Captivate Explorers Camp

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Captivate Explorers Camp is a full-day (9 am – 4 pm), integrated camp which shows how “Science, Art and History Fit Together.” The half day morning program (9 am to 12 noon) is also available. We offer week-long camps during summer break for children ages 5-7. We believe that kids learn best through hands-on investigations and children will explore different cultures and time periods in our history. Our camp program fosters the development of the “whole child” and incorporates many team-building and spirit activities. Our teachers are experienced and credentialed. We always maintain a maximum 1:10 staff to student ratio to ensure that each child gets plenty of attention. Our camp is kept intentionally small so that campers can build relationships with each other and the staff. We foster a learning environment filled with engaged students who are exploring, creating, laughing, playing, and moving.

The camp is located at Milliken School in Santa Clara.

We foster a learning environment filled with engaged students who are exploring, creating, laughing, playing, and moving.

2017 Themes for Captivate Explorers Camp

Ancient Egypt Unearthed (week 1)

Go back to the days of the pharaohs to discover the wonders of the pyramids. Dig for artifacts in a simulated excavation, write in hieroglyphics, create a cartouche, and discover the secrets of mummification. You will make cosmetics from minerals and perfumes from flowers using ancient Egyptian techniques. Create a Pharaoh’s headdress and collar and a Tutankhamun-inspired self portrait that your parents will want to frame!

Splendid Yosemite Valley (week 2)

Explore the geology that carved this striking valley, with its giant granite peaks, cascading waterfalls, and lush valley floor. Get acquainted with great figures in history associated with the valley, including the Miwok tribe, John Muir, Ansel Adams, Jenny Curry and the Buffalo Soldiers. Paint magnificent landscapes of world famous landmarks: Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. Learn about the flora and fauna of this spectacular national park in our own backyard.

Think Greek! (week 3)

Zeus and Poseidon, Cyclops and the Sirens–learn about the key figures in Greek mythology as you are introduced to the real world of Ancient Greece. Explore the origins of great ideas like democracy, the concept of the atom, a sun-centered solar system, and the Hippocratic Oath. Art, Science, Literature, Medicine, and Geometry can all trace their roots to Ancient Greece. During the week you will make a Medusa mask, listen to the story of the Trojan War, and test your skills in some early Olympic events.

Discover Ancient China (week 4)

Immerse yourself in the beauty and elegance of ancient China. Paint a beautiful scroll watercolor landscape reminiscent of the scrolls of ancient China. Explore the Chinese zodiac, dragons, and the terracotta warriors. Examine early scientific discoveries like the compass, paper, kites,the abacus, and tangrams. Try your hand at writing using Chinese calligraphy.

Dates for Captivate Explorers Camp

  • June 26 – 30: Ancient Egypt Unearthed
  • July 3 – 7: Splendid Yosemite Valley
  • July 10 – 14: Think Greek!
  • July 17 – 21: Discover Ancient China

Fees (per week)

  • Full Day (9:00 am – 4:00 pm): $399
  • Extended Care (8:00 – 5:00 pm): $99
  • Half-Day Morning (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) $266
  • Note: The fees will be prorated the week of July 4th due to the holiday


Milikin Basics+ Elementary School
615 Hobart Terrace
Santa Clara, CA 95051


Sample Daily Schedule

8:00 – 9:00: AM Extended Care (additional charge)
8:45 – 9:00: Drop-off/ Sign-In for Campers
9:00 – 9:10: Getting to Know You Activity or Outside Play (Outside)
9:10 – 10:10: Art Class
10:10 – 10:25: Snack Break (bring own snack)
10:25 – 11:30: Science Class (50 minutes)
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch and Recess
12:30 – 1:30: Physical education outside
1:30 – 2:30: S.T.E.M. Challenge
2:30 – 3:05: History (40 minutes)
3:05 – 3:15: Team Building Game
3:15 – 4:00: Crafts or Free Choice Play
4:00: Pick-Up
4:00 – 5:00: PM Extended Care (additional charge)