While familiar favorites are returning, a host of new camps are being offered in Sonoma this summer – and now is the time to sign up. From entrepreneurship to engineering, sewing to singing and lifeguarding to Legos, there’s a camp for just about every interest.
Information may still be changing, so check each camp’s website for specific age ranges, offerings and pricing.
ARTescape Sonoma will offer camps for ages 7 to 12 weekly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 11 to Aug. 3, with a variety of different focuses, plus a teen camp July 9 to 13. Choices include metal art, urban art, textiles and more. artescapesonoma.com
The Sonoma Conservatory of Dance is offering dance, art, drama, knitting and writing programs this summer for ages 6 and up from July 9 to Aug. 17, as well as a Petit Ballet summer camp for ages 3 to 5, Aug. 13 to 17. sonomadancestudio.com
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
The Boys & Girls Club offers a variety of camps for grades 1 to 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week, as well as related field trips. Specialty camps include rock climbing, cars, 3D modeling, volleyball, soccer, basketball, flag football, app development, Lego, woodshop, art fantasy, baking, sewing and photography. High schoolers learn about college, careers, personal finance, sports and more. bgcsonoma.org
Ramekins offers cooking camps for kids ages 8 to 12, with a curriculum that includes four days of hands-on training in the kitchen. June 18 to 21 and July 23 to 26. ramekins.com
Crescent is offering a new preschool camp in the mornings, weekly from July 16 to Aug. 10. crescentmontessori.com
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
A new Great Composers music camp will be offered from July 31 to Aug. 4 for ages 5 to 12 at the church on First Street East. Fbsonoma.com.
HANNA HAWKS DAY CAMP
Hanna Boys Center is again offering a sports and rec camp to the public this year. The co-ed camps, for ages 5 to 15, include separate weeklong camps for basketball and baseball, as well as weeklong general rec camps in June and July. There is also a special needs soccer camp July 2 to 6 for ages 5 to 15. hannacenter.org
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ATHLETICS
There are a variety of sports camps (soccer, volleyball, basketball and more) being offered this year on the Presentation School campus at 20872 Broadway. June 11 to Aug. 10. nationalacademyofathletics.com.
NATURE CAMP & LEADERSHIP CAMP
Rhoten Productions returns with its all-day Nature Camp at Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve, June 4 to Aug. 3. Activities for ages 5 to 12 include hiking, creek walks, nature studies, swimming, crafts and a ropes course. rhotenproductions.com
Pets Lifeline’s summer camps run every week in the mornings from June 11 to Aug. 17. In addition to learning about the animals at the Valley’s only animal shelter, camp includes weekly guests, reptiles, wildlife, therapy dogs and more. petslifeline.org
Rhoten Productions will once again offer its Performing Arts Camp, led by Roger and Diana Rhoten, at the Sebastiani Theatre, July 9 to 20. Students ages 5 and up learn about acting, singing, dancing, stilt-walking, magic tricks and more. sebastianitheatre.com
Options further afield
If you are willing to drive a little further away, the array of camp possibilities is even broader.
• Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park does a great Excel camp for academically accelerated children - sonoma.edu/exed/excel.
• Sonoma Academy is offering half and full day camps for ages 10 to 14 – sonomaacademy.org.
• McDonald Ranch offers a day camp with swimming, boating, archery and more at Morton’s Warm Springs in Glen Ellen – mcdonaldranch.org.
• Petaluma Natural Science Museum offers a summer camp – petalumawildlifemuseum.org.
• Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma offers a theater camp – cinnabartheater.org.
• Driven Raceway in Rohnert Park has a driving and arcade camp – drivenraceway.com.
• Justin-Siena in Napa (justin-siena.org) offers an array of sports camps.
North Bay Rowing in Petaluma offers learn to row summer crew camps. Northbayrowing.org
• There is a fencing camp in Petaluma (egfencing.com) as well as a sailing camp (658-1365).
• Sonoma State also has some great sports camps, taught by current college players (sonomaseawolves.com).