Challenge Island offers fun, hands-on programs where kids ages 4-13+ learn creative problem-solving and creative thinking tasks, from dreaming up roller coasters to inventing new ice-cream flavors to building bridges over “shark-infested” waters. Each of our hundreds of Challenge Island challenges appeals to children’s natural curiosity and sparks their inherent imagination.
Challenge Island Founder and Creator, Sharon Duke Estroff M.A.T. is an award-winning educator with over two decades of teaching experience in Atlanta public and private schools. She is the author of the popular parenting book Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah? (Random House) and a feature parenting and education writer for numerous national publications including Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Parents Magazine, and Huffington Post.
Sharon created Challenge Island while on maternity leave with her fourth child. Maxed out on late-night reruns of a popular, realityTV show, she began wondering if the same basic principals (minus the voting and island part) could become a means of motivating her students to take on complex higher level thinking tasks. She poured everything she’d learned about children into developing this idea, incorporating cutting edge research and educational thought. By the time her daughter graduated from 3 am feedings, Challenge Island was ready for primetime. It’s been growing by leaps and bounds ever since.
Now a decade later, thousands of children have experienced the magic and benefits of Challenge Island, as Sharon continues to develop fresh curriculum and content for this popular enrichment program.
Challenge Island offers fun, hands-on programs where kids ages 4-13+ will learn creative problem solving and creative thinking tasks from dreaming up roller coasters to inventing new ice-cream flavors to building bridges over “shark Infested” waters. Each of our hundreds of Challenge Island challenges appeal to children’s natural curiosity and sparks their inherent imagination.
Challenge Island provides an enriching atmosphere where kids can develop their curiosity and creativity, while having fun and socializing in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Whether you’re looking for an after-school program or a preschool class, a summer camp, a birthday party or an in-school field trip, we’re sure to have a program your child will love!