Summer Day Camp
Here's what 2016 camp parents had to say...
“The last four years at Fairyland have been instrumental in positive social development for my daughter.”
“He loves the teachers and the chance to be HIMSELF. He feels seen, loved and special.”
“She talked about the play all week. This was her best performance yet. She was confident, loud and happy.”
“Learning here is so fun he didn’t even realize how much he was learning – It engages him holistically through play.”
“Honestly they seemed to think it was all magical.”
Make plays, make friends, make magic!
Children’s Fairyland Summer Camp is committed to promoting campers’ imagination and social emotional skills. Each week has a theme that campers will dive into through behind-the-scenes activities in the gardens, puppet theatre, and with our farm animals. Our nurturing environment encourages campers to develop friendship through team-building projects, dramatic play, and park exploration. Camp runs from June 8 to August 7, 2020 from 9:00 to 3:30 p.m. with aftercare available by registration from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
We offer the following programs:
- Weekly Thematic Camp / for entering K to 5th grade
- Two-week Theatre Camp (June 8-19 or June 22-July 3) / for entering 3rd grade to 5th grade
- Two-week Counselor-In-Training (CIT) for entering 6th grade to 8th grade
We are committed to equity and diversity, and are dedicated to making sure camp is affordable for all families. To start your application, please click here. The processing time is 2-5 business days. If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Chen or call 510-452-2259.
2020 Camp Descriptions
Session 1: June 8-12
Superheroes to the Rescue: Calling local caped crusaders to perfect your powers, battle evil villains, and save the world!
Session 2: June 15-19
Mystery Week: Something suspicious is afoot… Be a spy, detective, or secret agent and solve who-dunnits around the park!
Session 3: June 22-26
Enchanted Forest: This “classic Fairyland” week welcomes fairies, wizards, royalty, and mythical creatures of all sorts. It’s magic in the making!
Session 4: June 29-July 3
Time Travel: Build a time machine and travel to prehistoric times, the wild west, or a future filled with robots and flying cars!
Session 5: July 6-10
Join the Circus: This is your chance to learn juggling, clown around, and be a wild beast! It’s all happening under the big top!
Session 6: July 13-17
Old School Magic: Immerse in the fantastical world of magic, potion making, secret enchanted passages, and spell casting while we discover more hidden magic tucked away in Fairyland.
Session 7: July 20-24
Weird Science: Create slimy, gooey, fizzy, exploding concoctions. Let your mind explore all the possibilities as you construct an invention to make the world a better place.
Session 8: July 27-31
Space Race: Travel to the moon, to the sun (ouch!), and to the outer reaches of the universe! Be prepared for alien encounters…
Session 9: August 3-7
A Pirate's Life for Me: Cast away with your crew and parrot to uncover buried treasure. Arr! Swab the decks or walk the plank!
In this two-week camp, children will create their own theater production from start to finish. Guided by experienced theater educators, children will design, create, and write a play, pulling from their own ideas and the magical world of Children’s Fairyland! At the end of this two-week session, children will present their production for family and friends on our beautiful Aesop’s Playhouse stage. Through teamwork and a lot of creative juice, they will learn about the collaborative nature of theater while honing communication, problem-solving, and time-management skills through the creation of a live theatrical event.
Theatre Camp will take place between June 8 through 19 or June 22 through July 3, culminating in a play for family and friends on the last day at 3:30 p.m.
Children's Fairyland is offering a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program for rising 6th through 8th graders in conjunction with our summer camp. CITs become role models for our younger campers by assisting in activities, games, arts and crafts, and team-building projects inspired by our weekly themes. They will have a chance to develop their leadership experience in a fun and supportive environment. CITs will have the opportunity to receive first-aid and CPR training and acquire valuable life skills.
This program is suitable for CITs who have a passion for helping younger children and aspire to become future camp counselors. They should be able to follow instructions and be prepared to take on a leadership role and new challenges.
Fairyland CITs must complete two weeks of training during summer camp. The weeks do not have to be consecutive, and each CIT is limited to two weeks total.
What is the age range for Fairyland summer camp?
For our weekly thematic camps, children must be rising kindergarten through 5th graders (at least 5 years old by September 1, 2020). Theatre Camp is for rising 3rd through 5th graders. The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is for rising 6th through 8th graders.
How much does camp cost?
Weekly thematic camp is $360 per week for Fairyland family members and $380 per week for non-members.
Theatre Camp (June 10-21) is $750 for members and $770 for non-members
The Counselor-In-Training program is $320 for two weeks.
Aftercare is $60 per week (Monday-Thursday). There is no cost for CITs who need aftercare.
The camp fee includes one morning snack per day, a camp T-shirt, and a Magic Key. The aftercare fee includes one snack per day and choices of activities.
We offer a limited number of scholarships based on need. If you think your family qualifies for financial aid, please email the Outreach and Education Director or call 510-452-2259.
What are your camp hours? Is there before- and aftercare?
Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Arrival is 8:30 to 9 a.m. and pick up is 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. Aftercare is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (Registration is required for aftercare.) On Fridays, all campers will perform plays for family and friends at 4:30, and camp will end at 5 p.m. Unfortunately, we do not offer before care.
Campers signed in to aftercare can be picked up anytime between 3:45 and 5:30 p.m.
A late fee of $1 per minute will be applied if a child not registered in aftercare is not picked up by 3:45 p.m. The late fee applies to each minute and after 5:30 p.m. for children in aftercare.
What is a day like?
Sample Weekly Thematic Camp
8:30-9:00 Arrival; games
9-10:45 Morning welcome, thematic play creation, animal/plant/puppet workshop
11-12 Team building activity, park exploration
12-1 Lunch, chill out time
1-3:30 Rides, scavenger hunt, group games, park exploration
3:30-3:45 Pick-up or aftercare
4:00 Perform play (Friday only)
Sample Theatre Camp Schedule
8:30-9 Arrival; games
9-9:20 Join the entire camp for daily introduction
9:20-10:15 Theatre workshop, behind-the-scenes activity
11-12 Theater game, scriptwriting, character design
12-1 Lunch, chill out time
1-2 Park exploration, team-building activity
2-3:30 Prop building
3:30-3:45 Pick up or aftercare
3:30-5:30 Aftercare (free play, arts and crafts, games)
What kinds of activities are available for campers registered in aftercare?
All activities will begin after snack time. Campers will have a variety of activities to choose from each day, including organized outdoor games, art projects, story-reading, and the opportunity to work on their costumes or props for the Friday play.
Who are your directors and teachers?
Our directors are Felicia Walker, Fairyland’s year-round education specialist; and Vicky Chen, our community outreach and education director. Our camp teachers are chosen for their significant experience with children, enthusiasm for play and pretend, and vibrant, compassionate personalities. All camp staff are background checked and trained in first aid and CPR.
The Big Picture
What is the camp’s philosophy?
Camp is where kids can have the time of their lives while growing socially, emotionally, intellectually, and creatively.
What makes our summer camp special?
- Dual emphasis on imagination and social-emotional development
- Highly experienced, fun, and compassionate staff members
- Children use creativity and teamwork to make up and perform amazing original plays
- Opportunities to go behind the scenes with Fairyland’s puppet theater, gardens, and gentle animals
- Lots of park exploration time for the campers to do everything they love at Fairyland
What do you do all day at camp?
Our activities fall into three categories:
- Park Exploration – Hit the rides, slides, Jack and Jill Hill, use a Magic Key, climb the rigging on the pirate ship, and dig in the sand at Play Island.
- Activities – These workshops involve the horticulture, gentle animal, and puppetry specialists, as well as arts and crafts and unforgettable thematic experiences.
- Dramatic Play – Dramatic play promotes the development of social skills. We encourage children to make up plays by pretending, group brainstorming, and practicing for the Friday show.
How about the Friday plays?
Our entertaining plays are created by the children. We start with the theme and use our imaginations and teamwork to come up with one-of-a-kind performances. Plays take place every Friday at 4:00 p.m., and family and friends are encouraged to come!
The Theatre Camp play will be presented on Friday, June 19 and Friday, July 3 at 3 p.m.
How about children with special needs?
While our camp does not have the support to accommodate children with special needs, we have found that they tend to be very successful at camp when we are well informed about their needs before the session begins. We invite you to contact us so we can help you decide if camp is the right fit for your child.
How do you incorporate social and emotional learning into camp?
All camp staff are trained in conflict resolution and are committed to helping children resolve their differences with words. We consciously work to create a caring community of adults and children who treat each other with respect and are ready to make new friends. Taking turns, cooperation, sharing, and being a good sport are continuously reinforced, and we take time at the end of each week for the children to share their appreciation for each other.
How do I register my child?
Registration for our 2020 season will begin Friday, January 10, 2020 at noon.
What is your payment and cancellation policy?
At the time of registration, a minimum $30 per week deposit is due. You may also pay the full camp fee. The deposit will be applied toward the full camp fee; any remaining balance is due by April 15, 2020. If we don’t receive your payment by April 15, we will offer your space to the next camper on the waitlist.
All cancellations must be submitted by email to Vicky Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After April 15, 2020, the $30 per week deposit is nonrefundable and will be applied toward any cancelled registrations.
After May 1, 2020, there will be no refunds if we cannot find another camper on the waitlist to fill your space. If we are able to fill your space, a $30 processing fee per week will be charged and you will receive the refund within two to three weeks from the date your space was filled.
You may change your camp weeks up to 14 days before the start of your camp session, but only if we have space.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, E-checks, cash, personal check, and cashier’s checks.
Can I request that my child be in a group with a friend or sibling?
Fairyland camp will only accept requests to group friends and siblings based on special circumstances. Camp serves 42 campers per week, led by 8 wonderful teachers. Campers meet in groups of 14, selected by age. Campers who are close in age will likely be grouped together. If for some reason this does not occur, no need to worry: Your camper will never be isolated from their familiar peer group. Many of our activities involve all the groups together. Fairyland camp provides a safe and supportive environment for all children to build confidence and make friends.
Thank you for your interest in Children’s Fairyland Summer Day Camp! Please do not hesitate to email the Outreach and Education Director, Vicky, or call 510 452-2259, with questions or concerns.