Summer boredom SOLVED (at least for a week)

picture this...

It’s your average Saturday morning in May. The kids are up early. You haven’t even had your coffee, but they are asking for breakfast. They want to download a new app on the iPad. They want to watch a movie. They want to do a craft that requires multiple how-to videos. They are bickering over what to watch, what to play, who gets to go first, and before you can intervene, they say it in unison: “WE'RE BORED!”

sound familiar?

Fast forward to June. It’s summer vacation! And school is out for the next 7 weeks (or 65 days if you're really counting…) and while we love not having to deal with the hustle and bustle of the school year - the homework, the reading logs, the projects, the extracurricular activities -school does give kids a comfortable routine, ahem...and parents a reprieve from the  Saturday scene above...

Of course you’ll do the Pinterest searches, let them play video games and watch movies; you’ll take trips to the park and craft store. You’ll listen to the cacophonies of “I’m bored,” “what are we doing today?” and “can we buy more Robux?” You’ll do those things because you're a great parent - but even the best parents run out of ideas.

 Enter Camp STEAM  

My 7 yo daughter had the best week ever at Camp STEAM! She learned a ton and came home so proud of everything she had made. It was exactly what I hoped for... now I have a little girl who's interested in science, robotics, and mechanics-Candace 



OUR art is unusual

 Our days are messy and loud and colorful and hands-oN  

We are a much needed break from screens.

We are all things science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

We are the

what camp STEAM is: 

  • We are a small boutique camp focused on hands-on activities exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
  • We are open to kids ages 5-11. We will break out into smaller age based groups during certain parts of the day. 
  • We offer a supportive environment for young tinkerers to use their imagination and learn team-building skills.
  • We split our time between indoor and outdoor activities.
  • We are run by three professional adults: Ana Dziengel, architect, Emily Stuver, art teacher with 20+ teaching years experience in LA schools, and Tamara Buchanan co-teacher of Afterschool STEAM

what camp STEAM is NOT:

  • We are not your standard large day camp. We have space for 18 campers per session.
  • We are not run by CITs (counselors in training)... though we do love CITs and will have them helping out at times!
  • We don't offer specialized tracks. All campers participate in the themed activities of the day.
  • We aren't overly academic. We believe in exploration first and sprinkle in the learning as we go.

    what parents are saying    

You weren’t kidding when you promised us a mess!” 


"Both of my boys came home and neither of them asked to play with their video games - they were too busy playing with the bots they made!" 


“Each day my son came home with completed projects, having learned so much, that he couldn’t stop talking about Camp STEAM.  After the first day, he asked if he could do it again next year." 


Camp STEAM was an amazing adventure for my 5 and 7 year old. Every project was appreciated immensely by the children. Each day my kids came home exhausted, messy, often wet, and deliriously happy. I was amazed by how all the campers related to each other: immediately kids bonded, played excitedly, and honored each other's space. Ana and Emily set up an environment that taught kindness, patience, and respect among the campers and it lasted all week. 


where & when is Camp STEAM?


Session 1  

June 22-26, 2020 
Ages 5-11  

9AM-3PM daily

Session 2  

July 13-19, 2020
Ages 5-11
9AM-3PM daily

snacks provided

sibling discount available

Sherman Oaks Cooperative Preschool Campus 

 in Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park

14265 W. Addison Street

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the entire group, ages 5 - 11, be together or are the younger children separated out?
Our camp is all ages (5-11). We have three adults on staff and will break off into smaller groups based on age during some of the activities. At other times of the day all ages will be together. We believe that kids of multiple ages can learn from each other and we encourage teamwork.

How should my child dress for Camp STEAM?
In play clothes! We are experts at messy fun so please dress you child in clothes that can get dirty!  

How long is Camp STEAM?
Camp runs from 9AM-3PM daily.

Is before and after care available?
If you are interested in this option please email to discuss.

VNSO Park is huge! Where in the park is Camp STEAM located?
We are located on the campus of the Sherman Oaks Cooperative Preschool. The campus is near the soccer fields and is completely fenced in. Attendees will be given a map and instructions on how to find camp.

How much is Camp STEAM?
Camp STEAM is $350 + $50 materials fee per child. Sibling discounts are available. Please email for more information.

    who's running camp steam ?    

Ana Dziengel

Architect and industrial designer, creator of Babble Dabble Do, author of STEAM Play and Learning and co-teacher of the Afterschool STEAM program

Emily Stuver 

Art Teacher at the Chatsworth Hills Academy. MFA UCLA, 20 years teaching experience in Los Angeles area schools.

Tamara Buchanan

Former preschool teacher, creative writer, co-teacher of the Afterschool STEAM program 

Give yourself a week off this summer 

while the kids make a mess...somewhere else!

Registration Opens Feb. 24. 2020 

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