Captivate Explorers Camp

Camp Captivate has completed its 2018 summer session.
Registration for 2019 be available in January 2019.

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 1:10 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.

2018 Themes for Captivate Explorers Camp

  • June 18 – 22: Castles and Catapults
  • June 25 – 29: Ancient Egypt Unearthed
  • July 9 – 13: A Pirate’s Life for Me!
  • July 16 – 20: All Roads Lead to Rome

Castles and Catapults

egypt explorerEnter the world of the Middle Ages. Design a castle and its defenses. Use models of catapults and battering rams to bring down the castle walls. Train like a knight–shoot a model, cross bow, and fire a trebuchet. Explore daily life in the Middle Ages; serfs and merchants, knights and kings all played a role in this complex society. Examine the devastation caused by the Bubonic Plague and learn about medieval medical practices. Play medieval games like Chess, Draughts, and Nine Men’s Morris. Design a stained glass window, weave on a loom, draw a castle, and create your own coat of arms.

Ancient Egypt Unearthed

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!

A Pirate’s Life for Me!

Strap your boots, put on your captain’s hat, and dive into the life of a pirate. Get acquainted with some pirates from history: Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Black Bart and Anne Bonny. Create a treasure map and learn to use a compass to find directions. Unveil a secret location on the treasure map using invisible ink! Explore pirate flags and make a jolly roger of your own design. Do all this and more in “a pirate’s life for me!”.

All Roads Lead to Rome

Imagine chariots racing through the center of Rome–the greatest city in the ancient world. Use blocks to build a massive model of a Roman city, including: roads, walls, aqueducts, sewers, baths, markets, temples, theaters, arenas, and a forum. Help build a working aqueduct that can even move water uphill. Learn why the arch was the “keystone” of Roman architecture and explore the marvels of the dome. Train like a Roman soldier and defend your legion from the enemy. Make concrete like the Romans. Create a relief sculpture and mosaics and learn how the volcano Mt. Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii but preserved a portion of the Roman Empire.

Fees (per week)

  • Full Day (9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday): $419
  • Extended Care (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Thursday): $79


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 – 10:30: Art
10:30 – 11:00: Snack & Break
11:00 – 12:00: Science or History
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch & Recess (Playground Kinder)
1:00 – 2:00: Story Time, Video Clips
2:00 – 3:00: Snack, Outside Play
3:00 – 4:00: Craft
4:00 – 5:00: Extended Care (no PM Extended Care on Fridays)

Note: Schedule may vary based on activities

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