Summertime is supposed to be what childhood memories are made of, but it’s not always easy coming up with enough activities to keep your kids entertained for the duration of summer break. Fortunately, Sonoma County is a diverse playground that offers children and their parents a wide range of options when it comes to summer camps. Regardless of your child’s age or interests, there is sure to be a program available in one of the North Bay communities that will give them an unforgettable summer experience. The overwhelming amount of choices can be difficult to sift through, so here are some of the best Sonoma County summer camps to get you started.
Summer Musical Theater Camp
Location: 8500 Gravenstein Highway
Cotati, CA 94931
The Summer Musical Theater Camp welcomes all skill levels to participate in this year’s production of The Sound of Music, which incorporates singing, dancing, and acting. The camp runs Mondays through Wednesdays, June 5 – July 31, 2017. The chorus class is designed for ages 5-10; kid cast 9-12; and teen cast 13-18. Rehearsal times will vary for each age group and will be held at Music to My Ears leading up to the performance dates at the end of July.
PHAS3 Summer Camp
Location: 575 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
PHAS3 is a well known and highly respected martial arts school in Northern California, focusing on Muay Thai kickboxing and Judo. Children who attend the summer camp hosted by PHAS3 will learn the value of hard work and core values that martial arts is based on while still having an outlet for creativity, social interaction, and fun. Camp runs throughout June and July and will keep kids active as they participate in one or two hours of kickboxing a day, with the rest of the time spent on an assortment of activities, such as swimming, hiking, sports, drama, crafts, games, and science experiments. The schedule will change from day to day, and field trips will also be offered.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp
Location: 130 Plaza St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
From June 12-July 28, the Healdsburg Center for the Arts will hold a summer camp for ages 4-17. Each week there will be different projects and workshops to choose from, using a variety of art mediums. From mixed media, printmaking, and sewing to mosaics, arcade game designs, acrylics, and more, children will receive a hands-on experience that explores many creative techniques.
Sonoma Ecology Center Sugarloaf Camps
Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd.
Kenwood, CA 95452
The Sonoma Ecology Center provides a summer camp that allows children of all ages to connect with the great outdoors while learning about science in a unique and engaging way. There are six different camp sessions, which are either held in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Sonoma Garden Park. Some of this year’s themes include Sugarloaf Introductory Backpacking Adventure, Creek Camp, and Harry Potter-Sorcerer’s Stone Camp.
Petaluma Wildlife Museum
Location: 201 Fair St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Catering to children 6-12 years of age, the Petaluma Wildlife Museum’s summer camp is focused on making it exciting to learn about animals and insects. The program will feature fun and educational games and activities centered around animal behavior and biology, ecology, conservation, and natural science. Campers will also get the chance to interact with and handle the museum’s animals.
Fundemonium Summer Camps
Location: 579 Rohnert Park Expy W
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Fundemonium offers various weekly summer day camps from June through August to keep kids in the creative spirit. Choose from Bot Bash (where children will build combat robots and then compete in a Bot Bash tournament), RC Car (where children will spend their time building a remote control buggy that they get to take home at the end of camp), or Fun Science (where children will conduct science experiments that explore rockets, solar power, chemistry, Lego building, and Brush Bots).
Applecreek Horseback Riding Camp
Location: 1807 South Gravenstein Highway
Sebastopol, CA 95472
The summer camp at Applecreek Horseback Riding is perfect for any child with an interest in or love for horses. They will learn all about these majestic creatures and the different styles of riding. Basic horsemanship camps run from June throughout August, with two hours a day spent riding. The week will be filled with horseback games, washing the horses, learning how to lunge, and braiding. At the end of every week, friends and family are invited to watch the children in a horse show.
Registration is already open for the best Sonoma County summer camps, so be sure to check out your favorites and don’t miss out on a golden opportunity to fill your child’s summer with fun and adventure.
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