Tinkering School

come make amazing things with us

Summer Day Camp

One stage in a massive Rube Goldberg Machine make by kids ages 6-12

Summer 2019 Locations

San Francisco @ Brightworks School: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Lottery Registration for SF Day Camp

San Rafael @ Mark Day School: 39 Trellis Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903

Session registration for San Rafael Day Camp

An immersive, five-day building experience in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District or in beautiful San Rafael! Come build with the most creative summer camp staff in the Bay.


Financial aid available

  • Camp costs $575/week

  • Before care costs $55/week

  • After care costs $100/week

We create an environment that fully engages your camper's mind and body, huge-scale projects to capture their imagination, and an environment of trust and warmth that we hope will stay in their heart. 

We have made: a Rube Goldberg chain reaction machine and a fully functional obstacle course, complete with a balloon pit. A sprawling city of cardboard, and a Godzilla monster that destroyed it! A NASA-style space mission complete with launch tower, rocket and mission control. Campers have lifted themselves into the rafters, and driven carts that really steer. We've built mazes for our parents and giant robots that deliver flowers. Forts from clay and bridges standing 12 feet high and 15 feet long.

More Information about Summer Day Camp

Format of Camp

A week at Tinkering School's Summer Day Camp is Monday through Friday. Each week's theme and camper attendance is different and each project that we do is unique.

Monday morning is tool training and practice, and the project isn't revealed until after lunch! We format each project to offer multiple entry points for the youngest to most advanced problem-solvers, to make sure Tinkerers stay curious and dedicated to the project as it unfolds throughout the week. 

At the Day Camp, every day we leave the building and walk to Franklin Square Park to play games, move our bodies, and take a break from hard thinking. We eat lunch in the fresh air and then return to our projects ready for an afternoon of focus and tinkering.

On Friday, the we finish up building a little early so that friends and families can come and experience the project (in whatever state of completion the Tinkerers have attained!)  During this time, we all appreciate each other's hard work and creativity, and then as a group, we disassemble the the project! Taking apart the projects helps us all to reflect on and appreciate our week of teamwork, problem solving, power tool operation, and fun!


Each week is a mixed-age format for Tinkerers 8 to 12 years in San Francisco, and 7 to 11 years in San Rafael.

Staff Ratios

We staff all of our camps and programs at 6:1 (or better!) camper to collaborator ratios. One of the best ratios for summer camps in the Bay!


Camp Dates and Hours

San Francisco: June 24 - August 14 (by lottery)
San Rafael: June 24 - July 26 (first come, first served)

  • SF Summer Day Camp runs from 9:30am until 3:15pm.

    • Drop off starts at 9:00am.

    • Pick up is 3:15 to 3:30pm.

  • San Rafael Day Camp runs from 9:00am until 3:00pm.

    • Drop off starts at 8:50am.

    • Pick up is 3:00 to 3:15pm.


  • SF Summer Day Camp

    • Before care starts at 8:30am ($55/week).

    • After care goes from 3:30pm until 5:00pm ($100/week).

  • San Rafael Day Camp

    • Before care starts at 8:30am (8:30-9am, $25 per session).

    • After Care goes until 5pm ($100 per session).

    • Before & After care can be purchased for $115 per session.

    • Lunch service will be available for $45 per session.

What to Bring

  • A nutritious and delicious lunch.

  • A snack for snack time.

  • A refillable water bottle.

  • Closed-toe shoes (we work with heavy and messy things).

  • Comfortable clothes that can get dirty. (Seriously, whatever they wear may get dirty or even torn).

  • Sunscreen already applied for the day (send extra if your child has sensitive skin). We go outside every day.

Interested in signing up for Summer Day Camp?


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