Standard summer? Not here. These Bay Area summer camps are a cut above color war and bug juice.
Suit up your swimmer (ages 5 to 16) to catch the waves off West Marin at Big Dog Surf Camp. Big Dog (6-foot 5-inch founder Ian Glover) and crew raise the sport to a new level with soccer warmups, dance contests, and a tradition of generous nicknaming (Proof Lab, 254 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley; 415-518-3805). Begins June 8.
At Crissy Field Center summer camps, would-be rangers (grades 1 to 6) learn park stewardship at the heels of NPS pros. They’ll get their little hands dirty through marsh digs, birding expeditions, and solar oven cookie-baking (603 Mason Street, at Halleck Street, Presidio; 415-561-7762). Begins June 22.
New to SF, Camp Lango gives kids (grades K to 4) traditional camp fare (relay races, charades, arts and crafts) with a Spanish twist. Native speakers from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile, and Colombia will have them salsa dancing and fully immersed in Español by the end of one week (Alvarado Elementary, 625 Douglass Street, at 22nd Street; 888-445-2646). Begins July 20.
And forever hold your peace.
The Sippy Cups Live
What: NoCal’s preschool parent band headlines at the free Life Is Good Festival.
Why: It’s a no-spill thrill.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, at 30th Ave. & John F. Kennedy Dr.
Simple Sewing for Baby Book Signing and Sewing Activity
What: Design guru Lotta Jansdotter intros her new book with plush toy demos.
Why: She’s DIY-hard.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Ln., b/t 3rd & 4th Sts. (415-227-4888).
Kinesys Girl SPF 30 Spray Sunscreen
What: Easy-on waterproof lotion with a socially conscious pedigree (carbon neutral, cruelty free) and a fetching new scent (vanilla and green tea).
Why: You mist a spot.
When: Before, during, and after noon.
Where: Citikids Baby News, 152 Clement St., at 3rd Ave. (415-752-3837); online at kinesys.com.