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San Francisco camps for 3 year olds

March 12, 2010

A member asked me for camp options for 3 year olds in San Francisco, and I thought that more people might be interested in what options are out there. Here are the camps I know about. If I’ve missed any, please let me know.

There are some other options for 3 year olds. Kids must be 3 by April 1, 2010.  Probably the most extensive program for 3 year olds is at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. While this is not technically San Francisco, it’s just over the bridge and pretty easy to get to. The preschool camps are filling up, so sign up now.  They do a great job, and the camps are very developmentally appropriate. I’m really impressed with the staff there.

Golden Gateway Swim and Tennis Club is now offering mini-camps for 3 year olds. These are a little earlier in the season. I know friends who have been at Golden Gateway and they all rave about it.

Nature Nurture is in the Presidio and looks like a really cute camp. They take 3 year olds also. They will also take kids with special needs.

Kids Outdoor Club also has a 3-5 year old program. This is a neat program – friends I know that have done it love it. It’s relatively unstructured, and it’s all about giving our city kids great outdoor time. They run around, climb trees and get a great outdoor experience. It’s also extremely convenient, as you can use it on a drop in basis.

Pixie Hall Studios, an art camp in Noe Valley, also has a 3 year old program. We’ve heard good things about this art program, and they just added an additional session for 2.5 – 4 year olds July 5th – 10th.

Bonus camps for folks south of San Francisco:

Families south of San Francisco also have fun options for summer camp. One recent addition to Sign Up For Camp is Tiny Treks.  Tiny Treks offers outdoor explorations for families with kids as young as 2. The camp meets in a different location each week to explore the outdoors, including hiking, flying a kite, art projects and more.

Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood Shores also has a camp option for 3-4 year olds.   The Mini-Explorer Club includes games and swimming and provides a great introduction to summer camp.

For families in the North Bay, the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael also offers a program for 3 year olds.

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  1. February 22, 2013 5:15 pm

    There is also a summer camp program at Lakeside Children Center. Summer camp at Lakeside is a fun time for young children to explore and even discover their interests in a variety of ways – through arts and crafts, singing songs and playing with new and familiar friends. Our summer camp programs sever to provide a safe place for children to play, create, share experiences and build relationships with peers and adults.
    We provide camps for two age groups (2 ½ to 3 year olds and 4 to 5 year olds). Our camp provides activities that focus on learning routines, exploring new ideas, developing positive relationships with peers and adults and developing critical thinking skills through play, craft-making and group discussion. There are 9 weeks of summer camp, with different themes each week. For more information, go to

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