Utah Parents’ Guide To Summer Break. Get Thee To Summer Camp!

Ah, the summer. The green, the trails, the sun, the kids screaming for attention. School’s out which means you’re in. But cut yourself a bit of slack and enroll Junior in one of the many summer programs happening throughout Utah. Don’t feel guilty. You were never meant to play at a fourth grade level 24/7.

The list below is by no means all-inclusive so if you know of a camp feel free to add it in the comments!

Youtheater Summer Programs

Egyptian YouTheatre Summer Camp is where children learn confidence and collaboration, while they expand their innate creativity through theatre arts in fun-filled days. Camps are offered to various age groups and interests (Drama or Musical), with exciting camp electives each day such as stage combat, stage make-up,  puppetry, Shakespeare, acting for film, and so many more.  This summer, YouTheatre has expanded its offerings to include several one-week camps, as well as the more extensive multi-week camps. All camps end with a production on the Egyptian Theatre stage in Park City.  More information and Registration can be found at http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org/Youtheatre/


Camp Invention 

The Camp Invention program at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School  is a week-long adventure in creativity that immerses children entering grades one through six in exciting, hands-on learning disguised as fun summer activities. Led by local educators, boys and girls are challenged to explore connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation. Participants spend their time navigating an island via upcycled ships, learning the power of combining magnetism and electricity, while designing, improving, and analyzing their own inventions in a team setting. Early and alumni registration discounts are available. Spaces are limited. For more information, call 800.968.4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.

YMCA Camp Roger

Camping at the Y is a fun and unique experience that gives children and teens the opportunity to discover their full potential, meet new friends, play and create memories that last a lifetime. Through camping children and teens explore nature, become a community and develop confidence, independence, leadership and social skills.  Archery, Arts & Crafts, Hiking, Team Building, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, swimming, horseback riding & more.  The first session begins June 17.  Register online at www.ymcacamproger.org or call 801-839-3384.

 Park City Coop Preschool Camp

Even tiny tots get camp. Each week 3-5 year olds can explore a unique theme that encourages learning, creativity, adventure and fun.  Camps are from 9:00 – 12:45 Monday through Thursday.

All camps are open to the general public. www.parkcitycoop.com.

Shining Stars Cooperative Preschool

Options for children ages 3-6 years old, camps run four days a week (Mon-Thurs.) from 9am-12:45 and are open to the general public. You provide lunch and sunscreen and they provide snack. 435-901-1670.  


Park City Ice Arena Skate Camps

Learn to Skate Camp is for ages 4 & up. Must have a least some experience on the ice. June 18-22 from 8:45-noon.

Pre-Competitive Figure Skating Camp:  

Ages 5 & up. Must have passed Basic 5 or Blizzard.  June 25-29th 8:00am-1:30pm

Competitive Figure Skating Camp:  Ages 8 & up.  Must have passed pre-preliminary Free Skate & be working on an axel.  July 30-3rd from 7:30am-3:00pm


Park City Ice Arena Hockey Camps

Squirt:  June 18-22nd from 12-4pm, http://www.pchockeycamps.com  

Pee Wee & Bantam Camp:  June 25-29th from 12-4, http://www.pchockeycamps.com

Rocky Mountain Hockey School:  ages 6-10, August 6-10th, Ages 11-17, August 6-10,http://wwwrmhshockey.com

Park City Dance Academy

Junior Dance Camps:  $120.00, Monday-Thursday 9:30-noon:  June 25-28 & August 6-9

Prince and Princess  Age 3-4, 5-6

Popstar  age 7-9

Just for Boys Dance Camp:  August 6-9, Monday-Thursday, 9:30-12:00

Dance intensives:  Age 8-18, $170.00,10:30-2:45:  July 9-12, July16-19, July 23-26


Monkey Mountain

Bring your monkeys to one of the weekly camps featuring a different theme for the kids to learn, explore, and create. They will explore areas around Park City, such as Swaner Nature Preserve, White Barn Trail, Kimball Art Center, Summit County Library, Color Me Mine, Basin Recreation Splash Pad.  The camps are for monkeys 2-12 years, campers will be divided by age for appropriate activities.  Full and half day packages are available.  Advance registration is appreciated but not required.  www.monkeymountain.com or 435-214-7451.

Kimball Art Center Classes

Create Your Vacation at the Kimball Art Center this summer.  Dozens of classes are available for tots (3 – 5), Kids (5 – 10), tweens & teens (11 – 17), families (all ages) and adults.   

Whether you want to learn how to paint, sculpt, draw, photograph, mosaic or make ceramics, there is a class for everyone.  Classes are weekly from June through September.   

435.649.8882 or www.kimballartcenter.org.   

Stretch N Grow Utah

Cheerleading Camp
for kids ages 3-5 year old & 6-12 year old.  There will be two sessions: one in June and one in August.

Wasatch Explorers for your 6-12 year old will offer Environmental Education, Fitness, and Creative Expression.  Day Camp Themes include:  Park City: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; Fitness in our Environment; Land and Water Exploration; Sensing the Environment; and Creative Expression. Taught by Staff with Experience and/or Credentialed in Environmental Sciences. * Low staff to student ratios for safety, education, and fun. Discounts for multiple children or referrals offered. Choose 3 or 5-day Camps in June or August. Parent-TotTerrific Two’s, and Preschool Sports Medley, Survivorcise and Summer Olympics for ages K-6 are other programs from Stretch N Grow. They are all taught by Certified Youth Fitness Coaches, CPR Certified, and Criminal Background Checks. Programming is based on National Association of Sports and Physical Education Guidelines. www.wasatchfamilyfitness.com or 435-658-9999, linda@wasatchfamilyfitness.com.  

Dance Tech Studios

Dance Tech Studios, Park City’s premiere dance program and facility, is offering summer dance camps/intensives for girls and boys, ages 3-18. Whether your child’s interests lie in “Little Ms. Dance” (ages 3-6) camps where girls explore ballet, jazz, tap and creative movement, or in the exclusive and highly demanded “Little Man” hip hop/breakdance camps incorporating all the latest “tricks” taught by the finest hip hop/breakdance guys. Little man camps are for “guys only” ages 4-12 (age groups are separated).  If your child is interested in trying all forms of dance and a truly unique experience, the “Dance Intensive” program is for dancers 7-18. Dancers will receive professional training (beg-adv placement levels) in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, turns/leaps, flexibility, yoga/Pilates for dancers, Cardio conditioning, choreography and much more. Camps are held Mon-Thur, Little Ms/Little Man, 9:30-11 ($100).  Dance Intensives, 9-1 ($170).  Pre-Registration is required for all camps and is limited.  www.dancetechworld.com or 435.655.9213 or dancetk@msn.com.

Creekside Kids Academy   

Park City/Heber/Kamas:  Three locations to accommodate any child, ages birth-12 years.  All three locations provide bussing to/from summer programs if needed.  Bussing space is limited. Summer Camp Weekly Themes Include: Nature, Dinosaurs, Under the Sea, Science, Kids in the Kitchen, Sports, Critters & Creatures ….and more

Part time & Full time Options, Daily, Weekly, Monthly enrollment.  Hiking, Biking/Triking, Yoga, Regularly scheduled field trips to: Hogle zoo, Olympic park, The nature preserve, Museum of Ancient Life, Wheeler Farm, Community Gardens, State Parks, Creamery etc.

Monthly Parents night out & Family camping trip are a few of the family events planned this summer.  www.creeksidekids.net or (435) 655-0195.

Beyond The Blackboard

Camps are for ages 6-11.  Activities include art, creative writing, storytelling, music, hiking/exploration, yoga, games and more.  Camps will be held outdoors at Willowcreek Park.  Session 1:  July 16-27, Monday-Friday from 2-5:  $275

Session 2:  July 30-August 10, Monday-Friday from 205:  $275

Registration deadline is June 15. info@beyondtheblackboardpc.com

Summer Camps at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, in partnership with Utah State University Extension 4-H, provides a wide range of summer camp opportunities for youth in grades 1-8. Camp topics include outdoor exploration, environmental education, science, robotics, art, and stewardship. In addition to campers, teens in grades 9-12 can apply to be teen camp counselors and help camp staff lead camp activities and keep campers safe.

www.swanerecocenter.org or 435-252-3576.

Deer Valley Adventure Camp

June 11 through August 24 (closed July 4-24) for children two months to 12 years of age, offers creative and challenging activities and interests to ensure campers have fun while learning.  Summer Adventure Camp is located in Snow Park Lodge at the base of Deer Valley Resort. Counselor ratios are one to three for infants, one to four for toddlers and one to eight for older children. Exciting field trips are planned weekly to explore a variety of recreational resources in the area. Hiking, mountain biking, basic biking skills*, swimming, rollerblading, scavenger hunts, wet and wild water games, volunteer projects and creative arts and crafts are all part of this fun and educational program. www.deervalley.com or 435-645-6648.


Up With Kids

The Up With Kids children’s theatre award-winning curriculum is always “G-Rated” and family friendly. They do produce plays only a parent will love but it’s not about you it’s about the kids. It’s all for fun rather than talent training. The camp is packed with kids of all ages and in Park City they use the Ecker Hill pool in Park City for afternoon swims. The kids are divided into peer groups during the day so your little ones aren’t trampled during rehearsal. Director: Lacey Scott, 801-884-6555,misslacey@upwithkids.com

Critter Camp

Experience Fun filled days of dogs, cats, crafts, games, hands-on animal care experience like dog grooming and rescuing pets from shelters, interesting speakers at the Friends of the Animals Rescue and Rehab Ranch.  For ages:  9-12.  Light breakfast and lunch are provided.  Limit of 20 kids/camp so register soon. 435-649-5441

PC Marc (Park City Racquet Club) Summer Camps

They have adventure camps, skate camps, dirt biking, tennis, swim lessons and more.  Please visit http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=688 for more details.

Basin Recreation Summer Camps

Basin Recreation offers a variety of camps for the athlete, the outdoor adventurer, the dancer, and the youth who just want to have a ton of fun during their day:  basketball, soccer, tennis, mountain biking, swimming, water camps and more.  http://www.basinrecreation.org/summer_camps.html

Rowland Hall Summer Camps

Rowland Hall SummerWorks provides an active and engaging day camp experience from June 11- August 10th, 2012 for Rowland Hall students and students from across the Salt Lake area.  Campers between the ages of 4 and 16 will find a range of activities and options that allow them to design a summer around their specific interests and imaginations.   Our week-long sessions and half- and full-day options makes SummerWorks an accessible and convenient option for parents looking to build a fun and flexible summer schedule. http://www.rowlandhallsummer.org/

Kids Tri Camps
These are multi-sport camps for kids, ages 5-12 years old, designed to introduce multi-sports training in a positive and fun environment.  All athletes will receive training in swimming, biking and running and how to transition between events.  www.trikids123.com.

Red Butte Garden
Learn something new, make good friends, be inspired and have fun. These weeklong camps combine the excitement of the natural world with science experiments, art projects, Garden exploration and the simple joy of the outdoors. Camp registration is required. (801) 581-8454 or http://www.redbuttegarden.org/summer_camp

Hogle Zoo
Come spend a week at the zoo. Camps offer a fun educational way to spend your summer. They include special animal encounters, crafts, and other activities.  Kindergarten through 7th grade.  http://www.hoglezoo.org/education_programs/zoo_classes#Camps

 Tracy Aviary

Join Tracy Aviary for an Avian Adventure during the half-day or full-day week-long summer camps for children going into Kindergarten through 5th grade. Each camp has a different theme, but all are packed with bird-related crafts, projects and games. Campers will also spend their time learning about and experiencing nose-to-beak encounters with Tracy Aviary’s feathered friends during flighted bird shows, keeper talks and special bird feedings and an intimate experience each day with one or more of our famous Bird Show avian ambassadors.  http://www.tracyaviary.org/avian-adventure-summer-camps/

The Canyons 2012 Summer Camp

Starting June 11th, Canyons Resort will offer both full-day and half-day Summer Camps for children 6 to 12 years of age. Camp activities include nature hikes, swimming, yoga, arts & crafts, gondola rides, indoor & outdoor games and field trips. Lunch and snacks are provided with this program.  Be sure to ask for locals pricing.  Full Day: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Half Day: 8:30 am -12:30 pm or 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. http://www.canyonsresort.com/summer_camp.html

Ballet West

The Ballet West Academy offers a fun, stimulating dance experience designed to increase the strength and technical abilities of both male and female dancers between the ages of 4-11.

Five Week Session June 25 – July 27, 2012.  Capitol Theater, Downtown SLC. http://www.balletwest.org/Academy/PreAndLessIntensive

Ecker Hill Splash Camp:

August 13th – 23rd ( open registration will be on June 7th)

http://www.swimmersguide.com/query/Detail.cfm?PoolID=7961 after June 10.

Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point has a broad variety of unique summer day camps.  With exciting themes such as Fablehaven, Space, Gardening, Dinosaurs, Sherlock Holmes, Star Wars, Boredom Busters, Angry Birds, Legos, Kung Fu and more, if you can’t find what you’re child wants to do here, then it probably doesn’t exist. http://register.asapconnected.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=1679.








Utah Olympic Park

Summer Fundamentals Camp for ages 7-10 years old introduces kids to multiple sport experiences and reinforces physical education, agility, balance and coordination.

Depending on the week kids get to try baseball, tennis, swimming, karate, team handball, golf, skating and curling in addition to gymnastics two times per week and an opportunity to do freestyle into the Pool at the Utah Olympic Park. Alpine ski equipment, helmet and skate board equipment recommended but not required.

Axis Freeride 3-day summer camps and summer long programs at the Utah Olympic Park will get your kids mastering new tricks and perfecting their skills by water ramping into the UOP Freestyle Splash Pool and trampoline training.  Axis Freeride coaches will set individual goals with each camper to maximize time and help them accomplish their freestyle dreams www.axisfreeride.com

JCC of Salt Lake Summer Camps

Kids don’t have to be Jewish to experience this well-organized, exciting and social summer camp program. Camp K’Ton Ton for 2-5 year olds and Bernie Camp for grades 1-10 focus on friendship building and creating social and life skills while making the most of up to nine weeks of summer. Pick your weeks. Older kids are full day, every day; the younger ones can be full or half day, three or five days a week. http://www.slcjcc.org/preschool-a-kindergarten/summer-camp



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