20+ summer camps in San Jose, CA

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From STEAM activities to outdoor explorations, we’re gathered a list of local summer camps. | Photo via Camp Galileo

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Summer is in full swing, and you might be scrambling for ideas of what else you can plan for your the little ones in your life — but no worries, there’s still a ton of camps you can sign your kiddos up for. Check out these local summer camps + programs that still have open registration.

Camp Galileo

Innovation is the name of the game at Camp Galileo. | Photo via Camp Galileo

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2022 Coding 5K Summer Camps, Multiple locations

Each week-long session features different aspects of coding, from robotics and math, to storytelling and art. Girls-only camps + virtual camps are available on select dates, no cost to attend.

Silicon Valley Boot Camp, URM Education Campus, 2635 N. First St.

This week-long program invites high school students to explore technology + entrepreneurship through visits with top tech companies. Tuition cost is $6,800 and includes lodging — the deadline to register is Fri., July 8.

Camp Galileo, Multiple locations

Focused on innovation + iterative learning, Galileo offers specialized STEAM courses that include dinosaur digs, medieval quests, amusement park design, and more. Prices vary; pre-K to 10th grade.

Steve & Kate’s Camp, Multiple locations

For the free-spirited ones out there, this camp lets kiddos choose from activities like stop-motion animation, makers crafts sewing, and more. Day + month passes available; prices vary by location; ages 4-12.

Whirlygig, 919 The Alameda

Each week offers fun STEM + craft activities around themes like animals, music, science experiments, and more. $150 per session; ages 3-6.

Camp Captivate, Multiple locations

Their full-day, week-long STEAM programming also includes courses like Botany Bonanza, Remote Control Animal Machines + Marine Biology. Prices vary; ages 5-13 are welcome.


Happy campers at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. | Photo via Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

🌳 Outdoors

Camp Guadalupe, 438 Coleman Ave.

This drop-in camp offers weekly themed sessions that give students a hands-on lesson about botany, health + wellness, cartography, and more. Prices vary; ages 7-11.

Camp S’more, 1167 N. Capitol Ave.

Combine art, nature + science activities with aquatics and sports for a fun summer. Don’t miss the “Ninja Obstacle Course” or the “Armor Wars.” Prices vary; ages 5-12.

Youth Science Institute, 333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos

Campers explore the great outdoors through natural observation and fun science experiments. Prices vary; pre-K to 6th grade.

Walden West, 15555 Sanborn Rd., Saratoga

This week-long day camp in the redwood forest features activities like archery, gardening, climbing walls, hiking, swimming, and arts + crafts. $550 per week; grades 2-9.

🎨 Arts

Limitless Summer Day Camp, Westfield Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Join the Young Art Studio to learn + practice art techniques in different mediums — like animation, painting, and clay. $89.95 per class 🖌️

Textile Arts Integration, Virtual

Explore fiber arts with interactive activities at this free week-long course from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The course is available for grades 3-8, Mon., July 18-Fri., July 22. 🧶


The Quakes soccer camp is one summer option to keep your kiddo active. | Photo via Maciek Gudrymowicz/ISI Photos

🎽 Athletics

Topgolf Kids Summer Academy, 10 Topgolf Dr.

Junior golfers will get hands-on, in-depth training to improve their golf game in these 5-day sessions. $250 per session, ages 6-12 welcome.

GrowFit Sports Camp, Silver Creek Sportsplex, 800 Embedded Wy.

With fun themed weeks, your kiddo will learn physical education + try new sports. $105 per day session, $420-495 per week session — ages 4-12 welcome. 👟

Quakes Summer Camps, Del Monte + Montaña Parks

Led by professional coaches, these week-long soccer camps include a free home game ticket and the chance to play with an alumni Quakes player. $265+ per week; ages 5-13.

Tutu School Willow Glen, 1702 Meridian Ave., Suite I

This week-long camp is on pointe… Campers will take ballet classes, decorate costumes, and put on a production of Swan Lake, Cinderella, and more. $475 a week; ages 4-8.

🎭 Performing arts

Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Chinese Performing Arts of America, 6148 Bollinger Rd.

All the world’s a stage at this Shakespeare camp. Over the course of 10-15 days, kids will rehearse and perform adaptations of the Bard’s work including “The Tempest” + “Much Ado About Nothing.” Prices vary; ages 7-18.

Camp Winnarainbow, Mendocino County

Come one and all to this overnight camp focused on circus + performing arts. During one and two-week sessions, campers will learn trapeze acts, gymnastics, and more. $1200 per week; ages 7-17.

⭐ Special interests

Youth Blacksmithing Camp, Visual Philosophy, 1065 The Alameda

Create + refine a tool at this week-long introduction to forging with resident blacksmith, Charlie Kolar. Registration closes on Sun., July 10 — $350 per week.

Cucina Bambini, 1041 Lincoln Ave.

Sign up your sous chef for a week-long morning camp where they can create Disney-inspired treats (ages 4-10) and learn cooking fundamentals (ages 10-17). $350 per week.


Campers take to the sky — virtually and in real life at the Hiller Aviation Camp. | Photo via the Hiller Aviation Museum

❌ Registration closed — try again in 2023

Camp Shalom, 14855 Oka Rd., Los Gatos

This summer camp is grounded in Jewish values + open to all children. Programs include fun STEAM-related activities like tie-dye, LEGOs, musical theater, and robotic animals. Prices vary; grades 1-8. (Pro tip: Check out their sister camp, Camp Chaverim, which was designed for kids of all abilities.)

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 748 Story Rd.

Send your little critter to the zoo for one of Happy Hollow’s week-long camp programs, which include dinosaur crafts, veterinary classes + animal mythology. $375 per session; ages 5-13.

Camp Campbell, 16275 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek

Go old-school with this traditional sleep-away camp with two-week and mini six-day programs. This YMCA-sponsored camp also organizes leadership + adventure camp experiences. Programs range from $840-$2100; ages 7-17.

Movement, 801 Martin Ave., Santa Clara

In this rockin’ three-day camp, kids will gain climbing skills in an inclusive + cooperative setting — no prior experience necessary. $177 per session; ages 6-12.

Dragon Youth Theater, 1430 Koll Cir.

School may be out, but the show must go on. This camp gives kids the opportunity to produce their own play, or get theater training from local theater professionals. Prices vary; scholarships are available; grades 6-12.

Hiller Aviation Museum Summer Camp, 610 Skyway Rd., San Carlos

Campers will soar to new heights at this aeronautics-themed camp that includes flight simulations, aircraft construction, and engineering challenges. Full-day week-long sessions are available for grades K-7; prices vary.

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