Free Camp & School Fairs return to the East Bay for the fifth year on the Feb. 25-26 weekend with free activities and over 60 exhibitors allowing attendees to view a smorgasbord of camps, enrichment programs, schools, performing arts, S.T.E.M. & S.T.E.A.M. programs, preschools, educational, sports and other programs available this spring and summer.
The free fairs run from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Tri-Valley Camp & School Fair is in San Ramon and then on Sunday, Feb. 26, the Contra Costa Camp & School Fair is being held again in Lafayette at Acalanes High School with ample free parking at both locations.
This year, free coding workshops will start every 20 minutes during each fair. The workshop will allow novices to code HTML and launch their own website in just 15 minutes.
The fairs are presented by Lafayette Chamber member Bay Area Festivals, Inc., which also produces Bay Area KidFest (28th annual festival May 27-29 on Memorial Day Weekend in Concord) and Super Holiday Boutiques (each December around Contra Costa). Bay Area KidFest has been voted Best Community Event five consecutive times by readers of Claycord.com. Bay Area Festivals has donated about $80,000 to educational, health, sports and youth non-profits in the past six years.
On Oct. 14-15 the second free Bay Area Kids’ Book Fair to Cupertino (Saturday, Oct. 14) and to Lafayette (Sunday, Oct. 15). The free festival features authors, illustrators, publishers and a variety of other related businesses. Attendees can meet The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Olaf from “Frozen” and enjoy storytellers with the classics and new books, free balloon art and arts activities and educational presentations.
Producer Jay Bedecarre says, “We’ve had an outstanding response to our Camp & School Fair the past three years. The fair provides families with a one-stop shopping experience as they plan their spring break and summer activities.” He adds that there is a wide variety of schools and camps for children, teens and families including preschools, day camps, overnight, performing arts, S.T.E.M. & S.T.E.A.M. programs, YMCA, scouts and sports. Camps from all over California take part.
The first 200 families each day receive a free goody bag. There is a free raffle drawing for camps and KidFest tickets. Anyone bringing a can of food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will receive an extra raffle ticket for each can. Admission is free and there is ample free parking.
Call (925) 408-4014 or visit www.ContraCostaCampFair.com or www.TriValleyCampFair.com for more information. Camps, school, other programs and businesses wishing to exhibit at Camp & School Fair can visit the website to register.
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