Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

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FAD PAD Fun Art & Drama

To find out how Mary Ellen keeps the FAD PAD safe and fun- please click the FAD PAD Safety Guidelines tab.



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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!

   newThis is what kids say about FAD PAD Summer camps...

                   "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 and a 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




FAD PAD Enrichment After School Classes for Summer/Fall 2022
Please join us at the FAD PAD
Please join us at the FAD PAD - for some awesome after-school enrichment classes!

This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to be outside in a beautiful, magical setting, to move their bodies, have some social time and do really fun, creative activities. Each day has a theme and is for K-5th graders with 8 children maximum and 4 minimum. When the students arrive, they will participate in our traditional FAD PAD warm ups, have a snack and free play, and do our themed activities. As always, we do breathing, mindfulness and grounding exercises throughout our time together. We will do all activities outside in my magical backyard- complete with loquat tree to climb, swings, hammock, fruit, herb and vegetable patches. Only if the AQ is poor and if it is pouring rain will we be indoors.


FAD PAD Enrichment After School Classes for Summer/Fall 2022:

Monday Drama Day- storytelling, theater games, puppets, singing, movement, costumes
Monday classes are from 3:00/15-6:00 for 13 weeks and the fee is $780 + $20= $800.
August 29-December 12, 2022 (no classes 9/5, 10/10 and 11/21)

Tuesday BOT BOT Day - hand sewing, gardening, games, food tasting and crafts.
Tuesday classes are from 3:00/15-6:00 for 15 weeks and the fee is $900 + $20= $920.
August 30-December 13, 2022 (no class 11/22)

Wednesday Starwitz - delving into the magical world of Harry Potter, Book 3
Wednesday classes are from 2:14/30-5:30 for 15 weeks and the fee is $900 + $20= $920.
August 31-December 14, 2022 (no class 11/23)


EACH CLASS HAS A REGISTRATION AND SUPPLY FEE OF $20.

EACH CLASS IS $60

Thursday and Friday there are No Classes

K-5th graders and 8 students maximum and 4 minimum.
Choose preferred classes, then contact Mary Ellen to make sure there are openings.


Registration and Payment:
This is how you sign up for Fall Fad Pad Playshops

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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash

5. Paypal
(Slightly higher rate.)

Winter Spring Sessions





FALL 2022 FAD PAD HOLIDAY CAMPS
All camps are from 9:30 to 3:30 for K through 5th grades, $100 per day.

Harvest Fest: September 5, Monday
Harvest, taste and plant herbs, create herbal sachet, make herbal sun tea.

Trash to Treasures Day: September 16, Friday
Create amazing art from recycled and old stuff!

Fall Fun Day: October 10, Monday
Harvest, eat and plant seeds, bake an autumn fruity crumble, make fall garden creation.

Harry Potter Fall Fun: November 11, Friday
Attend potions, divination and charms classes, spider hunt and act out your favorite Harry Potter scenes.

Appreciation Days: November 21, Monday; 22, Tuesday; 23, Wednesday
Make name cards for Thanksgiving feast, make cards for Alameda Food Bank, bake apple crisp, create gratitude bags, crack nuts, plant and take home flower bulbs.

Winter Wonders: December 19-23, Monday- Friday
Create magical sun decorations, holiday cards, make dream pillows, get garden ready for winter crops, bake holiday treats.


Registration and Payment:
This is how you sign up for Fall Fad Pad Playshops

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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash

5. Paypal
(Slightly higher rate.)

Winter Spring 2022
Winter Spring 2022

Each button has its own checkout. Paypal limits the number of items in a dropdown menu.
You may have to check out twice depending on the classes you choose. Sorry for inconvenience.




Adoptees Connecting Club (ACC)
8 Saturdays ~ $800
October 1, November 5, December 3, 2022
Jan 28, Feb 25, March 25, April 22, May 20, 2023

1:00pm - 5:00pm

This session is for adopted children who want to share and explore their adoption in a supportive and playful way with other adoptees.
All members will have many opportunities to celebrate their particular life journey as an adopted person
through various art and craft forms: writing, drawing, storytelling, creative visualization and drama.
Mary Ellen was adopted as an infant and has been exploring adoption in various creative ways for many years.

Fee: $800

*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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash


5. PayPal (Slightly higher rate)

Adoptees Connecting

Please fill out the FAD PAD Emergency Form or I can email it to you.

If you have already been to ACC, or to a FAD PAD playshop or camp, and your contact information has not changed,
you do not need to fill out the FAD PAD Emergency Form.





Mary Ellen's FAD PAD SUMMER CAMPS 2022
OUR 12th FAD PAD Season of Summer Fun!


M - F, 9:30a-3:30p
$500
Ages 6-12
Eight children max, 4 min


YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR ONE STARWITZ AND ONE FAIRY CAMP

YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR MULTIPLE BOTBOT CAMPS



Session 1: May 30-June 3+ Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp

Session 2: June 6-10+ Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp

Session 3: June 13-17, + Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp

This summer we will cover Book 2 :"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 and
spell work, Sorting Hat, Mandrakes, Death Day Party, and the quest for the
Chamber of Secrets. Headmistress ME has been a Harry Potter fan since the books came out in 1997!




Session 4: June 20-24 +BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this and a bit of that)

Session 5: June 27-July 1 +BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this and 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!



There is no camp the week of July 4-8




Session 6: July 11-15: + Fairy Camp

Session 7: July 18-22: + Fairy Camp

Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival!
Campers will make fairy houses using clay, paper, 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 8: 25-29 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this and a bit of that) see above for details

Session 9: August 1-5 + Gardening and Cooking Camp *organic and 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 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 and loves to garden.



Session 10: August 8-12 + BOTBOT Camp (a bit of this and a bit of that) see above for details




How to Sign Up

1. Please let Mary Ellen by email or phone or text (510-219-3474) what session(s) you want. When she confirms there is an opening, then you can follow the next steps.

2. Fill out the FAD PAD registration form on the website. 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.

3. Please pay the fee now. Once you pay, Mary Ellen will confirm your spot.

4. Mary Ellen will email you the 2021 FAD PAD Release form and FAD PAD Covid form you need to fill out and return.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR CAMPS: January 3-March 20: Receive half tuition refund. March 21- May 8: Receive a quarter of tuition refund. After May 8: 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 Mary Ellen directly if you want to set up a payment plan or request a scholarship and if you need references.

*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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash

5. Paypal
(Slightly higher rate.)

Summer Camps 1 - 5
Summer Camps 6 -10

Each button has its own checkout. Paypal limits the number of items in a dropdown menu.
You may have to check out twice depending on the classes you choose. Sorry for inconvenience.




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Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher
Telephone 510-219-3474
Email mehstories@netzero.com
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