My daughter had an amazing time at Percy Jackson week. On Thursday she told me she couldn’t believe how quickly the week was going. She loved the activities and being around other kids who were interested in the same things she is. Amy and Ed are creative, kind, wonderful teachers. My daughter is really looking forward to Harry Potter week later this summer!
It was more than amazing” —M.
“Five out of five. It’s an awesome school you should go to it” —B.
“I loved everything!!!” —M.
“It’s amazing you should totally go!!! :)” —K.
“Go to Secundus Urbus” —R.
“It was great! You have to go!” —R.
“Awesome I wish I could do this everyday!” —M.
“The most amazing thing is that we got to ‘visit’ new places in Diagon Alley and make new experiments.” —M.
That Laboratory is amazing! My 10 year old son took the Discovering Diagon Alley class and absolutely loved it. He was nervous because he didn’t know any of the other kids in the class and within 5 minutes he was telling me I could leave! Every day was more fun than the day before. We will definitely be taking more classes! We live in Arlington Heights but it’s worth the drive.
Two of my children have taken classes regularly at the Laboratory and have loved it each and every time. Amy and Ed are super people and easy to work with. They make every effort to direct my kids’ thinking and curiosity toward the scientific method approach while keeping it fun and engaging. My daughter just finished a Hogswart Camp and loved it! They used every opportunity to incorporate science into the imaginary fun. I especially like that it’s owned and run by local people and is not a chain, so you really get individual attention! Can’t say enough good things about this place and encourage anyone with a curious child to check it out!
My son finished Zombie Apocalypse Camp at The Laboratory last week, and I cannot say enough good things about his experience! First, he came home every night impatient to return to camp the next day (How often does that happen with a 10-yr old!?!?). Secondly, they learned soooo much in very little time. From brain dissection (not human!), to water distillation, to survival strategies, decision-making and more, they packed a lot of content into very little time. Thirdly, he got to learn in an environment that was engaging, exciting, creative and fun! I wish he could learn like this all the time. He cannot wait to return for more amazing hands-on learning! Thanks so much, Dr. Ed, Amy and Jesse!
My son attended the Hogwartz camp and loved it! The staff is great. Very patient, knowledgable, and enthusiastic. They definitely have a passion for what they do. Highly recommend to everyone that has a child even remotely interested in STEM.
My child just completed a week of the Harry Potter Camp with her friends and absolutely loved it. This is what she said:
-the teachers are really nice
-I felt like the wizarding world of HP was real!
-I loved the creative crafts and the science was interesting and mixed in the theme of HP
She wants to attend again and can’t wait!
K. had a fantastic time today! She has been talking about the whole day in detail non-stop since I picked her up! She loves school and her activities but I usually struggle to pull out any details of her day by the time she comes home. However, I’ve heard ALL about the day today!! From the color of the gloves and goggles, the rules, the science of the inside of a dragons’ stomach, the measurements of pouring ingredients, the park and gliders, the beaker mascot on the bag, the scavenger hunt, the movie, the game board, and her lab partner – based on her stories and elaborate details, (she just taught me how to write her name in Viking too!) I don’t know how you fit it all in one day! She is beyond thrilled to come back tomorrow!
My 9-year old son just completed a Hogwart’s themed camp at The Laboratory. Not only did he absolutely love it, but he learned a lot as well. Dr. Ed & Ms. Amy are phenomenal – they made science interesting and fun. Dueling with the wand they made in class is spectacular … what a blast! My soon-to-be 4th grader is asking when he can go back … asking to learn more science – nothing better from my perspective!
The Laboratory is a special place. My 9 year old attended the Harry Potter camp last year and Camp Half Blood this year and loved them both. The teachers really committed to the theme and my kid loved feeling like he was part of the Camp Half Blood world. He came home full of stories and stuff to show us every night. In addition to the great teaching, communication is also fantastic. Amy is very responsive and helpful.
My Seamus attended last week’s Hogwarts camp and he had the time of his life! He talked non-stop about it each night! We even had nightly duels! He learned so much, had so much fun, and thoroughly enjoyed the nice break from the sports-centered stuff we generally do. A huge thank you to you and your team for making it such a great experience for him.
My daughter Layla loved her first experience at camp this past week! She is definitely looking forward to other camps/classes thoughout the rest of the year. We loved that she had a ton of fun but also was very much engaged with fun experiments!
I first found out about The Laboratory from a friend who was bummed that Harry Potter camp was sold out. On the website, I found the Zombie Survival Camp and knew it was perfect for my precocious 8 year old (going on 40.) It helped immensely that we met the Laboratory Staff at the Adler the Friday before camp started – so we knew they were cool. Only two days into camp, and my son can’t wait to go back! The staff is enthusiastic, energetic, and endearing. I can’t wait to take advantage of Science Night Out and day off/holiday camps with them. Since nothing is perfect, a warning for working parents: There is no before or after-care option, so you have to drop off at 8:45 and be there for pickup at 3:00 – my employer was seriously understanding about it, and it’s still better than a whole day off work – but your mileage may vary!
My kids, 9 and 11, just finished their first Hogwarts Camp and LOVED IT!! They are already looking forward to next summer and some weekend classes in the fall. Everyone was so wonderful and they learned so much. This is the best find ever. My daughter isn’t a science fan but now is ready to take on the science of cosmetics, DRAGONS and more Harry Potter next summer. They can’t get enough! So much fun with blending kid friendly themes and hands on science. I would recommend this to EVERYONE – whether your kid is a science fan or not. Amy, Dr. Ed, and everyone there were absolutely fantastic!
My son had such a fantastic time at the Harry Potter camp! I loved picking him up everyday just to see the sparkle in his eyes as he described in detail all the science activities he participated in that day. He still can’t stop talking about you guys!! Thank you!
I was so impressed with the attention to detail at the Hogwarts camp! My camper loved it, and the science experiments were innovative and fun — and magical, of course. Definitely exceeded expectations and looking forward to more camps.
My daughter is 10 and loved taking the weeklong camp themed as Camp Half Blood. She enjoyed all of the experiments and it is now one of her favorite camps this summer. There is nothing else like it in the city and highly recommend. She can’t wait to attend more!
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