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School Breaks Solved with Steve & Kate's Camp

Since 1980 Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge of their own learning experience at camp. Kids choose from a variety of activities in real-time, including sewing, stop-motion animation, coding, building, sports, & more. Kids will choose what activities they want to participate in and for how long–designing their day as they go.

There’s plenty of perks for grown-ups, too. Families can reserve any number of days–no weekly sessions or commitments required! You don’t even need to tell us when you’re coming–just show up! Lunch, snacks, & all hours (8am–6pm) included daily.

Ways To Join Camp

With 70+ locations across the US, we’re probably near you. Check out our summer camp locations to see what activities and specials are coming to camp near you.

Camp shouldn’t have an off-season. See our upcoming fall, winter, spring, & holiday camp locations, here.

Does your employer offer back-up care through Bright Horizons? If so, you can use those benefits at camp! Learn more, here.


Kind words about our camps

"If kids ruled the world, it might look something like Steve and Kate’s Camp."
Apple's Hot News

"For families seeking a blend of that traditional camp experience combined with a modern, tech-savvy touch, there’s Steve and Kate’s Camp [which] evokes a laid-back aura true to its California roots, complemented by the company’s Silicon Valley-inspired innovative approaches to everything from programming to payment."
The Washington Post

"The children that attend Steve & Kate's blossom and discover a freedom of identity that, in a way, no other institution I've experienced has ever managed. Kids find their thumbprint at Steve & Kate's. My one complaint: Where were they when I was a kid?"
Andrew Stanton

Director of WALL-E, Finding Nemo, & Finding Dory

"Steve and Kate’s Camp didn’t set out to cater to the children of folks at Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic and the like, but given their philosophy, it’s no surprise so many attend."
Variety magazine

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Activities for every interest

In the early morning and late afternoons at camp, children 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.



Create animated art in our bustling Media Lab, as you breathe life into your stories via stop-motion “shorts” filmed on our purpose-built animation stages.
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Use customized patterns and challenges—and a mix of hand and machine sewing—to manufacture bags, clothing and other fashionable, funky creations. This year campers can even use stencils to design their own fabric.


Release your inner innovator with crafts, inventor kits, 3D pens, and giant foam blocks. Construct take-home projects or collaborate on large-scale builds such as forts or thrones. Our hand-selected STEAM-based materials fuel your curiosity and inspire exploration.


Move and groove with motion-based games like Just Dance, or film your own music videos with friends. New this year campers can also make puppets for our custom theater. Want to burst out in song and dance, or act out a gripping dramatic scene? This is your big moment.


Run, jump, throw, kick, play. Each site is equipped with go-karts and additional athletic gear optimized for the available fields and play spaces. Team up with peers and staffers to play sports, design games, concoct obstacle courses and more.


Every day, experience a special, show- stopping activity. A giant inflatable, a musical performance or guest speaker, a movement class, obstacle course—anything’s possible. We’ll announce our official 2024 specials lineup this spring.
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On a sweltering summer afternoon, nothing keeps you cooler than games and activities like water tag, balloon toss, and giant sprinklers. Wherever space, weather, and local water restrictions allow ‘em, we provide ‘em.
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Participate in decades-old Steve & Kate’s traditions like Find Chuckie—our beloved, elusive, rubber chicken—and Friday Pie-Day—where you can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face.


Absorb hands-on coding concepts using curated iPad apps with drag-and-drop platforms that cater to both early and advanced readers. Our approach gamifies the learning process to put power in the hands of new coders.


Leverage leading-edge robotic technology to empower your learning and problem-solving. Choose from guided activities and self-directed games, plus tools like robot landscapes and custom mazes.



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. Plus, our directors work year-round and would love to chat with you about camp. Get in touch with your local team.


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 your local camp before summer for a daily menu.

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You’ve got questions — We’ve got

We know that choosing the right camp for your family is a big deal, and you’ve got limited time to make that decision. That’s why we put together these quick answers to our most commonly asked questions. You can also find answers to less commonly asked questions, here. But if you’d rather talk to a real, live person–we get it. Just reach out!

Can I use my Back-Up Care through Bright Horizons at camp?

How Can I Use Back-Up Care at Steve & Kate's Camp?

We are pleased to offer our families the option to utilize their Bright Horizons Back-Up Care benefit at Steve & Kate's Camp.

You can reserve any number of the back-up care days you have in your BH account, buy additional retail days if you need more, and even apply the full value of your back-up care days to the cost of a Summer Pass—which covers all days we’re open in summer. Learn more here.

How Can I Reserve Care?

To access booking, you can go online or give their contact center a call at 877-242-2737, and request care at your local Steve & Kate’s Camp.

Once you reserve your care with Bright Horizons, first time users will receive an automatic email from Steve & Kate's Camp with your account username and the link to setup your password. Returning customers can simply log into an existing account with us. (This might feel like double work but it's the way we make sure your camper has an account and access to all of our materials!)

I made a Back-Up Care Reservation, now what?

Welcome to Steve & Kate's!

We are so excited to have your child attend camp with us through Bright Horizons Back-Up Care! In order to make the first day of camp as seamless as possible, we ask that you log in and complete all required information prior to the first day.

New Account Setup

If this is your first time with us, you would have received an email from Steve & Kate's titled "Action Required: Welcome to Steve & Kate's" and in this email is your account username and the link to setup your account password.

*Please know that once you click on this link, it is no longer valid. Should you have any issues setting up your password, please try clicking on forgot password to generate a new link.

If you're not able to find this email, please check your spam and let us know if you need it to be resent by emailing or calling (415) 389-5437.

Returning Users

If you already have an account with us, welcome back! All you need to do is log in and your Back-Up Care days should already be on your account.

Need Assistance?

If you need any further assistance setting up an account or have any questions about the Back-Up Care program, please email or call (415) 389-5437.

What’s the difference between summer & break camps?

School Breaks: Our Offerings

When school is out and kids need care, summertime isn't the only time that we come into play. While we can't offer the same size programs as during the long summer season, we work hard to make sure the break experience is still a memorable one for everyone.

Due to the shortened nature of break-time programs, we are limited to a portion of our activities that are appropriate for the smaller space and shorter duration. We like to think it's all the sweeter when you come back to camp and get to see all your favorite campers and staff who come back to spend time while schools out.

At the end of the day, we want all to have a great experience no matter the season or length of stay. We look forward to seeing all of you soon!

I can’t find my camp’s dates, hours & location!

Yeah, you’re going to need those details! You can find all your local camp information including dates, hours, activities, and contact info, on your local camp page:

  • See all Summer Camp locations & dates, here.

  • See all Winter & Spring Camp locations & dates, here.


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