Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

FAD PAD Fun Art & Drama

Spring Break Playshop and Summer Camp
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FAD (Fun Art and Drama) + PAD (Mary Ellen's home studio) = lots of exciting, creative and innovative summer camps, classes and more!

Mary Ellen Hill, Creator and Director, Headmistress, Professional Storyteller~

Supporting children's creativity, joy and love of Earth for over 30 years!

   newFAD PAD 2018 Summer Camps Schedule below.

                   "Here we go to the best camp of the summer!!"
                   "Last night she said- I cannot wait to go to Fairy Camp!"
                   "He got up earlier than usual and said can we go to camp now?"
                   "He asked us- this camp is all summer, isn't it? I hope!!"
                   "Our daughter has had an amazing week (best camp of the summer, she says!).
                   Thank you so much for all the fun, creativity and love. We are so lucky to know you!"

The FAD PAD is my home studio created for Fun, Art and Drama! A designated place for your child to enjoy a wide variety of playshops/classes and camps. From cooking, gardening, drama, fairy lore, cooperative games, hand sewing, embroidery, Harry Potter to science!

The FAD PAD is located in my big back yard where there are many magical areas to explore. From climbing Bob, the loquat tree, to vegetable and herb gardens to the enchanted and forbidden forests to the hammock.

The playshops/classes and camps are for K-6th graders. In order to foster fun and give attention to all children, I take 8 children only. Reservations are required. All art, gardening, and cooking supplies are included in the fees.

"When I asked my girls what their favorite part of their summer was they said "going to Mary Ellen's camps!" They cannot wait to come back." Mom of a 6 & 8 year old

"Thanks you and the "great work" you do with children in your magic forest and garden. What a boundless gift you offer these girls and boys! It seems to me you're changing their lives in important ways." College Professor


"You are the only place my girls can explore Harry Potter books! This is so important to them that they can act out their favorite books!" Mom of an 8 & 13 year old

"I fell so relaxed knowing my child is with you. She always tells us about the great activities she does and the fun kids she plays with each day. Thank you!" Mom of 7 year old

Mary Ellen's FAD PAD SUMMER CAMPS 2018
FAD (Fun Art and Drama) + PAD (Mary Ellen's home studio) =
lots of fun, creative and innovative camps!

Monday - Friday, 9a-3p

$450 Five Day Camps, $360 Four Day Camp

Ages 6-12, eight children maximum

Before & After-Care (M-F), $8 per half-hour

Scholarships and Payment Plans available

Location: Edwards Ave. Exit off HW580 in Oakland, CA

Session 1: June 18 - 22 (five day camp) + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp

Session 2: June 25 - 29 (five day camp) + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp

Session 3: July 2, 3, 5, 6 (four day camp) + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp
*$360 for 4 day camp * This summer we will focus on "Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban"". We will delve into the magical and imaginary realm of witches and wizards through art, play and drama. Topics covered: wands & spell work; the Sorting Hat; Marauder's Map; visiting Diagon Alley & Hogsmeade; playing Quidittch; freeing Buckbeak&Sirius Black and attending Defense Against the Dark Arts, Divination and Care of Magical Creatures classes. Headmistress ME has been a fan of Harry Potter books since the books came out in 1997!

Session 4: July 9 - 13 (five day camp) + Adoptees Connecting Camp (ACC) (6-14 ages)
This session is for adopted children who want to share and explore their adoption in a supportive and playful way with other adoptees. All campers will have many opportunities to celebrate their particular life journey as an adopted person through various art forms: writing, drawing, cooking, yoga, storytelling, mindfulness and drama. Mary Ellen was adopted as an infant and has been exploring adoption in various ways for many years.

Session 5: (New Dates) July 23 - July 27 (five day camp) + Fairy Camp
Session 6: (New Dates) July 30 - August 3 (five day camp) + Fairy Camp
Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival! Campers will make fairy furniture using clay, paper, nuts, wood and fabric. We will also spend time playing, singing and dancing in a wide array of fairy costumes. On Friday we will baking and making treats for our fairy tea party! Since she was a little girl in Indiana, Mary Ellen has enjoyed play acting with her neighbor friends and looks forward to meeting more fairies in her garden!

Session 7: (New Dates) August 6 - 10 + Gardening and Cooking Camp *All Food Organic
Come explore Mary Ellen's big, beautiful, magical backyard! Campers will harvest organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers and use them for yummy cooking projects. Basic gardening and cooking skills will be taught, and perhaps the garden fairies will show up to teach a few things! Mary Ellen has enjoyed creating recipes and trying them out since she was a youngster and loves to grow her own food.

This is how you sign up for FAD PAD Summer 2018 camps!

Please fill out the Registration Form or I can email it to you.
If you have already been to a FAD PAD playshop or camp and your contact information has not changed you do not need to fill out the FAD PAD Registration Form.

The FAD PAD 2018 Release form will be emailed to you once you fill the Registration Form out and return it to me.

Once you register, please pay the camp fee. The cost for each 5 day camp session from is $450. The cost for the 4 day July 4th week is $360. Camp runs daily from 9am- 3pm.

*There are 4 ways to send this fee.*

1. Make a check out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

2. Use your own Pay Pal account and pay under the family and friends button to

3. Use VENMO on your phone to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.

4. Use the Paypal on my website. The cost then is at the slightly higher rate of $470 or $375.

Once you have sent in the registration, release form and payment, I will confirm your spot.

A WORD ABOUT CANCELLATIONS: January 15-March 1: Receive half tuition refund. March 2- May 1: Receive a quarter of tuition refund. After May 2: No refunds.

M-F Before-care is available from 8:30-9:00. After-care is available from 3-5:30. $8 per half-hour.
Please let me know what you need. You can add this into your tuition fee or wait until the first day of camp your child attends.

Payment plans and scholarships are available. Please contact Mary Ellen directly.

FAD PAD Summer Camps 2018

YAY! Thanks for signing up for FAD PAD SUMMER CAMPS 2018!

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Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher
Telephone 510-636-4155
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