Park City Summer Camp Round-Up 2023
Despite the deep snow blanketing our local neighborhoods and playgrounds, it’s time to plan out summer activities for the kiddos, so we’re rolling out our annual Summer Camp primer a little earlier than usual! Camp spaces are typically in high demand, so we recommend digging in and deciding on the best option for your kids as soon as you’re able!
All Day, Every Day!
Park City Recreation Summer Day Camp
1354 Park Avenue (City Park)
Park City, UT 84060
435-615-5401 (435-615-5440 when camp is in session)
Park City Recreation takes over City Park each summer with their long-running day camp, providing a full-day, full-summer option for kids ages 6-12 years. Since it’s a Park City Municipal Corporation program, priority registration is given to residents and workers within the 84060 zip code. Parents have until 5 p.m. on March 1 to provide proof of residency or employment by emailing [email protected], or dropping documentation off at the PC MARC (1200 Little Kate Road). The camp will allow 5-year-olds, on a trial basis, who have attended a full-day preschool or kindergarten program, have a sibling in camp and are registering a full-summer camper. Registration for families who were full-summer campers in 2022, or who have completed the 84060 employment or residency requirement, opens online and in person starting March 15 at 6 a.m. Registration for full-summer, daily and add-on activities open to the public on April 1. Camp is held daily from 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., from June 5 – August 11, and includes arts and crafts, sports, and games. Add-on activities include four-day golf lessons, swimming lessons, and skateboarding. Park City Recreation also offers a Counselor in Training (CIT) program for teens ages 13-15. The program focuses on leadership and job skills while working side-by-side with Summer Day Camp staff and campers. Applications for CIT are due on Monday, May 1st, and can be found here. For additional info, call 435-615-5401, visit their Facebook page here, or visit them online by clicking here.
Deer Valley Resort Summer Adventure Camp
2250 Deer Valley Drive South (Snow Park Lodge)
Park City, UT 84060
While registration for Deer Valley Resort’s beloved Summer Adventure Camp has not yet been posted, the resort has confirmed it will run from mid-June through mid-August, Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Headquartered out of Snow Park Lodge, the camp traditionally features outdoorsy pursuits that take advantage of its location at the base of DVR, including hiking, mountain biking and SUP balanced out by indoor activities like games, puzzles, arts & crafts, and field trips. As a state-licensed daycare facility, infants as young as two months are typically welcome, with options available for kids up to 12 years of age. Campers are divided into categories by age: Mountaineers (ages 7-12), Explorers (ages 5-6), Trekkers (ages 3-4), Grasshoppers/Little Ramblers/Ramblers (ages 12 months-2 years), and Sunflowers (ages 2-11 months). Stay up-to-speed by bookmarking their website here, or checking out their Facebook page regularly.
YMCA’s Park City Summer Day Camp
Park City Day School
3120 Pinebrook Road (NEW LOCATION)
Park City, UT 84098
Offering a camp focused on character development, trying new things, and – most importantly – fun, YMCA’s Park City Summer Day Camp is offering a redesigned program based on age groups that still incorporates weekly themes, but allows campers to participate in activities like arts and crafts, games, sports, character development time, and opening/closing assemblies. They also offer weekly field trips, which have included weekly swimming and trips to the organization’s Camp Roger in the Uinta Mountains above Kamas. Headquartered out of Park City Day School in lower Pinebrook, the YMCA day camp is open to ages 5-12, and runs Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Themes for this year include, “Wild Discoveries,” “Time Travel Week,” “Mad Scientists,” “Superhero Week,” and “Wild Wild West.” Registration opened on February 1, so click here to learn more or call 801-839-3379.
Basin Recreation Summer Blast Day Camp
(Starts at Trailside Park and Ends at Ecker Hill daily)
As soon as registration is open (typically by mid-April), Basin Recreation will likely offer a full-summer option with their Summer Blast Day Camp, beginning the first full week of June (June 5th, this year). Each year, the Summer Blast Camp separates groups into ages 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12, and features themed weeks filled with games, arts and crafts, weekly visits from the Kimball Art Center and EATS, plus sports and swimming. Look for information to come out soon on the Basin Recreation website by clicking here, check out their Facebook page here, or call the Field House at 435-655-0999.
Sporty and Outdoorsy
Young Riders Camps
(Locations throughout Park City)
Offering once-a-week and weeklong camps, Young Riders Youth Cycling provides opportunities for riders ages 5 – 14 throughout the summer for every level of rider, including Pee Wee (ages 5 – 7), Beginner Youth (ages 7 – 9), Beginner Junior (ages 10 – 13), Intermediate (ages 9 – 13) and Advanced (ages 10 – 14). Their Once-a-Week programs are available on Tuesday or Wednesday, with participants signing up for a specific class depending on their age and ability level (they will ride and progress with the same kids and the same coaches over a ten-week period, with rides programmed to gradually challenge participants as summer progresses). Registration opens on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 a.m., and camps are limited to 10 riders, so they fill up quickly. Be sure to bookmark the registration page to get your kids ready to roll!
Summit Community Gardens’ camps feature an immersive gardening theme each week, with hands-on activities involving partner organizations like EATS and Recycle Utah. Past themes have included “Art in the Garden,” “Build your own Garden,” “Chopped w/EATS,” “Week in the life of a farmer,” and “Cycle the Cycles w/Recycle Utah.” Early registration for full-day summer camps for grades 1-6, and half-day Pre-K camps, open for members and gift certificate holders on March 6, while all others can sign up starting March 20. To learn more, and receive an alert when camp registration opens, click here.
Summit Land Conservancy Outdoor Explorers and Little Explorers Camp
1650 Park Avenue, Ste. 200
Park City, UT 84060
In past years, Summit Land Conservancy Outdoor Explorers Summer Camps have featured six week-long camps for kids who love to be outside! Camps are for kids ages 7 – 12 years old, run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, and run from June through August. Each week features “Mountain Bike Monday,” “Trail Trekking Tuesday,” “Water Adventure Wednesday,” “Treasure Hunt Thursday” and “Farmer Friday.” Pre-registration has been available in the past for volunteers and donors of the nonprofit, with general registration opening at the end of March. For more information, contact Caitlin at 435-640-9884 or [email protected].
Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter
1258 Center Drive
Park City, UT 84098
Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter offers popular weeklong camps beginning June 12 and includes both half-day and full-day options. Because camps sell out quickly, they offer early registration to Sandhill Society or Family members, but you must purchase your membership by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28th to be able to register on March 17 at 9 a.m. (Sandhill Society members) and March 20 (Swaner Family-level members) General registration opens on March 22. Camps are offered based on the grade level a child will be entering in Fall 2023, with half-day options for kids in grades kindergarten through 6th, full-day options for kids in 1st through 6th grade, plus a Counselors in Training program for kids in grades 7 & 8. Some of the weekly themes include, “Nature’s Tales,” “Down to a Science,” “Planet Protectors,” “Creature Feature,” and “Sustainable Adventure.” Click here to check them out in advance of the registration date. They’re also hiring camp counselors right now, so click here to learn more about how kids entering grades 9-12 next fall can apply.
Woodward Park City
3863 Kilby Road
Park City, UT 84098
Woodward’s camps are one-of-a-kind, featuring special guests, visiting pros, VIPS, and Olympians, giving campers the opportunity to both meet AND train with their heroes! This year’s camps will run Monday-Friday, June 5-August 11, and include Mountain Bike, Skateboard, Scooter, BMX, Parkour, and Multisport. Camps include access to Woodward’s facilities, lunch, recreational games, arts and crafts, and instruction from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9 a.m., and pick up ends at 4:30 p.m.). Click here for more details and to register.
Educational and Artsy
Preventing the summer “brain drain,” PC Codes offers technology summer to kids ages 8-14 with engaging, hands-on, creative, and fun learning opportunities for students. Each summer camp involves students learning about a concept in computer science, practicing that concept, and then working with other campers to create and display and an end-of-week capstone project. Every coding ability from beginner to expert is accommodated, with the goal of allowing all campers to feel challenged while having fun. Morning and afternoon half-day camps are available, with the option to have students stay for lunch to create an all-day experience. Camps run for five days each and begin on June 12, with themes that include, “Battle Bots,” “Coding with Minecraft,” “Video Game Design,” “Minecraft Cities of the Future,” “Fabulous Fabricators,” and “Architecture with Minecraft.” Register by clicking here, or reach out at [email protected] for more info.
Kimball Art Center
1401 Kearns Boulevard
Park City, UT 84060
This year, Kimball Art Center will go live with this summer’s offerings on March 1, at which time, members will be invited to register. Registration will open to the general public on March 15. Camps are taught by professional, practicing artists with teaching experience, featuring a curriculum vetted to inspire, educate and foster an appreciation for art in all of its forms!
Each summer, Park City’s Historic Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre hosts summer camps for students have included themes in the past like “Improv Puppetry,” “Bilingual Film Camp,” and “Podcast Radio Drama Camp.” The daylong camps offer students of varying ages the chance to stretch their creative skills in a peer-supportive environment, taking advantage of the Egyptian’s studios on upper Main Street. Camp information for 2023 has not yet been posted, keep an eye on their website or Instagram page for announcements.
Park City School District
(Various locations around Park City)
Park City School District offers a full summer of courses through their Leisure Learning department, with opportunities ranging from arts and crafts to coding and babysitter training. The full catalog and class details usually go online at the end of March, and can be found by clicking here, or by emailing Jane Toly at [email protected].
Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Natural History Museum of Utah’s (NHMU) weekly camps are for students in grades kindergarten through 6th, and open for registration to Copper Club Members on Feb. 27, while Museum Members at the Family level and above can register on March 2, and all others on March 7. Held at the impressive NHMU facility on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, camps run every week between June 6 and August 8 (except for the week of July 4 & 25 due to holidays), and include days at nearby locations (past partners include Red Butte Garden, This is the Place, Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary). To get a sneak peek of this year’s camps as soon as they’re published, register for NHMU emails by clicking here.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Avenue (840 South)
Salt Lake City, UT. 84108
Utah’s Hogle Zoo presents weekly onsite and virtual summer camp options for kids entering grades 1st through 8th, with past themes including “Ecosystems of the Globe,” “Animals on the Move,” and “Curious Creatures and Fearsome Features.” Registration info will be available soon, but you can check out the dates and camps by clicking here.
For many local kids, their first overnight camp experience happens close to home through the YMCA’s Camp Roger (on Mirror Lake Highway just past Kamas) and the Girl Scouts’ Camp Cloud Rim (above the Montage in upper Deer Valley). Camp Roger offers week-long camps throughout the summer for ages 6-15, featuring mountain biking, hiking, archery, arts and crafts, and horseback riding beginning June 5. This year’s themes include, “Disney,” “Mission Impossible,” “Under the Sea,” and “Neon Lights.” Camp Cloud Rim offers an idyllic, lakeside setting at 9,200 feet, where girls entering grades 1-12 can experience week-long, themed camps, such as “Flashlights and Fairy Tales,” “Teddy Bear Tag-a-long,” “Moonlight Mania,” and “Boats and Brunches.” Cloud Rim offers 3-day “mini” versions of camps for younger girls to get them used to being away from home in a camp setting. Registration is now open for both camps, and can be found here for Camp Roger, or here for Camp Cloud Rim.
Helping clients understand the myriad summertime offerings is another reason to reach out to the Choose Park City team! Connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238 or Brendan Trieb at 585-410-5536, or visit their website by clicking here.