Best Special Interest Camps in the Bay Area

These Special Interest Camps were voted the Bay Area’s 2017 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here. 

East Bay

Gold: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Children entering kindergarten through eighth grades can learn about live theater at one to two week summer camps. Multiple locations. 510-296-4433.

Silver: Aurora School Theater Camp. 40 Dulwich Road, Oakland. 510-428-2606, ext. 208.

Bronze: The Marvegos Fine Art School. 40085 Mission Blvd., Fremont; 405 Market Place, San Ramon. 877-353-0679.


Gold: San Carlos Children’s Theater. Camps include a musical theater camp for ages 5 to 13, a two-week production camp for first- to fourth-graders and a stagecraft camp for tweens and teens. Multiple locations in San Carlos. 650-594-2730.

Silver: Camp Core Tae Kwon Do. 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo. 650-918-7853.

Bronze: Camp Keff. 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 650-378-2704.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Silver Creek Academic Academy. Students expand their skills in writing, reading comprehension, math, test-taking and public speaking while participating in fun activities such as poetry contests, spelling bees, talent shows, raffles and more. 5619 Silver Creek Valley Road, San Jose. 408-839-5905.

Silver: The Marvegos Fine Art School. Multiple locations. 857-353-0679.

Bronze: Camp Fashionista. 1702 Meridian Ave., San Jose. 408-757-3434.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: Camp Edmo. Offers enrichment programs for children focusing on science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math. Multiple locations. 877-993-6673.

Silver: Bay Area Children’s Theatre.  2162 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. 510-296-4433.

Bronze: Bay Area Discovery Museum. 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415-339-3900.   

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