Summer Is around the Corner

Summer is around the corner, and if you are like most families on the Peninsula, you are already thinking about what your kids are going to do this summer. Some choose camps, others enjoy hanging out with gramps, and you can always team up with other parents in the community for all kinds of summer fun. Camps are boomin’ these days, which means that there are endless options of things to do with your kids for three months. Here at Bay Meadows we’ve been doing some research on camps in and around the San Mateo area. Here are some things that seemed right up our alley!

Camp Gallelio has a superb eight-week program with locations all around the Peninsula. They offer several fresh themes to engage the imagination—from Space Explorers, Arts and Science, and countless outdoor adventures (journey into the wild anyone?)  They also cover a wide range of ages—kindergarten through the 8th grade. And, if you sign up early, you can get a discount. Read more about it here.

We all want to attend Camp at Nueva after reading about their amazing academic program!    Nueva has two locations: the Hillsborough campus serves little ones, and the Bay Meadows campus serves the upper grades. Nueva Summer Camp offers families a variety of options for participation. Most offerings at each grade level can accommodate multi-week campers, providing them with opportunities to develop their interests in art, writing, programming, or design thinking. Learn more here.

YMCA San Mateo is steps away from Bay Meadows. This summer, they’re offering kids a chance to learn, grow, and thrive through the exhilarating fun of traditional, specialty, sports, and bike camps at the Y. In the midst of all the fun, they’ll explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships. Teens can have fun socializing with their friends in a safe, positive environment, while exploring their interests, learning leadership skills, and discovering all they can achieve. Families will join a larger community of support and experiences. Learn more here. 

Scribble Me Happy is a local downtown art studio dedicated to celebrating creativity and encouraging the kid in all of us. They provide a fun, innovative, and safe environment to explore the world of art. From open studios, after school classes, and camps to exclusive, customized events, they offer the ultimate artistic experience. Each camp is different. Your child will dabble in drawing, painting, mixed media, recycled art, sewing and more. Learn more here.


Steve and Kates camp serves the Bay Area with several locations on the Peninsula.  This summer, The Carey School is their San Mateo location. Their camp conforms to kids, not the other way around. Instead of a rigid structure, they give your campers choices. Instead of teaching kids the typical way, they give them tools and gentle guidance to help them become autodidacts—people who teach themselves. There are a gazillion ways for kids to design a day at camp. One camper might dive into bread making and animation, while another flies down a waterslide and scores a goal in their inflatable soccer stadium. It’s up to them.

They offer an entire summer membership, or you can purchase as many day passes as you want and use them whenever. Didn’t use them? No sweat. They will give you a full refund for unused passes.  Learn more here.


Bay Meadows is a family-friendly neighborhood with lots of green space to enjoy all year long. Whether its growing your own vegetables in a gorgeous community garden with our resident gardener, playing a game of pick-up basketball after work, team building over bocce and beers, or checking out Dig it every first Saturday of the month. There’s no shortage of green space to explore.