Summer's a great time for kids to explore and develop their interests while having fun. Here are some of the best summer day camps for kids in the Salt Lake City area. Many are also great options for working parents who need summer day care.
Bad Dog Arts offers art day camps, some in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah, Red Butte Gardens, Wasatch Community Gardens, and Tracy Aviary.
824 South 400 West #B129
Themed two-week half-day camps at The Children's Theatre include princesses, voice, adventure, and musical theater, plus a youth Shakespeare production.
3605 South State St.
Summer day camps at The Front Climbing Club provide a weeklong adventure of fun, games, activities, and friends. Through climbing, kids improve balance and focus while building strength and motor skills.
1450 S. 400 W.
Students who participate in The Gifted Music School's Music Discovery Camps will learn solfege, rhythms, ear training, theory and music history. Sessions will be held June 7-18 and July 28-August 8. Scholarships are available.
320 E. 200 S.
Natural History Museum of Utah
Every year, the Natural History Museum of Utah hosts week-long summer camps for kids kindergarten through eighth grade. UMNH Camps are taught by experienced UMNH Science educators and include many fundamental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts. Kids play together, work together and learn while having fun!
301 Wakara Way
Petersen Family Farm Summer Camps bring real, hands-on farm experience to kids. Camp participants will learn about planting and harvesting vegetables, eggs and chickens, feeding and caring for animals, farm equipment, and more.
11800 S. 4000 W. in Riverton
Real Salt Lake Youth Camps
Real Salt Lake Camps are tailored to players of all ages and skill levels, promoting player development through technical proficiency and fundamental tactical awareness in a caring, supportive, and fun environment. All camps are designed for elite and recreational players, boys and girls, ages 5 to 16.
Real Salt Lake offers camps throughout the greater Salt Lake area and beyond, starting in June. Check the website or call 801-727-2860 for more information.
Red Butte Garden's weeklong camps cover topics inspired by the natural world and combine art, science, exploration and fun. Camps are offered June 2 through August 22 and accommodate students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation facilities offer a huge variety of summer day camps and youth activities. Summer youth programs include self defense, karate, dance, tumbling, teen fitness, art, swimming and many more activities depending on location. Check the website for programs offered at a facility near you.
At the School of Rock in Sandy, students can participate in a one-week "Rock-n-Roll Fantasy Camp" where they will speed-learn new songs, play with a band, write music and learn the basics of recording.
At Camp Snowbird, kids can explore the canyon environment through nature hikes, science experiments and other creative activities. Camp Snowbird is open for kids ages 4-14 years.
June 9-Aug. 22, 2014
Thanksgiving Point offers day-long and week-long camps with science, art, fantasy, gardening and animal themes. Among the 40 options are "Under The Sea", "Pony Power", "Late Night With Rex", "Slimey, Gooey, and Gross" and more. Camps are either day long or week long. Some offer the chance to advance in 4H or earn Boy Scout merit badges.
3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi, Utah
801-768-4971 or 888-672-6040 Ext 4971
University of Utah Youth Education offers dozens of summer programs, including the "Club U" day camp and specialized camps in the arts, sports, science, technology and more. Some programs offer high school credit. Locations vary.
Aggie Adventure Summer Camps are science based and centered on hands on learning experiences. The camps include topics like extreme weather, robotics, watershed science, crime solving and more.
Momentum's morning summer camps are a fun opportunity for kids to learn about climbing, make new friends, and work together as a team. Instructors help with climbing techniques, play a variety of climbing games, and work to create an individual program for each camper. Camps are available for ages 6-16 and run from June 2- August 4.
220 W. 10600 S.
Sandy, UT 84070
3173 E 3300 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Opening March or April 2014
DF Dance Studio offers weekly themed summer dance camps (Monday - Friday) for kids ages 6 to 13. Each camp includes a Friday recital for the parents. Camps include arts and crafts, games and a cool hip hop choreography. 10 weeks of camps run June 9- August 22.
2978 S State St.
Zaniac is a new STEM afterschool learning program for kids K-8 and the first of its kind in Utah. Zaniac will be offering a host of summer camp options including Lego Robotics, Computer Programming, Chess, Minecraft, and STEM Exploration. Camps run June 9-August 22.
Dancing Mooses Montessori offers week long summer camps for children ages 3-9. Each camp sends students exploring as they learn about the subject matter through critical thinking, creative hands-on activities, and artistic expression. Camps run June-August.
City Sprouts summer camps are fun-filled, weeklong adventures that will get kids ages 4-12 eating fresh, local food, interacting with the natural world, and encountering the importance of open spaces and community work. This year’s partner agencies include: Bad Dog Art Studios, Tracy Aviary, Red Butte Gardens, and The Leonardo Museum. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for most camps. Camps run June 2-August 22.