Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher


FAD PAD Fun Art & Drama


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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 2017 Playshops and Summer Camp 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

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"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








SUMMER CAMP 2017

Monday - Friday, 9a-3p, $390
$375 if paying by cash or check!
Ages 6-12, eight children maximum

Before & After-Care (M-F), $6 per half-hour

Scholarships and Payment Plans available
Location: Edwards Ave. Exit off HW580 in Oakland, CA


Session 1: June 19 - 23 + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp (FULL Please email Mary Ellen mehstories@netzero.com or call 510-636-4155 to be on the waiting list. Thank You!)

Session 2: June 26 - 30 + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp (FULL Please email Mary Ellen mehstories@netzero.com or call 510-636-4155 to be on the waiting list. Thank You!)
This summer we will focus on "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets". This summer we will focus on "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets". We will delve into the magical and imaginary realm of witches and wizards through art, play and drama. Some activities include: Diagon Ally, wands & spell work, Hogwarts Express, the Sorting Hat, Death Day Party, potions, Quidditch, and the Chamber of Secrets quest. Headmistress ME has been a Harry Potter fan since the books came out in 1997!

Session 3: July 5 - 7 + BOTBOT Camp (Bit Of This & Bit Of That) (FULL Please email Mary Ellen mehstories@netzero.com or call 510-636-4155 to be on the waiting list. Thank You!)
Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: sewing, cooking, gardening, and various art projects plus general goofing around! Mary Ellen has so many activities she likes to do with campers- she cannot choose just one! * $258 for 3 day camp * $250 if paying by cash or check.

Session 4: July 10 - 14 + Adoptees Connecting Camp (ACC) (6-14 ages) (Space still available Please email Mary Ellen mehstories@netzero.com or call 510-636-4155 to reserve your spot. Thank You!)
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: July 31 - August 4 + Fairy Camp (Space still available Please email Mary Ellen mehstories@netzero.com or call 510-636-4155 to reserve your spot. Thank You!)
Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival! We will make fairies and 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 6: August 6 - 11 + Fairy Camp (FULL Please email Mary Ellen mehstories@netzero.com or call 510-636-4155 to be on the waiting list. Thank You!)
Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival! We will make fairies and 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: August 14 - 18 + Gardening and Cooking Camp (FULL Please email Mary Ellen mehstories@netzero.com or call 510-636-4155 to be on the waiting list. Thank You!)
Come explore Mary Ellen's big, magical backyard! Campers will harvest organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that we will use for our yummy cooking projects. Mary Ellen has enjoyed creating recipes and trying them out since she was a youngster and loves to grow her own food.




Summer Camp 2017 Registration Information

Please fill out the FAD PAD 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 a registration form.

Send in the $75 non-refundable deposit for each session. I will send a confirmation and the FAD PAD Release form will be emailed to you once you sign up.

The cost per camp session is $390. A non-refundable $75 deposit for each session per child are due now. You can mail it or use Pay Pal. Please make it out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

A WORD ABOUT NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS: Your $75 non-refundable deposit holds your child's spot for camp. If you cancel before April 5, half of your deposit will be returned. If you cancel after April 5, none of your deposit will be returned. If you have another child at camp, the deposit will not go towards their tuition.

Your tuition balance will be due in May 2017. Further information about FAD PAD Summer camps will be sent at this time. M-F Before-care is available from 8:30-9:00. After-care is available from 3-5:30. $6 per half-hour. Payments for after-care will be due when the of balance of tuition is due in May.

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

Yeah! Thanks for signing up for FAD PAD SUMMER CAMPS 2017!




Summer Camp 2017






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Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher
Telephone 510-636-4155
Email mehstories@netzero.com
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