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 2021

(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


  • Week 1: July 11-16

  • Week 2: July 18-23

  • Week 3: July 25-30

  • Cabin-Leader in Training Program (age 14+): TBD

Camp Fire Golden Empire                                       707-643-4573

NO CAMP 2021

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

Main office:  401 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590

Camp Woolman                                                        530-273-3183


Sierra Friends Center, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City 

Healing Pastures at CHorse Ranch                          530-888-7766

Ranch related camp sessions near Auburn

Little Cowpokes: 3-8yr, Fridays 9am-10:30am

May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6

Horse Camp: ages 6+, T-Th, 8:30am - 11:30am

June 15-17, July 13-15, August 10-12

Young Rustlers: ages 6+, 3 Saturdays 8:45am-10:15am

May 8, 15, 22; June 5, 12, 19; July 3, 10, 17; Aug. 7, 14, 2


Shady Creek Camp                                                   530-822-2460

1st – 8th grade
Swimming pool (lifeguard on duty), low ropes course, hiking trails, raptor center, field games, arts and crafts, cooking

Summer Camp 2021 Day Camp Dates:
Session 1: June 14 – 17
Session 2: June 28 – July 1
Session 3: July 12 – 15
Session 4: July 19 – 22
Session 5: July 26 – 29

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

Ages: 5-10
Dates: Monday, June 24th – Friday, June 28th
Times: 12:30-3:00pm

Gold Country Kuk Sool Won                                   530-478-1412 

ages 6-12, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Martial Arts Adventure Summer Camp

  • Session I - June 22-24

  • Session II - July 6-8 

  • Session III - July 20-22

  • Session IV - August 3-5


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

Burton Homestead , Nevada City
Ages 4-17, Monday-Friday day camp, and programs throughout the year.

6 weeks of summer day programs (4 weeks of Young Fox Walkers) 


Nevada City Parks and Recreation                          530-265-8223

Seamans’ Lodge, Pioneer Park

Challenger Multi sports camp, Swim Lessons, Junior Lifeguard Day Camp, Lego Camp, Kid Science Adventures, Chess Wizards, Cooking Around the World.

Bear River Recreation & Park District Camp Bear River                                                            530-268-7275

Summer Youth Basketball, Volleyball Camps, Challenger Soccer camps, Lap swimming, and more classes and sports for youth and adults.


Gold Country YMCA Summer Day Camp              530-760-7019

4 week long sessions: The Wonderful World of Y, Summer Olympics, Little Picassos, Y Kids Got Talent


Bear Valley Y Camp, near Bowman Lake

3 sessions ages 7-16


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 x208 or email

The Center for the Arts is proud to present a variety of in-person and virtual summer camps for community youth ages 8-14. Sessions begin June 14. Students can learn skills in theater, aerial arts, comedy, and painting, photography, mixed media & collage and more! Visit their website for more details.

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


Artist Studio “ASIF”, 940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley Art 
Summer Camps fill early. To receive information about classes/camps, please email Denise Wey


Bright Futures Summer Camp                                 530-265-4311

The Youth Hub Summer Day Camp is a fun and educational camp for youth that will be offered as week-long sessions for six consecutive weeks this summer. Participants can choose to attend as many weeks they would like.

Weekdays from June 21 to July 30 (Closed July 5), 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Deer Creek Elementary School and Seven Hills Middle School, open to transitional kindergartners to 9th graders

Camp Augusta                                           530-265-3702 or email

SUMMER CAMP TBD/awaiting Covid Guidlines

17530 Lake Vera Purdon Rd., Nevada City

Ages 8-16

Gold Hollow Adventure Camp                                        707-643-4573 

July 13, 14, 15, 2021  7:00-8:30pm , Ages 12+


Gold Crush Climbing Gravity Camp   






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