Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

My Calendar

Summer 2021


FAD (Fun Art and Drama) + PAD (Mary Ellen's home studio) =
lots of fun, creativity and innovation!


May 31 - August 6, 2021
Time 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: $450 per Session


Session 1: May 31-June 4 +BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this & a bit of that)
Session 2: June 7-11 +BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this & a bit of that)
Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: cooking, gardening, sewing, storytelling and various art projects plus general goofing around! Mary Ellen has so many activities she likes to do with campers- she can't choose just one!

Session 3: June 14-18 + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp
Session 4: June 21-25 + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp
Session 5: June 28- July 2, + StarwitZ : Harry Potter Camp
This summer we will cover Book 1:"Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone". 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, Mirror of Erised, potions, and the Sorcerer's Stone quest. Headmistress ME has been a Harry Potter fan since the books came out in 1997!

Session 6: July 12-16: + Fairy Camp
Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival! Campers will make fairy houses 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 enjoyed play acting with her neighbor friends and looks forward to meeting more fairies in her garden!

Session 7: July 19-23 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this& a bit of that)
Session 8: July 26-30 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this & a bit of that)
Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: cooking, gardening, sewing, storytelling, and various art projects plus general goofing around! Mary Ellen has so many activities she likes to do with campers- she can't choose just one!

Session 9: August 2-6 + Gardening and Cooking Camp *organic & vegetarian*
Come explore Mary Ellen's big, beautiful, magical backyard! Campers will learn about and harvest organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers and use them for yummy cooking projects. Basic gardening and cooking skills will be taught and all campers will brew their own herbal tea each day. Friday Mystery Pot is totally magical and delicious. Mary Ellen has enjoyed creating recipes and trying them out since she was a youngster, loves to grow her own food.


How to sign up.
1. Please let me know by email or phone or text (510-219-3474) what session(s) you want. When I confirm there is an opening, then you can follow the next steps.

2. Fill out the FAD PAD registration form. You do not have to fill out a FAD PAD registration form if you have been the FAD PAD before unless your contact information has changed. If you have not been to the FAD PAD, please fill out the Registration Form or I can email it to you..

3. Please pay the fee now. Once you pay I will confirm your spot. I have a record of families that have credit due to cancellations from last Summer and will contact you about your camp fee.

4. I will email you the 2021 FAD PAD Release form and FAD PAD Covid form you need to fill out and return to me. CANCELLATION POLICY FOR CAMPS: January 18-March 22: Receive half tuition refund. March 23- May 4: Receive a quarter of tuition refund. After May 5: No refunds.

SCHOLARSHIP POILCY FOR CAMPS: There is ONE PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP for each session. There is ONE FULL SCHOLARSHIP available.

Payment plans are available for everyone.

Please contact me directly if you want to set up a payment plan or request a scholarship and if you need references.

Looking forward to having safe fun with your creative and amazing children!



*There are 5 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 mehstories@netzero.com.

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

4. Cash

5. Paypal $465 per Session (slightly higher rate, thank you).

Summer 2021 FAD PAD

Thanks for signing up for FAD PAD 2021 Summer Sessions






After School Enrichment



Third Session
Please join us at the FAD PAD - for some awesome after-school enrichment classes!

This will be a chance for your child to take a screen break and enjoy my magical backyard- complete with loquat tree, swings, hammock, fruit, herb and vegetable patches- to move their bodies, have some social time and do really fun activities.

When the students arrive, they will participate in our traditional FAD PAD warm ups, themed activities, have a snack and free play, and continue our activities. As always, we do breathing, mindfulness and grounding exercises throughout our time together. We will continue to be outside for all activities.

Our Third session of 18 classes is from January 4 - May 21, 2021 at the FAD PAD.

There will be classes on 1/18, 2/15, 3/29 and any other school holiday.

There will be no classes during 2 weeks of Spring Break, April 5-16.

Spring Break playshops will be posted later and will be listed under the FAD PAD tab on this website.

Here are the FAD PAD Enrichment After School Classes for 2021:

Monday Drama Day - storytelling, theater games, puppets, singing, costumes

Tuesday Fabric Art Day - sewing, embroidery, fabric adornment, weaving

Wednesday Starwitz - delving into the magical world of Harry Potter, Books 1-5

Friday Fun Day - gardening, games, art and crafts, cooking

Thursday there are No Classes

K-6th graders and 6 students maximum and 4 minimum.

Date: January 4 - May 21, 2021
Time: 2-5 (If your family needs a different time frame, contact Mary Ellen.)
Fee: Each 3 hour class is $60
An 18 week class is $1080.
All supplies and materials included.
Reduced fees and payments plans are available- please contact Mary Ellen directly.



Registration and Payment:
This is how you sign up for After School Enrichment


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 Release form will be emailed to you once you fill out the Registration Form out and return it to me.
Once you have sent in the registration, release form and payment, I will confirm your spot.


*There are 5 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 mehstories@netzero.com.

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

4. Cash

5. Paypal $556 for nine classes or $1112 for 18 classes (slightly higher rate, thank you).

After School Enrichment






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