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Top Summer Camps in San Jose

Published Jan 23, 2020 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Looking for a fun summer camp for your kids this year? In the San Jose area, there are several choices available, whether your kids are interested in sports, theatre, wilderness camps, arts & crafts, or just about anything else!

Top Summer Camps in the South Bay

The Summer Holidays are approaching quickly and we can't wait! 

And like clockwork, parents will again be trying to find the perfect summer camp to send their kids to. 

To make things a whole lot easier, ChatterBlock has created a list of our all time favorite camps below, but we also encourage you to browse through our complete directory of summer camps in South Bay.

With so many to choose from you'll be able down to search for, and find exactly what you are looking for!


Through innovative hands-on projects, you will enjoy the intricacies of Holographic AR programming, computer animation, learn fascinating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts, understand the art and science of user-centric design, practice public speaking and communication skills. What’s more fun than dreaming up stories, making friends, and exploring the magic of Holographic AR at your own pace with Silicon Valley’s very best engineers and designers?

The Harker School

Summer Camp+ (K-Grade 5) provides an engaging, enriching academic environment focused on language arts, math and a variety of academic electives. Diverse learning opportunities, including hands-on projects, art and technology-based instruction and skill-based lessons, are led by qualified, caring teachers.  

Not to be confused with Summer Camp+, Harker School also offers Sports Camps for various age groups from grade 2 to 12.  Sports include baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, water polo, and TRX. Other summer programs include Summer Institute (academics - grades 6-12), and Swim School (age 3-adult).


TechKnowHow classes are designed so that students learn technology skills through fun, engaging and dynamic projects.

Each camp offers supportive, teacher-led instruction followed by hands-on learning experiences. Campers gain skills and confidence through creating, exploring and problem-solving.

Several themes are available, with different classes for children aged anywhere from 5 to 16. Certain camps for older kids to have prerequisites.

Digital Media Academy

At DMA Summer Tech Camps, kids and teens will build tech skills in topics like coding, Artificial Intelligence, wearable tech, 3D printing, robotics, filmmaking, and game design. Located in Downtown Los Gatos, this prestigious high school campus provides the perfect setting for students to explore their interests and learn from the very best instructors that the South Bay has to offer.

Avid4 Adventure

These days, a lot of kids grow up surrounded by screens, disconnected from the natural world. Avid4 Adventure introduces pre-school through 7th graders to the power of the outdoors. With help from their time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, they teach campers of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike, and thrive in the outdoors! 

SilverCreek Sportsplex

SilverCreek Sportsplex Summer Sports Camps are available for soccer, baseball, fastpitch softball, roller hockey, and lacrosse.

These camps are run by experienced staff at their state-of-the-art indoor facility.

All camps are divided into morning sports instruction and afternoon activities.

iD Tech Camps 

Each iD Tech location boasts hand-selected staff, a unique campus experience, and stimulating course curriculum delivered in small clusters of 8 students per instructor.

Their summer STEM camps are loaded with brand new, real-world curriculum and professional software from Adobe®, Apple®, Microsoft®, and other industry leaders.

Camp CMT

CMT is proud to be the oldest performing arts organization in San Jose.

At CMT, being a performer in one of their productions includes training in performance arts, but also includes learning about the history, culture, context and artistic significance of the show.

Educational experts have reported that CMT programs contribute to success in and out of school, and support important developmental assets in youth performers.

West Valley College

West Valley College summer 2018 program offers a broad range of courses that will challenge students in academic areas, while also offering creative and interesting elective courses in art, business, drama, music and sports. Students entering grades 6 through 9 in the fall can choose to attend one of two three-week sessions or both.

Mad Science

Summer camps at Mad Science are the perfect blend of entertainment and education. They combine hands-on lab time, outdoor games and exploration, as well as the application of scientific principles. 

Their summer science camps will engage and expand your child's mind, as well as offering a big dose of fun! Camps are in various themes and are geared to specific age groups. 

Advantage Basketball Camps

Advantage Basketball Camps are nationally recognized as one of the Top ball handling camps in the world. They were recently named by Sports Illustrated Kids as one of the top camps in the country. Your children will experience the most intense, fun, and invigorating basketball training.

These camps are designed to bring out the best in children: increased respect for sportsmanship, enhanced fundamental athletic abilities, and a deeper understanding of teamwork and responsibility. Advantage Basketball Camps also prepares young players, ages 6-18, for high school and college.

YMCA of Silicon Valley

This summer, the YMCA of Silicon Valley is proud to be offering hundreds of unique day camps and their one-of-a-kind overnight camps at YMCA Camp Campbell, offering enriching experiences to children of all ages, interests and abilities. With more than 30 locations throughout Silicon Valley and extended hours before and after camp, they offer added convenience for families constantly juggling busy schedules.

And, to ensure that everyone has the chance to experience a healthy summer filled with fun, lifelong memories, the Y offers financial assistance for those in need.

The Tech Museum of Innovation

At Summer Camps at The Tech, powered by Galileo, students in Grades 4–8 explore riveting, real-world subjects alongside inspiring educators who share their passions.

Offerings include kid favorites like Lego Robotics and 3-D Game Design, as well as fun new courses such as DIY Virtual Reality and Arduino-Bots. There are also classes in kitchen chemistry, digital film-making, crime-scene investigation – even a chance to attend “med school.” Yes, summer learning really can be this fun!

Brainvyne - Providers of LEGO® Education

Brainvyne - Providers of LEGO® Education provide teaches principles of engineering, robotics & science by stimulating and nurturing children’s natural interests to learn through play.  

They offer enriching and entertaining summer camps for children ages 4 - 12 in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Stratford School

Camp gatherings set the stage for fun adventures in learning!

Themes come to life as junior campers learn, explore, and engage in imaginative camp-style activities; and Stratford’s robust STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program rounds out the summer experience.

See registration for details.

Apostles Lutheran Church

Robotics camps at the Apostles Lutheran Church are offered for kids aged anywhere from 5 to 13.  These are open to boys and girls in a few different sessions. 

Activities at these camps allow students to apply science and engineering principles in practical applications.

No experience necessary!

Waterworks Aquatics

Waterworks Aquatics offers half-day week-long youth swim camps. Children will have fun in the water while perfecting their swim techniques with quality swimming instruction. Swim games will be run during the last 30-45 minutes of each daily session.

Ideal for children ages 5-14 years old who can swim 2 lengths across. a 25-yard pool unassisted. It is recommended participants take a swim test prior to registering if they are new to the program.

Young at Art

Young At Art has a summer packaged full of fun and creativity. Their 2015 summer art camps are open for enrollment in both studio locations - Cupertino and Newark.  

Their camps are for kids from ages 6 and up.  Young At Art has a variety of themed options to choose from including Wizard Crafts, Wildlife Art, Glass Painting and more....

Athena Camps

Athena Camps are geared toward girls aged 5 through 13.  Campers participate in sports and creative exercises to learn how to give and receive positive affirmation, make new friends, and acquire the strength and grace to be their best in every situation.

Camp age groups are separated by grade levels K-2 (athena camp mini), 2-5 (athena camp jr.), and 6-8 (athena camp), and each camp is limited to 32 participants.

Lighthouse Project

Lighthouse Project camps are geared towards high functioning with various Social and Learning Issues.  Their camps are run by licensed Occupational Therapists specialized in social skills and sensory integration interventions with one staff to every 3 studio ratio. Their handwriting and keyboarding program is full of sensory activities making writing and typing fun.

Silicon Valley Second School 

The Summer Camp at Silicon Valley Second School is designed to help build intelligent, reasonable, well behaved kids who get along and are interested in learning.  Their goal is to create a safe, nurturing, challenging environment for the kids with a multicultural peer group. They focus on fun activities to keep kids engaged while sneaking as much STEM learning as possible in between activities.

Reading & Spelling Solutions

Reading and Spelling Solutions offers individualized summer programs to help students improve their basic academic skills and prepare for the coming school year.  Their amazing teachers are dedicated to teaching scientifically-based programs and excel in helping struggling students.

Communication Academy

Communication Academy's mission is to enhance students' communication skills and to increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. CA provides hands-on, fun-filled public speaking, debate classes and language arts enrichment classes using innovative curricula by incorporating the best practices from college communication classes and professional presentation training, carefully adapted for younger students. Low class sizes and professional instructors are key to success.

Summer Camps are offered in full and half day sessions.

Crystal Children's Choir

Crystal Children's Choir was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994. Since then, it has grown into a 1,000 member organization. The choir's mission is to strive for choral music excellence by providing choral music education to children and blending the best of Eastern and Western musical traditions.

Through offering the choristers a unique musical and life-enhancing education, Crystal Children's Choir hopes to nurture teamwork, love of music, and excellence in choral singing among the younger generation.

Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer! 

Don't forget- You can always check back for updated listings. We try our absolute best to be the hub for finding all available summer camps and things to do with your kids.

Do you know of an amazing camp that should be on our lists? Camp schedules can be added for free, or you can email us at community@chatterblock.com to let us know :)

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