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Noe Valley Summer Camps

May 9, 2010

San Francisco is blessed with dozens of summer camps that are convenient to just about every residential neighborhood in the city, and Noe Valley is no exception.  Within a few minute’s walk of downtown Noe, a number of camps are waiting to entertain your children during those long and (dare we say it?) lazy days of summer.  These camps run the gamut, including art camps, language camps and outdoor camps.

At Sign Up For Camp (, we’ve compiled an online resource for parents and guardians to learn more about what’s available in and around the Bay Area for their children during the summer months, and here’s a short list of what you can find practically outside your front door.

Pixie Hall Studios – A Perfectly Magical Place for the Artist in Your Life

Right smack in the middle of it all, campers can discover a cozy studio for budding and practiced artists called Pixie Hall Studios.  The brain child of local mom, Kristin, and her two daughters, Pixie Hall is the perfect environment where young people can explore the artistic world.  During summer camp, children will be taken on wonderful and imaginative adventures by professional artists and teachers, with each week focusing on a particular theme.  Kids will get messy, create some “super cool” art, take field trips to local galleries and parks around Noe Valley and the Mission District and learn about fellow artists.  Kids will also practice yoga and movement and engage in theater, puppetry and storytelling.

Camp Edmo – Voted Best Summer Day Camp in Bay Area Parent Magazine (2009)

Camp Edmo at Alvarado Elementary on Douglass Street offers hands-on, museum-designed art and science activities.  Each week a different theme is explored in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, the Museum of Children’s Art and Zeum.  Tap into your inner Super Spy, discover what lurks beneath with Underwater Wonders or search the great beyond with Cosmic Creations.  Thanks to college-graduated directors and a super staff, campers gain life skills and learn that curiosity is cool, confidence is contagious and giving back to their community feels great.

Marin Prep – Pack Your Virtual Suitcase and Let’s Go on an Adventure!

Marin Preparatory School is a new-comer in the area and is offering ¡Exploraciones! Summer Camp for children who are interested in learning Spanish and curious about Latin American culture.  Pre-K students through second graders will learn Spanish while exploring San Francisco through a variety of engaging themes, including animals, science, food and the beach.  Students will experience a taste of Latin American culture while exploring the mission district, studying murals, cooking and taking virtual trips to several different Spanish-speaking countries.  To chronicle their travels, students will create a Wordbank Book, writing and illustrating theme-related vocabulary and adding photographs taken along the way; their books will be bound and laminated for take-home enjoyment.

Cardio-tone – It’s Nothin’ But Play All Day at Cardio-tone

Cardio-tone at the corner of Church and 24th Streets is offering a unique take on summer camp this year.  Based on the concept of recess, (you remember four-square, dodge ball and red rover, red rover, don’t you?), Cardio-tone’s kids camp for first through sixth graders is all about playing.  Through fundamental activities, like dancing and imaginative play, Cardio-tone encourages exploration, creativity, confidence building and, of course, motor skills and dexterity.

Tree Frog Treks – Boas, Tortoises and Bearded Dragons, Oh My!

Tree Frog Treks (in Golden Gate Park and throughout the Bay Area) is the quintessential open-air summer camp where kids get dirty, catch slimy creatures (and put them back!) and learn about the brilliance of nature.  Known for teaching kids about their spectacular array of rescued reptiles and amphibians and how to respect the natural world, Tree Frog Treks will take your kids on adventures climbing trees, tumbling down sand dunes, exploring caves, jumping in mud puddles, building forts and picking blackberries for a summer experience they will cherish forever.

To get more information on these camps, and a whole slew of others throughout the Bay Area, visit Sign Up For Camp, where you can search for camps by zip code or date, your child’s interest or age.  There’s no doubt that there’s one (or a dozen) out there that’s right for your family.

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