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Best of 2020

Congratulations to all the children’s camp and class providers who have been named ActivityHero Best of 2020 Award Winners! 36 businesses across the U.S. received this honor, based on the number of votes, reviews and overall rating from families in 2020. 

1st Place: New York Chess Academy

2nd Place (tie): Cucu’s PlayHouse

2nd Place (tie): 3 O’Clock Rock

Award-Winning Children’s Camp and Class Providers

New York Chess Academy: NYCA organizes programs and services for all levels and ages, which include camps, after-school classes, private lessons, and tournaments. They aim to lead by example and encourage a sense of unity and camaraderie among chess players. By offering services at affordable prices, New York Chess Academy strives to ensure that chess, its undeniable benefits, and its welcoming community are accessible to all. 

Cucu’s PlayHouse: Cucu’s PlayHouse is the premiere space for Music classes, Spanish immersion and Open play for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The Music and Movement Classes in Spanish are their main activity, and they also offer Open Play Times for children to play in a Montessori-inspired playroom with educational, sustainable wooden toys. Cucu’s PlayHouse is currently offering an online version of their popular Music and Movement Class. 

3 O’Clock Rock: Three O’Clock Rock is an after-school and summer music program for kids and adults.  It is also a record label supporting youth musicians. The program offers a unique approach to teaching music and their own curriculum made for all levels of play.   Start a band, play shows, make records, and go on tour!! 3 O’Clock Rock wants to connect people through a community approach and give them a creative voice through music.

Dan Marcus: After 40 plus years of public and private school teaching in Colorado, Dan Marcus is now an ActivityHero teacher specializing in filmmaking and mathematics. He hopes to see his students begin to develop a pure passion for learning and to truly experience the “Aha!” moment when a previously befuddling concept comes to life in my class.  He holds a current highly-qualified Career and Technical Education credential from the Colorado Department of Education in Secondary Math, Audio, Film and Video Technology, Journalism and Broadcasting.

Mathletes: These programs focus on creative problem solving in Mathematics. Students will tackle fun problems and participate in both formal and informal math competitions. Work starts in class and often continues at home. Online curriculum contains problem sets that vary by theme and difficulty. Their ultimate goal is to help students become tenacious problem solvers who love math. If you like puzzles, patterns, and problem solving, give them a try!

Young Intellects: Young Intellects offers programs designed to provide secure, affordable and efficient options for childcare services after school and are also currently offering online classes. They believe in constructive evaluation and have a transparent structure which enables you to track your child’s progress. Young Intellects programs provide structure, offer academic help, and create occasions for children of any age to develop new skills. They also offer enrichment programs like: Arts & Crafts, Oil Pastel Painting, Science & Engineering Robotics, Coding (Scratch & Python), Scrum & Agile, Public Speaking, Science Experiments, Personal Finance, Creative Writing, Budding Entrepreneurs, and Fusion Dance. 

Camp EDMO: At Camp EDMO®, children are inspired to develop their creative capacity, unleash their inner scientist and technologist, and explore the mysteries of the natural world. Their camps are from ages Pre-K to 8th grade, and offer a huge variety of subjects. They have what parents need: convenience, coverage, peace of mind and Sliding Scale Financial Aid. As campers get older, they are given more challenges and more opportunity to explore the subjects they love. 

Digivations Camp Demigod Institute

Digivations Camp Demigod Institute is a camp and academy fusion where literary and media themes incorporating role play serve as the key vehicle through which students learn. Faculty facilitate learning about ancient cultures, languages, music/composition/sound design, visual arts, and drama/theatre. They use imaginative themes from popular young adult literature to teach many subjects. One of their popular online classes is an innovative and engaging Harry Potter Camp where virtual campers might learn components of chemistry, physics and languages! 

LA School of Music: The Los Angeles School of Music offers fun and engaging online music lessons and classes on piano, voice, guitar, and more. Their online classes are always live and interactive. Teachers have music degrees from universities and music conservatories, and many of them perform with groups like the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and even regularly perform at Disney Hall. Most importantly, their teachers are passionate about music education and bringing the joy of music to their students.

Little Champs Learning Center: Little Champs is a STEAM focused after school, summer and online program that provides children with safe, supportive learning environment that enables them to achieve academic success and gain knowledge in areas of interest. These include public speaking, cooking, sports, science, art, and more. Little Champs is your one stop shop for all your enrichment activities and a variety of summer camps for kids aged 5 to 13. 

Top Gun Batting Cages: Top Gun Batting Cages is a Veteran-Owned Small Business dedicated to providing Central Maryland with the very best indoor baseball/softball training experience. Top Gun coaches and staff members care and it shows. Top Gun Summer Camps are the best camps in the area! They keep your kids moving all day with a variety of activities. You don’t have to be a baseball or softball player to love their SUPER Summer Camps!

Future Bytes Tech: Future Bytes Tech is transforming creative young minds into Innovators and Makers by offering Compendious coding curriculum for Grades K-8, specialized in Robotics and Electronic circuits. Kids can learn math, practice coding languages, and face fun challenges with their friends. Future Bytes Tech believes interactive learning and coding allows the students to channel their creativity to create their own world. Come join them as they tap into students’ curiosity about tech and coding through a fun learning environment. 

CD’s Art Studio: At CD’s Kids Art Studio, students get to unleash their creativity using paper-mache, glass, mosaics, paintings, drawing, and much more! Now join CD through her popular online art classes and camps. Helping children find their inner creative artist and to have confidence in their ability is what CD loves best. 

KidzToPros: KidzToPros has built a trusted brand at over 300 schools in the Bay Area, with over 15,000 parents and over 30,000 students who have participated in their programs. From coding in scratch and python to LEGO Masters, graphic design, art skills, sports and more, KidzToPros takes fun and enrichment to the next level! Their STEM, Arts and Sports Live Online Summer Camps & On-site Summer Camps provide the perfect opportunity for your child to develop decision making, critical thinking and creativity skills. Led by top-tier professional instructors who are passionate about teaching and child development, KidzToPros summer camps and programs help your child make the most of their time!

Wizbots: Wizbots combines LEGO robotics, Java coding, and lots of imagination to provide a unique STEM learning experience for kids ages 8-14 all around the San Francisco Bay Area and now available online! Their Robotics & Coding Labs revolve around robotics so as to instantly engage and provide students with a fun, applied way to learn Java programming and creative problem-solving. Perfect for both novices and advanced students, they will all learn coding, engineering, and design in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Campers can join week after week, season after season, and year after year to always learn something new. Parents get to experience all the fun too as their child’s project videos are posted online to see and share!  

Mi Casita de Español: “Mi Casita de Español” is a Spanish Immersion Preschool in Palo Alto. They are a licensed, play-based, and nature-based preschool providing a supportive and engaging environment for children. The teachers work with the children to provide a nurturing, caring, and safe home environment filled with love where the children love to learn in Spanish. Hands-on exploration coupled with loving guidance is how children best learn. Teachers speak Spanish while guiding the children and engage children through interactive activities and allow them to explore and discover the world around them.

Challenge Island – Katy, TX

Challenge Island was founded in 2018 and works on the forefront of S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education. They provide classes, workshops, camps, parties, homeschooling events, team building, and multi-generational family adventures to children and teens. Challenge Island works to create fun experiences that can engage the playful child and the successful adult of the future.

Seele Stars

Seele Stars offers online and in-person camps in Berkeley, California. Their programs emphasize a multitude of skills including talent development, body awareness, public speaking, cooperation, appreciation of diversity, self-esteem elaboration, and more. Their goal is to continue students’ scholastic-based learning by integrating musical theater into a language arts curriculum. The end of this exciting camp experience can result in a friendship or a showcase for families to view their child’s learning experience. 

Innovation for Youth

Innovation for Youth is focused on delivering fun, enriching, and socially engaging online programs during quarantine. They have worked with many talented individuals to develop effective online teaching methods and online curriculum. They currently are offering three amazing online programs that focus on magic and art. Their curriculums are developed with the overarching idea that important life lessons and skills can be acquired through a disciplined approach to learning magic or art. 

Choreography by Rae

Choreography by Rae is a performing arts and creative arts educational center that was originally founded as a way to help people of all ages amplify their voice through dance. They also offer several additional subjects, such as acting, chess, singing, art, yoga, and much more. Through an interactive student program they help students develop leadership and teamwork skills that transcend the classroom. In addition, they have low student to teacher ratios to ensure that their students are getting an excellent learning experience. 

Science Nature Labs

Science Nature Labs was designed to continue to inspire kids and keep them excited about science and technology. They feature year round camps and online classes that combine fun, hands-on science with a safe, practical experience that children will enjoy. Science Nature Labs is passionate about S.T.E.A.M and strives to make it an exciting atmosphere for children to learn and explore science. Their seasoned team of educators are committed to instilling wonder and curiosity as a foundation for lifelong learning in Science and Technology. 

Best in Class Education Center (South San Jose)

At Best in Class Education Center, their mission is to build better teachers and successful students by strengthening their analytic and reasoning skills. They specialize in Math and English enrichment as well as private tutoring for K-12th grads. Furthermore, their curriculum promotes critical thinking, problem solving, and builds strong foundation skills. Best in Class Education Center utilizes university-educated tutors to provide experienced teachers. Their teaching style uses active teaching, individualized curriculum, weekly tests, and small classes to ensure that students are getting the most out of their learning. 

San Francisco Math Circle

The San Francisco Math Circle is an extracurricular math enrichment program that aims to make math accessible and fun. Students are given a supportive, collaborative, and fun environment to develop their mathematical thinking skills. Additionally, the San Francisco Math Circle employs engaging, hands-on puzzles and games that involve creativity and critical thinking. They promote a positive attitude towards math and are committed to making their program accessible to all children.

Tiny Treks

Tiny Treks was developed as a creative alternative to indoor parent participation programs and is a dynamic, innovative program for children who want to explore their natural surroundings and environments. They focus on interactive experiences which build self-esteem and encourage a love of nature by exploring the outdoors. The administrators and teachers are effective, efficient, and competent for a high quality experience. Whether in person or virtual, the curriculum engages children and provides an invaluable experience for them. 

LearningPlay

LearningPlay was founded by Chaia May in 2008 as a comprehensive education program on the joys of learning — particularly music — to all ages of children starting at three months old. Her program is tailored for young learners with unique and special needs. However, she also provides a variety of offerings for adults and families. The staff is led by Chaia May who has been teaching 40+ classes a week, written 25 books, and has been asked to speak at many national education conferences, including NAEYC and CAEYC. With a high teaching experience, LearningPlay provides a quality education for children.

Code for Fun

Code for Fun is a non-profit organization committed to exposing all students, especially girls, to computer science at an early stage, to help grow the next generation of engineers. Code for fun exposes students from Kindergarten to High-School to coding in an interactive way. Code for Fun teaches students a variety of skills that also include mobile app development, Minecraft, Python, Scratch and much more. 

Young Art

Young Art inspires passion, creativity and the power of education for the next generation. Their team is committed to providing creative enriching experiences for young inventors, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs through hands-on learning. The Young Art studio offers ‘drop in’ art lessons and virtual summer camps. Students are able to create artwork with a variety of different compositions to select from. Through detailed instruction in an easy-to-follow format, teachers are able to guide students through the techniques and processes of sketching, cartooning, painting, clay sculpture, and more. 

A Lotte Horses

A Lotte Horses is a camp led by Lotte Swauger and Sushila Wood to explore the outdoors and how to utilize the outdoors to create fun activities. A Lotte Horses is a hands-on experience that allows children to interact with plant dyes and pigments, learn about working with metal and wood, and examine how to use leather and wool. Additionally, A Lotte Horses includes arts and writing activities, such as drawing and poetry. There are currently two sessions per a day to keep the camp size small and safe. 

CodeREV Kids

CodeREV Kids Tech Camps delivers a one-of-a-kind camp experience and is a wonderful way for campers to learn important technology skills and still have a fun-packed time that will create long-lasting memories. CodeREV mixes project-based coding, programming, digital art, design, and team building activities in their teaching style. Project-based learning ensures that students are applying computational thinking to each coding skill they learn and are comprehending the material. Furthermore, CodeREV kids was founded with the goals of providing a comprehensive technology education in a fun, stress-free environment. Their courses aim to give a deeper education than what students learn in schools through highly experienced instructors.

Discover Science Center

Discover Science Center is an informal science education enrichment lab whose purpose is to amplify the S.T.E.A.M curriculum being taught in K-12 schools or homeschool programs. Their classes feature a variety of topics that range from space to marine biology. Their programs were developed by scientists and science educators to take advantage of students’ natural fascination with science. Each exciting, fun session interweaves knowledge development, hands-on learning, and experimentation and creative activities. 

SeaTrek BVI

SeaTrek is a summer camp at sea and features an all around summer adventure program for junior high, high school, and college-aged students in the British Virgin Islands. Lessons revolve around hands-on sailing, learning to scuba dive, and instruction on marine science. In addition to scuba and sailing instruction, naturalists and marine biologists will introduce students to the tropical ecology and wildlife of the islands or reefs. Additionally, interested students can choose exciting community service opportunities and academic credit options. 

AK Martial Arts & Fitness

AK Martial Arts and Fitness provides themed camps, martial arts, agility, tournament, and boot camp training for ages three and up. In addition, they also specialize in an award-winning summer, spring, and winter camps for ages five and up. Their instructors are extremely professional and help create a fun and creative environment with structure. Furthermore, they have online opportunities for classes and continue to help children learn the martial arts with discipline. AK Martial Arts and Fitness prides itself on supporting the community and providing donations for auctions, schools, and non-profits. 

Chiquiticos

Chiquiticos was founded in 2018 by Maria Huertas after she recognized the important psychological and social functions of music in human linguistics. Chiquiticos is an early development organization and has the goal of promoting the integral development of children. They mainly work using music and playful learning to contribute to the development of memory and to facilitate the expression of feelings or ideas. Through their program, students are given the tools to critically assess concepts, favor their socio-cultural integration, and expand on their linguistic possibilities. 

The ZenTotz Program

The ZenTotz After School and Summer Camp Program presents the building blocks of mindfulness and meditation.  During camps and classes, participants will learn and practice how to breathe, walk, eat, and move mindfully.  

Founded in 2016, it is ZenTotz mission to liberate young minds from future depression, anxiety, addictions, and excessive stress.  They wish for every child to recognize the importance of non-judgment, self-acceptance, grounding, patience, letting go, and gratitude!  

Maker Nexus

Maker Nexus grows makers through education, practical experience, and fostering innovation. Maker Nexus provides the tools and space a person needs to make things – from simple hand tools to complex, state of the art CNC machinery. They provide training classes so that someone with no experience using tools can learn to use them safely. Their programs encourage a love of creating and an ongoing interest in solving problems.

ATX Kids Club

ATX Kids Club has a mission to inspire inspire youth to fearlessly explore and become independent, self-confident individuals through year-round educational and health-minded field trip adventures. Through their field-trip experiences, children learn about their region’s history, art, culture and environment. 

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Best Camps, Classes & Kids’ Activities of 2019

ActivityHero announces the best summer camps, classes, and kids’ activities of 2019 – based on reviews and votes from families.

Thousands of parents reviewed and voted for camps and classes on ActivityHero, and the following 38 providers have been awarded the “Best of 2019” badge on ActivityHero. Thank you to all the reviewers for sharing their experience with families on ActivityHero!

We’re listing them here in alphabetical order in hopes that you can discover some fresh new activities for your child to try this year. You can also view the complete list on ActivityHero.

**Note: All reviews must meet our review guidelines

Best Camps & Classes of 2019

Bits, Bytes, and Bots of San Antonio

Coding & Robotics Camp
San Antonio, Texas
“Bits, Bytes and Bots has been an incredible addition to our program. They have provided excellent classes for our students for four years now. They are a pleasure to work with and their instructors are all very knowledgeable and make the information fun and easy to learn. The business is very well ran and we have always been provided with excellent customer service.”
Nicey, April 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Bits, Bytes, and Bots of San Antonio

Buttercup STEAM Camp

Girls’ Coding Camp
Atlanta, Georgia
“I would absolutely recommend it!! My daughter attended camp one summer with this program. Not only did the camp help build her self confidence, but also helped her to win an award. Buttercup STEAM Camp is awesome at nurturing, building confidence and helps fuel young minds to grow, explore and imagine the possibilities.”
-Jasmine, May 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Buttercup STEAM Camp

Camp Super Duper

Creative Learning Camp
Los Angeles, California
2019 Grant Contest Finalist
“My daughter has been attending Camp Super Duper for five years. Her review: “Why can’t school be like this?” That should tell you all you need to know. SupDup is not only about play activities, there are actually a lot of learning activities as well, but they make the act of learning *fun*. My daughter is a magnet student at her elementary school, but she has never really *liked* going to school, and I think part of that is because the curriculum does not inspire creativity. That is what kids get at Camp Super Duper: Creative, fun, learning. All in an atmosphere of supportive positivity…no kid needs to worry about being “left out”.”
-Gregg, May 2019
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Camp Tannadoonah

Outdoors Resident Camp
Vandalia, Michigan
“My 2 boys have attended Camp Tannadoonah the last 3 summers and have had fantastic experiences. My younger daughter will be joining them this summer. The staff have all been amazing and and added to their growth. One of my son’s has ASD and the camp has been welcoming and accommodating. I recommend them to all families looking for a summer camp experience.”
-Elizabeth, February 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Camp Tannadoonah

CD’s Art Studio

Creative Art Camps & Classes
San Jose, California
Also a Best of 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018!
“CD and her team do a really great job at providing exposure to art and helping kids understand and execute simple pieces with ease. Our 5 yr old who had never painted anything came back with paintings that were coherent and pleasing.”
-Ramya, May 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for CD’s Art Studio

Coach Ken Soccer Academy

Soccer Classes & Camps
Los Altos
, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, & Sunnyvale, California
Also a Best of 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018!
“Christina loved her coach Viviana. Viviana’s way of treating all kids equally and encouraging both boys and girls to participate made soccer very interesting and lots of fun. The skills taught were valuable and very age appropriate. We will definitely continue Coach Ken Soccer Academy.”
-Niki, March 2019
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Creative IQ Art Studio

Creative Art Class & Camp
San Francisco, California
“My eight-year old has done various camps at Creative IQ (summer, winter break, school holidays) for 2 years. Though we live on the other side of town, I keep signing her up because I have such a high regard for their program. Its thorough and content-rich but delivered in a way that’s realistic and accessible for kids’ abilities and attention. I can see the results in my daughter- and so can her teachers! In p/t conferences, both her 1st and 2nd teachers made some kind of remark about her strength in art. I credit the top knot instruction at Creative IQ. Great program, great community.”
-Rachel, February 2019
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Dikshaa Dance Academy

Cultural Dance Class
San Jose, California
2019 Grant Contest Finalist
“Highly recommend! Shilpa is one of the best teacher I have seen in Bay area. It’s great to be part of Dikshaa academy. The way how Shilpa teacher focus on individual student is excellent! Especially the recent Valiant Women her choreography and the way it’s planned and focused on each batch is amazing. She is so patient enough to correct and make sure her students are getting it right. She is so passionate about what she is doing. Blessed to be part of Dikshaa!”
-Leelavathi, June 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Dikshaa Dance Academy

El Paso KIDS-N-CO. Performance Center

Theatre & Music Camp
El Paso, Texas
“El Paso Kids N Co. provides amazing opportunities for children to grow and improve their skills in acting, singing, coordination, teamwork, discipline, dedication, problem-solving and confidence through the aesthetic experience of putting together and performing plays, musicals, and show choir concerts. It is wonderful to see the work and the growth of these young people through their quality performances!”
-Laura, June 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for El Paso KIDS-N-CO. Performance Center

Elementary Institute of Science

STEM Camps and Classes
San Diego, California
“My boy loves it here! I am a homeschooling mom and am very selective of where I take him but once I found this place it was a dream come true for both of u. The staff, the programs, the scholarships… all around wonderful. My son is autistic and they treat him so so kind. They’ve also really been so understanding of all our needs and always willing to accommodate.”
-Heather, April 2019
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EMC Fine Arts

Performing & Creative Arts Class
Dumont, New Jersey
“I have been sending my children to Erin for piano and voice lessons for a few years now. With the addition of her acting and improv classes, my children have become confident and have been auditioning for shows and getting lead roles! They really provide a warm, fun and welcoming environment and my children look forward to every lesson!! This studio is really filling a void in this area and affording parents the opportunity to watch their kids thrive in an enriching arts environment.”
-Linda, May 2019
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Eskabo Daan Filipino Martial Arts

Martial Arts Class
Daly City, Hercules, Oakland, & San Francisco, California
“Our two children attend classes with Eskabo Daan, and love it ! They have been attending for a little over a year, and have learned a lot about Filipino culture, the tagalog language, how to write in the traditional writing style of Baybayin, how to treat and respect others as well as themselves, and made many friends through the class. So it’s not just about Filipino Martial Arts, it’s more of a class that teaches community and history as well as self-defense. “
-Dell, April 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Eskabo Daan Filipino Martial Arts

Evolve Youth Fitness

Physical Fitness Class & Camp
Temecular, CA
“Mackinsey is always upbeat and happy to see you! She loves children and effortlessly makes them feel special! Her enthusiasm and excitement is infectious! And you can really see it transfer to the kids! Her gym is top notch. And it looks like no detail was spared! But what really sold me is her credentials! Wow! explains why she is so professional and how she knows her stuff! I love Evolve Youth Fitness! It’s not just another kids gym!”
-Michael, February 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Evolve Youth Fitness

Future Bytes Tech

Coding & Robotics Class & Camp
Santa Clara, CA
“I highly recommend it to anyone who has never taken a robotics class!! My 7 year old son loves going to this class every week. We already signed up for the summer camp, and he is so excited about it that he cannot wait!”
-Sam, May 2019
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Girls Building Businesses

Girls’ Entrepreneurship Camp
Atlanta & Conyers, Georgia
“It’s been quite a positive experience for me seeing how Shanika teaches these young ladies how to write business plans, do a sale at the end of the session, how to do presentation and a lot more and allow them to make money and take it home. Lovely young lady, and she knows what she is doing and brings a lot to the table for these young people to grasp.”
-Jacqueline, May 2019
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Kahlon Family Services School

Specialized Learning Camp
San Francisco, California
“KFS School is a special place! They took our son and worked with him, when we felt like we had no where else to turn. They highlighted his strengths academically and set behavioral expectations for him, making sure he had a routine every day. The teachers are passionate about helping kids with challenges and go above and beyond to meet the kids needs.”
-Katie, May 2019
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Kid Stock

Theatre & Camps and Classes
Belmont, Novato, San Francisco, & San Rafael, California
2018 Grant Contest Winner!
Also a Best of 2015, 2016, & 2018!
“My child was not excited about being signed up for Kid Stock in the beginning, because she saw that as interfering with her quality iPad time. However she became more and more excited as it grew closer to performance time. She loved the songs and the dance steps. She is totally ready to sign up for next year! Also Bradley and his team were great. You can see Bradley’s enthusiasm in setting up the kids for success. As a parent and I think I can speak for most of the parents, we were not disappointed.”
-Adelaide, April 2019
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Kidizens

Lego & Citizenship Camps and Classes
Belmont, Campbell, Foster City, Fremont, Los Altos, & more, California
“We are new to the Kidizen class, so far my 6 daughter enjoys building while learning different social subjects. The teacher is great in guiding and developing ideas for the class. She recently built and opened a Mermaid store for the city and we are very proud of her.”
-Stephanie, February 2019
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LaPham Studio

Dance Class
Fountain Valley, California
“Conveniently located, LaPham is the perfect space for a dance studio. A place for all your creative dances to come to life! What I just love about this studio is that they stay true to the art of ballet and true to servicing their community. They also offer a variety of fun classes for adults sure to sharpen your skills and bring your sexy back! A professional ballerina, owner/Instructor Tracy Pham has an outstanding reputation and is a master of many talents offering classes in ballet as wells as coaching in runway and modeling . Your child can succeed and shine as bright as the many talents that have graced through these doors at LaPham studio.”
-Katherine, February 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for LaPham Studio

Little Rockers / AppleJams Music

Music Class
Howell, Marlboro, Middletown, Ocean Township, & Red Bank, New Jersey
“The music is unique, upbeat and original. The children are learning through play and they learning to express themselves and have confidence in their abilities as they grow. It is an amazing thing to witness. We are all grateful for what Chris and Jessie have given all of us by creating this program. It has grown tremendously through the years and will continue to do so, because it is so special to so many families.”
-Deirdre, April 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Little Rockers / AppleJams Music

Mathletes

Math Classes & Camps
Los Altos, California
“Highly recommend! My son has been taking this class for two years and this is his favorite after school class. He learned to work hard on math and enjoys doing the homework. Kids need to work as a group to solve problems, so they had to discuss and share thoughts.”
-Yuehua, June 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Mathletes

Mi Casita de Español

Spanish Immersion Class & Camp
Palo Alto, California
“Mi Casita has many benefits that other preschools don’t have. It is outdoor, so kids are very rarely sick, they learn to communicate to each other while playing and running, oxygen is good for brain development, real nature is better than any toys. Maestra Amor is extremely caring and happy person, my daughter liked her from day one. So many interesting and developing activities. And she speaks Spanish in sentences only after 6 months being there!”
-Kate, March 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Mi Casita de Español

New England Hemophilia Association

Outdoors Family Camp
Moultonborough, New Hampshire
2019 Grant Contest Finalist
“I have been a part of NE Hemophilia all of my life, having a brother, son, and nephew with hemophilia, as well as having bleeding issues myself. The association has consistently grown over the years, offering support and education beyond any other group we are affiliated with. The current staff and volunteers give 125% of their time and talent towards making life with a serious chronic illness more manageable. My husband and I volunteer in various organizations and, by far, NEHA outshines them all. Thank you does not begin to express our gratitude.”
-Mary, May 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for New England Hemophilia Association

RD Equine

Equestrian & Horsemanship Camp
Paramount, California
2019 Grant Contest Finalist
“Rhiannon is a calm, compassionate, and friendly individual, and is consistently seen at the barn patiently building strong foundations for her students riding & groundwork. She imparts horse wisdom & life skills by example and is always right there truly present with students moreso than many many trainers I have seen & experienced. This is a unique and special opportunity to learn from someone who lives and loves the sport!!”
-Erin, April 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for RD Equine

San Francisco Math Circle

Math Camps & Classes
San Francisco, California
Also a Best of 2018!
“My son has been attending Math Circle at SF State since Spring 2018 and he loves it. He is always excited and interested by the activities they do and the new things he learns. It’s very different from regular school math, which is perfect for him. He can’t wait for Math Camp this summer and we will definitely be back again in the fall.”
-Cecilia, May 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for San Francisco Math Circle

Sarasota School of Glass

Glass & Ceramics Class
Sarasota, Florida
2019 Grant Contest Finalist
“From the moment I walked through their door I knew I had found a place where I could explore my creative abilities and express myself through this fabulous medium. They are incredibly supportive of teaching and allowing one to discover glass as a medium and patiently teaching the techniques. Awesome!!”
-Priscilla, May 2019
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SD Dance with Me

Dance Class
San Diego, California
“Ms. Erica offers such a great introduction to dance for young children. She is full of energy, always so positive, and ever so patient! My 3 kids danced with her and had such a wonderful experience! Overall, it’s a low key, fun program that is great for kids.”
-Bea, March 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for SD Dance with Me

Seatrek BVI

Sailing & Marine Science Camp
Road Town, Tortola
2019 Grant Contest Finalist
“My daughter has attended SeaTrek the past two summers and we have so many wonderful things to say about our experience with Captain Monk and the crew. My daughter has earned so many diving certificates, gained so much confidence, made many friends from all over the world and has so many amazing pictures and stories to tell! She has had such an amazing time with this program that we will be sending all three of our kids this summer! I can’t wait to see more pictures and hear more stories of their wonderful adventures!”
-Candy, March 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Seatrek BVI

Seele Stars

Musical Theatre Camp
Berkeley, California
“Outstanding program. The passion of both the leader and the participants is evident and I can see how the children who engage in this program are positioned well above their peers for future opportunities as well as a lifetime affinity for the arts.”
-Curt, May 2019
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Swann School of Protocol

Etiquette Camp
Carlsbad, California
“Miss Elaine and her team offer a wonderful service in our community. In an era of cell phone rudeness and lack of courtesy, the Swann School of Protocol teaches children, teens, and adults the power of being polite and thinking of others first. Such necessary skills that are needed more than ever before. Also, our family has enjoy the series of books authored by Ms. Elaine Swann.”
-Regina, May 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Swann School of Protocol

TagTeam Tutoring

Academic Enrichment Camp
Cedar Hill, Texas
“Reginald and Danielle have a passion for children that is evident in the service they provide. Not only did they actively engage my son (geometry) and daughter (7th grade math), but they went over and beyond by calling to check on them after assessments. They were genuinely concerned about my kids’ progress. With their help my son was able to bring his grades from Cs to As as well as mastery performance on his state assessment. My daughter went from approaching standards to mastery level. I can’t say enough how they blessed our family and the confidence my kiddos now have.”
-Neldra, April 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for TagTeam Tutoring

The Circus Academy of Tucson

Circus & Theatre Arts Camp
Tucson, Arizona
“My 2 year old (soon to be 3) is super excited every Saturday to go to Circus school! She loves all the activities and it’s great to watch her have so much fun while gaining so many different skills. She especially loves the silks hammock and animal walks! I really like this as an alternative to the overly aggressive attitudes I’ve seen in some of the more “traditional” sports like gymnastics and ballet. I love how happy everyone is here!”
-Rachel, May 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for The Circus Academy of Tucson

The Little Red Barn Indoor Playground

Creative Learning Camp
Murrieta, California
“Everyone that works there is nice. Miss Coco gets every kids attention as they sing and dance. Their play area is nice and toddler friendly. I love going there knowing that I don’t have to worry about big kids taking over. The vibe is very friendly. Would love to see this place get bigger with more toys!!”
-Mia, March 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for The Little Red Barn Indoor Playground

The Science Factory LLC

Science Camp
San Jose & Santa Clara, California
“The instructors are nuts for science, and it shows in their approach to preparation for the camps. They look for new speakers, new topics, new equipment, and new experiment ideas all year. They are truly oriented to making the best learning experience for the kids.”
-Russ, March 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for The Science Factory LLC

Valkyrie Robotics

Robotics Camp
Cupertino, California
2019 Grant Contest Finalist
“FIRST Robotics teams have always been cornerstones of their communities, and Valkyrie Robotics is no different. The organization gives students the technical and soft skills needed to succeed in their futures, as well as giving back to their local communities. I had the opportunity to compete in the same division as Valkyrie at the FIRST Championship in Houston, and I can say without a doubt that they’re a class act. Their students have clearly all benefited from the program, and it’s cool to see what an impact they’ve had in Cupertino.”
-Alexandria, May 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Valkyrie Robotics

Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc.

Bicycling Camps & Classes
Los Gatos, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, & more, California
Also a Best of 2015, 2016, & 2017!
“I have already been raving and recommending Wheel Kids to my friends. My son is eight years old and I have struggled to get him over his mental fear and to be interested in learning to ride. In one hour doing a private lesson with wheel kids Walnut Creek, he was beginning to pedal and balance on his own. I was amazed!! The next day we went to the park and he was off and riding saying he loved riding his bike. I don’t know what the “magic” is, but Wheel Kids has it. Worth every penny and looking forward to our next class!!”
-Kathryn, April 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc

Wizbots

Robotics & Coding Camps and Classes
Burlingame, Cupertino, Los Altos, San Jose, & more, California
“My daughter loves Wizbots after school program and looks forward to it every week. This program has encouraged her and inspired her to learn more about robotics. It gives kids a chance to learn critical thinking skills – how to build and create something with others.”
-Jennifer, May 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Wizbots

Young Intellects

Specialized Learning Camp
Fremont, California
2019 Grant Contest Finalist
“My daughter is going to Young Intellects from the beginning of this school year and my daughter just loves it. We are so relieved that the homework comes home error free and they also prepare my daughter for the Friday spelling quizzes and and all school quizzes. Kids are kept busy at all times with so many fun/ intellectual activities and they ensure learning something new every week. My daughter loves her Bollywood dance class and she waits for Ms A’ s dance class weekly. The staff is very friendly and communicate things well. I highly recommend all the innovative ideas that they come up with to benefit the kids and totally recommend Young Intellects After School.”
-Anjana, April 2019
See all reviews & current schedules for Young Intellects

 

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Best Camps, Classes & Kids’ Activities of 2018

ActivityHero announces the best camps, classes, and kids’ activities of 2018 — based on reviews and votes from families.

Thousands of parents reviewed and voted for camps and classes on ActivityHero, and the following 36 providers have been awarded the “Best of 2018” badge on ActivityHero. Thank you to all the reviewers for sharing their experience with families on ActivityHero!

**Note: All reviews must meet our review guidelines

Best Sports Camps & Classes of 2018

Coach Ken Soccer Academy

Los Altos, California
Also a Best of 2015, 2016, & 2017!
“Both of our daughters have played Coach Ken soccer and we love it! He and his staff took the time to get to know our girls individually and push and encourage them in specific areas. We also appreciate that Coach Ken has lots of excellent female coaches that our daughters can look up to. We love the mix of fun with serious soccer development. Our girls have now moved to club soccer and were well prepared with Coach Ken soccer. We have recommended friends and family and will continue to do so.”
– Amy, July 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Coach Ken Soccer

AK Martial Arts & Fitness, Inc.

Carlsbad, California
“They are fast paced, always different, engaging, interactive and just large enough to be fun but not too large. We spend at least half of our summers at AK camps!”
– Kristin, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for AK Martial Arts & Fitness, Inc.

Rocky Mountain Self Defense

Denver, Colorado
“Rocky Mountain Self Defense makes the world seem a little less frightening. They teach you how to face this world so you won’t be another number and if something goes wrong they will help you through it. A safe, fun and great way to learn how to defend yourself with yet another great bonus of getting in better shape.”
– Brittany, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Rocky Mountain Self Defense

Freedom in Motion Gym

Murrietta, Georgia
“The coaches at FIM are absolutely amazing, your son is in little jumps, he has learned much more than just parkour techniques/skills. He’s able to pay more attention in a busy environment and his physical confidence has increased 10 fold. I can’t recommend them enough. I am truly happy that we have access to such a great facility and team. Great work FIM team.”
– Alex, July 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Freedom In Motion Gy

Golden Bear Gymnastics

Berkeley, California
2018 Grant Contest Finalist
“As a mother of a competitive gymnast, my daughter and I have experienced many different classes, coaches, and opportunities offered by Golden Bear Gymnastics. All of the coaches are well trained and very respectful to the sport and to the children especially. They encourage and praise every accomplishment and effort made. They have encouraged and helped my daughter to become not only a stronger gymnast, but a stronger person with self confidence and passion.”
– Anita, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Golden Bear Gymnastics

Spartan Allstars

La Canada Flintridge, California
Also a Best of 2015, 2016 & 2017!
“Andre absolutely enjoyed the camp last week! It was very well organized and he got to try so many different sports. He was very happy and also tired when we picked him up, which is a great thing! He loved the fact that he was able to watch the World Cup and also that he was with his buddies the entire week (we had completed the friend request:). Thanks for doing such a great job!! As a parent I really liked receiving photos during the week. Really appreciated the early pick up text system. It works well. My kids are happy and we are happy as well. Next year we’ll commit to more than one week for sure. Thank you to the great staff for the very fun week!!!”
– Kristine, July 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Spartan Allstar

Tri-City Storm Soccer Club

Fargo, North Dakota
2018 Grant Contest Finalist

“The program and the coaches are top notch. The expertise and experience the program brings to our kids that participate are such an asset to Fargo-Moorhead. Beyond soccer skills, kids are taught about teamwork and communication which are life skills that will last well beyond their time in the program.”
– Josh, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Tri-City Storm Soccer Club

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Best Science/Technology Camps & Classes of 2018

The Game Academy

San Rafael, California
“Game Academy is the highlight of my son’s week in the school year and of course, if they do summer camps, he will be in 3 out of 4 camps! Thank you, Game Academy, for all the hours of fun, hands on activities, outdoor play and socio-emotional learning.”
– Pranathi, July 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for The Game Academy

Flymore Academy

Palo Alto, California
“After several sessions with these guys and they were off to the races… taking videos… editing and making these cool videos… They are actually excited to use it now. They’ve even gotten friends into it and they feel confident enough to pass the controls over to them and teach them how to fly it. So the Flymore guys took a drone that was collecting dust and about to be sold on eBay… to igniting interest in my kids to use and understand a technology that is getting more and more advanced. And we’ve gotten some really cool family trip videos at the beach and mountains that we will have forever. (All without destroying a single drone!)”
– David, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Flymore Academy

The Scholar Ship

Austin, Texas
“Amazing place for children to learn STEM fun activities. Great location and owners make this store a staple in our community. The owner is fantastic and knowledgeable about numerous topics related to science and coding. My daughter loves attending the kids night out as well as summer camps. Just an amazing resource for our community.”
– Brian, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for The Scholar Ship

Youth Technology Learning Center, (YTLC)

Duluth, Georgia
2018 Grant Contest Finalist

“Highly recommended! I was so excited to find a technology class for my 4 year old. The teachers are amazing! I was so impressed by the level of patience that is involved in teaching a 4 year old coding. They are flexible and most c importantly, may kid loves to go. Reasonable prices!”
– Engrid, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Youth Technology Learning Center, (YTLC)

LifeTechforKIDS, LLC

Union City, California
“LifeTech (Bio-Science & Tech) is one of a kind program for young minds that opens doors for interesting learning experiences in life. I am glad there are options for kids outside of the conventional coding and math programs. Instructor Sudha has years of experience in the biotech and in a way she is giving back to the society by imparting her knowledge and experience to kids who aspire to be scientists or would like to learn about life-tech. Highly recommended!!!”
– Manish, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for LifeTechforKIDS, LLC

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Best Music & Performing Arts Camps & Classes of 2018

Rock Band Land

San Francisco, California
Also a Best of 2016 & 2017!
2018 Grant Contest Silver Prize Winner!
“This is the first camp my son ASKED to attend after walking past many times and meeting them out at the park. Other camps he felt overwhelmed with or forgotten but this was the right fit for him. He would come home excited. I so appreciate the work that goes into this kind of program and how awesome and creative it is. Thank you Rock Band! See you guys soon!!”
– Nicole, August 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Rock Band Land

CYT Houston

Spring, Texas
“This place was so formative in my development of skills specific to the arts but also in life. I am now pursuing a career as a performer and I would not be where I am without the training I received at CYT. On top of teaching kids how to better their craft, this organization provides a safe Judeo/Christian environment for kids to explore their faith and enjoy fellowship with other believers while bonding over a shared love of the theatre.”
– Jacob, April 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for CYT Houston

Ms. Marian’s Dance Garden

San Francisco, California
“Ms. Marian has taught dance to our daughter for nearly six years. What I love most about Marian is her welcoming kids of all abilities, her ability to engage even the shyest child, and her amazing energy and dedication to bringing lyrical movement to kids.”
– Esther, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Ms. Marian’s Dance Garden

 

Rock-a-Baby

New York, New York
“I am currently taking my 4th grand daughter to Rock-a-Baby and all 4 of them have loved it. Whatever will I do when I run out of kids ?”
– Denise, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Rock-a-Baby

 

Royal Stage Performing and Visual Arts

Roseville, California
“We have been a part if Royal Stage for a little over year now. My daughter takes the ballet class for kids. The teacher is wonderful, patient, & kind. Everyone that I have met from Royal Stage is the same way. We even held a birthday party there & my daughters were overjoyed! Everyone had a great time & they organized everything so that I didn’t have to stress. I would recommend Royal Stage (and I have) to anyone, especially those who just want to try out an art form or have children who are interested in the Arts. It is a fun & supportive environment that focuses on self-worth, positivity, & hard work.”
– Amanda, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Royal Stage Performing and Visual Arts


Kid Stock

San Francisco, California
Also a Best of 2015 & 2016!
2018 Grant Contest Finalist
“Kidstock is by far my kids’ favorite camp! We’ve signed up 5 years in a row. The counselors are kind, genuine and talented. The kids have so much fun dancing, singing, acting and learning camp songs and jokes. But more importantly they use their creativity, take risks, gain confidence and make friends. I also love that it is a no frills, affordable, down-to-earth environment with the kids’ best interest at heart:)”
– Monique, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Kid Stock

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Best Creative Arts Camps & Classes of 2018

The Art Beat

Campbell, California
Also a Best of 2016 & 2017!
“This camp is amazing, my daughters enjoyed it very much.they created beautiful pieces of art including a fairy house with clay and other materials. This is the second year my daughters return to such a fun camp. I would recommend it 100%”
– Perla, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for The Art Beat


CD’s Kids Art Studio

San Jose, California
Also a Best of 2015, 2016 & 2017!
“I highly recommend any class you can get with her! My son has taken 3 years of art classes with CD. She is able to teach him art, while allowing him to express himself as an individual. She celebrates his art being “different” from others, and gives him the freedom to explore without boundaries. He absolutely loves CD and I feel that she has truly nurtured the true artist in him!”
– Debra, August 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for CD’s Kids Art Studio

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Best Specialty Camps & Classes of 2018

Project Ember

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
2018 Grant Contest Grand Prize Winner!
“”It was the biggest structure I had ever built and it was my first time building.” Those were the words of my daughter, filled with pride and excitement. My eldest opened up more throughout the course of the week due to the constant atmosphere of community. My youngest learned the value of teamwork and that hard work pays off. Being unplugged for a week allowed them to engage more with their surroundings giving them the full Project Ember experience. By far my kids’ favorite camp and the best decision I could’ve made for them. I fully stand by this camp and recommend it to any parent.”
– Silvia, July 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Project Ember


Junior Chef University

Multiple Locations, Los Angeles California
“What a pleasure it is to see these young children learning the fundamentals of healthy cooking. Cathey and Sunshine have a passion for opening these doors for the children in the community. I would sign up for every class they offer if I had the time. Keep up the good work and thank you for making a difference in our community with your hard work.”
– Jamie, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Junior Chef University


EmpowerandHelp

Cary, North Carolina
2018 Grant Contest Finalist

“My kids were part of “Cards of Hope” project, it was a great experience for them. Especially the questions they asked surrounding the project as why they are making cards, where will they go, why they have to leave the homes, why no food or toys ? It was eye opening for them and us. Great way to make them social and emotionally aware . Also a great way to teach empathy.”
– Pallavi, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for EmpowerandHelp


Cook n Grow

Multiple Locations, Texas
2018 Grant Contest Finalist

“We love Cook n Grow classes! We have done workshops, adult classes, week long classes and even chose to have a Cook n Grow birthday party last year and every time it was awesome! My kids love it and we will definitely continue to participate in all of the exciting opportunities that Cook n Grow offers! They love to cook but I have a hard time carving out time and space to teach them their way around the kitchen. Gina does an amazing job.”
– Cassidy, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Cook n Grow

Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services

Rescue, California
“GHC therapy services has helped our family tremendously! Our son had a wonderful school year thanks to o/t therapy sessions and camp! The therapists did an amazing job getting to know our son and provided a wide range of activities that met his sensory needs. He loved the attention he received from each therapist and the exciting curriculum they provided to meet his needs. He loved it!”
– Susan, July 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services

happy baby, LLC

El Segundo, California
“I’ve attended Happy Baby around 4 times a week for prenatal yoga, dance, and bootcamp for the last 4 months. I couldn’t have found a more wonderful place to meet other women and stay active. Happy Baby has the most amazing people, classes, and resources. It is such an incredible asset to our community and I am grateful everyday for all it has to offer. They are the best!”
– Amy, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for happy baby, LLC

FireZone

Shaumburg, Illinois
“This place is great for kids! Such a unique birthday party place. I brought the kids I babysit here during their drop in times and they loved it. The staff are all super friendly and knowledgeable. They have real firefighters there, so the kids love that! Great place overall!”
– Natalie, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for FireZone

 

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Best Academic Camps & Classes of 2018


Launch Generation

San Diego, California
“I attended a program led by Whitney and Alexis when I was 17, and through their commitment, innovation and optimism, have been shaped into a more confident and self-aware individual than I ever imagined. Generally, life skills such as a stronger understanding of financial matters and courage in communicating and presenting have strengthened me in my entrepreneurial pursuits. More specifically, lessons I learned about social capital with them back when I was 17 played a pivotal role in my undergraduate dissertation this summer! Their dedication to every individual they come across who is willing to learn is exceptional and something I consider myself very lucky to have.”
– Meghan, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Launch Generation


Kidizens

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
Also a Best of 2015, 2016 & 2017!
“My kid had a blast at this camp – it helps that he adores Legos! I especially LOVED that this camp actually had the kids deal with real life issues and skills – problem solving given real rules, regulations, ordinances, physical constraints (like weather), and dealing with citizen requests, city needs, and externalities and consequences of actions. Building a city and dealing with things like economy, industry, pollution, services, is such a valuable thing to teach even young children. We’re definitely doing this again next year!!”
– Julie, August 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Kidizens

Andrew Simpkins Innovation Foundation

Atlanta, Georgia
“This is our 2nd year in a row, each year my 10 year old son looks forward to attending the program. Each day he has a new lesson to share for what he did that day. I don’t even have to prod him for details he tells me excitedly all on his own. Many Thanks!!”
– Desiree, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Andrew Simpkins Innovation Foundation


San Francisco Math Circle

San Francisco, California
“My husband I almost didn’t believe Ethan was our son because he’s so good at mathematics and truly enjoys it (lol)! Luckily, Math Circle was offered and exposed him to new and different math concepts that are different from what he’s learning in class. He is engaged, enjoys learning even more and is excited about it. It’s a win all around!”
– Cheryl, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for San Francisco Math Circle

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Best Outdoor Camps & Classes of 2018


Kids Dojo

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
Also a Best of 2016 & 2017!
“My son had a great week of mountain biking with Aaron. The trails and tracks they went to were fun (as reported by my son) and he came home worn out at the end of each day. Since we were visiting, it was convenient to be able to have a rental mountain bike for him to use the whole time and not have to carry the bike back and forth. We will definitely do this camp again when we are back.”
– Sasha, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Kids Dojo

Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park

Charleston, South Carolina
2018 Grant Contest Finalist

“My 9 year old son has attended the WBR camp for two summers now along with many visits throughout the year for climbing and he LOVES everything about each experience. When he arrived at camp this summer and saw the ninja course was being worked on he was ecstatic as he is a HUGE American Ninja Warrior fan and there is nothing at all remotely close to what WBR is creating. He would want to attend multiple weeks of camp and visit weekly to use the ropes course and ninja course. The staff at WBR is amazing with all of the campers and their care and responsibility for ensuring a fun and safe environment is phenomenal.”
– Abby, June 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park


Camp Ruwá

Multiple Locations, Nationwide
“My son went to Camp Ruwa last year. He marches to the beat of his own drum and doesn’t really get into sports – to the point he won’t wear clothing that has anything to do with football, basketball, etc. After attending the camp, he came home telling me, “Mom! I’m athletic on the rock wall!” He also created the motto/chant for his group, which was a huge confidence booster. He’s remained connected to his counselor and gives Kyle a hug and chats with him at every possible opportunity. I love what Camp Ruwa did in my son’s life last year, and I can’t wait to see what happens this year!”
– Jennifer, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for Camp Ruwá

YMCA of Redwoods Camp Campbell

Boulder Creek, California
“My son who is 10 has had the most amazing experiences at Camp Campbell. He attends the after school site, and has done overnights at camp. The staff are warm and friendly, the kids have tons of activities and they are encouraged to make friends with new people. Our family has been embraced by the community in childcare and camp. We love it and can’t say enough good things about it!”
– Melody, May 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for YMCA of Redwoods Camp Campbell

 

ATX Kids Club

Austin, Texas
Also a Best of 2015, 2016 & 2017!

“My six year old loved all the activities at ATX Kids Club. The weather was a challenge (100+ degree heat in mid-Aug), but the field trip guides kept the kids engaged and excited throughout the day. I was amazed at all the things my girl learned about nature, nutrition, and her beautiful city!!”
– Sara, August 2018
See all reviews & current schedules for ATX Kids Club

 

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ActivityHero’s Business Grant: Rewarding Camps Who Make a Difference






In our summer contest, your votes and reviews can help your favorite camp or class win money to improve their programs, plus enter you in a drawing for an ActivityHero Gift Card!

By Wendy Chou

 

Have you seen this logo on your favorite camp page in ActivityHero and wondered what it’s all about? We’ve just launched a new contest that benefits you and your favorite camps.

Help Support the Camps You Love

For a limited time, your favorite camp or after-school class can apply to win an ActivityHero Business Grant to enhance or grow the services they provide for families. The grand prize is $10,000 in cash and services from ActivityHero and co-sponsors, GoDaddy Website Builder and 4imprint Branded Promotional Products. This contest is a great way to reward a business that makes a positive impact for your family or community!

Vote and Write Reviews to Help You AND Your Favorite Camp Win

Businesses who have earned parents’ trust and recommendations have the best shot of taking home the prize. Here’s how it works. You can vote directly from your camp’s ActivityHero listing (look for the logo), or you can search the gallery of contestants and click the “vote now” button under your favorite camp or class. Each vote counts as an entry. You can also write a review of the business, which counts as three entries. Here’s a bonus: Every vote and review you submit enters you in a drawing for ActivityHero gift card worth up to $100! Votes and reviews will be tallied from now until July 31. Votes received before May 31 will give the business the best odds, since there are 3 monthly drawings in total (May 31, June 30, and July 31) to determine finalists. In August, the judging phase of the contest will determine the ultimate winner based on whether camps stand out in innovative ways or make a significant impact on their communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I vote for more than one camp or class?

A: Yes, you are allowed at most 1 vote per activity provider, but can vote for as many providers as you want.

Q: Can my kids participate in the Business Grant contest?

A: Unfortunately, you must be 18 or older to participate. You must also have a valid e-mail address.

Q: Where do I submit a review?

A: Go to the camp’s individual ActivityHero listing and scroll to the bottom where you’ll click on a  “write a review” button.

Q: Can I write more than 1 review?

A: You may submit at most 1 review for a specific business. You may review as many businesses as you wish.

Q: I don’t see my favorite camp or class in the gallery. How can I support them?

A: We’d love to know about your recommendation! Just visit the “suggest a camp or class” link and fill out a short form. You can also contact the business and tell them about the Business Grant contest. Encourage them to apply by visiting https://www.activityhero.com/go/grant.

About ActivityHero

ActivityHero.com is the leading online marketplace for camps, activities, after school classes, workshops, and kids’ nights out. More than 2.5 million families use us to find and book kids’ activities from a wide variety of local providers. Visit https://www.activityhero.com to start your summer camp search today!

 

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Best Camps, Classes & Kids’ Activities of 2017






ActivityHero is thrilled to announce the best camps, classes, and kids’ activities of 2017 — based on top reviews from families. See all 26 winners & 5 honorable mentions!

Best Camps, Classes & Kids Activities of 2017

When you’re looking for a new camp or class for your kids, how do you choose from all of the exciting options? There are some obvious considerations, like the schedule and location, that an activity must meet. But a great activity should be more than just a place to leave your kids during the day or when you’re busy. It should encourage kids to explore different skills, be themselves, and meet new friends. Parents should feel great leaving their kids at an activity with friendly, passionate staff.

In 2017, parents posted tons of reviews on ActivityHero about their camp/class experiences. Based on these reviews, we’ve rounded up the top activity providers in several categories (sports, science/tech, performing arts, creative arts, academic and outdoor) to help you choose your kids’ activities for next year.

You can see the highest rated camps and classes from last year at our Best Camps, Classes & Activities of 2016. If you try out a camp or class this year, please write a review** to help make them eligible for next year! To see all of our providers, you can search for activities on ActivityHero today.

**Note: All reviews must meet our review guidelines

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Best Sports Camps & Classes of 2017

Coach Ken Soccer Academy

Los Altos, California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“Coach Ken’s classes and camps are fantastic. They are very well organized, and the kids are separated into small groups by skill level, so that the teaching, 1v1, and small team games are always appropriate for each level. Ken does an amazing job breaking down the skills and fundamentals into steps that the kids can learn little-by-little, and after a while even the 5-year-olds are starting to show off some very solid dribbling skills (including a few fancy moves!)”
– Christina, April 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for Coach Ken Soccer Academy

 

GrowFit

Palo Alto, California
“My kids did not say goodbye in the mornings, and they did not want to go home in the afternoons… Thank you for the engaging program! You save working parents’ lives.”
– Janet, February 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for GrowFit

 

Spartan Allstars

La Canada Flintridge, California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“The director is fantastic and goes above and beyond to make each family’s experience positive. Both my kids attended and had a fantastic time.”
– Carrie, July 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for Spartan Allstars

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Best Science/Technology Camps & Classes of 2017

CodaKid – Kids Tech Camps

Multiple Locations, Arizona
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“My grandson was excited to get to class each morning and excited to tell me what he had accomplished each day. The leaders were helpful and willing to research questions when he wanted to do something outside this particular curriculum. The camp was well worth the cost and the new skills he learned will be an asset in his Robotics class in school.”
– Donna, June 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for CodaKid


Camp Sparkiverse

Palo Alto, California
“Our son ALWAYS wants to go to Sparkiverse! We can’t wait until our daughter is old enough to start attending some of the after-school classes. The staff is engaged, energetic, and so thoughtful. We feel that they know our son so well and are constantly looking for new ways to challenge him through the course material.”
– Kristin, April 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for Camp Sparkiverse

 

Discover Science Center

Roswell, Georgia
“My 6yo had so much fun playing and doing experiments. She loved bringing home her final results and the lab journal they created and used to document their findings. She honestly didn’t even know she was learning. I was nervous about her not knowing anyone, but they made it welcoming for everyone and she ended the week with new friends and scheduling play dates.”
– Crystal, June 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for Discover Science Center

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Best Performing Arts Camps & Classes of 2017


Steppin’ Out Dance Studio

San Francisco, California
“Owner Angela Dorantes is warm, patient, and encouraging while running an efficient, imaginative and challenging class of age-appropriate activities. As a former professional dancer, this is the program I chose for my daughter for a second year as I was so impressed with Angela’s skill and enthusiasm with this age group.”
– Greta, May 2017
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Rock Band Land

San Francisco, California
(Also a Best of 2016!)
“Highly recommended! My son LOVED THIS CAMP. The team that runs it is fun, organized, and make it amazing for the kids (and the parents too). The show on the last day is a real chart topper!”
– Karen, July 2017
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One Heart Music

Multiple Locations, California
(Also a Best of 2016!)
“This is the perfect music class for little ones! George keeps the kids engaged with both his original and classic kids songs, allowing the kids to play instruments, sing and dance while he sings and plays guitar. My son showed more involvement than I ever saw him show in other circle time activities and I think it’s due to the mix of activities and George’s positive energy and love of music, which really reflects in how the kids enjoyed the class. I would highly recommend to anyone with small children that is looking for a class that they can enjoy too!”
– Nicky, June 2017
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Mr. D’s Music Club

Oakland, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“My daughter’s second year participating in this energetic music, dance, and art camp. All the kids are belting out the tunes and have such confidence expressing themselves on stage. The dances are creative and unique. My daughter will be back next year.”
– Tanja, June 2017
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Best Creative Arts Camps & Classes of 2017

The Art Beat

Campbell, California
(Also a Best of 2016!)
“Highly recommend! My son had a wonderful time. The staff were energetic and friendly. My son wants to go back and try some of their other workshops.”
– Klare, March 2017
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Lascaux Art Academy

Belmont, California
(Also a Best of 2016!)
“My daughter has gotten to try lots of projects as well as create some of her own. The art work she brings home is amazing. It is her favorite activity every week and she would go every day if she could. She went to one of their summer camps last year and will be signing up for more this year”
– Alison, June 2017
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Gorilla Art Studio

Multiple Locations, Los Angeles California
(Also a Best of 2016!)
“Gorilla Art camp was fantastic and we look forward to our next session! The teachers and helpers were so great with my daughter and she came home with the cutest projects.”
– Brandy, June 2017
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Brushstrokes Studio

Berkeley, California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“Highly recommended. The teachers were amazing and the projects were lots of fun for my daughter! Beautiful space for your child to spend the day, with many art options.”
– Gina, April 2017
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CD’s Kids Art Studio

San Jose, California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“Excellent camp! My kids had a blast! They came home with art work they are very proud of and that they had fun creating. We will be back for sure.”
– Sarah, February 2017
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A Little Yumminess

San Francisco, California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“My kids are both HUGE fans of A Little Yumminess. This camp not only gives them confidence and skills in the kitchen, but also fills their brains and hearts with an understanding of different cultures and traditions, a healthy respect for a variety of amazing global tastes, and a kindredness with the counselors campers that has kept us coming back many times!”
– Alle, January 2017
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Butcher’s Sew Shop Junior

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“The afterschool program was amazing! I could not believe what my 5-year old could sew on a machine after only a couple of sessions. We signed her up for a week of summer camp already.”
– Hien, June 2017
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Best Academic Camps & Classes of 2017


Way To Go Programs

Los Altos, California
“As a working parent, it felt more like I was bringing my son to go on daytime adventures with family members instead of just bringing him to daycare. Love Luckie and her staff, they go the extra mile to ensure the kids have an incredible summmer. Thank you Way to Go programs!!!”
– Lisa, February 2017
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Kidizens

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“My son had a terrific time at Kidizen Lego Camp! The instructor, Scott, did an awesome job helping kids navigate the decisions and logistics of building a working community. My son loved the teamwork aspect, and came home each day excited about the creativity and the real-life things they needed to incorporate/consider. Overall, the camp was outstanding, and we would definitely recommend it to friends!”
– Jamie, June 2017
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BrainVyne – Providers of LEGO® Education

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“My son (4 year old), loved this camp!…The people were super nice and patient with my son.”
– Marena, April 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for BrainVyne

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Best Outdoor Camps & Classes of 2017


Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc.

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“The camp was a lot of fun. The bike rides were fun and a little bit challenging (which is good).”
– Roy, June 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for Wheel Kids


Kids Dojo

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2016!)
“My son LOVED the camp and exploring all the local tracks. He wants to do another session this summer if possible!”
– Lynne, June 2017
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Secret Agent Squad by Brain Bounce

Multiple Locations, California
“They did tons of cool stuff practice some basic martial arts skills with an eye toward age appropriate self defense…My daughter got to learn self defense skills from the premise of being a prepared secret agent.”
– Carrie, June 2017
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Cool Coyote Kids Camp

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“Kathy and James are great with kids and my boys loved them. They were sad on the last day and are now begging me to enroll them in the camp again.”
– Devan, June 2017
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ATX Kids Club

Multiple Locations, Austin, Texas
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“My daughter loved this camp! The low student to counselor ratio really made her feel comfortable and she really looked forward to the different adventures each day.”
– Tara, June 2017
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Adventure Camps

San Francisco & Mill Valley, California
(Also a Best of 2015 and 2016!)
“Our daughter absolutely LOVES adventure camp – both as a camper during the school year and the summertime. The staff make each day so much fun – she comes home bubbling with excitement and stories. I’d recommend this to any family!”
– Alden, June 2017
See all reviews & current schedules for Adventure Camps

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Honorable Mentions of 2017:

The Decathlon Sports Club of Los Altos

Los Altos, California
“My daughter, who is really shy and hard to please, LOVED camp. We wanted to introduce her to sports in a positive way and this was exactly the right camp. There was not a peep of complaint for the entire 2 weeks.”
– Krista, February 2017
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Artful Chefs

Vista, California
“My daughters both absolutely love cooking with Chef Pharrell and her assistants! They both have learned so much including basic cooking skills, recipes and how to substitute ingredients. I recommend these camps for anyone who wants to learn how to cook or just learn new recipes!”
– Jamie, April 2017
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EDNova Academy

San Mateo, California
“My 5th grader loves EDNova. Dr. Wang created a very inspiring and friendly environment for kids to learn and grow. My 5th grader now loves math and science, the past year’s experience with EDNova was extremely rewarding and transforming for my daughter.”
– Zhaos, March 2017
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DesignX

Los Altos, California
“This class gives your child all the tools they need to express their creativity and the freedom to find their voice. It’s really a lovely class that gives kids the opportunity to really make something on their own. The teacher was amazing and supportive!”
– Michelle, May 2017
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Golden Eagle Summer Sports Camp

Various Locations, Bay Area California
“The broad variety of daily activities easily kept them engaged, having fun, and learning new skills…The overall camp environment was energetic and supportive. It was the ideal way for our kids to spend 6-7 weeks each summer — I don’t know what we would have done without Golden Eagle!!”
– Bonnie, May 2017
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Best Camps, Classes and Kids’ Activities of 2016






ActivityHero is pleased to announce the Best of 2016! Here are the 34 camps, classes and workshops that got the most rave reviews from parents in 2016.

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What makes a great kids’ activity? Read reviews that families post on ActivityHero, and you’ll quickly see some trends. The best activities have engaged, inspiring staff who love what they do. Kids who attend develop confidence and independence. The activities nurture kids’ talents or inspire them to learn new skills. And, most important, kids can’t wait to sign up for more.

We combed through all the thousands of reviews posted in 2016 to see which activity providers were family favorites this year. The top 34 are listed here, along with an example review and a link to their full ActivityHero listing where you can read the rest of their reviews, get location details, and see what activities they have coming up.

As in the past, you’ll notice that many are in the San Francisco Bay Area, but you’ll find gems from all over the United States, too. ActivityHero just keeps on growing! Beyond these best-reviewed providers, you can also see our full list of providers from every corner of the country, or search for activities by zip code, date, interest, or age — just visit ActivityHero today.

If you’re curious about last year’s winners, you can see them in the Best Camps, Classes & Activities of 2015. And if there’s a provider you really love that didn’t make this year’s list, be sure to write a review to help make them eligible for 2017! (Note: All reviews must meet our review guidelines.)

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Best Sports Camps & Classes of 2016

Spartan Allstars

La Canada Flintridge, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“Spartan Allstars camp is awesome! What attracted me to this camp is the different sport activities through out the day and the hours are very convenient for working parents. Staff is friendly, organized and professional.
This was the first time my son has joined this camp, and he absolutely loved it! The kids are never bored. Good job Spartan Allstars!!! We will see you next year!”
– Onzell, June 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for Spartan Allstars

 

Soccer 2gether

Berkeley, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“Nitzan’s soccer program is fantastic. My kid has learned a lot and has fun along the way!”
– Hanna, June 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for Soccer 2gether

 

 

Shoreline Golf Links

Mountain View, California
“My 11 year old had a excellent week at Shoreline Junior Golf Camp! Roy Day is a fantastic instructor helping individual players at their own level while engaging them as a group in golf activities and meaningful competitions. My son learned and improved on specific skills and received helpful tips that he can apply to his game. Thanks Roy!”
– Vivan, June 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for Shoreline Golf Links

 

Peninsula Community Center Swim School Program

Redwood City, California
“I highly recommend this program! We had and excellent experience at the PCC Swim School. Our two grandsons were in town visiting and they both attended the Bubbles class for beginner swimmers. Their teacher was incredibly patient with them. She was positive and very encouraging and they both left feeling good about themselves and swimming!”
– Jana P., June 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for Peninsula Community Center Swim School Program

 

MVLA with Coach Ken

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“My 5-year old enjoyed the Spring break camp very much. We signed up for 5 days. He had a great time being outside and running. The group was small and the ratio of coaches to students was good so it allowed him to have plenty of playing time and also attention.”
– Agnes L., April 2016
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AYSO Soccer Camps

Multiple Locations, Nationwide
“The camp was outstanding and my son really enjoyed it. The counselors work incredibly hard and all had great attitudes and made the camp fun for the campers! Thank you!”
– Tobias F., August 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for AYSO Soccer Camps

 

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Best Science/Technology Camps & Classes of 2016

CodaKid – Kids Tech Camps

Multiple Locations, Arizona
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“My child loved his experience in codakid summer camp. Learning basic coding terminology and the concept of coding kept his mind stimulated and engaged all while having fun. He didn’t want the week to be over. I enjoyed seeing my child throughly enjoying his experience.”
– Lori B., July 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for CodaKid

 

Tech Rocks!

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“My son said: ‘The teachers were really fun. Minecraft was super cool. The coding was fun and easy.’ My son was excited to get to camp every day.”
– Tania T., July 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for Tech Rocks!

 

TechKnowHow LEGO and Technology Summer Camps

Multiple Locations, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“My boys loved the activities. They always came home excited to go back the next day. Great way for them to spend their vacation days.”
– Michelle, January 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for TechKnowHow

 

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Best Performing Arts Camps & Classes of 2016

Septien School of Music

Carrollton, Texas
“Out of all the years of music lessons, I have never gotten such a positive and helpful staff. What’s even better is that they provide song writing classes which I have not found anywhere else. Septien is really a great place to start a music career as a teen.”
– Caroline, March 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for Septien School of Music

 

 

Rock Band Land

San Francisco, California
“Amazing. If my kid had a choice, every day would be “Rock Band Land Day.” In a short amount of time her confidence in front of an audience improved and she started to learn the technical aspects of performing and producing a show. I like that they focused on one and only one song; it was a complicated song, but they learned the importance of sticking with something and working toward the best performance instead of jumping around with a bunch of mediocre songs…”
– Jessica, October 2016
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One Heart Music

Multiple Locations, California
“George is the best! My 2 1/2 year old boys love him. The class has the perfect blend of repetition and novelty to keep it interesting for kids and grown-ups alike.”
– Carly H., November 2016
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Kid Stock

San Francisco, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“This is such a great program for the kids. While having loads of fun making new friends, learning about theater and exploring their creativity, the kids will grow up and feel much more comfortable with public speaking. My 11 and 7 year old boys loved it.”
– Kirsten, February 2016
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Dance Mission Youth Program

San Francisco, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“A wonderful program. Great instructors, a very positive atmosphere. My daughter made a lot of friends and had a great time learning new dance styles including salsa and belly dancing and Taiko drumming!”
– Jocelyn, July 2016
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Best Overnight Camps of 2016

uCamps

Multiple Locations, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“Ucamp is a great, safe, place that I look forward to sending my child each year. Next year will be her 3rd yr and the kindness the kids show is refreshing. It’s a comfort to know that the kids are learning great lessons in respect and kindness while doing what they love. The talent at their end of camp performance is fantastic!”
– Sherrie, July 2016
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Best Creative Arts Camps & Classes of 2016

The Art Beat

Campbell, California
“My kid went here for a week for the whole day (both morning and afternoon sessions) and liked it immensely. She had a lot of great stuff to show at the end of the week, which she proudly did. Very friendly staff, great location and great program!”
– Mani P., June 2016
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Lascaux Art Academy

Belmont, California
“My girls have gone to several different camps at Lascaux and love it every time. They love the variety of art projects and materials that they get to work with, and every teacher they have had. The staff is really nice and easy going.”
– Rene M., March 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for Lascaux Art Academy

 

 

Gorilla Art Studio

Multiple Locations, Los Angeles California
“My girls LOVED their Flower Fairies Art Camp!! They brought home the most adorable crafts and were just filled with imagination and creativity when they got home. The best part was when they came home and recreated the whole art workshop for their little sister and created their own homemade craft for her to get involved. 🙂 The camp was so affordable but the way they were inspired to create and explore the world around even after they left the studio was PRICELESS! Thank you Gorilla Art, you are a gem!”
– Andrea, July 2016
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Brushstrokes Studio

Berkeley, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“Arty Einstein was my daughter’s first camp at Brushstrokes. She had a great time the entire week. We were all super impressed with the artwork she brought home at the end of camp: plate, mug, mirror hanging, fusing item, etc. All were well made and beautiful. Would highly recommend Brushstrokes!”
– Shee Y., July 2016
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CD’s Kids Art Studio

San Jose, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“My daughter spent a week in the winter Art camp. She loved working on the various projects and creations — from sketches to paintings, to mosaics, to papier-mâché. She was sad when the week was over. The studio is welcoming to kids, and encourages creativity. CD was wonderful with the kids and parents. Would go back for another camp in the future!”
– Victoria, January 2016
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A Little Yumminess

San Francisco, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“This camp is amazing! The children learn so much about the region they study, the flavors and methods of cooking that region’s food, and just generally how to be competent and creative in the kitchen. They work hard but also have a great time, and I find that they appreciate food and meal preparation so much when they get home. Simran and Stacie are great teachers.”
– Merritt, November 2016
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ART-Smart Studios

San Mateo, California
“ArtSmart was a really creative, engaging and fun experience for my daughter. We signed her for one week spring camp but extended it to two because she enjoyed it a lot. Science and art often seem to develop in separate silos but it’s good to combine them as the classes at ArtSmart stimulating their analytical and creative minds. We were surprised to hear her talking to her granddad discussing about pulleys and gears and how she was able to engineer a robot. The staff led by Shilpa who is an excellent artist herself, is caring and dedicated making sure that kids have a good time. I highly recommend ArtSmart for summer/spring programs or classes in general.”
– Anand, May 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for ART-Smart Studios

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Best Academic Camps & Classes of 2016

Young Outliers

Palo Alto, California
“Young Outliers was an amazing experience for my 14-year-old son. Carefully designed and implemented by Steve and Gigi, two dedicated educators and entrepreneurs. My kid was challenged, had fun, made friends, learned and grew a lot in just 2 weeks. He feels much more confident about following his passion now. The Dolphin Tank was an amazing event and we could feel how confident all the kids were doing their presentations. Thanks Steve and Gigi for your support and dedication to this project and our kids! I really recommend this camp for teens.”
– Paula L., July 2016
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Kidizens

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“Both my daughters, 9 & 12, had a great time at Kidizens this Winter Break. They learned so much more than just the physical “building of a LEGO city” – it was more like “building a complex civilization”. They learned to think about all aspects of city development from police and fire departments, to solar energy and water purification, to governance and education. They defined roles within their group and formed alliances with other cities to share resources. Their favorite part was trying to figure out how to save their citizens when “calamities” befell their citizens overnight. (The teachers would put notes next to people or buildings describing a fire or snowfall or flood.) Thinking about what could happen and how they might deal with it kept them really excited about going back the next day. Why didn’t they have things like this for us to do when we were kids?”
– Lorraine, December 2016
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Mathletes

Los Altos, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“I’ve never seen my son so excited about math before! He absolutely loves Coach K, doing math in a fun interactive process with his friends. They accomplish high level projects in such a quick lesson. Highly recommend this class for all kids!”
– Sara H., March 2016
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Champ Learning Academy

San Ramon, California
“Our kids attended a themed art class in Dec. 2015 and the teacher was compassionate and engaged the kids very well. We plan to attend a coding class in 2016.”
– P.S., January 2016
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BrainVyne – Providers of LEGO® Education

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“My daughter had a great experience with the Lego/Pump it Up camp at Santa Clara. She loves legos and is into pre-engineering games but doesn’t always have great outlets to explore these talents in a field that tends to be male dominated. The staff/teachers at BrainVyne did an excellent job of making her feel comfortable and confident and allowing her to advance her interests. The were also mindful of pairing her with a well-matched partner and together they built amazing projects – even going beyond the daily projects. I would highly recommend to friends and especially young girls looking for friendly and productive pre-engineering outlets.”
– Anna S., August 2016
See all reviews & current schedules for BrainVyne

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Best Outdoor Camps & Classes of 2016

Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc.

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“…My 9 year old just rode to the very top of Angel Island and he is incredibly proud of himself. They are also incredibly confident on their bikes now and are much more comfortable riding around the city after their experience at Wheel Kids. Highly recommend!!”
– Jean K., November 2016
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Kids Dojo

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
“My sons have been coming to camp for the past 4 years and each year they love it even more! Great counselors and professionally run, but most importantly, my kids are having a great time and are becoming confident riders.”
– Shari W., July 2016
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Gorilla Play Day

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“Highly recommend this program. Chris is a fantastic teacher/person who has so much energy and it really shows how much he enjoys teaching this class because my kids always have the best things to say. The class is the perfect thing for after school- getting out all that extra energy in a fun, constructive way. There is nothing more fun that playing physical games for my kids, they absolutely enjoy themselves thoroughly and come home with smiles.”
– Pamela, December 2016
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Cool Coyote Kids Camp

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“My daughter really enjoyed the camp. Kathy is wonderful, fun and warm. Highly recommend it!”
– Hyun J., November 2016
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Avid4 Adventure

Multiple Locations, Bay Area California
“This was my child’s favorite camp this summer! Kayaking, Mountain Biking, hiking, paddle boarding, outdoor skills all in one week without going to sleep away camp. It was great!”
– Nancy, May 2016
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ATX Kids Club

Multiple Locations, Austin, Texas
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“I highly recommend ATX kids club to parents. My son has been attending ATX Kids Club since last October and he loves it! Tammy always find something fun for them to do and it is a great mid week break from the other demands of our lives to him. We appreciate the thought that she puts into each activity.”
– Diana C., January 2016
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Adventure Camps

San Francisco & Mill Valley, California
(Also a Best of 2015!)
“The kids absolutely loved it! Came back happy and exhausted.”
– Tabea N., August 2016
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Best Camps, Classes & Activities of 2015






Here are the best camps, classes, and activities of 2015 — based on reviews posted by families on ActivityHero. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Best of 2015 ActivityHero

When you’re choosing an activity, camp, or class for your child, getting advice from other families can really help.

That’s why ActivityHero collects thousands of reviews every year — to help you see which camps and classes are most popular, and why.

We’re pleased to announce the 44 businesses who got the most accolades in 2015. You may notice that many are in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is home base for ActivityHero. But you’ll also find businesses from other cities and states, too. Be sure to scroll to the end to check out all the winners!

And if your favorite business isn’t on the 2015 list, be sure to write a review to help make them eligible for 2016! (Note: All reviews must meet our review guidelines.)

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Adventure camps & classesBest Outdoor Camps & Classes of 2015

Adventure Camps
San Francisco, CA
“My daughter had the time of her life at this camp. She went on a treasure hunt through golden gate park and explored new playgrounds. I love that they are taking the children to new places and introducing new experiences they might not otherwise have, such an amazing camp! Our only regret is that we didn’t find out about it sooner.”

ATX Kids Club
Austin, TX
“My two children loved ATX Kids Club! That thought it was great to go on a new adventure everyday! I thought it was phenomenal to have the kids experience the city, ride the city bus and do amazing activities that they came home gushing about everyday all for a very affordable price!”

Cool Coyote Kids Camp
Portola Valley, CA
“My almost 8 year old loved it! The chance to go with other kids to the beach or the woods and play in the sand/ water/ creek/ climb trees vs. urban days that are too often structured or split up into “enrichment” activities during summers. A fabulous old fashioned “reset” couple of weeks.”

San Francisco Maritime
San Francisco, CA
“It must have been good, my son asked if he could go back to this camp again. He enjoyed sailing on the bay, learning about the boats and the ocean ecosystem. I loved that he was outside all day getting to know the bay and the life of a sailor.”

San Francisco Outdoor Camp
San Francisco, CA
“Our kids LOVED IT!!!! Margaret and Darcie put on an AMAZING camp for young kids… learning, making, doing, getting dirty in the sand and dirt, climbing trees.”

Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
“This is one of the best camps my son has ever done! He changed from a tentative biker to an intrepid one! I am amazed at the ambitiousness of the trips and how they work out every time! My son returns home tired, dirty and confident… and utterly delighted! Can’t recommend it enough!”

Academic Camps & ClassesBest Academic Camps & Classes of 2015

Centro Armonia
Campbell, CA
“By the end of the summer, my 8 year old told me she was starting to think in Spanish! She said wants to go to Spanish Camp every summer- that makes it easy. See you next year!”

Kidizens
Los Altos, CA
“My son just finished a week of camp at Kidizens and he absolutely loved it! The combination of Lego building and learning about urban planning, taxes, the court system, laws and citizenship was incredibly interesting and enlightening to my child. He came home excited every day about what he had learned. The woman who ran the camp did a terrific job of helping the children to understand the WHY of so many issues in a city. Kidizens was a great experience and worth every penny!”

Mathletes
Los Altos, CA
“My child had so much fun at Mathletes camp! He was eager to get there early in the morning to get started. He loved the challenging puzzles and was able to use his creativity. Coach K fosters a fun and exciting environment for the kids.”

Wealthy Habits
Atlanta, GA
“I was nervous that my middle schooler would not enjoy learning so early into summer vacation, but all he talked about was his Wealthy Habits class! He is even looking for stock market information in the paper and lecturing his younger sisters on wealthy habits!”

Cooking classes & campsBest Creative Arts Camps & Classes of 2015

A Little Yumminess
San Francisco, CA
“From the 9 year old: ‘This was really fun. I loved making pizza and pasta and especially the desserts!'”

Abantey: The Roleplay Workshop
Oakland, CA
“Roleplay workshop is fantastic! Kids really learn how to work together and stay on task while having fun! It is a must do camp for my kids every summer – they insist!”

CD’s Kids Art Studio
San Jose, CA
“Both my sons were enrolled here for the week long camp and they had a great time. I’m sorry I didn’t do it earlier in the summer as I would have sent them for a second week! we’ll definitely be doing this camp every summer. Thank you”

Art With Jenny
Mountain View, CA
“Jenny is so enthusiastic and creative, and really gives individual attention to each of her students. My daughter says the projects are ‘Jennytastic’!”

Brushstrokes Studio
Berkeley, CA
“What a great place! Our 5 year old daughter has done several camps there and she absolutely love it and it’s very happy. And she comes home with great pottery that we use everyday!”

Circus of Smiles
Berkeley, CA
“My daughters love the humor and freedom for expression in this class!”

Mariposa Kids Community Project
San Francisco, CA
“My two kids loved their first summer camp at Mariposa Kids. The counselors are very engaging with the kids and they kept them busy with variety of fun outdoor activities. I would definitely recommend this camp to parents with active kids who prefer to be outdoors and just enjoy the summer!”

Butcher’s Sew Shop Junior
Philadelphia, PA
“My son absolutely enjoyed his classes at Sew Philly. He looked forward to making a new creation each week. It was amazing to see his work product, even more so, it was wonderful to see how his abilities in sewing developed over the span of the course.”

Young Builders Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA
“My 7 year old son is half-way through his first session at Young Builders and absolutely loves it. Kobi (Owner) gives children enough instruction so they do things safely, but gives them room to experience and really work independently. I’ve loved that they don’t start from a kit — they start building things from a block of wood. My son comes home with a boosted confidence that comes from working with his hands. I’ve noticed a willingness for him to try to fix stuff around the house and confidence in his problem solving. I absolutely recommend this place and plan on continuing the classes and signing up my other children.”

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uCamps
Boulder Creek, CA, CA
“Our first time away from home camper had a fabulous time. The great counselors are well trained to deal with the normal homesickness and anxiety that a young camper might experience. Both of our kids made great new friends and want to go back next summer.”

Wanderers
San Francisco, CA
“My twin daughters have rated Wanderers as their favorite camp since they were seven. Every activity has been fun and they have so many special memories. The group leaders are terrific and the sites are gorgeous. They have referred six of their friends to Wanderers, whom have each enjoyed it as much as they!”

performing arts camps & classesBest Performing Arts Camps & Classes of 2015

Children’s Playhouse Theater
West Hollywood, CA
“CPT is AWESOME!! We signed our kid up over Christmas and now we want MORE!! Putting her in for at least 2 weeks this summer. She had a blast and meet new friends along with her 3 awesome girlfriends that joined her. The guys who run it are amazing and filled with creativity and fun. Any kid would love this group!”

Dance Mission Youth Program
San Francisco, CA
“Dance Mission Youth Program is one of the best in the city. The teachers are extraordinary and teach more than just dance. I was impressed with the care they take with the youth to teach about integrity and community. All the programs emphasize multicultural dances and music. My daughter loved the summer camp and we plan to sign up for a class during the school year. Parking is the only downside, but it’s entirely worth the extra few minutes of looking for a spot. I am super grateful to all the teachers at Mission Dance.”

Kid Stock
San Francisco, CA
“Kidstock is a special camp that my son looks forward to all year. There is a kind of magic to the place. The kids learn performance skills and enjoy putting on a musical in a supportive and relaxed environment. My son has done it five years in a row, and he plans to return next year!”

Little Opera
San Francisco, CA
“My son is going into his 4th year of Little Opera. It has been a very positive, fun, creative after school activity for him. He loves it and loves all the teachers. I am thrilled to go to his Opera at the end of every season.”

Maureen McVerry’s Musical Theatre Camp
Redwood City, CA
“Maureen’s camp just gets better every year. It is simply a fantastic camp for all kinds of kids — no need for experience or even interest in theater, just come ready to spend the day running around, singing, dancing, and having a great time with the best camp director around and her topnotch associates and aides.”

Mr. D’s Music Club
Oakland, CA
“Our 4th grader loves Mr D’s camps so much that we arrange our summer vacation around them. She has attended the after-school Glee program and the summer camps for a few years, and cannot get enough of them. Stephen is not only musically talented, but is fantastic with kids. The other teachers seem to always add something positive and important, as well. The vibe I get when picking my daughter up from camp is one of super-happy children who are finding creative parts of themselves they may not have known were there, and working together as a group to produce something exciting. They work hard, have fun, and learn musical and performance concepts in the process. The show at the end of camp always makes me cry!”

Ms. Marian’s Dance Garden
San Francisco, CA
“We were looking for a ballet class, but found that most instructors were rather militant and strict. That wasnt for us. But then we were referred to Ms Marian. We really struck gold with Ms Marian as our daughter absolutely LOVES her, and honestly we as parents love her too. She is caring, professional and always finds a way to make her classes fun and engaging. Our daughter started out with Storytime Ballet over a year ago and now is enrolled in 3 classes with Ms Marian including tap and hiphop.”

Ragazzi Boys Chorus
Redwood City, CA
“The Ragazzi Boys Chorus opened up a whole world for my son and has truly changed his life. The music theory education and vocal training is top-notch, but even more important, the program has given him tremendous confidence, poise, camaraderie, collaboration skills, cultural understanding, and a source of accomplishment and delight. After over eight years in the program, his Ragazzi “brothers” are among his closest friends.”

Rockin’ Rhythm Music Camp
Pasadena, CA
“My kids have taken music with Dani for years. I have 7 children and thanks to Dani, 6 of them are musicians. They sing, dance, act and play multiple instruments including piano, guitar and Ukulele. No one could come more highly recommended. Not to mention she has an amazing rapport with kids and a super fun personality. Love that gal! Have fun.”

San Francisco Rock Project
San Francisco, CA
“Fantastic program, the instructors are excellent. The kids learn songs from a wide variety of musical styles, and my son always says how glad he is he learned about music he had never heard before. Quote: “Lou Reed is so much better than pop music, mom!” The instructors are so positive and encouraging of all the kids getting experience playing together and performing in real city venues. Great camp and year-round program, too.”

science/tech camps & classesBest Science/Technology Camps & Classes of 2015

Aviation Camp
San Carlos, CA
“Engaging, enriching and hands on. Many new activities everyday. Pick up and drop off a breeze. The length worked for my 5, 7 and 8 year old, ,not too long, but not too short. There was a good mix of girls and boys.”

BrainVyne – Providers of LEGO® Education
Palo Alto, CA
“My son absolutely loved going to Zoom and Star Wars Lego summer camp for 6-8 year olds. He said his favorite was building R2D2. Since it was a nice small group, it was a comfortable and low-key place for him to build and meet new friends. He really liked Maggie – the instructor.”

CodaKid – Kids Tech Camps
Chandler, AZ
“Great! Our 10 yr old son was nervous to go but super excited afterwards. He was so proud to show us his killer carrot he coded for Minecraft. He wants to sign up for more.”

Destination Science
Albany, CA
“Fantastic camp – my 8 year old daughter loved it. The only problem was that her younger siblings were jealous of all the cool stuff she brought home, from a solar balloon to various rockets! We will do again next year (and reduce jealously by signing up her younger brother next time too!) and recommend highly.”

Tech Rocks!
San Mateo, CA
“TechRocks is a good introduction to coding, typing and minecraft. My daughter had fun with the camp ~ thank you!”

TechKnowHow LEGO and Technology Summer Camps
Palo Alto, CA
“Our son said he wouldn’t change a thing about the camp. He was happy to go there each day, and happy when we picked him up. Good job!”

sports camps & classesBest Sports Camps & Classes of 2015

Core TKD
San Mateo, CA
“My son has really enjoyed his 2nd week of camp with Core TKD, he is truly inspired by Meggie and her team, they seem to capture the perfect mixture of fun times with discipline and learning.”

Gorilla Play Day
Atherton, CA
“Chris provides an energetic and extremely encouraging environment for the kids. His attitude builds self-confidence as the kids build physical coordination and stamina.”

League of Upstanders Anti-Bullying Camp
Santa Monica, CA
“Highly recommend! Richard is such an amazing teacher and our daughter had a total blast with him and the other kids. He’s fun, and funny, and gives amazing life skills that the kids really take in and thoroughly enjoy.”

MVLA with Coach Ken
Los Altos, CA
“Highly recommend! Richard is such an amazing teacher and our daughter had a total blast with him and the other kids. He’s fun, and funny, and gives amazing life skills that the kids really take in and thoroughly enjoy.”

P.O.M. Squad
Germantown, MD
“My Daughter loves the program. She got to interact with other kids and make new friends while at the same time doing what she enjoys.. dancing! The instructors were great and Ms.Tasha is awesome mentor and on point with communication. I would definitely recommend this program to other parent’s.”

Pilates Afterschool – Strong, Centered, Confident Kids
Los Altos, CA
“My daughter loved this as a second grader, and is excited to be back again for third grade! It’s taught in a fun and kid-friendly way, and I appreciate that they are learning about their bodies and how to be healthy for life.”

Soccer 2gether
Berkeley, CA
“Soccer2gether is a wonderful program, teaching great skills and team spirit while emphasizing fair play and fun. My son’s group is becoming a real team, and you can tell they’re enjoying it. Nitzan coaches with head and heart, and he offers something for every skill level. Highly recommended!”

Spartan Allstars
La Canada Flintridge, CA
“Spartan Allstars was a GREAT experience for my daughter. The staff greeted her every morning by name and with a big smile and welcome. They let me know how she did on a daily basis and gave me feedback on her strengths. My daughter is looking forward to returning next year!”

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Best of 2013: Kids Camps and Classes






ActivityHero Best of 2013 WinnersCongratulations to this years “Best of 2013” winners!  These classes and summer camps and classes are parent favorites.

Athena Camps, SF Bay Area
Abantey: The Roleplay Workshop, Oakland, CA
BETTERBALL! Basketball & Sports, Philadelphia Area
Camp Doodles
, SF Bay Area
Camp Edmo, SF Bay Area
Camp Galileo, SF Bay Area
Daddis Kids Mixed Martial Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Destination Science, CA, NY, TX, WA
Kids on Campus at Bucks Community College, Newtown, PA
Maureen McVerry’s Musical Theatre, San Carlos, CA
Monkey Business Camp, Berkeley, CA
Summerside at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA
TechKnowHow Technology and LEGO Summer Camps, SF Bay Area

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