The Even-Bigger Summer Camp Roundup

Swimming, pet care, dancing: there's a camp experience for everyone


In just a few short weeks school will be out and it will be summer time: That means the kiddoes will be looking at you, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, wondering what the plan is. Do you have your summer camp’s figured out?

We ran a pretty comprehensive list of , but now that the season's upon us, here's an all-out list of every kid-friendly summer camp in the area.

Pets Lifeline: Kids ages 7 to 11 years old can learn to care for dogs, cats and a few animals in between. Camps are mornings 9-12 and are offered weekly from June 11th to August 17th. Fees are $110 per child/per week. I know that my twins that just turned seven are excited to finally attend this one. (Classes fill up very quickly.)

Sonoma Academy of Dance: In a new location this year, at at 275 East Spain Street, SADA will be offering 11 camps for the summer. And at a lower cost of only $250 per week (plus if you book this weekend, April 19-22, during their Broadway Bound Kids production, "Once On This Island," you will receive another $50 off). Classes being offered this year include Film Camp, Dance Camp and the ever popular Princess Camp. Camps start June 18th and run through the entire summer until August 10th. For camp information, check their website at www.sonomasummercamps.com or call 707-933-9933.

Sonoma Girl Scout Day Camp: The Girl Scouts will be hosting a one week camp from June 18-22 in Glen Ellen. This year’s theme will be “Blast from the Past” and will start in the year 1912 and move through the decades each day. The camp will hosted by the Girl Scouts of Northern California and will be from 9:00-4:00 each day. If you are not a Girl Scout, but would still like to attend camp, you may pay $12 for the summer fee, in addition to the regular camp fee of $220. Financial assistance is also available. They are also in need of several more parent volunteers if you are able to help.

Broadway Quilts Kids Sewing Camp: If your child is interested in learning to sew or already knows how and is ready to learn how to make a pattern, Broadway Quilts will be hosting two summer camps this summer-June 18-20 or July 16-18. Each class is $100 and will be from 10:00-1:00 pm. For ages 8 and up.

St. Andrew’s Vacation Bible Camp is a very popular Sonoma Valley Camp with over 100 children attending last yaer. Camp will be held this year from June 25-29 from 9-12 in the morning.They will also be hosting a second camp from July 9-13, Worship Arts Camp, ending with a musical production which will be held on Sunday, July 15, during normal church services. Check the website for registration information next month.

British Soccer Camp-Sonoma Field of Dreams: Two weeks are available this year: July 9 - 13, and July 30 - August 3 for ages 6-14. Price is $131 and the morning camp runs from 9 to noon. British Soccer Camps provide players of all ages and abilities with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts. Each day includes foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a daily tournament. Camp programs include a free ball and shirt, plus a free British Soccer jersey for on-line registrations 45 days prior to camp.

Sonoma Community Center will host six summer camps this year running for a week at a time, starting June 11 and running through July from 9 to noon. This year award-winning artists will be hosting Puppetry Camp, Cartooning Camp and Camp Millionaire, a financial camp for teens. Camps are $175 with a discount for Community Center Members of $18 for each camp (make sense to become a member if you are going to several camps!).

Yoga Community: Camp for two weeks this summer at Yoga Camp! June 4-8 is for ages 3-6 and June 18-22 is for ages 7-12. All camps are Monday-Friday afternoons from 1:30-4:30 and are $170 per student. They will learn tools for calming the mind as well as creative dance movement. (I know a little yogini in my house that would love this camp.)

Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma will once again be offering their highly rated camps all summer at only $60 per week. Camp runs from Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are for kids in grades 1-5. They have weekly themes and field trips. Once again they will also be hosting specialty camps including Soccer Camp, Rock Climbing and Science Camp for $100 each week.

Sonoma Ballet: Summer Dance Workshop will once again be available for all budding dancers, experienced or not. The summer program runs for five weeks starting on July 2nd and ending with a performance at the Sebastiani Theatre on August 4th. Tuition varies on amount of hours each week starting at $45 per month. Check website for all the details.

If you can drive your child to camp and are willing to leave Sonoma, the Sonoma State Excel for Youth summer program is highly recommended. Sonoma State offers classes for kids in grades 4-9 with topics ranging from chess to pre-med. They are in their 30th year offering this program. One week sessions will be starting June 25th and running through late July. Fees are $150 per week and are offered either in the morning or afternoon.

Sonoma Aquatic Center: Summer Swim Team Runs May 21st-August 3rd with one hour swim practice 3 days a week-Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $200-$300. Teams and practice times are grouped by age-Bronze (under 8) , Silver (Novice 9 and over) and Gold (Advanced 9 and over). If you have any questions, please email or call Coach Jane 939-8833 or e-mail sonomaaquaticclub@gmail.com. All practices are held at Sonoma Aquatic Center, 17350 Vailetti Dr.

They also have Family Memberships available for the summer-$200 for 30 days, $400 for 60 days, 90 days for $570.00. Memberships are available June 1 through September 30th.

Sonoma Kids Camps offers three camps this summer. To Register call 707-290-1787 or e-mail @ info@sonomakidcamps.com. They offer $10 off for siblings. 

  • Toyology/Candy Inventor Camp: Kids will learn how to become official toy testers by testing toys and confectionery candy from local inventors and toy companies. Learn what it takes to become a toy inventor and design toys/candy. June 11-15, 9 a.m. - noon, $150 Ages: 6-10
  • Survivor Camp: Do your kids love the game of Survivor? This camp is based on the survivor tv show: Kids will be broken up into two teams.  Nobody will be voted out but the entire week will be a battle to see which team will be named the ultimate survivor.  Kids will learn how to work together in teams, communicate, and compete in some friendly competition. June 18-22, 9 am- noon, $150  Ages: 6-10
  • Crafty Camper: Finally a craft camp where we can get messy and do the crafts that are too messy to do at home. Come spend the week doing tie dye, paper mache, building your own fort and getting your hands dirty! June 25-29 , 9 am- noon, $150, Ages: 4-10

Leland Ranch Fly Fishing Camp: This summer, your 10-to-15-year-old boy or girl can spend four fun-filled days at the beautiful Leland Ranch and discover the art of fly fishing! Learn to cast a fly and fish like a pro under the direction of Leland instructors as rainbow trout cruise the clear water of spring-fed ponds. Campers will become efficient casters, proficient knot tiers and self-reliant anglers with the knowledge of where trout live, what they eat, proper fly selection/presentation and the ability to put it all together when the fish takes! Spend Monday through Thursday 9:00-3:00pm. $495.00.

Nature Camp at The Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve organized by the ever popular Rhoten Productions. Imagine two marvelous weeks at the beautiful Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve located across from the famous Westerbeke Ranch. Exciting and fun activities include hiking, creek walks, nature studies, swimming, arts and crafts, a ropes course, rock climbing, night hike, storytelling, and a family gathering followed by a camper sleep over on the last Thursday of camp. 2 sessions are offered each summer.

This camp fills up fast so enroll early, space is limited. Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30pm, ages 5-12. June 11-22 and June 25th-July 6th.


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