The Best Summer Camps in San francisco, Marin, East Bay, Silicon Valley & The Peninsula
At Galileo, we believe summertime offers an incredible window for learning experiences that just aren’t available during the school year. There’s more flexibility, no need to focus on standardized tests or memorization, and abundant opportunity to engage in immersive and fun projects. Galileo strives to make summer live up to its full potential.
Kids are naturally curious; they’re constantly inquiring about the world around them, from the color of the sky, to how the Bay Bridge was built to whether the sourdough bread at Tartine is actually alive. As a parent, you want to provide them with lots of opportunities to build on and enhance their growth and learning—but you can only visit the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium so many times. That’s where Galileo can help, as our summer camps are designed for curious kids who love to explore, learn and create.
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Galileo is on a mission to nurture young minds, developing innovators who envision and take action to create a better world. Our campers range in age from pre-K through 8th grade, so there's truly something for everyone. We enable and inspire our campers, instilling in them a passion for lifelong learning.
We offer three unique innovation summer camp experiences for kids, spread across over 40 locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Marin, Silicon Valley, East Bay, South Bay, the Peninsula, and San Francisco proper. Our camp programs are developed by a team of experienced educators, bringing all the fun and excitement that you recall from your own days at summer camp, with an educational twist.
What is Camp Galileo?
Camp Galileo is regarded as one of the best summer day camps in SF, with each aspect of its curriculum designed by experienced teaching professionals. This program caters to children who will be pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.
Campers are divided into age groups to take part in a variety of age-appropriate projects, including art, science and outdoor activities where they learn, grow and collaborate with their peers.
Each session at Camp Galileo has a theme, blending art, science, the outdoors and social activities into a thrilling weeklong camp experience. The 2018 camp themes are:
- The Incredible Human Body: The Art and Science of Being Human
- Space Explorers: Cosmic Art and Astronaut Science
- Road Trip Adventure: Art and Engineering on Route 66
- Galileo Makers: Materials Challenge: Extraordinary Art and Inventions with Ordinary Supplies
Each session embraces its theme and weaves it throughout its unique curriculum, which means that campers can attend multiple sessions at Camp Galileo, enjoying a new and exciting experience with each theme. Even a camper who attends multiple weeks of the same theme can expect equal fun and increased understanding, as their camp counselors work to create a memorable and individualized experience for each camper.
Our Bay Area summer camps are available in San Francisco, Marin, East Bay, Silicon Valley & the Peninsula. All 2018 locations will be available before registration opens on January 8.
What is Galileo Summer Quest?
Galileo Summer Quest is designed for kids entering the 5th through 8th grades. Your child can choose from a dozen different “majors.” Campers are immersed in a weeklong adventure in their chosen subject area, whether it’s 3D printing, cooking, catapult construction, video production, robotics or any of our other exciting subjects.
Campers entering 5th grade may opt to sign up for either Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest (or both!), depending on their personal preferences.
Galileo Summer Quest day camps are located throughout the Bay Area in San Francisco, Marin, East Bay, Silicon Valley & the Peninsula. All 2018 locations will be available before registration opens on January 8.
What is the Summer Camps @ the Tech Program?
Galileo’s Summer Camps @ The Tech is designed for children who are entering 4th grade through 8th grade, with half-day and full-day camp programs.
Galileo has partnered with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA since 2003, to bring you a program that offers multiple classes ranging across the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and design. It’s a must for any kid who has a hunger for knowledge—and with half-day classes, campers can choose to pursue two different classes during their week @ The Tech. During that week, they’ll also enjoy full access to the museum and its world-class exhibits.
Why Are Galileo Camps Different?
It's our dynamic and supportive staff, our expertly-crafted curriculum and our focus on intellectual growth in a fun, nurturing environment that has made Galileo one of the best summer camps in SF, Marin, East Bay, Silicon Valley and beyond. We also offer camp experiences in the Chicago area and in Southern California.
Summer camps can help instill a sense of independence in your child, while simultaneously helping campers develop confidence and skills that prepare them for their future. If you're ready to make this coming summer a memorable, fun and educational one for your child, register for one (or several) of Galileo's camp sessions. We accept new campers up until 3 pm local time on the Friday before the session begins. Many sessions fill up months in advance, however, so it's wise to register early so your child doesn't miss out on a truly incredible summer camp experience.
Pre-K to entering 5th grades
East Bay Camps
- Alameda: Saint Philip Neri Catholic School
- Alamo: Rancho Romero Elementary School
- Berkeley: Cragmont Elementary School
- Fremont Ardenwood: Ardenwood Elementary School
- Fremont Mission: Hirsch Elementary School
- Lafayette/Orinda: Orinda Intermediate School
- Oakland: Chabot Elementary School
- San Ramon: Country Club Elementary
- Walnut Creek: Walnut Acres Elementary School
San Francisco & Marin Camps
Galileo Summer Quest
Entering 5th to 8th grades
East Bay Camps
San Francisco & Marin Camps
Here are a few simple guidelines to help you plan
A single week at Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest is a great experience. With multiple weeks, the impact grows significantly. We encourage parents to sign their kids up for three or more.
You’ll see that camp dates are slightly different at each location.
The more weeks you sign up for, the lower the price. You’ll also see discounts when you add extended care.
Camp Galileo themes are designed to be so rich that campers can enjoy them multiple times during the course of a single summer.
Every Galileo camp has its own unique identity that reflects the personality of the camp staff and the setting. If you’re torn between two locations, give us a call at 1.800.854.3684 and we may be able to help you decide.
5th graders have a choice. They can be leaders at Camp Galileo. Or they can focus in on deeper projects and be around 6th-8th graders at Galileo Summer Quest. Or they can do a mix of the two camps.
As you’ll see, not every location is home to both Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest. We’re working on that.