The Best Summer Camps in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Lamorinda and Beyond

May 5, 2019

Summer is around the corner and many parents are still scrambling to schedule our kids' summer days (despite our best intentions to have it done by now!). Never fear however, because Diablo Kid has some favorites, with space still available, to recommend. You can't go wrong with one of these awesome programs, with something for every age (3 and up) and interest:


BrickSpace Lego® STEAM Camps

For ages 4-12. Half-days offered in Concord, half-day and full day options in Benicia. These super fun, hands-on camps are offered at Bricks and Minifigs in Concord, as well as the BrickSpace facility in Benicia. Campers learn by doing - whether exploring their own ideas in free-build or working as a team in an instructor-led project, they experience the same processes of trial and error, success and failure, reflection and breakthroughs that artists and engineers in a variety of careers experience each day.


Camp Brainy Bunch
In Orinda, for kids entering 1st through 6th grade. Full day. Have fun, learn a lot, and make new friends at Camp Brainy Bunch this summer! Camp Brainy Bunch brings together the best part of school (learning!) with the best part of summer camp (fun!). Their instructional staff are experienced educators who engage and connect to make learning fun for campers! Through creative weekly themes and lots of hands-on projects, kids get to become doctors, writers, inventors, engineers and more as they explore their potential and imagine the amazing adults they will become. Save $60 off registration with code 2019CBBDK.


Camp Doodle

East Bay camps in Orinda and Berkeley, for ages 3-10. Full day (with half-day option for preschool ages). Think of Camp Doodles like an incubator for kids, where they grow their creative intelligence through Making & Art. The Spark Program (1st – 5th grade) encourages your camper to think about how things work, and come up with their ideas to build. The Primo Program (ages 3-5) is inspired by the Reggio philosophy where kids discover who they are through experiential learning. 


Camp Gan Israel

In Walnut Creek, for ages 2 and up; full-day with half-day option for preschoolers. Camp Gan Israel of Contra Costa is passionate about providing children with the ultimate safe summer camp experience. Known for quality programming, professional standards and an inclusive atmosphere, with exceptional staff devoted to instilling Jewish pride and excitement through creative, fun and engaging activities. Camp Gan Israel includes swimming, arts and crafts, a Kosher Cooking Club, coached sports, weekly Challah baking, STEM activities, gardening and field trips throughout the Bay Area (on air conditioned coach buses!).


Cooking Round the World Summer Camps
In Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Danville, for ages 5-11. Full or half-day, depending on location. Cooking Round the World summer camp immerses a child in a cooking and cultural exploration. Each Cooking Round the World camp day they cook and eat 4 to 8 recipes, read a folktale, play an international/national game, observe a cooking demonstration, and learn to think critically about the foods just cooked. In the afternoon watch a slide presentation, play a trivia game, and bake desserts. Fun and yum!


Galileo Innovation Camps
Locations in Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, Lafayette, and Orinda, for PreK and up. Full day. At Galileo, they mix the fun of traditional day camp with thoughtfully crafted, hands-on projects in fields from science and engineering to the visual and culinary arts. Supported by the boundless energy of the best staff around, campers grow with Galileo from pre-K through 8th grade, emerging as confident creators ready to express themselves fearlessly and turn their ideas into reality. Optional extended care and healthy lunch. Save $150/week by using code SAVE150 by 5/28/19.


Kids' Country Summer Camps
In Alamo, Danville and San Ramon, ages TK and up. Kids’ Country Summer Camps are where summer sun and fun collide. Proudly serving the San Ramon Valley area with 4 distinctly different camps to capture your campers attention - whether your camper is STEAM specialist in the making, has a knack for outdoor adventure, is looking for a cool laid back summer or is a youngster starting summer camp for the first time, Kids' County has something for everyone.


MADS Summer Camp at St. Andrew's Presbyterian

In Pleasant Hill, for kids entering 1st - 5th grades. Full-day. One week only - July 22nd to 26th. This multi-disciplinary camp features fun instruction and workshops in Music (explore instruments, make music!), Art (artmaking!), Drama (just imagine!), and service to the community (service projects!). Extremely reasonable rate for the week - check it out!


Orinda Parks & Rec Summer Camps

In Orinda, for ages 3 and up. Half- and full-day options. “Choose Your own Adventure Camps” offered June 10th - Aug 9th, with extended care available 7:30 am - 6:00 pm! There is Mad Science, Incrediflix, Playwell, Skyhawks sports, Gymnastics, Sewing, Camp Orinda, Cooking, Tennis, Musical Theater, Chess camp, just to name a few!​ Limited spaces left in several camps - don't wait to sign up!


Play-Well Summer Camps

In Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Danville, Concord, Martinez & Orinda and more in East Bay. Half-day, ages 5 and up. Kids are already naturally gifted creators, then they get added inspiration from Play-Well's specially trained instructors. They dive into the massive collections of LEGO® parts, and while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.


Poison Apple Productions Summer Camp
In Martinez, for ages 4-14. Half-day. Kids ages 4-6 can have a blast at “Fairytale Fun in the Sun” Preschool Theater Summer Camp, and older ones ages 7-14 can spend the summer at the theater taking on a favorite Disney classic: “Pinocchio!” With no strings attached, this summer is sure to be filled with fun! Limited spaces available - don't wait to register.



Spanish 4 Children

In Walnut Creek, for ages 3-10. Half-day. Children are eager to learn new languages, and at Spanish 4 Children they will learn Spanish in a hands-on interactive and stimulating environment, with singing, creative art, playing games, storytelling, exploration, and so much more. Make sure to follow Diablo Kid's Facebook page May 27-May 31 to enter to win one free week of Spanish 4 Children camp this summer!


Steve & Kate's Camp
Super flexible full-time camp in Walnut Creek, age 4 and up. Every aspect of the program is designed to put kids in charge of their own learning experience. At Steve & Kate’s, kids try, fail, and learn on their own – they learn to trust their own judgment. Whatever your child’s passion, they can push their limits at camp. Stop-motion animation, fashion, coding, breadmaking, sports, music, dance, and so much more.




HUGE thanks to the camps listed above for sponsoring this post, supporting Diablo Kid and providing an amazing resource for kids in our community!


For a complete directory of summer camps located in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Alamo and Danville please visit the Diablo Kid Summer Camps web page.





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