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The vision of Camp Captivate is to provide an exceptional S.T.E.A.M. educational experience. We nurture the “whole child” and provide stimulating and diverse activities to keep kids “captivated.”

Our Camps

We offer small, intimate camps facilitated by experienced teachers who are passionate about hands-on, project-based learning. We offer 3 summer programs to meet the needs of every age and interest. Our most popular program is the S.T.E.A.M. program and we have added a new S.T.E.A.M. Plus Program for middle schoolers.

Camp Programs


The concept for Science Smart Kids and Camp Captivate grew out of a backyard playgroup at the home of Ildiko Stennis, who at the time was an at-home mom and former Science and Math teacher. Ildiko’s teaching philosophy is that kids learn best when they are engaged in hands-on investigations and are encouraged to be creative thinkers. The company has been steadily growing since 2009 and offers a variety of programs for children. In addition to summer camps, we have done contract work for the S.E.A.L Grant and Innovate Public Schools both of which are funded by the non-profit Sobrato Family Foundation.

Featured in Bay Area Parent Summer and Camp – The two go hand in hand at area camps
Bay Area Parent Summer Survival Guide 2012
Featured in the Mercury News San Jose mom’s Science Smart Kids offers enrichment programs for young children
San Jose Mercury News, May 18, 2011