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Summer Camps

We are fortunate in Davis to have a wide variety of recreational activities for kids.  Most parents are aware of the wide assortment of summer activities offered by the Parks and Recreation Dept. There are activities in arts, basketball, cooking, dance, engineering…. practically something for every letter of the alphabet.  There are plenty of other places in our region that offer other specialized summer camps that are worth checking out as well. Here are a few, but if you know of more be sure to include them in the comments:


For kids entering preschool and K (no younger than 4 yrs.): Where the Wild Things… Say Cheese Please (world of film and photography), Splish Splash (oceans).
For kids entering grades 1-2: Science Then and Now, Good Senses
For kids entering grades 3-5: Making Sense of your Senses, Hello H2O (about oceans) and Science Time Travellers

Sacramento Zoo:

Little Ducklings (ages 3-5): two hour classes, parents required to attend
Zoo Camp (grades K-6): option of half-day or full-day camps, full week or partial week
Zoo Quest (grades 7-9): classes which tag along the zoo keeper or zoo vet for a week, includes an overnight at the zoo on the last day of camp.

Mad Science:

Mad Science summer camps are run in many locations throughout the Sacramento area. (Click on their name for a list of the addresses.) Each location has different age parameters and a different focus. The main Mad Science campus, on Tribute way, is filling up the fastest, but so far all areas are still accepting summer camp applications.

Fairy Tale Town Fun Camps:

Ages 4-6 (9am – 12pm): Farmer Brown’s Junior Farmers, Once Upon a Puppet, Art with Andy
Ages 6-12 (1pm – 4pm): Drama Rama, Mr. Sean’s School of Rock, Comic Art Basics, Sing-a-Long, Art with Andy


This one is all about learning building techniques using Legos. In the Sacto. area  there are two campuses, one in Elk Grove and one in Folsom. These camps can be found throughout the US. Check website for more locations.

Ages 5-6: Pre-engineering
Ages 7-9: Engineering FUNdamentals, Robo Camp,
Ages 9-12: Robot Challenge

Champions Summer Science Camps

Camps are geared at ages 5-12 yrs. They run half-day (9am – 12pm) or full day (9-3:30). Locations are throughout the US. Locally they include Davis, Sacramento, El Dorado, Folsom, Roseville, and Elk Grove. Below are the program titles.
Whiz Bang Boom, Camp Concierge, Mystery of the Pharoh’s Treasure, Space and Rocketry 2010, Gizmo’s Robot Factory, Go Wild!

Spanish Immersion Summer Camp

All ages are welcome, the groups are divided by their level of Spanish. Camps are from 9-12am or 1-4pm. During three weeks in July an all day camp is also offered. Locations are in Folsom and Sacramento. There are also adult evening classes.

reCREATE Camps

These classes are from 9:30 – 12:30 and are in Roseville.

Ages 6-12: Cars, Planes, Trains, Rockets and More, Under the Sea, Art from Storybooks, Paper and Bookmaking, Labyrinths, Catapults and More
Ages 8-14: Jewelry Arts Camp

Maidu Museum and Historic Site

These classes are from 9:15 – 12:15 and are located in Roseville.

Ages 5-6: Birds, Bees, Flowers, & Trees, Indian Ways, Animal Fun, Ingenious Insects, Tiny Treks, Animals and Art
Ages 7-9: Wet and Wild, Wild Things, First Hunters, Methods of the Maidus, Stones, Bones, Plants, and Shells
Ages 9 – 12: Hands on Archeology, Water Zone, First Hunters
Also offered from 1pm – 3:30pm, for ages 9-16: Archery Fun, Archery II, and Archery Competition

Child Development Centers’ Summer Camps

For children ages 5 – 12yrs. These programs are available throughout schools all over. The programs offer  biking, hiking, picnics, music, inventing, investigating, swimming, games, arts and crafts, photography, performances, recycling, sports, legos, bowling, parks, overnight camping, and more. You can put in your zip code to find the nearest location. Specific programs vary by location. You can also call: 916-286-7882 for more information.

Star Eco Station

For kids entering grades 1-7. Camps are Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm. This camp features rescued wildlife. (Tropical birds, snakes, lizards, bugs, fish and more!) Weekly themes include:

Junior Eco Staff, Mad Scientist Gone Green, Team ECO Environmental Adventures, Totally H2O, Biomes of the World, Winged Wonders, Reptiles Rock, Best of ECO.

Sacramento Theatre Company

For kids entering 1st – 4th grades:  July 12th – July 23rd and July 26th – August 6th (9am – 2pm)  ACT, DANCE, and SING
For kids entering 5th – 9th grades: July 12th – July 23rd (9am – 4pm) –  CREATE AN ENSEMBLE
For kids entering 7th – 12th grades: July 26th – August 6th (9 am – 4pm) – SHAKESPEARE ALIVE

Also, see the SwimAmerica camp story we ran this past weekend: http://www.davislifemagazine.com/2010/06/swimamerica-summer-camps/

You can check out more trip ideas at www.trippingwithkids.com

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