Best of 2024

Each year, ActivityHero showcases the top kids programs to our families searching for camps & classes.

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Now until March 10th, families will be voting for their favorite kids’ programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Online, and Overnight Providers. Check out the 2024 Nominees!

New for 2024, nominees have been placed in categories and winners will be selected in each of the following:

  • Best of STEM: Science, Coding, LEGO, Robotics, Math, Engineering
  • Best of Outdoor & Nature
  • Best of Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Multisport and team sports
  • Best of Specialty Sports: horseback riding, biking, surfing, skateboarding, tennis, table tennis, martial arts and individual sports
  • Best of Creative Art: Drawing/Painting, Digital Art, Maker, Cooking
  • Best of Performing Arts: Music, Theatre, Acting, Dance
  • Best of Language Arts: Writing, Foreign Languages, Public Speaking, Debate
  • Best of Recreational & Games
  • Best of After-School Programs
  • Best of Private Schools
  • Best of Overnight / Pre-College Programs
  • Best of Online

To be eligible to win the 2024 Awards, businesses must be a provider of camps, classes, or pre-collegiate programs for grades K-12 in the United States. 

How to Win the 2024 Awards

Check your listing

Check your Profile

Make sure you have claimed and updated your free business page on ActivityHero.com. 

 

Boost your Business

Get Votes

Collect votes from families and friends between February 10 – March 10. Each vote equals one point towards top recognition in your category.

 

Get reviews

Be Positive

Every positive review submitted from families gets you 3 extra points towards top recognition in your category.

 

Prizes & Promotions

Winners in each of the ten categories in each location will win the following prizes, with top recognition for 1st place:

1st place badge

1st Place

1 Winner in each category

Spotlight feature in the Best of 2024 category email to families (Best of STEM, Best of Art, etc)

$500 in marketing credit that can be used on boosts or local spotlight emails

Featured positioning on the Best of 2024 blog post

Best of 2024 badge to be used for marketing purposes

Special feature on social media

2nd place badge

Runner-Up

4 Winners in each category

Included in the Best of 2024 category email to families (Best of STEM, Best of Art, etc)

Included in the Best of 2024 blog post

Best of 2024 badge to be used for marketing purposes

Special feature on social media

2024 Nominees

If your kids program is not listed as a nominee and you would like to be considered, please submit your program information by February 9, 2024.

San Francisco Bay

Nominees

STEM (Science, Coding, LEGO, Robotics, Math, Engineering)

CodeRev Kids
The CoderSchool
San Francisco Math Circle
Futurebytes
Camp Galileo
Aviation Camp
Camp Integem
Kidizens
TechKnowHow
Firecracker Math
Kumon
Mathnasium

Outdoor & Nature

Bay Area Kids Camp (Cool Coyote)
Anderson Day Camp
BEan IN NATURE
Forest Bloom Outdoor School
Avid4 Adventure
Hidden Villa Farm
Kennolyn Camp
Oakland Zoo Camp
Monkey Business Camp
Tribal Wisdom Academy
Trackers Earth
The Riekes Center Nature Camps
The Curiosity Lab

Sports

Coach Ken Soccer
Light Soccer Camp
Peninsula Youth Soccer Club
Kids FanBase
Dave Fromer Soccer
Legarza Kids
Legends Baseball
Future Star Baseball
Next Level Sports
Spartans Sports Camps
Bald Eagle Sports Camps
LEMO U
Team NorCal Lacrosse
i9 Sports

Specialty Sports 

Kids Dojo
Fremont Table Tennis Academy
Academy of Fencing Masters
Chaparral Ranch
Euro School of Tennis
Bay Club
Kim Grant Tennis Academy
Roughing It Day Camp
Maximum Fencing Club
Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc.
Dogpatch Paddle
American Swim Academy
Peninsula Swim School
Sk8 Gym
Silicon Valley Fencing Center
Skateworks
Skate Like a Girl
Golden Gate Skateboarding

Creative Arts

CD’s Art Studio
Art School of SF Bay
Young Art
Maker Studio Kids
And Sew We Grow
Maker Nexus
Creative Art & Clay
Marvego’s Art
Sugar N Spice
Taste Buds Kitchen
Young Builders Palo Alto
The Camp Couture
Art with Jenny

Performing Arts

Rock Band Land
The Dance Affair
Cole Arts Camp
Petits Pas
Dance Mission
Steppin’ Out Dance Studio
Mr. D’s Music Club
School of Rock
Alameda Ballet Academy
East Bay Dance Center
San Carlos Children’s Theater
San Francisco Rock Project
J ACE J MUSIC
Principal Creative & Performing Arts
CMT-Children’s Musical Theater San Jose

Language Arts

Aventuras
France Ecole
Su Yun’s Chinese Learning Center
Communication Academy
Kid Power Academy Coaching Center
École Bilingue de Berkeley
Palo Alto High School Speech & Debate
Shu Ren International School
La Scuola International School
Terra Camps
Immersive Beijing Learning Foundation

Recreational & Games (Variety)

Gamelandia
The Game Academy
Steve & Kate’s
YMCA of Silicon Valley Summer
India Community Center Camps and Classes
Run for Fun Camps (Adventure & Sports)
Growfit
King’s Camps & Fitness
Secret Agent Squad
Open Mind School
Anderson Day Camp
Early Childhood Matters
Campbell’s Park and Rec Day Camp

Private Schools

Chronos Academy
Stratford School
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
Hillbrook School
The Carey School
Convent & Stuart Hall
The Harker School
Head-Royce School
Town School for Boys
Castilleja
Almaden Country Day School
Escuela Bilingue Internacional

After-School Programs

Little Champs Learning Center
Palo Alto Community Child Care
Best in Class Education
Genius Kids Club
CAM Educational
Missions Graduates
Richmond District YMCA
Mariposa Kids
Flex College Prep

Los angeles / Oc

Nominees

STEM (Science, Coding, LEGO, Robotics, Math, Engineering)

CodeRev Kids
The CoderSchool
CodeNinjas
PlanetBravo
BrainStorm STEM Education
Digital Dragon
Rolling Robots
Destination Science
Professor Egghead Science Academy

Outdoor & Nature

Camp Del Corazon
Everwild
Camp Awesome
Camp Wildcraft
HawksLA Summer Camp
Los Angeles Arboretum Nature Camp
Camp Manu Kids Survival Camp
Nature School LA
Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County
Heal the Bay Aquarium Camp
Cali Camp
Heart Rocks Forest School

Sports

Spartan Allstars
Euro Star Soccer Academy
Soccer Shots OC
LA Galaxy Youth
SoCal Youth Sports
South Coast Soccer Academy
MADE Baseball
Mark Cresse Baseball
Coach Ballgame Baseball
TGA Sports
Momentous Volleyball Club
Breakthrough Basketball
Los Angeles School of Gymnastics

Specialty Sports

Upstander Kids Anti-Bullying
Freedom in Motion Gym
Shreducate Academy
Tiny Tees Golf
Devil’s Gate Wrestling
Sunrise Surf Academy
Aqualand
Club Champion Gymnastics
Oaks Sports Camps
Aqua Surf
Learn to Surf LA
Traditional Equitation School

Creative Arts

Kids Artistic Sense
Robertson Art Zone
Waverly Kids Cooking School
Averyboo Arts
Image Bearers Arts Academy
Pinot’s Palette
Design Hive
Sprinkled
The Artsy Wagon
The Artist Lab LA
PAINT:LAB
SOCAPA Summer Arts Camp

Performing Arts

Laguna Niguel School of Music
Young Stars Theatre
School of Rock
Upstage Theatre School
Summer Acting Camp
YADA (Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts)
TADA Stages
Santa Monica Playhouse
Act One Theatre Camp
A Noise Within
Play by Play Sports
Script School

Language Arts

Intiwasi Spanish Immersion
Kallpachay Spanish Immersion
Harvard-Westlake School
Writopia Lab
Learn Spanish with us
Teach Communications
Adventures in Writing
Pasadena Language Center
Cultural Bytes

Recreational & Games (Variety)

Fundamental Chess Academy
YMCA of Greater Los Angeles
Steve & Kate’s
Fitness by the Sea Beach Camp
Center for Early Education
Gan Izzy Ranch Camp
Got Game Camp
Tom Sawyer Camp
Camp Kids Klub
Los Angeles Zoo Camp
Camp Wildfolk

Private Schools

Brentwood School
St. Frances of Rome
Crossroads School for Arts and Science
Westridge School
Tree Academy
San Gabriel Christian School

After-School Programs

Parker-Anderson Enrichment
Scholars Collective
AfterSchool Planet
LA’s BEST
Star Education
Los Angeles Boy’s and Girls Club
Santa Monica YMCA
Studypage Learning Center

online Nominees

Afficient Academy
Pretty Pony Pastures
Nimmy’s Art
Enthuziastic
Discover Science Center

Overnight and

Pre-College Nominees

Pali Adventures
Digivations @ Cornell University
URJ 6
Canyon Creek
Rim Rock
Camp Alonim
Mountain Meadow Ranch Summer Camp
Catalina Sea Camp
Chrysalis Girls Adventures
Camp Lake Hubert
Education Unlimited
Woodward Camps
Summer Discovery
Science Camps of America

2023 Award Winners

SF Bay Area

Winners

Aventuras – 1st Place
Young Art – 2nd Place
Maker Studio Kids
And Sew We Grow
Little Champs Learning Center
Bay Area Kids Camp

Los Angeles /OC Area

Winners

Camp Del Corazon Inc – 1st Place
Upstander Kids – 2nd Place
Intiwasi Spanish Immersion School
Parker-Anderson Enrichment
Scholars Collective
Sunshine International

Other U.S. Locations

Winners

Pretty Pony Pastures – 1st Place
Nimmy’s Art – 2nd Place
Enthuziastic
Script School
Digivations Institute

Marketing Toolkit

We are excited to have you participate in the ActivityHero Best of 2024 Awards and want to help you make the most of this promotion. You can use the linked creative assets on social media, email marketing, or on your website.

To have the best possible chance of winning, take a few minutes to rally your fans now, and send at least 2-3 reminders throughout the voting period of February 10 – March 10, 2024.

  • Send email to present and past families who’ve attended your program.
  • Share the voting link with friends, family and groups you belong to.
  • Posting on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc). Encourage your followers to like and comment when they vote to increase visibility on your social media.

ActivityHero will be promoting the Best of Awards through email marketing, social media and our blog. Tag @activityhero on Facebook and Twitter, or @activity_hero on Instagram and we will also share your posts to generate excitement!

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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the contest rules & eligibility requirements?

Eligibility: To win the Best of 2024 Award, the business must provide children’s camps, classes, or activities at locations in the United States for not less than six months. The business must meet a minimum quality review score.

Rules: Each vote between February 10-March 10 will be one point. Positive reviews submitted during the voting period will be three additional points. Each person can vote once per provider. Providers can only win in one Best of 2024 category.

Votes will be audited for spam and repeated submissions. 

What is the timeline for the contest?

The ActivityHero voting begins February 10, 2024 at 12 PM Pacific Time (PT) and ends March 10, 2024 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Winners will be announced by March 26, 2024.

How do I earn points?

During the Voting Period, all persons who are eighteen (18) years or older and have a valid email address will be eligible to vote for providers that offer children’s camps, classes or activities in the United States. Limit: One (1) vote and one (1) customer review per person per provider.

Each vote generates one (1) eligible entry for the Provider Entrant and corresponding Voter Entrant. Each customer review generates three (3) eligible entries for the Provider Entrant and corresponding Voter Entrant.

How are Winners determined?

Winners will be selected by total points earned during the voting period. Top 5 businesses in each category will receive the Best of 2024 badge, with top recognition for the 1st place winner. Businesses must meet eligibility requirements to receive the badge, regardless of total points earned.

How will I know if I won a Best of 2024 Award?

The names of the Winners will be announced before March 26, 2024.

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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