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Boredom Busters: Interesting New Classes To Try Next Week

Extra curricular activities open kids’ minds to new interests. They help build skills outside of the classroom. They provide a productive break from study. And they open new social opportunities to grow a community. Here are editor’s picks for interesting new classes to try:

Foreign Language

The many cognitive benefits of learning languages are undeniable. People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills.*

Theater Games in Spanish – Beginners

by Rogue Artists Ensemble

Learn Spanish through theatre games and music! We naturally learn language through trial and error and through play. In Theatre Games in Spanish, students learn to communicate in Spanish by playing games and having fun. We strive to joyfully instill a love of language through embodied learning and play.

Grades K – 5

$17/day starting Feb 22

German for Beginners: Singing & Speaking

by Musical Learning

In this fun and musical class, learners explore German greetings, keywords, introduction vocabulary and pronunciation – through music! Learning a language is fun and easy with Ms. Kelsey – let’s sing, dance and color! 

Ms. Kelsey is a professional opera singer and language teacher, and she started Musical Learning in 2016. She has taught German, French, English and ‘Musical Science’ for the past 10 years both online and in person. 

Ages 3 – 7

$100/ 8 session series that meets twice a week starting Feb 22


STEM

Skills attained through STEM education include problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, acceptance of failure and more.*

Explorations in Quantum Physics

by Electivity Kids

In the first 4 weeks of the session, students learn about the electromagnetic nature of matter and energy, including: Magnetism, Magnetic Induction Electricity, Photons, Solar Energy. In the second half of the session, students are introduced to atoms, subatomic particles and the Periodic Table of Elements (Hydrogen to Xenon). They learn how atoms form molecules, and also learn about the structure of the Periodic Table.  Class content is taught through engaging visual aids, physical demonstrations and thought-provoking discussion.

Grades 5 – 12

$230/ full series, ongoing until March 22

Python Programming 1: Live Online Class

by Kodeclik Online Academy

Python is one of the most feature-packed coding languages ever and today underlies the foundation of many websites, applications, and games.

This fast moving course assumes no prior experience with Python programming but rapidly takes you to high levels of functionality illustrating how you can write your own programs in Python!

Ages 11 – 18

$399 / 16-session series beginning Feb 19

Ancient Greece to Quantum Realms

by Digivations Institute

With An Emphasis on the Homeric epics of The Iliad and the Odyssey, the Milesian School of Thought yielding Thales, Pre-Socratics highlighting Democritus and the Socratic Period illustrative of Socrates Philosophy in the Context of Innovation Ranging from The Theory of Everything to Einstein’s Unified Theory and Quantum Realms.

Digivations Institute has NASA award-winning curriculum and is an ActivityHero Best of 2020.

ages 12 & up

$49/day ongoing until May 25

Curiosity Club S.T.E.A.M. Lab – science & art fun

by Active Art & Science

Join us online for S.T.E.A.M powered fun where you will explore the curious worlds of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Conduct experiments, create art, build, take things apart and enjoy learning how art, science, engineering and technology are connected.

Ages 5 – 10

$96/ 6-session series beginning Feb 22


Homeschooling

Homeschool offers academic flexibility. During these ever-changing COVID times, many families have turned to this option. Try these classes for academic homeschooling and enrichment education!

Martial Arts & Life Lessons

by Family Karate

Family Karate provides fun, fitness, karate, and life skills.  Now your child can enjoy our unique blend of martial arts and character building in our live online classes with a Master Instructor.

In each class we’ll ask you to set a self leadership goal for your children, and in the next class we’ll follow up progress on those goals.

Ages 5 – 11 but fun for the whole family! Try it as a stress reliever!

$10/day trial classes or $20/day regular price ongoing throughout spring

First Grade Curriculum! Homeschooling 101!

by Homeschool Academy

This is a great introductory trial for parents thinking about homeschooling their kids.

In this curriculum which follows the Common Core State Standards, we dive into EVERYTHING your child should learn in First Grade WOW! See below for a snapshot of some of the covered content. In previous classes on different platforms– parents would RAVE how their child would not be able to read at all prior to Mrs. Hendricks Academy and by the end of the curriculum- they were reading whole sentences, creative writing on their own and excelling. 

Ages 4 – 8

$7/class. Special discount available $145/month

Princess Story Time Ballet Dance Camp

by Lovely Leaps

Each week we will have a different princess joining the class. After the princess arrives the children will perform their dance while the princess sings, Then they will sit with their favorite toy while the princess reads a fun book! After story time the children will have a chance to each personally interact with the princess! It’s not everyday your child will get to have a virtual Disneyland experience! 

Ages 3 – 6

$17/day starting March 4


Tired of online classes? Try a fun Lego® course:
Amusement Park LEGO® Engineering

by SNAPOLOGY OF LOS GATOS

We bet your child loves going to amusement parks to experience the variety of fast, dropping, and spinning rides, but have they ever thought about the science that goes into building those rides and the people who are responsible for designing them? In Snapology’s Amusement Park Engineering class, students will become engineers building their own amusement park rides like roller coasters, Ferris wheel , Bumper Car and other awesome rides!! 

Snapology of Los Gatos serves Almaden, Camden, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Cupertino.

Ages 5 – 12

$150/ 4-session series starting Feb 24

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Valentine’s Day Classes and Camps for Kids

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with art, yoga, baking, and more! These are some of our favorite Valentine-themed online classes and camps for kids.

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SATURDAY SCIENCE: Valentine’s Science

Join this online workshop and experiment with candy chemistry! Create a sugar density gradient and make a Skittles liquid rainbow, and of course, make Valentine’s oobleck. Registration includes a Valentine’s Science Kit with all the materials to follow along in this live, hands-on class.

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Valentine Painting Art Lesson

Sketch and paint a Valentine’s Day masterpiece in this online class! Learn how to draw with step by step instructions from a live teacher. The class will begin with basic shape recognition during the sketching phase and will then move on to coloring and basic shading techniques.

Science Workshop for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Science Workshop

Join this FREE workshop for crafts, science projects, games, and guest speakers. At Hypothesis Haven Science Club’s 2nd Annual HeART of Science event,  kids will learn about the hardest-working muscle in the body (the heart) and how to keep it healthy and strong! They will also learn about new treatments and discoveries that doctors and scientists are working on to help people with heart disease.

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Class

Join this Valentine’s Day cookie-baking class and spread some love in the kitchen! The price includes a shipment of gourmet cookie mix, a new silicon mat, sprinkles, and some surprises. You will learn how to make hand-cut sugar cookies, roll out the dough, bake, decorate with chocolate, royal icing, and sprinkles. 

Valentine's Crafts & Classes for Kids

Valentines Day Pop-Up Cards!

Make your very own Valentine’s Day pop-up card in this interactive online class!  Pick a special person to make your card for and design something unique and fun just for them. Learn about sign language and how to say “I love you” with your hand as you engage in fun arts and crafts.

Valentine's Clay Sculpting Art Lesson for Kids

Valentine Clay Sculpting Art Lesson

Learn how to sculpt with step-by-step guidance from a live art instructor! The class will begin with ball shapes during the preparation phase and will then move on to color and basic sculpting techniques. Kids of all skill levels can use clay or playdough to sculpt cute Valentine’s Day animals.

Valentine Family Craft Workshop

Pop up card – Family Workshop

This Valentine’s Workshop is a sweet activity for the whole family! The Materials Kit has supplies for 4 guests in the same household. You’ll learn how to make these amazing Pop Up Valentine Cards that you can personalize. A heartfelt gift for friends, grandparents, and teachers. The kids-only workshop is also an option here.

Valentine's Day Yoga for Kids - Practicing Self Love

Valentine’s Day Family Yoga

Focus on self-love with this gentle and relaxing yoga! Follow along in this accessible, live class to center your body and mind. The gentle flow will end with a guided meditation, focusing on love.

Valentine's Day Celebration with Curious Mind Academy

Valentine’s Day Celebration

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Curious Mind Academy! Join this virtual party for 90 minutes of fun. Play themed games, enjoy some Valentine’s Day trivia, and top it all off by making a special treat, chocolate brownie mug cake. 

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Kids Activities for Presidents Day

Searching for kids activities to do during Presidents Day break? Try these on-demand kids activities, which are great for any downtime during the break. Here are some of our favorite DIY activities and printables for school holidays.

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Art History – Hiawatha

In this 60-minute video, learn about an important historical leader, Hiawatha. Follow along in drawing this colorful portrait while learning historical information, color pencil technique, and shading.

Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities. 

On-Demand Yoga for kids

Beginners Yoga Class

In this video, Ms. Priscilla presents this fun class for kids of all ages which is designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga.  Class is slower paced and focused on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. Come to learn, play, and maybe even break a sweat in a supportive environment.  

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Pottery Kit

Explore the history of clay art and become a clay artist yourself!

The Ship & Make Kit includes air dry clay, a ceramic tile, tools, acrylic paints, and a pottery badge! This 30-minute YouTube instructional video will allow children/tweens to follow along and pause when they need more time. This video was recorded to meet the requirements for the Girl Scout Pottery Badge, but fun for all to participate! 

Learn at Home Challenger Virtual Soccer for Kids

Learn Soccer At Home

Players will be able to access 6 different videos through your account once registration is complete, covering age-appropriate sessions designed to work on ball mastery, skills, tricks and moves. This is balanced with a fun and educational approach which implements our Champions of Characters philosophy.

The wider world of soccer is important to us too, and we profile a different country every time- this bundle is focused on the USA.

Kids Activities for Presidents Day or any school breaks

Create Flappy Bird Using Scratch

In this video, Hannah from Codemoji.com will show you how to create a flappy bird-like game using Scratch. Code your own game, learn Scratch functions, and build a foundation in programming skills and critical thinking.

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Build a Star Finder

Follow this video and printout tutorial to build your own Starfinder, a version of an ancient model of the sky.

Build your own Starfinder, and it will show you how the sky looks at any hour of any night of the year! All you have to do is “program” the Starfinder with the date and time you want.

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Make Flat Bread Pizza with a Celebrity Chef

Grab your ingredients and join Chef Michelle Minori as she leads your family through the process of making flatbread pizza in this fun-filled cooking adventure! Together, you will learn how to make the flatbread dough, chop toppings, make a dressing and more. Chef Michelle will teach you new techniques and share a little bit about how to make this recipe your own. 

Anime Manga Workshop with Young Rembrandts

Anime Manga Workshop

Follow along with these videos of an Anime Manga workshop and your student will learn to draw our favorite Japanese style art. This five day workshop includes ten on-demand videos with over 10 hours of drawing and coloring direction taught by Young Rembrandts founder and CEO, Bette Fetter. Draw at your own pace! Students can pause and rewind each lesson as needed.

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Rainbow Cake Baking

Follow this on-demand video to bake a delicious and eye-catching rainbow cake. Fun for the whole family, all on your own time! Join Active Art and Science for more hands-on activities you can do on your own.

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Kids On-Demand Activities for Holiday Break

On-demand classes and activities for your child are great for any downtime during the holiday break. Whether traveling or staying at home, these activities will keep your kids busy and having fun. Here are some of our favorite on-demand activities for the holidays.

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On-Demand Music for holiday break

Jingle Bells Piano Lesson

In this fun-filled lesson, your child will learn how to play Jingle Bells on the piano with KidzKeys, just in time for the holidays! The KidzKeys On-Demand Lessons give students in K through 3rd Grade an opportunity to explore and express their own creativity. Your child will love Ms. Emily’s fun and encouraging teaching style.

On-Demand Crafts for Holiday break

Polar Bear Crafts

Create a cute polar bear with cotton balls and complete a fun polar bear research project with Lakeshore Learning’s on-demand crafts for kids. Check out more of their winter themed crafts here.

On-demand printables for holiday break and kids sudoku sheets for free

Free Winter Coloring and Sudoku Sheets

Choose from a collection of free Winter and Holiday themed coloring sheets and Sudoku printables! These are great for long car rides or for the whole family to enjoy.

On-Demand Art Class for Holiday break

Holiday Wreath Art Lesson

Ms. Kristin from AB Fine Art Studio takes you step-by-step in a video that shows you how to draw and paint this beautiful holiday wreath!  You can purchase their December Art Box that has absolutely everything you need to create this holiday painting at home.

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How to Draw a Holiday Puppy

This 60 minute video by Young Rembrandts walks you through drawing an adorable holiday puppy. Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities.

Making the perfect pie shell on-demand for kids

Making the Perfect Pie Shell

In this free video you’ll learn how to make the perfect pie shell.  You’ll learn how to create pie dough and then how best to roll out out and form it into a pie pan.  Have fun in the kitchen while making a delicious dessert for the holidays!

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Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card

In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

Galileoscope telescope kit for the holiday break

Galileoscope Telescope Kit for the Holidays

This on-demand activity includes a telescope kit and video instruction, where an expert astronomer and telescope builder will walk you through the process of assembling the telescope. Then, begin exploring the universe like Galileo did over 400 years ago and see the wonders of the winter sky!

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On-Demand STEM: DIY Activities and Printables

On-demand STEM classes and activities for your child are a great option when you need an activity at any time of day. ActivityHero provides a wide variety of classes and activities in science, technology, coding, engineering, math, and more! Here are some of our favorite on-demand STEM activities.

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How Can Robots Help Us? by Create & Learn

From WALL-E, Baymax, to Transformers, robots have been some of our favorite movie characters. In this Open Class, Professor Atkeson from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University will walk us through the basics of robotics and then explore soft robots, which have soft cushiony bodies.

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How to Design Vaccines by Playing Games

Do you know your kids can help scientists solve puzzles and design vaccines by playing games? Genetics, together with computer science, are two of the most promising fields for the future. Join this talk to learn the basics of genetics and explore the fun game designed by Stanford experts!

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How to Make a Solar Oven

Have fun baking a dessert with your kids and learn some science at the same time with this DIY Solar Oven by Beau Coffron, in partnership with Home Depot. All you need is an old pizza box and a handful of tools and materials. In just a few easy steps, you’ll have created an innovative solar oven!

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Hour of Code – Learn JavaScript

Learn how to code with Javascript in Classroom Antics’ easy-to-use web interface and self-guided lessons. Progress through fun online coding activities at your own pace. Complete up to 9 lessons (one hour each). Lessons feature fun projects such as creating an facetracker, eclipse simulation, greeting card, snapchat filter, community map and more!

LEGO® on-demand activities

Playgineering with Legos! Castle Turrets

This On-Demand segment is part of our Playgineering and Fungineering series that uses the Engineer’s Process to create scenes with Technic and regular Legos and other materials through design, construction, robotics and play.

In this segment, in addition to highlighting key features that define turrets of castles, we provide step-by-step instructions for building turrets using 2×4 and 2×2 Lego bricks that are able to interlock-style attach to the walls of the castle that we build in different On-Demand segments in our series.

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Math Practice Worksheets

This package by RISU provides printable worksheets to practice basic math concepts at your own pace. These worksheets are designed to improve math proficiency quickly and motivate kids to learn math!

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Galileoscope Telescope Kit for the Holidays

This on-demand activity includes a telescope kit and video instruction, where an expert astronomer and telescope builder will walk you through the process of assembling the telescope. Then, begin exploring the universe like Galileo did over 400 years ago and see the wonders of the winter sky!

Galileoscope telescope kit for the holiday break

Virtual Science – All About Reptiles

Join Miss Rennu in this short video and immerse your child into the world of reptiles! Learn all about different reptiles from around the world with amazing visuals and wonderful explanations! 

Galileoscope telescope kit for the holiday break

GIGIL STEM Kits

These amazing STEM Kits include 3-5 STEM experiments and activities shipped right to your door. These include videos with pre-recorded STEM lessons to guide you through the activities. Each video lesson is taught by a California credentialed teacher that specializes in STEM Education.

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STEM Project: Design & Build your own car

Build a wind-powered car while learning about the scientific concepts behind the process! These printables will guide you through the steps of building a car, testing it out, and experimenting with it!

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On-Demand Activities with Music and Dance

On-demand classes and activities for your child are great for a busy schedule. Follow along with these activities featuring fun musical instruments, dancing, and games!

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Piano Lessons with KidzKeys!

If you don’t know where to start learning piano, this free music reading tutorial is perfect for beginners! More available on-demand lessons by KidzKeys include step-by-step video instruction, listening examples, and printables. Your child will love Ms. Emily’s fun and encouraging teaching style.

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Dance-A-Thon KIDS – 5 style sampler

This 30 minute class is  a sample of what the Two Left Feet Dance Studio offers virtually. Support their amazing dance instructors while getting a introduction to dance styles like pop, ballet, tap, creative dance, and hip-hop!

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Get Strumming in Guitar Club!

This free Getting Started on Guitar video is perfect for beginners. Mr. Jonathan will show students the parts of the Guitar, how to read Guitar Music (called Tablature), and how to tune your Guitar at home (Printable Download Tuning Guide Included!). Guitar Club gives students the opportunity to grab a guitar and have fun learning how to play well-known songs.

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Music Exploration with Mx. Lydia

Explore the piano with in this dynamic on-demand video class by the Bay Area Music Project. Learn about music fundamentals through stories, games, and songs.

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Beat Makers: Remix the Mandalorian Theme

Learn how to remix your favorite songs and work on your own digital music projects. Beat Makers will show you how to lay down some beats, remix well-known melodies, and jam to your own songs! This video lesson includes video instruction, a full access account on Soundtrap, printable worksheets, and listening examples.

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Music and Movement in Spanish

Cucu’s Playhouse provides this great music and movement class in Spanish for babies, toddlers and preschoolers! In each class, children are introduced to basic concepts like animals, colors and numbers through the universal language of Music. Each session is fun, active and engaging. 

Singing with Miss Stephanie

These videos by Gymboree Play & Music are great for young children from 6 months to 5 years old. Miss Stephanie hosts a Sing and Learn Class with lots of great songs, activities, and play time for your little ones. These on-demand videos include fun and learning in all types of subjects each week!

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Best Free On-Demand Activities: Printables and DIY for Kids

On-demand classes and activities for your child are a great option when you need an activity at any time of day. ActivityHero provides a wide variety of on-demand content that can be used at any time, free of any cost! Here are our favorite free, on-demand options.

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Pixar in a Box: The Computer Science Behind Movies

What’s your favorite movie – Cars, Frozen, or maybe The Avengers? Did you know that computer technology is behind the making of all of your favorite movies? This video shows children exciting state-of-the-art technologies and how they are applied in the real world!

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Nutrition: Let’s Make a Stir Fry

This class will focus on (1) a review of the basics of nutrition, and (2) how to use the five food groups to create a healthy, well rounded, delicious meal. Some of the student activities will include (1) preparing their own individual menu for a stir-fry (2) watching Dr. Mary cook a nutritious stir-fry, and (3) several choices of posters to create.

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How to Make a Solar Oven

Have fun baking a dessert with your kids and learn some science at the same time with this DIY Solar Oven by Beau Coffron, in partnership with Home Depot. All you need is an old pizza box and a handful of tools and materials. In just a few easy steps, you’ll have created an innovative solar oven!

On-Demand Art Class with Young Rembrandts

Hour of Code – Learn JavaScript

Learn how to code with Javascript in Classroom Antics’ easy-to-use web interface and self-guided lessons. Progress through fun online coding activities at your own pace. Complete up to 9 lessons (one hour each). Lessons feature fun projects such as creating an facetracker, eclipse simulation, greeting card, snapchat filter, community map and more!

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Free French Class for Kids!

Join Madame Barbara from Springs French Music Lingua for a fun introductory class and learn the Itsy Bitsy Spider in French.  This is a 22-minute previously recorded live online class.  Download the coloring page for additional reinforcement of the French vocabulary.

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Music Reading Tutorial with KidzKeys!

Ms. Emily will show students how to read the musical staff and place colorful stickers on your piano or keyboard (Printable Download Included!).

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Making the Perfect Pie Shell

In this FREE video you’ll learn how to make the perfect pie shell.  You’ll learn how to create pie dough and then how best to roll out out and form it into a pie pan.  This lesson is for a pie shell for sweet pies.  The method can be used for quiche and tart shells by changing just a few ingredients.

Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card

In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

Draw your own home alone battle plan. Free on-demand from Stanford Library Map Collections

Free Winter Coloring and Sudoku Sheets

Choose from a collection of free Winter and Holiday themed coloring sheets and Sudoku printables! These are great for long car rides or for the whole family to enjoy.

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On-Demand Art Classes to Fit Your Schedule

On-Demand art classes for your creative child are a great alternative when you need an activity to fit your busy schedule. Whether you need an hour break on a rainy day, quiet time during a long car ride, or entertainment during school breaks – find a wide variety of on-demand art classes on ActivityHero.

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Draw Funny Llamas with Young Rembrandts

This lesson teaches children ages 5-12 how to draw a funny LLAMA! Who doesn’t love a llama. These animals with their furry bodies and long necks, make great cartoon characters. One llama is happy and celebrating, while the other is annoyed about his attire. We learn to exaggerate their facial features to show us how they’re feeling.

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Learn to Draw a Great White Shark

This video is narrated with step-by-step instructions. Students will learn how to draw with basic proportions and shapes, and how to add details and depth to their paintings with watercolor and colored pencils. 

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Battle Plan – Holiday Map Design – FREE Printable by Stanford Libraries Map Collection

Celebrate the holidays by making a Home Alone inspired map of your house! In Home Alone, Kevin McCallister draws a map of his house and sets up obstacles to protect it from the bad guys, and now it’s your turn! Draw a map of your house and use obstacles pulled from the maps in our collections!

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Draw Cartoon Monsters by Young Rembrandts

A new hands-on method of learning art! Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities. 

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Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card by Curious Mind Academy.

Learn how to make a holiday card using the free vector illustration program, Inkscape. In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

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Art History – Draw Peter Max with Young Rembrandts

Peter Max is a famous illustrator and graphic artist. Your child will emulate his artwork as we draw this stylized spaceship. A combination of simple shapes, contour lines, and radiating celestial bodies produce an eye-catching graphic.

On-demand drawing classes are perfect for families that want a freeform schedule.

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Thanksgiving kids’ activities inspired by pumpkin spice






Get ready for Thanksgiving Week with these hands-on kids’ activities inspired by Pumpkin Spice and Thanksgiving turkeys.

Enjoy the smell of Pumpkin Spice and try one of these Thanksgiving project ideas with your kids. For a longer activity, find a 1/2 day or full day Thanksgiving camp or workshop.

What makes pumpkin spice smell so good? Betty Crocker‘s homemade recipe is combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and let your senses take it all in.

Pumpkin slime

Kids love making and playing with slime and this recipe for pumpkin slime adds a Thanksgiving spin to it. Growing a Jeweled Rose has a simple recipe to make pumpkin slime that adds pumpkin spice to the glue and borax slime concoction.

Pumpkin slime from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Pumpkin pie spice play dough

Younger kids will enjoy this simple, homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Play Dough from Left Brain Craft Brain. With just a few ingredients from your kitchen, you can make this pumpkin spice scented play dough with your kids.

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Dough from Left Brain Craft Brain

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Pumpkin spice latte for kids (coffee-free)

With this simple recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t just for grownups or coffee drinkers.

Kids Pumpkin Spice Latte from Chelseas Messy Apron

Turkey arts and crafts

A simple paper plate is the center of this Turkey art from Lakeshore Learning.

Turkey art from Lakeshore Learning

Thanksgiving camp

Full day or half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over Thanksgiving week. Many camps have special themes for Thanksgiving Camp.

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5 Fun Fall Activities






Get ready for falling leaves, cooler weather, and spooky surprises with these hands-on activities for kids.

Leaf piles and pumpkins and candy, oh my! Try one (or all) of these fall ideas with your kids. For a longer activity to keep kids engaged during school holidays, find online or in-person Fall Break camps and classes.

1. Glow-in-the-Dark Water

Nothing says “spooky” like things that glow in the dark. Take your Halloween party to the next level with this recipe from The Science Buddies on how to make glow in the dark water from two very basic items.

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Glow in the dark water from Science Buddies

2. Design Your Halloween Costume

It’s not too early to start thinking about Fright Night! Skip the expensive, pre-made costumes this year and get creative. Try putting together your entire costume using household items and stuff you already own. Need some help or inspiration? Try a DIY Halloween costume design class or a face painting workshop!

Halloween Face Painting Workshop

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3. Play a Game!

With minimal setup and simple rules, this version of a Native American stick game by My Creative Life can be played by even the youngest members of your family.

Native American Stick Game from My Creative Life
Native American Stick Game from My Creative Life

4. Halloween Countdown Calendar

This countdown calendar project from Lakeshore Learning makes the wait a little easier and you can make it at home! Or download a Fall on-demand activity like pumpkin crafting to earn a Girl Scouts badge online, DIY Fall decorations, Halloween art, and more!

countdown calendar from Lakeshore Learning
Countdown calendar from Lakeshore Learning

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5. Take a break, go to camp!

Thanksgiving Art Camp at Achievers
Thanksgiving Art Camp @ Achievers

Full day and half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over school holidays. Many even have special themes for their Fall Break Camps.

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Best Kids Halloween Activities for 2020

Whether or not you are going trick or treating this year, there are a ton of spooktacular Halloween activities that can be done at home to get in the haunting spirit. Carve out some fun this October to bake creepy cupcakes, paint spooky creatures, learn candy science, and more! We’ve rounded up the best kids classes, crafts and on-demand activities for Halloween.

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Pumpkins, skeletons, vampires, oh my! Choose from a variety of Halloween-themed drawing and painting classes by Young Art. Choose from single day sessions or a series of spooky lessons.

Halloween Arts & Crafts: Let your imagination run wild as you are guided through some awesome Halloween themed arts & crafts by Genius Kids, with a complete craft kit with all the tools you need for each craft each week.

Learn How to Draw Halloween Characters: With a small 4:1 student/teacher ratio, Cindy Art Studio provides personalized instruction on fun cartoon drawings of Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein, Witch, and Dracula!

Singing, Dancing & Games for Halloween: Join Jeanette Airen Performing Arts Studio for a super fun Halloween Dance Party class. Wear your Halloween costume and learn a short Halloween dance combo. Or, sign up for singing and theatre games!

Halloween Science Workshops: Sneak learning into hands-on spooky STEM experiments. Make pumpkins puke with Discover Science Center, mix glow-in-the-dark slime with Michaels, learn about candy science with Kidscapades, become a Mad Scientist with Young Art, and more!

Creepy Crawly Culinary Classes: No tricks, just treats! Make Halloween cupcakes, no-bake desserts, dip chocolate apples, churros and more. Let’s have some fun!

On-Demand Halloween Crafts and Activities: Get ready for a haunting night with classes on-demand any time to fit your schedule! Mix up glow-in-the-dark slime and make Halloween crafts – scarecrows, pumpkins, bats, and more!

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4 Ways to Get Your Child Started with Coding






Computer programming isn’t just for college students and hackers. Here are four engaging ways to get your kids started with coding.

By Ashley Wang

It’s pretty clear by now that technology is a force to be reckoned with. Tech companies are ever-growing and demand for programmers has never been higher. Computers dominate our lives right now, and they will dominate the lives of our children, as well.

So it’s not unexpected that many parents are interested in coding for kids. But getting them started can be rather tricky, especially if you don’t have too much experience with programming, yourself. Here, we highlight four ways to introduce your child to code.

1. Scratch

Used by millions of children around the world, Scratch is considered by educators to be the gold standard for teaching beginner coders the basics of programming. The reason? It uses blocks-based grammar that has users drag and drop commands rather than typing code. Because Scratch doesn’t require learning any complicated programming languages, even eight-year-old kids can use it.

Using the website, you can create everything from short animations to simple games. It’s intuitive, logical, and familiarizes kids with the computational thinking behind programming without overwhelming them with abstract ideas.

And if you want to get your child started even earlier, say at five-years-old, ScratchJr is the perfect learning tool. It doesn’t even require the ability to read; instead, children only need to connect together icon-based blocks to animate their characters.

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2. Lego Robotics

Looking for a more hands-on experience for your child? Lego robotics might just be the perfect fit. Lego Mindstorms, a hardware-software platform produced by Lego for children aged 10 and up, combines the fun of Lego-building with the intellectual challenge of programming robots to walk, talk, and even think.

Calvin Grewal, a Palo Alto High School senior who interned at a startup as a web developer over the summer, thinks it’s especially great for keeping kids motivated because of the immediate results it lets them see.

“It’s a good way to make coding not so dry,” Grewal says. “Building a physical robot is definitely a lot more interesting, especially for younger kids.”

Grewal does, however, warn against having children learn robotics and coding without the proper assistance that is provided at robotics camps and classes.

“If you’re in high school then you may be able to study code on your own and be properly self-motivated,” Grewal says. “But for kids, camps are definitely better to help facilitate learning and engagement.”

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3. Game Design

Camps that teach video game design are another great option for children. Because if your kids can’t seem to peel their eyes away from their screens — be it iPads, laptops, or TV — then why not have them learn how to make a video game, themselves?

Grewal is a major proponent of game design camps, citing them as the reason for his initial interest in coding. He started over the summer in elementary school, where he was taught basic Python to develop a simple computer game. Because he was doing something he was already interested in, Grewal viewed learning something as complicated as coding as more of a fun activity rather than a school-related task.

Game design is also becoming a rapidly-growing industry. Especially with eSports on the rise, specialized software developers are needed now more than ever to help create the next bestselling video game.

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4. School or Online Clubs

For kids that love interacting with their peers, joining a school or online coding club may offer additional benefits. While programming is often viewed as an individual activity done in solidarity, clubs encourage students with like-minded interests in coding to help each other out with tips and advice. Students often find it beneficial to have others help them troubleshoot their issues.

“It’s a good way to talk with other people who are interested,” Grewal says. “You learn from other people, who then learn from you.”

However you plan to approach coding for kids, it’s important to always keep an open mind. Because no matter how much they may like legos or game design, it’s still possible that coding just isn’t the right activity for them. But starting by gauging your child’s interest with some of these tips wouldn’t hurt, and perhaps they might just become the next tech founder.

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Kids in the Kitchen: Age Appropriate Cooking Tips






Want your child to develop a love of cooking and baking? Here, we share age-appropriate tips to help kids have fun in the kitchen.

Young child having age-appropriate fun in the kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen.jpgWhether we like it or not, cooking is something everyone needs to learn to do in order to have a healthy and fruitful life.  It is our choice whether we approach cooking with a great attitude or a sour attitude, but even more importantly, what will be the attitudes of our kids in the kitchen?

Most kids are very open and excited to help in the kitchen, it is usually us as parents that don’t have the patience or feel we lack the skill to teach anything relevant about cooking to our kids.  Let me assure you, anything you do in the kitchen with your kids equates to a fun time and great learning experience.  So enjoy your time together and let’s go!

The benefits of cooking with your kids are enormous.  When you start to think about all of the things that kids learn from a simple cooking lesson, you are going to want to have them with you in the kitchen all the time.

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Think about some of these benefits:

  • Bonding Together ~ No explanation there.

  • Kids are learning to be self sufficient and independent ~ you may want those kids to live with you forever now BUT trust me, you won’t when they turn 18!

  • Math Skills ~ Estimating, Fractions, Measuring, Liquid vs Dry Measuring

  • Nutrition ~ Be sure and talk all about the foods as you cook and how beneficial they are to your body!

  • Satisfying the Senses ~ Ahhh doesn’t that smell so good!

  • Confidence ~ That’s a big one.  For a child to help with a whole recipe or meal, YES a huge confidence builder which spills over into other areas of their lives.

  • Picky eaters will eat better!  They love to be involved in food choices and meal planning, it helps them to be more in control over what they eat.  Let them help (with a little guidance of course)

  • Imagination ~ Creating and experimenting with foods uses all kinds of imagination!

Don’t you just want to invite your kids in the kitchen now! Here are some activities and foods that you might use to include your kids from the earliest age:

For the very littles, Toddlers ~

  • Bring a high chair into the kitchen and give them kitchen utensils to play with, NO not a knife!  Spatulas, Spoons, Measuring Cups (plastic)  etc. Dollarphotoclub_53035402.jpg

  • Put a tiny bit of water into a bowl and let them use a spoon to scoop and pour.

  • If the child is old enough not to put things in their mouths, you can put dried beans into a bowl and let them stir the beans for dinner.

  • If it’s near mealtime, exchange the beans for cheerios and fishy crackers to keep them happy.

Using these little utensils with food and water is a sensory and motor skills blast. Maybe a bit messy but who cares!  Smiles make up for that!

3 to 5 years ~

  • Pudding Painting ~ Make pudding per package directions (together) then let them paint on a cookie sheet with edges, wax paper or freezer paper.  This makes food fun AND tasty!Dollarphotoclub_62937612.jpg

  • Pizza Muffins ~ Let the children have a Muffin (cut in half by you) then give them a little sauce (spaghetti sauce works great) and cheese in a bowl.  Let them spread and sprinkle onto the Muffin with a spoon!  You can also make Homemade Bagel Bites.

6 and Up ~

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  • Make Homemade Pizza Dough or buy it at the store.  Let them roll out the dough and top with spaghetti sauce, cheese and any other toppings they love.

  • Have them fill up celery sticks with their favorite filling; Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter

  • Cut up some cheese and cut out shapes with cookie cutters (littles can do this too)

As kids get older, you decide when they are ready, start to teach them Math concepts.  This does not mean you have to teach them Algebra.  Some of the concepts you can teach are; Estimating and Fractions.  Show them that measuring dry ingredients is different than measuring wet ingredients.  Math can be fun when you cook.

Play kitchen games. Kitchen games?  Yes!  Some of these might include:

  • Teaching kids the different smells and tastes of different spices, foods, liquids.  Pick a few different ingredients in your kitchen, then take turns blindfolding each other.  The person with the blindfold has to taste and smell an ingredient and guess what it is.  You have to do this too Mom and Dad, so choose wisely the ingredients you will use. HA!

  • Use tongs to move ice cubes, cotton balls, strawberries, grapes from one bowl to another.  See who can do it the fastest (that is if there will be no tears)

  • Create different shapes and sizes of Sugar Cookies and Decorate!

The benefits and fun that accompany cooking with kids FAR outway the mess and patience you need to muster up to have your kids in the kitchen.   when kids know how to fix easy and healthy foods they are much less likely to reach for the snack foods or beg for fast food.

Big and small the kitchen should be a comfortable fun place for everyone to use their imagination while creating and eating delicious foods.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

Charm your kids with these festive St. Patrick’s Day crafts and activities. With a little luck, your kids will be busy for hours!

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Upcyling Crafts

One of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day crafts are these adorable binoculars made out of simple household products. All you need is a couple empty toilet paper holders, colorful craft paper, kid-friendly scissors and tape. Your kids will be off searching for leprechauns in no time!

Turn Art Projects into an Annual Tradition

Another fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day tradition is to build a leprechaun trap. The best part is that there is no wrong way to create your magical contraption. An old shoe box, an empty jar or even an empty paper towel roll can be upcyled and reused. Don’t forget to add some lucky charms or gold coins as bait for your elusive leprechaun!

Color Crafts for Kids

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This colorful art project by CraftyMorning is perfect for all ages. Create a St. Patrick’s Day themed twirling rainbow out of a paper plate. Younger children can use crayons, markers or paint and be assisted with the cutting by a parent or sibling. Don’t stop with just one – create a whole collection for home or porch decorations.

Easy Crafts with Household Items

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Reuse an old cereal box to create a fun leprechaun hat with just a few other easy crafting supplies like glue, craft paper and paint. St. Patrick’s a colorful holiday, so make it your own with glitter, stickers or ribbon.

How to make St. Patrick’s Day Slime

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Slime can be a fun craft and science project to make at home with your kids. For St. Patrick’s Day slime, add green or gold and glitter for a festive look.

According to Little Bins for Little Hands, “Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross-linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!”

Hands-On St. Patrick’s Day Activities

If your child is a little older or not really into crafts, check out these 6 fun St. Patrick’s Day science experiments for kids from our friends at ScienceBuddies.org.

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Bay Area Summer Camp Guide for Kids and Teens

This summer camp guide will help you find camps that fit your kids interests and provide some tips on how to make it easier to plan your summer with the greatest ease. 

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Bay Area kids benefit from a large variety of summer camps — sports, art, coding, outdoor and specialty camps! Many parents describe the camp planning process as a jigsaw puzzle as they try to fit together multiple kids, friends, and camp schedules. 

At ActivityHero, our mission is to make finding and booking summer camps easier for parents. We’ve put together this summer camp guide to provide an overview of all the top camp categories.

Sports Camps

Sports camps are popular with kids of all ages. Summer is a great time for kids to further explore a sport that they love or try something new. Besides keeping kids active, sports camps help kids learn teamwork and perseverance. Sports camps also tend to be less expensive than other camps. 

Boys and girls love soccer camps, and even in the summer, it’s not too hot in the Bay Area to be on the soccer field. The youngest campers have fun playing games and running off all that extra summer energy. Experienced players benefit from extra instruction during the off season.

Family favorites:
Coach Ken Soccer Camps: “Great staff and great experience for my son and daughter! This was our first year and my daughter who is 6 was interested in playing sports like her 8 year old brother. They both had a great time, learned a lot, and it was a great learning environment for the kids. Can’t wait to go back!”

Basketball camps are great for coordination, exercise and team-building. Campers learn the fundamentals of basketball through games and fun drills. Coaches group children by age and skill level, making it a suitable choice for beginner or advanced basketball players.

Family favorites:
Legarza Sports “My son loved his week at Basketball camp. Good instructors who care about the kids. Drop off and pick up were very easy. He’s excited to return next year.

Dance camps are a great way for artistic children to explore their creativity through a variety of different dance disciplines such as modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, salsa or even aerial dance.

Family favorites:
Grrrl Brigade “A terrific empowering experience that exposes and teaches your child a wide range of dances, music, positive approaches to thinking and expressing themselves. The “show” at the end of the week is very inspiring and the staff is thoughtful, patient and kind in leading the girls through an impressive array of choreography.”

Multi-sport camps are a good way to give kids a variety of several different sports and outdoor games. Bald Eagle Sports Camp proudly says their multi-sport camp is “known for getting even the laziest kids up and moving…and loving it!” 

Family favorites:
Growfit “The staff at GrowFit are simply amazing. I sent both my kids here during the school break and they had an awesome time. The staff went above and beyond when my son was being called names. I really can’t say enough good things about them.”

Coding, Science, and Robotics Camps

Parents know how kids can consume technology for hours at a time on video games, YouTube videos, and social media. So it’s not a surprise that many parents are interested in directing this interest into creating video games, making movies, or coding the next social media app like TikTok. 

Summer is a great time to explore coding for kids because most schools don’t offer coding during the school year. Many coding camps use video camps as the subject matter for teaching kids how to use Scratch or Python to create their own game or learn Minecraft or Roblox mods. Teens may choose Java programming camps to prepare for high school computer science courses or App development camps to explore new app ideas. 

Science camps and STEM camps are popular for girls and boys who are naturally inquisitive. Camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math challenges are engaging for curious children who like to explore the how and why. For middle and high school students, STEM camps can showcase a wide variety of potential career opportunities.

Family favorites:
Camp Galileo
Camp EDMO
Destination Science introduces new kid-oriented themes each year, like animals, space, or amusement parks. 

Robot summer camps are like coding camps with an extra element of competition. TV shows like BattleBots have introduced more families to the thrill of designing and battling robots. Many introductory robotics summer camps use LEGO Mindstorms, which is also used by the First Lego League in nationwide competitions for kids. 

Family favorites:
Wizbots
TechKnowHow 

Art, LEGO, and Maker Camps

Creative kids can grow their skills and express themselves in any number of art camps and maker camps. From learning to draw to learning to build, art and other maker camps can bring out the creator in every kid.

At a LEGO camp, kids build LEGO animals, spacecraft, and other creations. 

Family favorites:
KidzToPros
Brainvyne LEGO Camps 

For budding master chefs, a cooking camp like Sprouts Cooking Club or Culinary Dude offers hands-on cooking experience and a daily menu. On-demand activities include recipes and video walkthroughs for meals and desserts.

Kids and teens who want to learn to sew will find some creative sewing camps such as Camp Couture in San Mateo, owned by Project Runway finalist Alexandria von Brommson. Sewing camps like this let kids design their own fashions, accessories, and even soft toys. 

Woodworking camp is very popular, even in the high-tech age, but harder to find due to the specialized equipment and instructors. Maker Nexus in Sunnyvale has sewing camps as well as woodworking and industrial arts for kids and adults. You’ll also find woodworking at Tinkering School in San Francisco and Young Builders in Palo Alto. 

Outdoor and Nature Camps

For both boys and girls, outdoor camps are a top interest with kids ages 5-13. This is great news for parents who want their kids to spend less time with screens and more time connecting with nature and playing outside.

The Bay Area is the perfect place for kids to enjoy both water sports and mountain adventures. Kids can take a hike along creeks or try rock climbing, mountain biking, or canoeing. 

Family favorites:
Camp Galileo
Avid4 Adventure

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Academic camps are a top interest for kids ages 7-10 who would like to explore a subject beyond the typical classroom curriculum in an exciting and engaging way.

Family favorites:
“My daughter loves math circle. She tells me that she’s not doing math like at school, rather she says she’s doing puzzles and games and that it’s really fun. I love that she’s having fun learning and that math circle helps her develop a positive attitude about math.”

Girls-only camps are a chance for girls to connect with other girls and get a unique perspective on topics such as leadership, teamwork and goal setting. A single gender camp can boost confidence and help girls find their voice while making friends.

Summer Planning Made Easy

Are you juggling a summer camp schedule with multiple children? Or, are you trying to coordinate camps and carpool with friends? ActivityHero has launched a new tool to make inviting friends and teammates even easier. You can now add your favorite summer camps to a saved list, invite friends and share as a group. Parents are able to RSVP that they are interested, registered or unavailable for that camp all in one convenient location. Save time and plan the ultimate summer experience with your child’s classmates, teammates, neighbors and more!

How many camps should my child attend?

It really depends on your child. Some kids can be single-minded and want to enjoy one camp for the summer and focus on their favorite activity, other kids want to take several classes in different areas throughout the season.

You can find these Bay Area summer camps and many more camps near you on ActivityHero or download our iPhone app for faster and easier searching!