Summer Day Camp

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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!

Fairyland’s Summer Day Camp promotes a child’s growth by exploring the intersection of storytelling, imagination, nature, arts, and play. Through hands-on thematic activities, we spark their creativity and a desire to learn by bringing stories to life. Through our daily practices, we instill the importance of respect and care for one another, and for our community. Our nurturing environment and staff encourage campers to develop friendship through team-building projects, dramatic play, and park exploration. 

Camp runs from June 6 to August 12, 2022 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 two-week sessions:

  • Thematic Camps: For children entering K to 5th grade
    June 6 to 17;
    June 20 to July 1;
    July 5 to July 15 (July 4 closed);
    July 18 to July 29
    August 1 to August 12 (one-week session available)

 

  • Theatre Camps: For children entering 3rd to 5th grade
    Session 1: June 6 to 17;
    Session 2: June 20 to July 1;
    Session 3: July 5 to July 15 (July 4 closed)

  • Counselor-in-Training
    June 6 to 17;
    June 20 to July 1;
    July 5 to July 15 (July 4 closed);
    July 18 to July 29;
    August 1 to August 12 (one-week session available) 

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If you have any questions, please email Vicky Chen.

2022 Summer Day Camp Descriptions

Magic: June 6 to 17

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! 

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.

 

Science Fiction: June 20 to July 1

Space Race: 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! 

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. 

 

Fairyland Classics: July 5 to 15

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! 

Run Away with the CircusThis is your chance to juggle, clown around, and pretend to be a wild beast!  It’s all happening under the big top!

 

Young Heroes: July 18 to 29

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

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! 

 

Farm-to-Table: August 1 to 5 

Campers get their hands dirty as they learn about gardening, animal husbandry and going on the journey from seeds to salads! Planting, harvesting and transforming produce into plates, campers get a deeper understanding of where their food comes from and gain appreciation for the land, as well as our Fairyland residents. 

 

Fairyland Puppeteers: August 8 to 12:

Campers learn a little bit more about how to put on their own puppet shows and get their stories out on a stage! From making puppets to creating scripts for them, campers learn that Fairyland magic brings puppets and stories to life.

 

Theatre Camp 

In this fun-filled two-week camp, children will create their own theatrical production from start to finish, inspired by their own creativity and the magical world of 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 17 (Session 1), June 20 through July 1 (Session 2), and July 5 through July 15 (Session 3), culminating in a performance for family and friends on the last Friday of each session.

 

CIT 

Children's Fairyland is offering a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program for rising sixth through eighth graders in conjunction with our Summer Day Camp program. CITs become stewards of Fairyland camp, serving as role models for our younger campers. CITs assist in activities, games, and team-building projects. They will have a chance to develop their leadership experience in a fun and supportive environment. 

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.

Camp COVID-19 Guide

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

Vaccination:

  • We will require full vaccination for all campers and CITs OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of every Monday the child is attending camp. As the COVID-19 landscape changes, we will make changes to this policy and keep families up to date.

        Note: we will ask for proof of vaccination status at the time of registration. 

  • Fairyland staff is 100% vaccinated and will require all camp staff to be fully vaccinated as well.
  • If you have any questions about our vaccination policy, please contact vicky.chen@fairyland.org.

During Camp:

  • Face masks will be required for all campers. We will assess this policy periodically and make any necessary changes in accordance with the Alameda County Public Health Department and Fairyland’s policy.
  • If a mask is required, 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.
  • 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.
  • Staff will make sure that campers are practicing good hand hygiene habits and respiratory etiquette.
  • Campers and Counselor-In-Trainings will be in groups of 14. 

​What you can do at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • At least 10 days before your child's session, please begin self screening for temperatures over 100.4°F and for any presence of symptoms.
  • If you travel by airplane before your camp session starts, get tested three days after your return. Please show us your negative result before coming to camp.  
  • 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. 

What will Fairyland do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before camp begins:

  • 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 sanitizing supplies.
  • Stay current with any new guidance issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department and CDC.
  • Continue to update you on camp guidelines.

 Aftercare:

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

  • Social distancing will be enforced.
  • Teachers will set up activities using large spaces such as the Teddy Bear Picnic Area, Jack and Jill Hill, and the Humpty Dumpty Area.

Camp FAQs

The Basics

What is the age range for Fairyland summer camp?

For our bi-weekly thematic camps, children must be rising kindergarten through 5th graders (at least five years old by September 1, 2022). 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?

Bi-Weekly thematic camp is $780 ($390 per week) for Fairyland family members and $820 ($410 per week) for non-members.

One-Week camp is $395 for members and $435 for non-members.

Theatre Camp is $830 for members and $870 for non-members

The Counselor-In-Training program is $370 for three weeks.

Aftercare is $85 per week (Monday through 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? 

We are offering two-week sessions to allow campers a better experience and give them more time to develop friendship with their peers and teachers. Single week registration between June 6 through July 29 will be considered on a wait-list basis only. 

 

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, and the opportunity to work on their costumes or props for the Friday play.  

 

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 learn to collaborate with peers, improve confidence, and be playful through improvisation.
  • 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. 
  • 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 experiences through daily thematic activities.
  • 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. The shows will be filmed and shared with parents and guardians at the end of each session.

 

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 17 for Session I, July June 24 for Session 2, and July 15 for Session 3. We will offer in-person viewing only for Theatre Camp families.  

 

How about children with special needs?

While our camp may not have the capacity to accommodate every need, we have found that we tend to be very successful at camp  when we work one on one with families and are well informed about the campers’ 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, and E-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 Senior Director of Community Engagement and Education, Vicky, or call 510 452-2259, with questions or concerns.