Summer Camps

The Community Services Department provides a wide variety of summer camps for children from the Children's Theatre, Art Center, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, and our Recreation Division. View the summer camp catalog below or on Enjoy! online. 

Summer Camp Registration Opens:

Resident Registration: February 3, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

Non-Resident Registration: February 10, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

View all Activities & Classes

Register for Summer Camps (that still have openings)

Summer Camp Catalog 2022(PDF, 18MB)

Contact Us & Registration Locations
(650) 463-4949

Art Center

1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
10am - 5pm , Tuesday - Saturday Closed Sunday & Monday

Children's Theatre

1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
9:30am - 6:30pm, Tuesday - Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

1461 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday
1pm - 4pm, Sunday
Closed Monday

Lucie Stern Community Center

1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday - Thursday Closed Friday - Sunday

Mitchell Park Community Center

3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
8:30am - 5:30pm, Tuesday - Friday
Closed Saturday - Monday

Cubberley Community Center

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday - Sunday

Attendance & Registration

Before attending any of our programs, make sure you're already registered your child to participate. Online registration is available via Enjoy! Online. Please note that we will not be able to provide any refunds or make-up classes due to absences.

Waiting Lists

If the program you are interested in full, you may place your child's name on the waiting list. In the event waiting lists grows and if resources permit, another camp may be added to accommodate participants off the waiting list. If someone withdraws and a spot in the camp opens, we’ll contact the first participant on the waiting list. If offered a spot, you will be given a deadline to register and complete payment. If the deadline has passed and payment was not completed, your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list.

Drop Off / Pickup

Only one parent/guardian may drop off or pick up their child. There will be designated spots for drop off and pick up participants. Please check your welcome letters for more information. Social distancing guidelines of 6ft will be strictly enforced.


One of the many benefits to some of our camps, notably Foothills Camps, is the bus transportation provided from Mitchell Park to Foothills Nature Preserve and back. Following County guidelines and social distancing, we will not be able to provide any transportation this summer. You will be responsible for providing transportation to and from any camp you register for. While we recognize the loss of the bus transportation may be limiting, the safety and health of our staff and participants is paramount. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Camp Guidelines

City of Palo Alto camps are in full compliance with the most current State and County guidelines around childcare, camps, and other educational or recreational institutions for children:

  • Programs must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children.
  • Children within a program shall not change from one group to another within that program. 
  • If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other. 
  • Providers or educators shall remain solely with one group of children.
  • Children may not move from one program to another more frequently than once every three weeks or take part in more than one program simultaneously.

Safety & Sanitization Measures

All camps offered this summer have been modified to follow the current State and County guidelines. As such, we’ve intensified our cleaning and disinfecting efforts including routinely cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and objects. In addition to this, we have enforced a strict hand washing procedure, limited use of shared materials, provide dedicated materials for each participant, and spaced seating. Each program space will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized often throughout the day, as well as at the end and beginning of each day.

Face Coverings

Staff and campers will be required to wear a face covering during the program.

Daily Wellness Checks

At the start of each day, staff and campers will be asked a series of questions to determine their current state of health. If a staff or camper answer yes to any of the identified symptoms related to COVID-19, they may not attend the program and must go home immediately. 


When possible, it is highly encouraged for children from the same family to be enrolled in the same program or location. If you are unable due to participant age restrictions or other matters, please contact the program supervisor and see if accommodations can be made.