, age level, and camp activities. You can also rate your favorite camps and share your experiences with other local parents.
If you run or represent a summer camp and wish to update your camp's information or add a new camp to the guide, submit the new or updated info in a listing here. We welcome listings for camps within Marin County, Sonoma County, and San Francisco, but if you have a camp located outside the area that would be of interest to local families, feel free to submit the information and we'll consider adding it to the guide.
If you're still thinking about a fun summer experience for your little one, take a look at Tot Camp at Novato's Rolling Hills Club. Tot Camp is geared toward the littlest campers ages 3–5, and offers games, activities, art projects, and more, all centered around a theme of the week. Camp sessions take place on Mondays and/or Wednesdays from 9 am–1 pm through August 8.
All kids' activities at the Rolling Hills Club are open to both members and the general public. The daily cost for Tot Camp is $35 for Rolling Hills Club members and $45 for non-members. Campers must be potty trained to participate.