Summer Day Camp

  • “Masked” up to learn a new dance move.

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  • Campers show off their arts-and-crafts projects.

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  • Social-distanced circle time.

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  • Lining up “airplane arm length” as campers get ready to go on an obstacle course.

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Make plays, make friends, make magic!

Children’s Fairyland Summer Camp is committed to promoting children’s imagination and social emotional skills. We will be offering exciting thematic sessions in a three-week period. Campers will dive into each theme through behind-the-scenes activities in the gardens, arts and crafts, 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 7 to August 6, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with aftercare available by registration from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

We offer the following programs:

  • Theme Camps
    June 7 to 25;
    June 28 to July 16;
    and July 19 to August 6
    For children entering K to 5th grade

  • Theatre Camps
    June 7 to 25;
    and June 28 to July 16
    For children entering 3rd to 5th grade

  • Counselor-in-Training
    June 7 to 25;
    June 28 to July 16;
    and July 19 to August 6
    For children entering 6
    th to 8th grade

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If you have any questions, please email Vicky Chen.

2021 Camp Descriptions

Tri-Weekly Themes

Session 1 Magic

June 7 – 11: Witches and Warlocks: Campers, get ready for a week of magic with spells, sigils, potions and magic gardens! Grab your wands and your cauldrons, let’s make some magic! 

June 14 – 18: Fairies and the Enchanted Forest: Come along campers — the fae world awaits! Fairies are in their natural habitat here at Fairyland. Come and explore their world and become part of the fairy court.

June 21 – 25: Magic and Illusions: Where science meets magic. Optical illusions, tricks of the eye and a magic show to boot! Now you see it, now you don’t! 

 

Session 2 Science

June 28 – July 2: Space: The Final Frontier! Blast off with some space-themed activities: build rockets, learn how craters are made, and design a space base to save humanity! 

July 5 – 9: Time Travel: Blast from the past, then back to the future! This week takes our campers back in time to do things the old school way, then shoots them forward into an unknown future. 

July 12 – 16: Master of The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, learn how each element is a force of nature, and become the master of all four elements! 

 

Session 3 Fairyland Classics

July 19 – 23: Superheroes: With great power comes great responsibility! Campers transform into the superheroes the Bay needs, uncovering their powers, unlocking their bravery and fighting injustice!

July 26 – 30: A Pirate’s Life for Me: Climb aboard, me hearties! We’re off to find treasure, swashbuckle, and navigate the seas. Hoist the Jolly Roger! 

August 2 – 6: Run Away with the Circus! Join the Circus: This is your chance to juggle, clown around, and pretend to be a wild beast!  It’s all happening under the big top!

 

Theatre Camp 

In this fun-filled three-week camp, children will create their own theater production from start to finish, inspired by their own creativity and the magical world of Children’s Fairyland. Guided by experienced theater educators, participants will explore performance skills and stagecraft. At the end of this three-week session, children will present their play for family and friends (either virtually or in-person). 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 6 through June 25 (Session 1) and June 28 through July 26 (Session 2), culminating in a performance for family and friends.

 

CIT 

Children's Fairyland is offering a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program for rising sixth through eighth 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.

Camp Modifications

Keeping campers safe and healthy is our top priority. As we work diligently to update our facility and operations plan, the following are preventive measures we are taking, starting with what you can do at home.

Pre-Camp at Home:

  • At least 10-days before your child's session, please begin self-screen for temperatures over 100.4°F and any presence of symptoms.
  • Help your campers establish good hygiene and the habit of wearing a face covering in public.
  • Consult your health provider if you have any concerns.

Pre-Camp at Fairyland:

  • We will expand our camp staff training on health and safety procedures.
  • Establish PPE (personal protection equipment) protocols and health screening for all staff.
  • Establish space usage for each group and sanitation schedule.
  • Stay current with any new guidance issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department and CDC.
  • Continue to update you on camp guidelines.

During Camp:

  • Make sure your campers arrive healthy, hydrated and well rested.
  • Staff and campers will be screened for fever and flu-like symptoms before entering the facility each day.
  • Campers and Counselor-In-Trainings will be in groups of 14. Groups will not mix and will stay together for the entire week.
  • Campers and staff must arrive with face covering.
  • Campers may take off their face coverings when they are able to social distance and during field activities and snack/meal time. When social distancing is not possible (rides, attractions and workshop activities), campers will be asked to keep their face coverings on.
  • Staff will make sure that campers are practicing good hand hygiene habits and respiratory etiquette.
  • Spaces and supplies will be sanitized between each use.
  • Staggered lunch and break time will be implemented to promote physical distancing and sanitizing between use.

 Aftercare:

Aftercare will be available by registration Monday-Friday from 3:30 to 5:30. Our aftercare program usually consists of a small group of approximately 20 children each afternoon. 

  • 6 feet social distancing will be enforced.
  • Teachers will setup activities using large spaces such as the Teddy Bear Picnic Area, Jack and Jill Hill, and the Humpty Dumpty Area.

Fairyland will be limiting the number of guests allowed into the park, by two-thirds, as well as a modified operating schedule. All guests over the age of three will be asked to a wear face covering during their visit. We also have additional signage and directionals in appropriate places to promote best practices. In addition, all Fairyland staff will adhere to updated health and safety processes and procedures.

Camp FAQs

The Basics

What is the age range for Fairyland summer camp?

For our tri-weekly thematic camps, children must be rising kindergarten through 5th graders (at least 5 years old by September 1, 2021). 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?

Tri-Weekly thematic camp is $1,120 ($370 per week) for Fairyland family members and $1,170 ($390 per week) for non-members.

Theatre Camp is $1,150 for members and $1,200 for non-members

The Counselor-In-Training program is $525 for three weeks.

Aftercare is $75 per week (Monday-Friday). 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 two snack items per day and choices of activities.

 

Can I sign up for a single week? What about two consecutive weeks?

Unfortunately, we are not accepting single week or two-week registrations this summer because of the Alameda County Public Health guidelines.

 

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 Friday. (Registration is required for aftercare.) 

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

10:45-11 Snack

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

 

Sample Theatre Camp Schedule

8:30-9 Arrival; games

9-9:20 Morning welcome

9:20-10:15 Theatre workshop, behind-the-scenes activity

10:30-10:45 Snack

11-12 Theater game, scriptwriting, character design

11:30-12:30 Lunch, chill out time

12:30-2 Park exploration, team-building activity

2-3:30 Prop building and costume making

3:30-3:45 Pick up or aftercare

3:30-5:30 Aftercare (free play, arts and crafts, games)

3:30 Last Friday Performance 

 

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. We will enforce social distancing during Aftercare.

 

Who are your camp counselors?

Our camp counselors 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 while engaged in hands-on activities to explore each theme. They use teamwork to create and perform amazing plays at the end of each week. Video clips will be shared with parents and guardians.
  • 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. Note: due to COVID-19, the shows will be filmed and shared with parents and guardians at the end of the week.

 

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 will be recorded and shared with families online by the end of each week.

The Theatre Camp play will be presented on Friday, June 25 for Session I and July 16 for Session 2. We will offer in-person viewing if the Alameda County Public Health allows socially distanced gathering. Otherwise, a video will be shared with parents and guardians. 

 

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.

 

Registration

How do I register my child?

You can register your child by using this for Campers K-5th grade or CIT 6th-8th grade.

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, E-checks, cash, personal check, and cashier’s checks.

 

What is your cancellation policy?  

All cancellations must be submitted by email to Vicky Chen at vicky.chen@fairyland.org.

A $30 processing fee will be assessed for all cancellation requests before April 15. 

After April 15, 25% of the full registration fee per camper will be assessed. 

For cancellations on sessions 30-days prior to the first day of camp, 50% of the full registration per camper will be assessed.​

Camp fee is nonrefundable if the request is made less than 30-days prior to the first day of camp. 

You may change your camp session up to 30-days before the start of your confirmed session, but only if we have space.


Thank you for your interest in Children’s Fairyland Summer Day Camp! Please do not hesitate to email the Director of Community Engagement and Education, Vicky, or call 510 452-2259, with questions or concerns.