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 and literature-themed day camps, some in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah, Red Butte Gardens, Wasatch Community Gardens, and Tracy Aviary.
237 S. State St.
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.
Coach Mike's Tennis Academy summer camps focus on stroke development, singles and doubles strategy, fitness, match play and having fun!
1216 S. Wasatch Drive
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 17-28 and July 8-19. Scholarships are available.
320 E. 200 S.
Summer camps at J.E. Cosgriff include sessions titled "Animal Planet," "Earth, Wind, & Fire," "Inside Out - The Human Body," and "Aerospace - Flying High Again." Sessions run from June 3-27, for students entering preschool through fifth grade. Limited scholarships available. Summer Camp students do not need to be enrolled at Cosgriff School.
2335 Redondo Ave.
The Leonardo offers teen art workshops and summer day camps exploring pop art, urban art, and the connections between art, math, science and music.
209 E. 500 S.
Ms. Kaye's Performing Arts Camp is a five-day camp offering classes in hip-hop, steppin', folkloric, samba, African dance, Zumba, musical theater, arts & crafts, photography and ceramics. Students participate in four to five classes a day. The camp is administered by Kaye Richards of the University of Utah dance department and is held at the Salt Lake Community College South City campus.
1575 S State Street
Natural History Museum of Utah
Every year, the Natural History Museum of Utah hosts more than 40 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. 2013 camps run on the following dates: June 10-13, 17-20 24-27; and July 8-11, 15-18.
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 of our camps are designed for elite and recreational players, boys and girls, ages 3 to 18.
Real Salt Lake offers camps throughout Utah and Idaho, June 3-Aug. 16. Check the website or call 801-727-2714 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 3 through August 16 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 4-12 years.
June 3-Aug. 16, 2013
Thanksgiving Point offers day-long and week-long camps with science, art, fantasy, gardening and animal themes. Among the 40 options are "Angry Birds," "Welcome to Hogwarts," "Lego Robotics," "Sherlock Holmes," "Magicians Laboratory" 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
Tracy Aviary's day camps are for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Each camp has a different theme, but all are packed full of bird-related crafts, projects and games. Camps go three hours per day and last for five days. For a full day camp, children can enroll in both morning and afternoon sessions.
589 E. 1300 S.
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.
Summer youth programs at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City offer introductory clinics and ongoing training in bobsled, skeleton, luge, aerial freestyle ski jumping and Nordic ski jumping. At the Olympic Oval, aspiring Olympians can learn speed skating, figure skating, hockey, curling and running.
3419 Olympic Parkway
Park City, UT
Utah Olympic Oval 5662 Cougar Lane, Kearns
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.