“Camp Captivate (STEAM) is the best value for a camp we have ever found. I was thrilled that this year it was offered as an all day camp, since last summer’s 1/2 day wasn’t enough for my girls! The instructors are both knowledgeable and caring. Both my 11 year old and my 8 year old have attended and have RAVED about what they have learned and how much they enjoyed the sessions. I looked for 2 years to find a chemistry camp for my daughter, who requested it, and this one has exceeded expectations. Next week my 11 year old gets to do marine biology with dissection. She cannot wait. I wish they offered more sessions!”
— Lorraine E., Sunnyvale
“I can’t say enough good things about this camp. We’ve tried several other camps – some technology based and others not – but none has been as rewarding as Camp Captivate. Trevor and Ildikó make a fantastic team. My nine year old is engaged and excited to go every morning. We’ve opened news doors for him this summer – and had fun in the process!”
— Chris E., San Jose
“We have thoroughly enjoyed this full and enriching Science camp! My daughter has learned how to do Lego animation and make her own movies and loves this, along with the super fun chemistry, hands-on experiments. Ildiko and her staff provide a top notch, quality program for all of the students and they walk away with an awesome experience and new skills. My daughter told me on her second day of camp that she wanted to do this camp forever and for someone who was so nervous to go to camp to that statement in one day was amazing. Thank you Ildiko and staff for making the camp such a great experience!”
— Peggy G., San Jose
“My 6 year old daughter is having a blast this summer at Camp Captivate! The ratio is small (10:1) so she’s getting wonderful attention and more importantly, the creative blending of science, art and history has made the learning dynamic and FUN (because 6-year-olds are all about the fun). This particular week has been focused on Egypt so the children are learning about all aspects of Egyptian culture (they learned to mummify, built a pyramid, create perfume and do all sorts of things the Egyptians had done). It’s a very hands-on learning experience and the director, teacher and help staff are friendly, engaging from Day One. They offer before and after school care for working parents (you pay a little extra).
I registered my daughter for the other camp themes this summer (Medieval Times and Rome). I expect the same type of enthusiasm my daughter has been showing where she comes home and rattles off the facts she’s learned and the cool projects she was engaged with all day.
I highly recommend this to parents if you have a child who needs to have fun while learning and you want that nice balance of liberal arts and science exposure.”
— Thuy T., San Jose
“My daughter loved the different themes each week. With history brought to life, hands on science experiments and creative arts and crafts, each session wasn’t just fun, it launched her interest in Egypt, the oceans, Greek gods, and Mexico. She continues to explore all these themes today — she was truly captivated!”
— Julia M., San Jose
“This was a great camp. Smaller size, kids were always engaged. Learning, art, and lots of exercise. Came home tired and happy. My kids loved the art and the science, and are still giving me facts they learned in history about Egyptians, castles, and the Romans. I hope they find a location for next summer as i will be looking to attend.”
— Jennifer D., San Jose
“Camp Captivate was outstanding! Our nine year old daughter can’t wait to return next year. The weekly themes are interesting and the lessons truly captivate the kids. At the end of the week, our daughter came home with stunning art projects which were clearly well-taught and consistent with the theme of the week. They also have PE to keep the kids active. We love the St. Leo’s location. What a top-notch camp with superb instructors!”
— Tania S., San Jose
“My son just finished the first week of summer camp ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ at Camp Captivate. He LOVED it. A lot of hands-on activities that included making a bottle of scented perfume and other fun activities. Well balanced program that included science, art, history, and physical activity. We will be back for more next week ‘Castles and Crowns’.”
— Cristina M., San Jose
“This is my daughter’s 2nd summer attending Camp Captivate (formally Smart Kids Camp) and I have nothing but positive things to say. This camp is amazing! She attended three weeks last summer and will be attending 3 weeks this summer as well.
Camp Captivate combines Art, Science, and History, and centers around weekly themes such as Egyptian, Greek, and Renaissance. They also include daily team building activities and PE. The best thing is my daughter LOVES it and can’t wait to go back each day.
My daughter is repeating some of the same themes this year as last; although I was concerned about her being bored by repeating the same themes… I have been pleasantly surprised at all the new activities and crafts they have done this year. I have an Egyptian self portrait she did last week that is a gorgeous piece of art and ready for framing. More importantly, she she learns so much while having so much fun. She is constantly telling me all the things she has learned about these different cultures and times.
The staff is amazing! The camp director and founder, Ildiko Stennis, is just wonderful and so hands-on with all the kids; as are all the staff. I have been impressed with the ongoing ways Ms Stennis is always working to improve the camp and classes. As I am always telling my daughter when she gets excited about something new there… ‘Ms. Ildiko always finds the cool stuff.’
If you are looking for a camp for your child, please give this one a try… I promise you won’t be disappointed.”
— Jeanette C., San Jose