Albert Einstein once said, “play is the highest form of research.” Play unlocks a child’s creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning. All the more reason to let your kiddos come and play with us this summer!
The City of Menlo Park offers several City-run camps each summer. They are detailed below with program-specific descriptions and you may follow the links for more information regarding each program. In addition, we offer several contracted camps each summer including sports, martial arts, dance, and other specialty camps. Please visit our online registration for more information.
SUMMER CAMP FAIR
Bring the family and learn about this year's upcoming summer camp offerings at our annual Summer Camp Fair. Free pizza, games, and crafts will be available for attendees. Register your child for a City-run camp at the event and receive 10% off! A raffle will be held at the end of the event for summer-themed prizes and even a free week of camp!
Munchkin Madness (Ages 3-4.5)
Check out the ONLY camp in the area for 3-4 year olds! This NEW summer camp program is held at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center! Campers will experience fun-filled mornings of making new friends, cooking, arts & crafts, games on the field, and activities in the nearby gym and gymnastics center. Parents: Take your mornings off this summer and let your children have a memorable first camp experience! Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - Noon, Monday - Friday. Sign up on a week-to-week basis or register for all eight weeks to receive a discount. With our small ratio of children to counselors - parents can rest assured that their children will be safe and having fun!
Mini Madness (Ages 4.5-6)
This 8-week summer camp program is held at the newly remodeled Arrillaga Family Recreation Center! Campers days are filled with outdoor and team games, arts & crafts, field trips, sports, gymnastics, special events, swimming, cooking and much more! Campers get the chance to explore Menlo Park, celebrate weekly themes, learn new skills, develop new friendships and have an exciting summer! Camp is from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every day with an extended care option until 6 p.m. Registration discounts are available and a nonrefundable $25 deposit will save your spot!
Menlo Madness (Ages 7-12)
This 8-week summer camp program is held at the newly remodeled Arrillaga Family Recreation Center! Campers days are filled with outdoor and team games, arts & crafts, field trips, sports, gymnastics, special events, swimming, cooking and much more! Campers get the chance to explore Menlo Park, celebrate weekly themes, learn new skills, develop new friendships and have an exciting summer! Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day with an extended care option until 6 p.m. Registration discounts are available and a nonrefundable $25 deposit will save your spot!
Counselors In Training (Ages 12-15)
Our CIT program at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center is designed for youth ages 12-15. We offer two, four-week CIT sessions during the summer where participants receive an opportunity to contribute to the camp experience in a new way. Interested participants are required to submit a CIT Application by the third Friday in April. Applicants will be invited to an interview with the Camp Director mid-May. Once accepted into the program, CIT’s work hand in hand with camp counselors to create a positive camp experience for all of our campers, while still enjoying all of the fun activities and field trips! During the program, CIT’s will learn to prepare snacks, lead crafts, organize games and provide overall support to camp staff. The increased level of responsibility and training provided is designed to facilitate necessary leadership skills required for their first “real” job in the workforce, hopefully as a camp counselor!
Our K/1 camp is for children entering kindergarten and first grade. This camp provides a smooth transition for young children. This camp offers fun and exciting activities and field trips in a loving and caring environment. Activities in this camp have been designed with this age group in mind. Each day, children will be led into a variety of activities, indoors and outdoors by certified staff with a combined experience of over 20 years. Our staff will lead outdoor games, cooking activities, art and recycle projects and participate in a limitless amount of local and distance field trips.
Our 2nd-5th grade camp is geared for older children as they begin to explore and crave creativity. We offer hands on activities in cooking and science/engineering projects. Each day begins with outdoor group games to help the children unwind, socialize and get ready for their busy day. Each session includes one field trip and a Special Event. Our camp provides a safe and fun environment where friendships are formed and memories are made. We offer a wide variety of activities so that children can get a broad exposure to many areas and try new things. In addition to cooking and science, campers participate in swimming, arts and crafts, sports and games. The leaders in the 2nd-5th grade camp are energetic, experienced, and are passionate about young children.
Summer of Service (Ages 12-15)
Our SOS (Summer of Service) Camp is specifically designed for children entering 6th-9th grade. This camp teaches the qualities of cooperation and appreciation of others. Each week, campers participate in weekly field trips as well as several service activities throughout the Bay Area. The programs combines both work and play and helps middle schoolers learn to give back to the community. SOS campers stay active through weekly bike rides and scheduled free time. The SOS camp builds creative minds and challenges adventurous souls. The camp is led by two year-round recreation leaders who work hard to ensure that all campers have a great experience.
BELLE HAVEN CAMPUS
Camp Menlo (K-6)
At Camp Menlo your child will have a summer full of fun and exciting activities daily. Our campers are grouped according to their age and participate in developmentally appropriate activities such as arts n’ crafts, cooking, team building games, swimming, themed events, along with field trips. Our staff will help your child have fun, make memories, have new experiences, create friendships and build self-confidence all in a safe and encouraging environment. Campers at Camp Menlo are sure to have an enriching and fun-filled summer. Our camp will runs from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sky’s the Limit (Grades 6-8)
Are you in 6th, 7th or 8th grade? Want something fun to do this summer? Do you like to go on field trips? Do you want a place where you can be yourself? Look no further! Sky’s The Limit at Onetta Harris is for you!