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.” 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 1:12 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.

2019 Themes for Captivate Explorers Camp

  • June 17 – 21: Explore Ancient China
  • June 24 – 28: Explore Ancient Greece
  • July 8 – 12: Explore Mexico – from Pyramids to Piñatas
  • July 15 – 19: Explore Ancient Egypt

Explore Ancient China

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. Build a model of the the Great Wall, a landmark that helped defend this great ancient civilization.

Explore Ancient Greece

Explore the myths and monsters of Ancient Greek civilization. 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, make a lovely painting of a Greek-inspired vase, listen to the story of the Trojan War, and test your skills in some early Olympic events.

Explore Mexico – from Pyramids to Piñatas

Explore the the rich culture and history of Mexico in this camp. Explore folk art and folk dance from Mexico and learn some words in Spanish. We will read several folktales which came from Mexico. Student will investigate the mathematics of the Mayans, the gold and warriors of the mighty Aztec culture and current traditions, such as Dia de los muertos.

Explore Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is unearthed in this fascinating camp. 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 and oils using ancient Egyptian techniques. Create a Pharaoh’s headdress and collar and a Tutankhamun-inspired self portrait that your parents will want to frame!


Please see the Fees page.


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

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00 – 9:00: Extended Care
9:00 – 9:30: Free Play, Team Building, Overview
9:30 – 10:15: Arts ‘n’ Crafts
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00: PE
11:00 – 12:00: Science or History
12:00 – 12:30: Lunch & Recess
12:30 – 1:00: Video Clip or Storytime
1:00 – 1:45: Fine Arts
2:00 – 2:45: Snack, Outside Play (Playground Kinder)
3:00 – 3:45: Craft
3:45 – 4:00: End of Day Share Out (Circle Time)
4:00 – 5:00: Extended Care

Note: Schedule may vary based on activities

Note: Special Movie on Friday 1:30 to 3:00