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 is proud to once again offer its unique summer day camp! We serve children age 5 (must be entering kindergarten) through 10 and run an engaging, full-day program from 9-5. So what makes our 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 animals
- Weekly themes inspire exciting activities, games, crafts, and building projects
- Lots of park exploration time for the campers to do everything they love at Fairyland
2017 Camp Sessions are sold out
To make sure each camper gets plenty of personal attention, space is limited to 36 children per week, divided into three groups of 12.
If you're interested in a week of camp that is currently sold out, you can put your child on a waiting list by emailing our Education Director. Please give your child’s name, your email address, your phone number and the session you'd like.
2017 Camp Themes
Session 1: June 12-16
Time Travel: Build a time machine and travel to prehistoric times, the wild west, or a future filled with robots and flying cars!
Session 2: June 19-23
Superheroes to the Rescue: Calling local caped crusaders to perfect your powers, battle evil villains, and save the world!
Session 3: June 26-30
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 4: July 10-14
Great Adventure: Swing through the jungle, swim to the bottom of the ocean in search of ancient amulets, and run from exploding volcanoes -- Danger ahead!
Session 5: July 17-21
Enchanted Forest: This “classic Fairyland” week welcomes fairies, wizards, royalty, and mythical creatures of all sorts. It’s magic in the making!
Session 6: July 24-28
Mystery Week: Something suspicious is afoot… Be a spy, detective, or secret agent and solve who-dunnits around the park!
Session 7: July 31 - August 4
Space Race: Travel to the moon, to the sun (ouch!), and to the outer reaches of the universe! Be prepared for alien encounters…
Session 8: August 7-11
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!
What is your age range?
Children must be age 5 (entering kindergarten) through age 10.
How much does camp cost?
Camp is $345 per week for non-members and $320 per week for members. This cost includes two vegetarian snacks per day, a camp T-shirt, and a Magic Key. We do offer limited financial aid based on need. If you think your family qualifies for financial aid, please email the Education Director or call 510-452-2259.
What are your camp hours?
The camp day lasts from 9-5 and we do NOT have a part-day program. We ask that our youngest campers have had experience being separated from their parents. We reserve the right to charge $1 per minute for late pick-up.
Is there before and after care?
Yes, before care is from 8-9 and after care is from 5-6 (There is no after care on Fridays). The cost is $40 for before care and $32 for after care for the entire week. We reserve the right to charge $1 per minute for late pick-up.
Who are your director and teachers?
Our director is Fairyland’s year-round education director, Shana Barchas, who is a former elementary school teacher and elementary school guidance counselor. Our teachers are chosen for their significant experience with children, enthusiasm for play and pretend, and vibrant, compassionate personalities. All camp staff has been background checked.
The Big Picture
What is the camp’s philosophy?
Camp should be a place where kids can have the time of their lives while growing socially, emotionally, intellectually, and creatively.
Why does every week have a theme?
We incorporate our themes into almost everything because they have so much play value. The superheroes make capes and wear them every day… The time travelers build extravagant time machines… And the pirates have to prove they’re honest sailors or walk the plank!
What do you do all day at camp?
Our whirlwind of activity can be divided 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, animal, and puppetry specialists, as well as arts and crafts and unforgettable thematic experiences.
- Pretend – We make up plays using our original Play Creation Vision, which incorporates pretending, group brainstorming, and practicing for the Friday show.
How about the plays?
Our hilarious 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 4:30, and family and friends are encouraged to come!
Who does well at Fairyland camp?
The only things your child needs to thrive at Fairyland Camp are a lively imagination and readiness for action-packed eight hour days!
How about children with special needs?
We have found that children with special needs, including learning differences, autism, or physical disabilities, tend to be very successful at camp when we have information beforehand. In addition, our education director is a former school counselor and can read SSTs, IEPs, and 504 plans, which we welcome you to share.
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 appreciations of each other.
How do I register my child?
Our 2017 summer camp season is sold out. If you're interested in a week of camp that is currently sold out, you can put your child on a waiting list by emailing our Education Director. Please give your child’s name, your email address, your phone number and the session you'd like.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash, and cashier’s checks.
How will I know if my child is registered?
We will email you a confirmation within 5 days. Please tell us if you want this sent by mail or fax instead of email.
Can I request that my child be in a group with a friend or sibling?
We group by age. If you want your child to be in the same group with someone else, you must indicate this when you register online. We create the groups in advance of the beginning of camp, so making a request on the first day is not workable.
Thank you for your interest in Children’s Fairyland Summer Day Camp! Please do not hesitate to email the Education Director, Shana, for any reason, or call 510-452-2259.