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SAN MATEO, CA

San Mateo Winter Break Camp

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Thank you for joining us at camp! Winter camp has now ended for 2022. Sign up to be notified when we open camp next!

Here, we put kids in charge.

Preposterous? Possibly. Effective? You betcha.

When you trust kids, they trust themselves. For 42 years, we’ve put kids in charge of their own learning experience. As they try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of an ever changing world with creativity and confidence.

Campers choose activities minute to minute–deciding what they want to do, and for how long. Our job is to get out of their way, cheerlead creative risks, and provide just enough guidance to make sure nobody does anything totally* senseless.

*Totally senseless: By our definition, mistakes aren’t senseless. They’re how you learn.

Buy any number of days. Use them any time. Get refunds for unused days.

Buy any number of Day Passes to use any day we’re open this winter session. You don’t even need to tell us when you’re coming–just show up! And if for any reason your plans change, we’ll refund your unused Passes automatically in full at spring’s end.

Lunch, snacks, and all hours, 8am–6pm, included.

Camp Details

DATES

Dec 19 - Dec 30

NOTES

*Information from Winter 2022 and subject to change for 2023

HOURS

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

AGES

4-12

ADDRESS

The Carey School
1 Carey School Ln,
San Mateo, CA 94403

DIRECTOR

Indigo

CALL/TEXT

650-539-0310

Activities for Every Interest

Campers will design their day in real-time by choosing from a variety of activities offered at once. In the early morning and late afternoon, campers ramp up and wind down with recreational choices. For the bulk of the day, children will choose from the activities listed below. While we can’t say exactly what the day will look like, one thing is for sure: The campers are in control.

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Media Lab

Campers will use scaffolded coding apps to build & play games on iPads. They’ll also have the ability to produce stop-motion shorts on our custom animation stations, create music, or remix their favorite song.
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Stop-Motion Animation

Kids will create, direct, and produce stop-motion animation movies & shorts with our custom animation stations.
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Tinker Lab

Explore creativity through crafts & inventor kits to construct take-home projects or collaborate on large-scale builds. Our hand-selected STEAM-based materials are designed to foster curiosity & exploration.
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The Stage

Enjoy motion-based games like Switch & Just Dance, plus new karaoke systems, back drops, & party props.
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Arts, Crafts, & Lounging

A communal place to socialize & play with table games, cards, & puzzles, or create and experiment with art & crafts.
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Sports & Recreation

Campers & staff join together to play indoor playground games, sports, or whatever kids are interested in that day. And to spice things up we'll have a surprise activity or performance this camp session!

Testimonials From Our Summer Camps on the Peninsula

My kids love Steve and Kate's; they make strong friendships, they are able to feel the self efficacy of creation, and they learn more about what they enjoy doing when they have autonomy. [The director] always knew about everything that was going on with each camper and facilitated the camp experience to make sure that the students' voices were first and foremost. When my kids got out of the car each morning, they couldn't stop themselves from running to start their day at camp!
Jody

(S&K parent)

We are truly pleased with Steve & Kate's Camp. It's the kind of camp I would have enjoyed going to as a kid; but back then, we got to be kids. We love everything it has to offer and [our son] looks forward to going everyday! I only have great things to say about the camp and how it is arranged/structured. Steve & Kate's Camp is a great fit for our family!
Nichole W.

(S&K parent)

I loved the safety, the variety of studios & how much my daughter enjoyed them. The fact that we were able to drop in anytime was awesome.
Mariam M.

(S&K parent)

Fees

Buy any number of Day Passes, and use them any day we’re open this winter camp session. There’s no need to reserve your days ahead of time, or even let us know when you plan to join–just show up! If for any reason your plans change, we’ll refund your unused Day Passes automatically in-full after the camp session comes to an end.

Fees include lunch, snacks and all hours 8:00am to 6:00pm. 

Fee includes lunch, snacks, activities, and all hours 8:00am to 6:00pm.

  • Buy any number of Day Passes and use them any day we’re open this camp session
  • Unused Day Passes are automatically refunded at the end of the camp session

Staff

Tireless child advocates, who balance structure and guidance with staying out of campers’ ways. All staff members are background checked and trained in CPR & first-aid.

Food

We provide daily lunch options from a rotating variety of local restaurants and caterers. We’ll also offer an array of snacks for kids to nosh on throughout the day. Check out the daily menu below.

Important Info for Camp in San Mateo

Mandatory Wellness Survey

Staff and campers will complete a wellness survey and/or other screening to identify any potential health concerns upon arrival to camp each day.

Virtual Camp Orientation

Virtual camp orientation coming soon! Once we get closer to camp, we’ll email you a link to our virtual, camp orientation. This will provide important information such as camp drop-off & pick-up procedures, how to check-in and check-out of camp each day, what to bring (and not bring), and more.

Weekly Menu

VG= Vegetarian , VV= Vegan , GF = Gluten Free , DF = Dairy Free , SF = Soy Free , EF = Egg Free

*No items contain nuts or nut products. However, some may have been prepared in areas that also produce items with nuts.

DAILY MENU
SNACKS

Weekly Special Activities

We have some additional awesome activities planned for winter break. Check them out!

Dec. 19th, 21st, 23rd, 28th & 30th
Dec. 22nd & 27th

Contact Your Local Director

Our directors work year-round and would love to help you learn more about our program and at the same time learn more about you and your camper.

Indigo

INDIGO

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Indigo has been a director with Steve & Kate’s Camp for two years now, but has worked with us for seven summers!! Indigo loves exploring nature, watching movies, and making art. They even taught themself how to crochet a beanie! 

This year Indigo is most excited to watch campers have fun and explore!

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AND DOZENS MORE!

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