A popular option is sending children to camps, either in other areas or a short drive away. Camps range from specialties - soccer, tennis, music and science - to old-fashioned living-in-the-great-outdoors experiences.
Locally day camps are run by the Town of Danville, Parks & Recreation of Alamo, the YMCA of the San Ramon Valley, churches, Scouts and private schools and companies. Camp Galileo has expanded this year with its art, science and outdoor adventures and will hold a camp at the Alamo/Danville San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church. Alamo Parks & Recreation posts its classes at www.alamore.org.
Slightly farther afield are camps at other Bay Area cities and parks, such as the East Bay Regional Park District recreational opportunities in kayaking, bass fishing, fly fishing and more at Sunol and other regional parks. At Tilden Nature Area, the Park District offers Tilden Little Farm Weeks for ages 8-11, and a Nature Adventure Camp for ages 9-12. Its Activity Guide was sent to most residents, plus it is at the library, or visit www.ebparks.org.
The Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek also has extensive programs, including Wild Times science camps from Dino-mania to Animal Habitats, classes and trips for children and for families; visit www.wildlife-museum.org or call 935-1978.
Time to swim
It's time to sign kids up for swimming lessons. Danville and Alamo hold their aquatics program at the Monte Vista Community Pool, with classes for ages 3 and up for all abilities, including semi-private lessons for children and adults. Aquatots is for ages 6 months to 4 years with an adult, and the class emphasizes water enjoyment. There is also recreational swimming at the pool, plus lap swimming and Family Fun Nights planned for Friday evenings with Pirate Night on July 20; a Luau Party, Aug. 3; and Surf's Up, Aug. 17.
Town of Danville activities
The Town of Danville is also offering theme camps focusing on acting, dancing, surfing, soccer and science. It is also bringing back its popular Little Peanuts, Little Acorn and Danville Day Camps with a new themed approach, plus offers soccer and other sports camps, parent participation toddler camp, Show Biz Kids Summer Theatre Training, visual arts and more. As throughout the year, the town offers dance lessons for ages 2-1/2 to 6. The town is again sponsoring a Family Campout at Oak Hill Park on July 28-29, with check-in at 3 p.m., to include swimming at the Monte Vista pool, crafts and family games, and a movie under the stars. Visit www.ci.danville.ca.us.
San Ramon Valley YMCA camps
The Y is offering camps at Alamo Elementary School. Team Explore will offer campers grades one through three some serious exploration, with one-week sessions featuring swimming and a local field trip. Team Adventure is for fourth- through six-graders, also with swimming and visiting summer hot spots and camping out with friends. It promises the campers will be able to challenge themselves daily. Team Extreme is geared to young adults entering grades seven through nine. The San Ramon Valley YMCA offers specialty camps, too, at Alamo Elementary, including chess, magic, equestrian, magic, super science, ultimate sports, drama and more. Visit www.mdrymca.org.
School district enrichment
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District offers a Summer Enrichment Program with week-long, multi-week and month-long courses, including a middle school math camp. For information, look for Summer Programs at www.srvusd.net.
Summer at the library
The Danville Public Library's summer program is "Get a Clue @ Your Library," a summer of intrigue and suspense with exciting prizes as readers unravel the mysteries behind great books. The program runs June 11-Aug. 20. The Kids Reading program is for ages 2 through fifth-graders, while Teen Reading targets student in grades six through 12. Those over 18 also can read and enter a chance to win a Booklover's Bag of goodies. For more information, call 837-4889, visit ccclib.org - or drop in at the library, 400 Front St.
And there's more
Other fun family adventures in Danville include the Fine Arts Faire on June 23-24; the Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade; Hot Summer Nights Car Shows on July 16 and 26, and Aug. 9 and 23; and Moonlight Movies on the Town Green, 8:15-10 p.m. in front of the library, featuring "Cats and Dogs on July 13, and "Curious George" on Aug. 10. The town also offers trail walks at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of July, August and September, starting at the Community Center, 400 Front St.
Meet me at the fair
While planning your summer, don't forget about the fair. The Contra Costa County Fair takes place May 31-June 3 at the fairgrounds in Antioch. Visit www.ccfair.org to find out about daily activities. The Alameda County Fair runs June 22-July 8 at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton; for more information, go to www.alamedacountyfair.com.
Enjoy concerts with a picnic
* Town of Danville 22nd annual Music In the Park concert series, from 6-8 p.m. Saturdays at Oak Hill Park on Stone Valley Road
July 7 - The Sun Kings (Beatles Tribute)
July 21 - The Best Intentions (Motown)
Aug. 4 - Mic Gillette/Jon Smith Project (Blues/R&B)
Aug. 18 - Zydeco Flames (Cajun)
* Alamo Parks & Recreation 2007 Summer Concert Series, 6:30-8:30 Fridays at Livorna Park, Livorna Road and Miranda Avenue
June 29 - Boothill (Country at its Best)
July 13 - Silicon Valley Houserockers (Get Ready to Boogie)
July 20 - Pan Extasy (Reggae & Caribbean Sounds)
Aug. 3 - 256 (Classic Rock & Party Tunes)
* Blackhawk Plaza Summer Concert Series, from 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, July 20-Aug. 24
Friday, July 20 - Pride and Joy
Friday, July 27 - Aja Vu (Steely Dan Tribute)
Friday, Aug. 3 - Chicago Tribute Authority
Friday, Aug. 10 - Tony Lindsay
Friday, Aug. 17 - Tainted Love
Friday, Aug. 24 - Super Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute)
* Summer Nights at the Livery, Thursdays, Aug. 9 and 23