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AVENTURAS PLUS+ is a unique summer program that connects children to nature, cultural diversity, the arts and each other through lots of experiential AVENTURAS (field trips), coupled with creative, eco-cultural, and play-based activities…



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This special program travels three times a week to exciting Bay Area destinations aimed at helping students explore the weekly theme and Spanish vocabulary that goes along with it in a hands-on way. Weekly themes include the universe, animals, plants, art, culture, joy and more!

In addition to tons of field trips, activities include a variety of arts/play stations, games, songs, art projects, nature walks, journaling activities, stories, music, cultural games, play-acting, puppet shows, projects, ebook creation, etc.  Like in Montessori classrooms, children can choose what they want to spend their time on.  It is appropriate for children of all ages 3.5+.*  Older campers (> 9yrs. old) can be Jr. Camp Counselors or Camp Counselors and earn a Certificate of Completion, community service hours, and a letter of recommendation for their resumes and school applications!

* all children must be ready to follow safety rules and stay with the group while out on field trips.  If you feel your child is not ready, even if they are 3.5 years old, this program may not be right for your child this year.

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Why not start before the summer? We offer AVENTURAS year-round too (1-3 x per week) – click here to learn more about AVENTURAS Day Camp!

VOTED: Best Language and Cultural Immersion Camp, Best Afterschool and Enrichment Program, and Best Childcare!

     Best Childcare      Best Afterschool and Enrichment Program

Facility License # 73407624




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*Accepting applications and enrolling year round!



Spanish through eco-cultural expeditions for kids Children ages 3-8 enjoy bilingual (Spa/Eng) field trips of discovery and adventure (aka AVENTURAS) to SF Bay Area eco-cultural destinations - forests, museums, protected areas, coupled with creative play time at a Conexiones Play Studio.   Gets kids out of the classroom, house/daycare once or twice a week to discover the greater, amazing world and connect with nature, cultural diversity and their creative inner selves.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays
  • Aug. 12-Dec. 19
  • Half and Full Day enrollment options
  • Shuttle stops to/from Berkeley, Richmond and San Francisco
  • Half Day:  $65, Full Day: $99
  • Be a parent chaperone and get a free day for each day you help out!*
  • Childcare Lic. 073407624Best Language and Cultural Immersion Camp
  • For more info, click here

*Chaperones must be Tb tested and undergo a fingerprint clearance.


2.  Three Seeds Eco-Education Rainforest Camp

Eco-cultural immersion experience in Costa Rica

Student groups and familes (ages 4+) are invited to visit our sister camp, a working organic family farm deep in the Costa Rican countryside (open year-round).  Three Seeds is located next to Buenaventura Park and on the border of the Parque Nacional los Quetzales.  The Saenz-Newton family grows most of their own food organically using a combination of local indigenous knowledge and progressive permaculture techniques, and they offer workshops to locals and visiting families and groups (ages 4 and up).  They grow fields of beans & corn, and they also cultivate dozens of different types of vegetables and medicinal & culinary herbs year round.  They also nourish their family and visitors with the 150 fruit trees, including mangos, avodados, oranges, star fruit, papaya and various types of bananas.   Three Seeds has provided workshops and classes to hundreds of families and student groups from all over the world, including university groups, high schools and local public and private schools. View photos of  a 3rd Grade and 6th Grade field trip to this hidden corner of Costa Rica.

  • Organic cooking, herb, plant and permaculture workshops
  • Chocolate-making
  • Private cabinas
  • Swimming, waterfalls, soccer
  • Wildlife and birdviewing
  • Nourishment
  • Open year round!
  • For more info, click here


3. The Connections Experience

Connecting youth and families to nature, cultural diversity and their inner selves s

A meaningful travel experience for youth and families!*

 A cross-cultural, project-based, experiential, exploratory, and multi-intelligence journey full of mind-expanding activities that help build connections with the natural world, each other, another culture and their inner selves.  Highlights include home-stays with Costa Rican families or private cabins, creative expression, service-learning, community and family-building, rainforest, global awareness workshops, Spanish classes, and much more!

Ideal for groups or families of 8 or more participante, ages 10+

Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec. 28, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015
  • April 5 - 11, 2015
  • June 7 - 13, 2015
  • June 14 - 20, 2015
  • Aug. 17 - 21, 2015
  • Aug. 24 - 28, 2015 
For more information, click here or fill out contact form below


4.  Spanish Play TimeBest Childcare

  • Spanish immersion play time
  • Art and creative activities
  • Circle time, stories and songs
  • Exploratory play
  • Small groups
  • Ideal for ages 2-6, although open to children younger than 2
  • Wed/Thurs, 3-5pm and Fridays, 9:30-11:30 at Kimba´s Play Studio in El Sobrante ($25)
  • Can be brought to your site
  • Childcare Lic. 073407624
  • Before and after care available (@$8/hr)


5.  Spanish Through the Arts

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60-90 minute Spanish immersion workshops for children ages 3-8, through Latin American songs, music, cultural games, and comunal and individual art projects.  This unique eco-cultural program introduces children to the arts and eco-cultural values, while at the same time teaching them basic Spanish vocabulary, such as the numbers, colors and letters.  This program has been offered through the Children´s Creativity Museum, Creative Arts Charter School, AltSchool and Precita Eyes Muralists.

Best Afterschool and Enrichment Program
    • Mondays and Fridays, 9:15-10am and 10:30-11:15am, AltSchool – Fort Mason (K-2)*
    • Mondays and Fridays, 11:30-12:30pm, AltSchool – Fort Mason (3rd-5th)*
    • Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-5:30pm, Creative Arts Charter School (K-3)*
    • Fridays, 2:30-4:30pm, meets at Oakland Museum of California, ages 4-8
    • Can be brought to your school site or offered to your private group (min. group size of 4)
* registration to this program is through the location offering it.


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