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Dear Parents, We Need Your Feedback!

August 15, 2014



Camp High 5 Boy

We cannot believe another Summer is almost over and our 2014 camp season will soon be banked forever into a memory vault full of fond experiences (only 1 week left!). Roughly 3500 smiles have entered our buildings, run across our fields, hiked through our parks, traveled across the greater Peninsula and made new friends as well as rekindled old ones from summers past. We also provided a wealth of job experiences to over 70 staff, 34 Leaders in Training and 47 Junior Lifeguards, and that doesn’t even include the 40 contracted businesses that ran many of the specialty, enrichment and sports camps your kids enjoyed!

campersWe are so very grateful for your participation this summer! We have also TREMENDOUSLY appreciated the attention you have given to our weekly email surveys. Some of your comments resulted in some really helpful suggestions that our staff took immediate action on and made changes for the following sessions. FUN is our business and we take it seriously!

If you have not already done so this summer, please take a moment to fill out all of the applicable surveys for any camps your child has attended, listed below.

Our wish is that your child had an extraordinary and memorable summer camp experience! We hope that it will continue to manifest itself in your household or carpools in the form of stories, camp songs and wonderment about blue monkey sightings.


Until Next Summer…


Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services


Stafford Park Concerts Start Tonight! Gentle Reminders…

June 18, 2014

All photos by Joel Wade Photography

It really starts to feel like Summer when Music in the Park begins! That magical day has come! Tonight, from 6:00-8:00 pm, folks can enjoy a family-friendly event, visiting with neighbors and friends, listening to great live music, eating a picnic dinner, and relaxing in the beautiful atmosphere of one of Redwood City’s most popular Parks. What could be better?
Here are some gentle reminders to help make Music in the Park enjoyable for the entire community:

  • ride your bikeParking. Please remember that this concert takes place in a neighborhood park. Please drive slowly, pay close attention to pedestrians – especially the little ones, and take great care to not block driveways when parking your car. Better yet? Try riding your bikes, scooters or walking to the event!
  • Picnic Areas. The park is mostly lawn with a few picnic benches scattered about. Picnic Areas are first come first serve. There are some BBQs permanently affixed to some of the sites and are NOT PERMITTED for use during the concert.  In addition, you MAY NOT bring portable grills for use in the park.
  • Seating. Some folks like to get to the park early to set up their area well before the show starts. We ask that you please take into account the height of your picnic chairs and try to not impede the line of site for the majority of folks who will be sitting in low chairs or on picnic blankets. We ask that higher seating stay to the perimeter of the crowd or towards the back of the park. Please, no umbrellas.
  • Pets Many people ask if Dogs are allowed. Leashed dogs are always welcome, but we would like for you to consider a few things before bringing your pet. Concerts can become crowded and many dogs are likely to become agitated and scared by the enormity of the crowd and the volume of the music. Your beloved pet might be happier at home, but you know your pet best. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Food. There will be a concession tent selling hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips and drinks, graciously operated and donated by the Optimist Club of Redwood City. All proceeds benefit the Save the Music program in Redwood City Schools. Again, we would like to remind you that portable grills are not allowed.
  • Alcohol. Beer and Wine are okay to bring during this event in the park. Please drink responsibly.
  • Trees & Plants. Our landscape staff works very hard to maintain the beautiful plants and trees in our parks. Please be aware that we have some smaller trees that are just not strong enough to support children climbing them. Please help us to keep these delicate small trees healthy.

Lastly, we have plenty of trash and recycling receptacles around the park. Please do your part to help us keep our park clean.

stafford-park-concert_kids_800xMusic in the Park runs June 18 through August 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Stafford Park, located at the corner of King St. and Hopkins Ave. in Redwood City(Map). The concerts couldn’t happen without the support of our generous sponsors: The Port of Redwood City, The Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Astound, Remax Star Properties and Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.

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It’s the End of Week One. Here’s What We’ve Learned.

March 14, 2014


WOW! It’s been a great first week of Summer Camp Registration! Here are some FUN observations and THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW moving forward! We are constantly learning around here and want to share some of our findings with you.

First, Fun Observations…

  • Parents love discounts!  (Ok, we knew this) This week, most of you took advantage of our 10% camp discount! Register soon! You have until April 15th to claim it!
  • We had a record high this week of enrollment into Camp High-5 (AM, PM and Full Day options for 4-6 year olds). If you are planning on signing up for this camp, we suggest you do it sooner than later.
  • Over 80% of all first week registrations happened online.
  • American Express was our second highest used credit card type. We used to only accept Visa and Mastercard, but have since added Amex and Discover to our list!

Things you should know…

  • If you are using the “Wish list” functionality on our online registration page, we found that it only works once online registration has begun. We are very sorry if you were effected by this. If you haven’t tried it, wish lists are great to use for camp planning. You can save your ideas and then place them into your cart later when you are ready to register!
  • OOPS! We did not add the “Bridge” graphic to the Afternoon Camps that qualify for Bridge Care in our Activity Guide. If the Camp is from 1-4pm and is at Red Morton or the Community Activities Building, it likely qualifies. We will make sure to mark them on our summer camp website which will be posted very soon.
  • If you click on the Camp Instructor listed under each activity code, there is a dynamic link that has a bio and a link to their website. We are still populating this information, so some may still be blank, but check back with us soon if you want more info about a specific provider. Try it! Click the “Instructor” link for “Mad Science” on this page here.
  • Lastly, have we told you lately how much we appreciate you? WE DO!

Once again, we thank you for your patience while we all adjust to our new registration program.

That’s it! Have a great weekend, everyone! Remember, you can register for camps online 24/7!

A Camp A Day – Day 11: Math is Everywhere!

March 8, 2014



It’s Day Eleven of our Camp-A-Day Series. We have TWO camps that incorporate math concepts, but they are very different. Why? Because, Math is EVERYWHERE! Now many of our camps naturally have math concepts, like our science and engineering camps, but today we’ll highlight the ones that state it in the title. It’s Saturday, so we’ll stick with the obvious.

First, our very popular instructor extraordinaire, Dr. Peter Kohler, will be running a unique camp entitled, Nature’s Art & MathPeter has been teaching art for many years and has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. He teaches Math enrichment at The Nueva School where he has encouraged student’s creativity for more than 20 years. He’ll explain that Fibonacci Numbers in Nature is some of the most visually magical math you can discover. Kids will explore flowers, pine cones, sand dollars, the nautilus and other shells, and galaxies for their fascinating math. With a great variety of math and art materials: oil pastels, paints, clay, paper folding, colored tiles and cubes, to build and be creative in math. Be inventive with 2-D and 3-D visual patterns, blending Numbers and Shapes. Peter has inspired and brought out a love for math and art in many children by sharing its beauty, its magic and mystery.

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Math-Mania is another new camp that is taught by After-School Enrichment Instructor and Math Enthusiast, Holly Lindquist! Holly loves math and so do her kids! This inspired her to bring their love of math to YOUR KIDS! Holly will expose children to some very cool areas of math that may not have been covered in their classrooms. They’ll learn about Fibonacci numbers, Pascal’s triangle, fractals, secret codes, and much more! She’ll also explore fun activities and craft projects to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. You can visit Holly’s website for more info and math activities you can try at home!


Nature’s Art & Math
Age 5-10
with Dr. Peter Kohler
August 4 – August 8
Monday – Friday
Location: Red Morton Community Center

Age 9-11
with Holly Lindquist
July 21 – July 25 @ Red Morton Center
August 18 – August 22 @ Sandpiper Community Center
Monday – Friday

Click here for the entire Summer Activity Guide!

A Camp A Day – Day 10: Futsal!

March 7, 2014

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It’s Day Ten of our Camp-A-Day Series, yes, ten. Did you notice that we skipped a day? Our activity guides hit the post office yesterday so we thought we would let you peruse the catalog and chose your own favorite!

Today, we bring you Futsal! Follow in the footsteps of Pele, Messi and Ronaldo! All of these players credit their superior soccer skills to Futsal! Futsal was developed in Brazil and Uruguay in the 1930s and 1940s, and has provided many soccer players an additional outlet to refine their skills year-round because it is played primarily indoors. Whether your child plays soccer, or has never touched the ball, this camp will be a fun introduction for players of all levels!

Campers will be grouped according to their age and ability. Half of the day will be devoted to working on basic ball skills, individual skills, and Futsal concepts, and the other half will focus on teamwork and game situations- culminating in a full size game. Game situations are created that will improve skills, confidence and encourage teamwork all while having a ton of fun! Soccer & Smiles coaches are well trained, licensed and will provide a camp that is fun and challenging at every level of play. Not only that, the coach to player ratio is 1: 10 or less. Here are the details…

Age 7-14
with Soccer &  Smiles
Location: RMCC GYM
June 16 –  June 20
July 28 – August 1
Half Day – 9am-12pm $171/ $151 Resident Discount
Full Day 9am-3pm $219/ $199 Resident Discount

A Camp A Day – Day 9: Cricket!

March 5, 2014

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It’s Day Nine of our Camp-A-Day Series, and this year, we are introducing kids to Cricket! What is Cricket? It’s ball-and-bat game played chiefly in Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries that is growing in popularity here in the United States. This ball and bat game is played between two teams of 11 players each on a field. At the center is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch” (the central strip of field between the wickets). Each team takes its turn to bat in an attempt to score runs, similarly to baseball, while the other team fields. And just like baseball, the game is played with innings.

cricketThe camp is run by the National Academy of Athletics – who are also offering a wide variety of camps with us this year: Multi-sport, Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Speed and Vertical Power and Volleyball! In their innovative take on Cricket, kids will learn all facets of the game, and they’ll receive batting coaching, bowling coaching and fielding sessions. The camp is designed to introduce and/or improve cricket skills and of course, have a lot fun learning this exciting sport!



with National Academy of Athletics

June 30-July 3 (no 7/4) on Sandpiper Field
July 14-18 on McGarvey Field  (this session qualifies for 12-1pm bridge care!)
July 28- August 1 at Sandpiper Field
Fee: $179 / $159 Resident Discount (week of 7/4 $152/$132 Resident)

Check out this camp and a TON more in our Summer 2014 Activity Guide!

A Camp A Day – Day 8: Opera Camp and Online Guide!

March 4, 2014


It’s Day Eight of our Camp-A-Day Series, and here is a brand new camp that we are REALLY excited about! This Summer, we have partnered with West Bay Opera to offer a 2 week opera program for 9-14 year olds! This is a pretty comprehensive description, so I will let it speak for itself! Important to note: You must contact the Director to set up a meeting and audition. See below!

Summer Opera Youth Program
2 Weeks
Ages 9-14
with Michael Taylor. Michael has been directing, producing and performing in West Bay Opera’s Opera in the Schools (OITS) Program for the past 16 years. An accomplished singer, he has also directed and conducted over fifty productions of operas and musicals. His composition credits include an opera, several musicals and many other vocal and choral works. He holds a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was also a cast member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. He is an active voice teacher.

This is an intensive, two-week course. Students will design, produce and perform a musical work in English. They will collaborate with a professional stage director, music director, choreographer, technical designer and fellow students to learn new skills, create and perform an operatic work for friends and family on the final evening of the program. In addition performing, participants will work with instructors in a series of workshops to improve their performing arts skills in areas including: Acting and Improvisation, Music and Voice, Dance and Movement, Set & Media design.


This is an intensive and highly rewarding program, but it may not be for everyone. Director Michael Taylor will meet with prospective enrollees and their families to answer questions, assess students’ skill level and determine if this is the right fit prior to registration. Please contact to schedule a meeting.

Summer Youth Opera Program
July 28 – August 8, 2014
Fee for 2 weeks: $566 / $546 Resident Discount
Performance Date & Time: Friday August 8 at 7:30pm at the VMSC “Little Theater”

And Lastly – as promised…

Here is the link to our Summer 2014 Activity Guide



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