Free Art Classes at the Library

MAMA:  (530) 432-3080 / 

Saturdays 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, Nevada City.
Two Sessions:
1) Children ages 6 - 14 in the Community Room
2) Children ages 3 - 5 with a caregiver in the Children's Library. This class alternates with Clay Play and Art Play.


Madelyn Helling Library                                                        (530)-265-1538

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

  • PAWS to Read: Wednesdays 3 p.m.

  • Sing-along: Thursdays 4 p.m.

Grass Valley Library - Royce Branch                                     (530) 477-5790

  • Mother Goose Time (ages 0-3): Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.​


Truckee Branch                                                                       (530) 582-7846

  • Bilingual stories, songs & rhymes: last Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.​

Parks & Playgrounds

Minnie Park

Located at Minnie St. and Brighton St., this Grass Valley playground is great for very young children. Structures are not too tall. Playground completely fenced in for safety.

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Memorial Park

Located at Colfax Ave. and Race St. in Grass Valley. The park has a an enclosed playground great for older kids, newer structures, and woodchips instead of sand. 

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Pioneer Park

Located at Nimrod St. and Max Solard Dr. in Nevada City, the Pioneer Park playground is partially fenced in and close to a swimming pool.

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Western Gateway Park

Western Gateway Park is located at Penn Valley Dr. and Horton St. in Penn Valley.  This is a large, open park with multiple structures.

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Camps 2019

(CASA Volunteers note: Child Advocates’ CASA program has been the recipient of multiple donations to create a camp fund.  We are able to assist with the cost to send your CASA child to camp.  Please reach out to the camp directors and inquire if there is a possibility of scholarships for children who are in foster care or whose families are involved in the dependency court process.  Very often camps will work with organizations to offer an opportunity to a child who would otherwise never get the chance to attend their program.)


Camp Rockin U                                                         530-300-8261

Owned by Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Services, located in Dobbins, CA on Lake Francis, ages 7-14
Hiking, Crafts, Fishing, Dance, Drama, Science, swimming pool, and much more

Camp Fire Golden Empire                                       707-643-4573

17183 Lake Vera Rd. Nevada City, 95959, on Lake Vera

Main office:  401 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590
Family camp, Traditional 7 day camps for ages 7-17, CIT (counselor in training) camps for ages 15-17, Teens in Action camps for ages 13-17
Lakefront fun, games, canoeing, archery, crafts 


Camp Woolman                                                        530-273-3183

Sierra Friends Center, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City 
Teen Leadership Camp for ages 15-17

- Beginner to advanced backpacking
Wombat Camp for ages 9-14

- 3 day overnight backpacking to nearby rivers 
Weekly camps June 23-August 6

Fee discounts apply based on family income


Shady Creek Day Summer Camp                            530-822-2460

Near Malakoff Diggins’ State Park
2 sessions, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: 6/24/2019 to 6/28/2019 and 8/5/2019 to 8/9/2019  $180.00
Swimming pool (lifeguard on duty), low ropes course, hiking trails, raptor center, field games, arts and crafts, cooking


Shady Creek Residential Camp                               530-822-2460

Near Malakoff Diggins’ State Park
4th – 8th grade, $490
Swimming pool (lifeguard on duty), low ropes course, hiking trails, raptor center, field games, arts and crafts, cooking
Session One: Tuesday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
Session Two: Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3


Wild Mountain Yoga Summer Camp for girls        530-265-4072

Ages 7-12
July 10-13 from 1:30-3:30pm, July 14 from 10:30-12
$90 in advance or $120 day-of

Gold Country Kuk Sool Won                                   530-478-1412

ages 5-12, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 
Martial Arts Adventure Summer Camp


Fox Walkers /4 Elements Earth Education              530-265-2036

Burton Homestead 
Ages 4-17
Youth programs throughout the summer and school year, Family Wilderness Camp,
Women in the Woods


Nevada City Parks and Recreation                          707-793-2251

Seamans’ Lodge, Pioneer Park

Challenger Multi sports camp, Swim Lessons, Junior Lifeguard Day Camp, Lego Camp, 9:30 am- 1:00 pm

Also - Chess Wizards, Kids Science

Bear River Recreation & Park District Camp Bear River
Bear River High School                                                     530-268-7275
Summer Youth Basketball, Volleyball Camps, Challenger Soccer camps, Lap swimming and more classes and sports for youth and adults.
Kids can attend weekly or for the full 8 weeks


Gold Country YMCA Summer Day Camp              530-760-7019

Memorial Park Clubhouse, Grass Valley

Bear Yuba Land Trust 

Various programs: Junior Conservationists, Wildflower walks, Celebration of Trails, and a series of Fireside Chats at Inn Town Campground

The Center for the Arts                              530-274-8384 or email

Various locations:
Paint like the Masters - Ages 8-14, full day 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Circus Camp Aerial - Ages 8-14, full day 9:00 am to 3:15 pm, Gold Country Gymnastics, Grass Valley  

Circus Camp, Juggling Circus - Nevada City School of the Arts

Comedy Camp - Nevada City School of the Arts

Teen Writing Camp - Ages 13-17, partial day camp 

Theater Camp - Ages 8-14, partial day camp 


Center for the Arts is now collaborating with The Curious Forge


Youth Arts Educational Programming Camp 
The Curious Forge, campus of the Nevada City School of the Arts
Ages 8-15, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 
Toy Design and Hacking - Students need to provide their own laptop, Chromebook or tablet.
Tech Art - 2D & 3D design, CNC technology, 3D modeling, scanning and programming, laser cutting, and E textiles
Scholarships are available.

ArtsCool for Kids and Teens                     530-274-7000 or email

Artist Studio “ASIF”, 940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley Art Camp 1  June 17-21
Art Camp 2  June 24-28
Art Camp 3  July 8-12
Art Camp 4  July 15-19
Summer Camps fill early. To receive information about classes/camps, please email Denise Wey


The Great Neo Camp                                               530-273-4059

The Great Neo Camp is following in the footsteps of the Great Summer Youth Academy. It is a week long summer day camp that teaches life skills through FUN activities and experiences within the Grass Valley/Nevada City community.
Children entering 6th through 8th grade ONLY for next school year are eligible for the program.
6th grade camp: July 8-12 
7th/8th grade camp: July 15-19
Applications are available beginning APRIL 1st at the Family Resource Center and online at
Applications are due by MAY 17, 2019
Delivered or mailed to:
PARTNERS Family Resource Center
235 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley, 95945
or to: 
139 Joerschke Dr. 
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Participants are chosen by lottery after the application deadline.
Call or stop by the FRC for more info

Camp Augusta                                           530-265-3702 or email

17530 Lake Vera Purdon Rd., Nevada City

Ages 8-16
See website for videos and camp choices
Mini Camp -  3 days/ 2 nights
Resident Camp - 1 or 2 weeks
Wilderness trips, Family Camps     


Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum                          (530) 470-0902
5 Kidder Ct., Nevada City

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday - Tuesday (May 1 - October 31)

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday - Sunday (November 1 - April 30)

Firehouse No. 1 Museum                                       (530) 265-5468
214 Main St., Nevada City

  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday (May 1 - October 31)

  • By appointment (November 1 - April 30)


North Star Mining Museum                                    (530) 273-4255
933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, (May 1 - October 31)

  • By appointment (November 1 - April 30)

By the Month

January  (indoor activities for winter)


The Artist Workshop                                                530-272-1937 

120 Mill St, Grass Valley, CA

Paint ceramic pottery, canvas, or make a mosaic. 

Funfinity Indoor Playground                                    530-888-7822

11905 Dry Creek Rd., Auburn

Roller King                                                                 916-783-0918

889 Riverside Ave. Roseville

Indoor roller skating sessions



February   (indoor activities for winter)


Prosperity Lanes                                                        530-274-6484

420 Henderson St. Grass Valley

Bowling and arcade 


Tech for Kids                               

The libraries offer a variety of reading and technology activities for all ages.





Family Resource Center activities

235 S. Auburn St. Grass Valley 
530 273-4059 
10862 Spenceville Rd. Penn Valley
530 432-1118 ext. 249 
18847 Oak Tree Rd.  N. San Juan
530 292-3174

Wildflower Walks 

Wildflower Walks begin March 9 at Bridgeport.





Kids’ Trout Derby                            530-265-8397 – 5 pm to 9pm

Lions Lake at Nevada County Fairgrounds

April 21, 7am- noon
Hosted by the Grass Valley Sportsman’s Club


Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum     530-470-0902

5 Kidder Ct., Nevada City
Ride the railbus summer-time only




Gold Country Youth Soccer League         530-272-5357 or email

Registration opens May 1st


Family Fun Day              

Center for the Arts

May 4, 2019, 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.  Free event

Keeping Kids Safe Festival                                       530-210-7717

Rood Center, Nevada City

May 4, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Grass Valley Car Show                    

Downtown Grass Valley

May 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00

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 Child Advocates of Nevada County
200 Providence Mine Road, Suite 210     Nevada City, CA  95959     (530) 265-9550