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!”
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.
“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 PROJECTS ARE inviTING
OUR CREATIONS ARE NEW
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 messiest.camp.ever...
what camp STEAM is:
what camp STEAM is NOT:
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?
sibling discount available
Sherman Oaks Cooperative Preschool Campus
in Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park
14265 W. Addison Street
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information.
who's running camp steam ?
Architect and industrial designer, creator of Babble Dabble Do, author of STEAM Play and Learning and co-teacher of the Afterschool STEAM program
Art Teacher at the Chatsworth Hills Academy. MFA UCLA, 20 years teaching experience in Los Angeles area schools.
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!