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Looking for Summer Camps Near Lamorinda CA? Check Out the Locals' Favorites

Updated: 4 days ago

As a mom and local Lamorinda Realtor, I know how important it is to find the perfect summer camp for your little ones. That's why I've put together this guide to the most recommended summer camps by the locals. Whether your child loves sports, arts and crafts, or outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone in Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda.





 

#.1: Community Centers - A Hub of Summer Fun


Community centers in Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda offer a variety of summer camps for kids of all ages, with a mix of fun and educational activities. Let's take a closer look at each one:


Lafayette Parks & Rec: Camp Awesome

Location: Lafayette, CA

Telephone: (925) 284-2232

Website: https://www.lovelafayette.org/city-hall/city-departments/parks-trails-recreation/recreation-programs/camp-awesome


Camp Awesome at Lafayette Parks & Rec is a fantastic option for parents who want to spark their child's imagination this summer. The department offers a range of summer camps for kids, including sports, arts and crafts, games, and more. These programs are designed to promote creativity, teamwork, and a love of learning, for kids age 5-12 years old. Prices vary, but there's something for every budget. To register, visit the Lafayette Parks & Rec website or give them a call at (925) 284-2232.



Moraga Parks & Rec: Summer Adventure Camp

Location: Moraga, CA

Telephone: (925) 376-2526


Get ready for an action-packed summer with Summer Adventure Camp at Moraga Parks & Rec! This program offers a variety of summer camps for kids of different ages, including sports, games, arts and crafts, and outdoor adventures. Experienced and caring recreation leaders will lead the activities at various locations around the city.


Prices vary, but the department is dedicated to making summer fun accessible to everyone. To register, visit the Moraga Parks & Rec website or give them a call at (925) 376-2526.


Orinda Parks & Rec

28 Orinda Way, Community Center, Orinda, CA 94563

Tel: (925) 254-2445


Orinda Parks & Rec's Summer Fun program is perfect for kids ages 5-13 who are ready for a summer of adventure. With a wide range of activities, including sports, arts and crafts, public speaking etc, this summer camp offers a fun and safe environment for kids to explore and make new friends. The program operates from 9 am to 3 pm with before and after-care available for an additional fee. To register, visit the Orinda Community Center or sign up online through the Orinda Parks & Rec website.


 

#.2: Mixed Activities


Adventure Day Camp

3527 Mt Diablo Blvd 241, Lafayette, California, 94549

Tel: (925) 937-6500


Get ready for adventure! Children aged 5-14 can embark on a journey filled with excitement and discovery at Adventure Day Camp. Outdoor activities, from kayaking to rock climbing, will challenge children physically and mentally. Prices start at $325 per week with discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Register online at www.adventuredaycamp.com or call (925) 937-6500 for more information.


Neighbors Reviews: Another vote for Adventure Day Camp - they have swimming twice a week or more and other water activities. They also have care from 8-5 with no additional cost. Oh, and they are amazing and my kids LOVE it!



Roughing It Day Camp

PO Box 1266, Orinda CA, 94563

Tel: (925) 283-3795


Nature at its finest: Children aged 4-14 will explore the great outdoors and participate in activities such as horseback riding and archery. Expert guidance from experienced staff members will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prices start at $415 per week with discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Call (925) 283-3795 or email camp@roughingit.com for more information.


Neighbors Reviews: I remember the first time my son went and we were driving home and he was silent. I asked him if something was wrong thinking maybe camp wasn't what he thought it would be. He said he was exhausted from happiness. Still one of my favorite conversations.



Sienna Ranch

3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, CA 94549

Tel: (925) 283-6311


A wild time: Children aged 4-14 will have a blast interacting with local wildlife and participating in hands-on activities such as horseback riding and animal care. Prices start at $385 per week with discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Visit https://www.siennaranch.net/programs/summer-camp/ or call (925) 283-6311 for more information.



Moraga Day Camp

329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga, CA 94556

Tel: (925) 888-7045

Fun in the sun: Children of all ages will enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from sports to arts and crafts, at Moraga Day Camp. Prices start at $200 per week with discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Contact info@moraga.ca.us or call (925) 888-7045 for more information.



Camp Galileo

1021 3rd St., Oakland, CA 94607

Tel: (510) 595-7293

Innovative fun: Children aged 5-14 will engage in creative, hands-on activities that encourage problem solving, innovation and creativity. Prices start at $425 per week with discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Visit https://galileo-camps.com or call (510) 595-7 293 for more information.



Avid4 Adventure

PO Box 287, Boulder, CO 80306

Tel: (720) 249-2412

Outdoor adventures: Children aged 4-14 will develop skills in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking at Avid4 Adventure. Prices start at $495 per week with discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Email info@avid4.com or call (720) 249-2412 for more information.



Steve & Kate's (Walnut Creek)

The Steven Hills School

975 N San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek CA

Tel: (925)-215-4657


Non-stop fun: Children aged 4-14 will participate in a variety of activities, from sports to arts and crafts, at Steve & Kate's summer camp in Walnut Creek. Prices start at $375 per week with discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Contact walnutcreek@steveandkate.com or call (925)-215-4657 for more information.

 

#.3: Sports


St. Mary's All Sports Camp

1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga CA 94556

Tel: (925) 631-4000


St. Mary's All Sports Camp offers a wide variety of sports including basketball, soccer, volleyball, and more. Designed for ages 6-14, this camp is the perfect opportunity for kids to develop their athletic skills and meet new friends.


Neighbors Reviews: Know that the organized sports are done in the morning and in the afternoon the kids have the opportunity to swim (they have to pass a swim test) or watch a movie. Was not what we expected so we were disappointed they only offered free play or screen time. A few families provided feedback and the camp did their best to organize a few activities in the afternoon. Hopefully they will incorporate the feedback and plan into sports for afternoon and morning sessions this year



SMC Athletic Camps (Specialty Sports Camp)

1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga CA 94556

Website: https://www.smcathleticcamps.com/sl-scrolldownindicator

Tel: (925) 631-4000


SMC Athletic Camps specializes in sports camps for basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Designed for ages 6-14, kids will have the chance to perfect their skills and have a great time in a supportive and fun environment.


Neighbors Reviews: My daughter has attended st. Marys camps for the last 4 years (12 yo now). She went 1 year to all sport but LOVES specialty camps more (basketball & volleyball). The coaches are great FUN & terrific role models


Neighbors Reviews: My daughter's feedback was that she liked doing one thing but they'd have to change to do the next sport but she wanted to stick with what she was doing. It's good if your daughter is trying to figure out what she likes and gets to see what it's like.



Skyhawks Basketball Camp

1826 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

Tel: (800) 804-3509


Skyhawks Basketball Camp is perfect for kids who love basketball and want to improve their skills. Designed for ages 7-12, this camp focuses on basketball skills development and is the ideal opportunity for kids to hone their abilities and make new friends.


Neighbors Reviews: Skyhawks sports does great sports camps!!!



Ballplayer Olympics



Bigger & Better for 2022! Full day outdoor multi-sport camp + giant inflatable slide and obstacle course! New batting cage & pitching machine too. Great coaches that bring the FUN! Lunch included. Full week & single day options.



Cougar Youth Football Camp

300 Moraga Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

Tel: (510) 219-3522

Cougar Youth Football Camp focuses on football skills development and is designed for kids ages 7-15. This camp provides a supportive and fun environment where kids can hone their abilities and make new friends.


 

#.4: Science/STEM


The Bay Area is home to several summer camps that offer hands-on science and STEM activities for kids. Whether your child is interested in learning about space and the universe, wildlife and nature, or the latest technology and innovations, there is a camp that can provide the perfect experience. Here are a few of the most recommended summer camps for science and STEM enthusiasts near Lamorinda CA.


Athenian School Summer Camps

Location: 2150 Mine Lane, Danville, CA 94506

Website: https://www.athenian.org/summer-programs-2023

Tel: (925) 362-7206


Athenian School offers a variety of summer programs for students from pre-kindergarten to high school. The programs include adventure, arts and crafts, sports, science, and more. Children can develop new skills, explore their interests, and make new friends in a supportive and fun environment.



ID Tech at UC Berkeley

Location: University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

Website: https://www.idtech.com/locations/california-summer-camps/uc-berkeley

Tel: (888) 709-8324


ID Tech at UC Berkeley offers a unique summer experience for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. With hands-on learning and expert instructors, students can take courses in coding, game design, robotics, and more. The programs are designed for ages 7-17, and are available for both beginners and advanced students.


Neighbors Reviews: I’ve been following their offering as many years ago my family friend said it was so good that the camps paid for themselves as their kids grew really interested in tech and pursued it in college.


Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619

Tel: (510) 336-7300


The Chabot Space and Science Center offers science and engineering-based summer camps for children ages 5-14. With hands-on activities, field trips, and interactive displays, kids can explore the wonders of space and science in a fun and educational environment.



Lindsay Wildlife Experience

1931 First Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Tel: (925) 935-1978


The Lindsay Wildlife Experience offers summer camps for children ages 4-17, with a focus on wildlife and environmental education. Through hands-on activities, animal encounters, and outdoor exploration, children can learn about the natural world and the animals that live in it.



Wagner Ranch Nature Camp

350 Camino Pablo, Orinda, CA 94563

Tel: (925) 348-6707

Wagner Ranch Nature Camp is a summer program for children ages 4-12, focused on nature exploration and environmental education. With hands-on activities, games, and adventures in the great outdoors, kids can develop a love for nature and an understanding of the environment.



Camp Doodles

Email: team@campdoodles.com

Tel: (415) 388-4386


Camp Doodles is a summer program for children with a focus on creativity and self-expression. With hands-on activities, art projects, and games, children can explore their artistic side and develop new skills.



Lawrence Hall of Science

Location: 1 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720

Website: https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/education/summer-programs

Tel: (510) 642-5132


The Lawrence Hall of Science offers science-based summer programs for children ages 5-18. With hands-on activities, field trips, and interactive displays, kids can explore the wonders of science in a fun and educational environment.



Camp Brainy Bunch - Orinda

10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Tel: (510) 548-5800


Camp Brainy Bunch is a summer camp that provides hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities for kids. The camp offers a variety of programs for kids of different ages, including robotics, coding, game design, and more. The camp is designed for kids aged 5-14, and fees vary depending on the length of the camp and other factors.

 

#.5: Arts


Town Hall Theatre - Lafayette

3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA 94549

Email: boxoffice@townhalltheatre.com

Tel: (925) 283-1557


The Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette provides a fun-filled and creative experience for children who are interested in the arts and drama. They offer summer camps for children of all ages, where they can explore their imagination and unleash their inner performer. With a focus on fostering creativity, building confidence, and having fun, children will learn new skills, make new friends and create memories to last a lifetime.



Canyon Arts & Creek Camp

Canyon Elementary School, 187 Pinehurst Road, Canyon, CA 94516

Tel: (925) 282-3643


Canyon Arts & Creek Camp is an art and nature-based summer camp located at Canyon Elementary School in Canyon, CA. Children will have the opportunity to explore the great outdoors, learn about the natural environment, and engage in hands-on, creative art activities. With a focus on creativity, self-expression, and the environment, this camp is perfect for children who love art and nature.



The Art Room

Location: Lamorinda, CA


The Art Room provides a fun and creative environment for children who are interested in the arts. They offer summer camps for children of all ages, where they can explore their imagination and unleash their inner artist. With a focus on fostering creativity and building self-confidence, children will learn new skills and make new friends.



Rebel Art Classes

Location: Lamorinda, CA


Rebel Art Classes offers summer camps for children who are interested in the arts. With a focus on fostering creativity and building self-confidence, children will learn new skills and make new friends. The summer camps are designed for children of all ages and include a variety of creative activities, such as painting, drawing, and sculpture.

 

#.6: Music/Dance


Performing Academy Summer Camp

Tel: (510) 560-3113


Performing Academy has a three week 9am - 5pm program in Pleasant Hill for 5-8 year olds. Morning session is fine art and afternoon is musical theatre


Neighbors Reviews: Hands down, Performing Academy has been the best camp experience for my kids. They have ample dedicated and quality teachers and create such a safe and loving environment for kids to learn about the arts through doing. My kids come home with their buckets full and excited for the next day which is worth everything. They’ve also made wonderful friendships through performing with other kids. Totally worth it!



Cazadero


Neighbors Reviews: If your kids ever want a sleep away music camp, Cazadero is amazing. It is under the redwood trees on the Russian River and a lot of our local music teachers teach there. Jack went for 2 years and loved it. The quality of music they produced was amazing for middle school students.



Berkeley Rep


Berkeley Rep is back in-person with our most popular summer programs! Create your own play, musical, or film, learn from award-winning professionals, and become fully immersed in the world of theatre regardless of experience level. The only requirement is a mind open to imagination, collaboration, and lots of fun!

 

#.7: Others


FireCracker Math

400 Highland Ave., Piedmont, 94611

Tel: (510) 488-4556


Hours: Full day: 9 am to 4 pm with lunch break | Half day of math: 9 am to noon | extended day 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Days/Wk: Week of June 13, Week of June 20, Week of June 27, Week of July 4, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25, Week of Aug. 1, Week of Aug. 8, Week of Aug. 15

Age: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

Costs: Full-day $500/ week or $110/day. Half-Day (math) $325/week or $75/day. Multi-week & Sib Discounts. Financial aid available. Extended care extra.



Spanish Immersion Summer Camps

925 Village Center, Suite #.2, Lafayette, CA 94549

Tel: (925) 962-9177


Hours: 9am-3pm



North Gait Equestrian


Neighbors Reviews: Last year my daughter did a week at North Gait in Walnut Creek. She had a great time!


Neighbors Reviews: Their schedule isn’t out yet, but North Gait Equestrian center has wonderful camps. My daughter never did the camps, but as an equestrian facility it’s fantastic. Worth a look at for their camp. They are in Walnut Creek past Northgate HS.


 

In conclusion, Lamorinda offers a wide variety of summer camps for children of all ages and interests. Whether your child is interested in sports, science, art, or music, there is a camp that will fit their needs. These camps not only provide children with opportunities to learn and grow in their areas of interest, but also allow them to make new friends, gain independence, and create lifelong memories. If you're interested in learning more about the Lamorinda area and its summer camps, please don't hesitate to contact Judy Sin, a local realtor who can provide you with valuable information and assistance.





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