Got a kid in their Pre-K to 8th grade stage? Or know someone who has one and is looking for available summer camps here in the Bay Area? You might want to check out this fun-filled learning camp called Camp Galileo. They have programs that are tailored to different learning stages so your child/ren will definitely enjoy the whole experience.
My little one is still too young for a summer camp this year but I’ll be enrolling him in one as soon as he’s big enough to attend. I remember when I was young, my mother would always enroll us in different camps — swimming camps, outdoor adventure camps, theater and singing camps.
I loved attending those camps because they not only helped me learn skills, it also helped me overcome my shyness and encouraged me to interact with other kids.
Kids are naturally curious and creative. I know my son is! They’re into almost everything. But with time, some of that natural spirit of exploration can get sucked out of them. Gradually, a fear of mistakes and their consequences can start to grow.
Camp Galileo is a place where that fear goes on holiday.
In its place grows a spirit of exploration and innovation. Every year, campers change their way of relating to learning.
Camp Galileo Themes for 2013
Every year, Galileo introduces themes that combine art, science and outdoor activities crafted to keep kids giggling and engaged. This year features 4 fresh themes for three different age groups. The themes are created together with Galileo’s fabulous curriculum partners at Klutz, The de Young Museum, The Tech Museum of Innovation and The Chabot Space & Science Center.
Medieval Adventure: Art and Innovations of Camelot
Hear ye, hear ye! Adventure awaits – in a land of castles, catapults and quests. Come unlock the secrets of medieval artisans and craftsmen. Create golden chalices, printed surcoats and a throne room fit for kings and queens. Engineer projectile-propelling inventions worthy of the noblest knights.
African Safari: Arts and Animals of the Serengeti
Embark on an epic safari adventure. Set off across the Savannah on the lookout for elusive animals. Investigate biomechanics and get under the skin of the continent’s wildest creatures. Find out how to move as quietly as a hippo, or how giraffes support their long necks. Create artwork inspired by Maasai beadwork, traditional batiks and your spectacular surroundings.
Galileo Amusement Park: Art and Science of Circuses, Rides and Carnivals
Step right up to the main event – a colorful carnival of your own design. Create spinning acrobats, circus wagons and arcade games. Attempt astonishing feats of engineering as you build a mini-speedway or your own roller coaster. Construct the most exhilarating expo the world has ever seen.
*You can find more information on each theme and activities by age range on the Galileo site.
Camp Galileo Majors
Customize your summer by combining the weeklong majors that inspire your kids the most. Each week of summer camp is a deep dive during which campers explore and express their own personal vision as part of a community of innovators.
Returning campers can explore something new or dive back into a major they love. Armed with a week’s worth of experience, campers return to familiar majors ready learn more sophisticated concepts and try more ambitious projects. Whether the major is new or familiar, the opportunities for innovation are endless.
ARTS ACADEMY MAJOR
• Digital Photography
• Digital Filmmaking
• Comic Book Workshop
• Painter’s Studio
• Fashion Design
HIGH TECHNOLOGY MAJOR
• Intro to Video Game Design
• Video Game Design Advanced
• Website Design
• Lego Robotics
CULINARY ARTS MAJOR
• Chefology: Simply Savory
• Chefology: Decadent Desserts
BUILDERS AND MAKERS MAJOR
• Go-Kart Builders
• Go-Karts Extreme
• Inventor’s Workshop
Camp Galileo Locations in the SF Bay Area
There are 22 Camp Galileo locations in the San Francisco Bay Area to choose from! Check out this list:
• Hillsborough Crystal Springs: Crystal Springs Uplands School
• Hillsborough North: North School
• Los Altos: Santa Rita Elementary School
• Menlo Park: Oak Knoll School
• Palo Alto: Walter Hays Elementary School
• San Carlos: Arundel Elementary School
• Woodside: Woodside School
East Bay Camps
• Berkeley: Cragmont Elementary School
• Danville: Green Valley Elementary School
• Fremont Ardenwood: Ardenwood Elementary School
• Fremont Mission: Gomes Elementary School
• Lafayette: Stanley Middle School
• Oakland: Chabot Elementary School
• Walnut Creek: Walnut Acres Elementary School
South Bay Camps
• Cupertino: St. Joseph of Cupertino School
• San Jose Almaden: Los Alamitos Elementary School
• San Jose Evergreen: James F. Smith Elementary School
• Saratoga: Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School
• Sunnyvale: Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale: St. Martin Location
San Francisco & Marin Camps
• San Francisco North: Katherine Delmar Burke School
• San Francisco South: Brandeis Hillel Day School
• Tiburon: Bel Aire School
Camp Galileo Discount Code
Get $25 off your registration fee when you use code 2013INNOVATE. Limit one per camper, Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest. This code expires on May 31, 2013.
Camps are filling up fast so make sure you REGISTER FOR CAMP GALILEO HERE!
*This article is sponsored by Galileo. See my Disclosure Policy.