The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Recreation and Park) offers a gamut of activities for the entire family, including: swimming, camping, Tiny Tot programs, dance, golf, latchkey programs, lawn bowling, music, photography, basketball, science and environmental education, senior programs, art, soccer, softball, track, tennis, and much more! The department's Project Insight division oversees all recreation programs for people with disabilities. Check the website for detailed information on descriptions, locations, schedules, and other practical information. Online registration for camps, latchkey programs, and other classes is available on the SF Rec Online website.
SF Recreation and Park offers a variety of free and low-cost programs for all ages. Some highlights include: swimming, ceramics, chess and checkers clubs, dance, sports leagues, badminton, bocce ball, boxing, fishing, theater, tennis, track and field, volleyball, yoga, and more.
They offer the following summer day camp programs:
- Pacific Art Day Camp at Upper Noe Recreation Center focuses on arts, dance, drama and music for kids ages 5 and 6 years old (one-week, half-day sessions) and for kids ages 7 to 12 years old (two-week, full-day sessions).
- Silver Tree Day Camp at Glen Park Canyon focuses on games, hiking, arts and crafts, and other outdoor activities for kids ages 6 to 11 years old (one-week sessions). They have terrific evening campfire programs on Thursdays at 6pm.
- Pine Lake Day Camp at Stern Grove focuses on games, hiking, arts and crafts, and other outdoor activities for kids ages 6 to 11 years old (one-week sessions). Kids love the evening campfire programs on Thursdays at 6pm.
- Camp Gourmet at Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center is a one-week cooking course for kids ages 11 to 14 years old.
- Sports Camps at Kezar Pavilion and Graham Big Rec in the park are half-day camps focusing on track, baseball, softball, flag football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball for kids ages 7 to 14 years old. Tennis camps are held at the courts behind the Academy of Sciences.
- Archery and Adventures in Golden Gate Park features archery, games, and hikes throughout the park and Ocean Beach for kids ages 9 to 14.
- Art in the Park at Sharon Art Studio. Activities include ceramics, stained and fused glass, metal arts, drawing, watercolor, pastel, bookmaking, and more. Campers must be 11 to 15 years old. See the SFkids.org listing for Sharon Art Studio for more information. Tennis is coupled with some of these camps.
- Randall Museum Camps offer two-week art and science camps for kids ages 6 to 12.
- Harvey Milk Center Day Camp takes place at the newly renovated Harvey Milk Recreation Center, right next to Duboce Park. Activities include art, photography, drama, dance, capoeira, percussion, and instrument making.
- Adaptive Recreation Day Camp is a one-week summer program for children with various disabilities.
- Argonne Busy Bee Day Camp provides a special summer program for the littlest campers, ages 4 to 5.
- Neighborhood Day Camps offer various activities such as crafts, sports activities, field trips, and special events at different parks and recreation centers.
Register for all programs at the www.sfreconline.org.
Latchkey programs vary from site to site. They run from 2pm–6pm during the school year. They provide bus service from some public schools to latchkey facilities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 831-6800. Financial assistance is available.
Most SF Recreation and Park facilities can be reserved for parties. Typically you will pay $25 to reserve a spot for 50 people or fewer. Call the facility director for the space you are interested in. You can find information on their website by selecting the "How do I get permits and reservations information" link. The Permits and Reservations center can be reached at (415) 831-5500.
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