Summertime Options Abound

It’s barely March, but spring is known to zoom by for parents and visitors gearing up for summertime kid activities in Park City! Summer camp options abound, and mapping out a summer that’s equal parts action and education will make even the most persnickety camper smile! Many camps sell out of certain sessions early on, so if you missed an opportunity last year, be sure to get upcoming registration dates on your calendar! (Reminder: Park City School District breaks for summer on June 2 and resumes on Aug. 20, 2020.)

Full-Summer Solutions

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Basin Recreation Summer Blast Day Camp

Starts at Trailside Park and Ends at Ecker Hill daily
(435) 655-0999

Basin Recreation offers a full-summer option with their Summer Blast Youth Day Camp. Beginning on June 8 and finishing on August 19, this camp welcomes kids ages 6-12 and features themed weeks filled with games, arts and crafts, weekly visits from the Kimball Art Center and swimming. Registration is offered by the day, week or entire summer, and starts at $40/day. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with early drop off at 8 a.m. and late pick up at 5 p.m.; registration opens at midnight on April 1. In addition to their Day Camp, Basin Rec also offers weekly camps, including “Basketball Camp,” “Mountain Bike Camp,” “Introduction to Lacrosse Camp,” “H20 Adventure Camp,” “Tennis Camp,” “Pickleball Camp,” “Indoor Volleyball Camp,” and “Preseason Soccer Camp.” For more information, visit the Basin Recreation site by clicking here, or call the Field House at 435-655-0999.  (Photo credit: Basin Recreation)

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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 offers a summer-long day camp, headquartered out of its City Park building (by the Miner’s Hospital). New this year is an early, priority registration starting on March 15 for residents living or working in the 84060 zip code, or for any full-summer campers returning from last year. Regular registration for all others begins on April 1. Camp is held daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and includes arts and crafts, sports, games, fields trips every Friday, and Wednesday trips to the outdoor pool at the MARC. Full-summer cost is $1,975, beginning on June 8 and ending on August 14. Daily campers pay $53 per day, and there are no longer weekly options available. 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 focusses 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 4th, and can be found here.

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Deer Valley Resort Summer Adventure Camp

2250 Deer Valley Drive South (Snow Park Lodge)
Park City, UT  84060

Deer Valley Resort’s Summer Adventure Camp takes full advantage of its location at the base of the ski area, with headquarters at Snow Park Lodge. Hiking, mountain biking and SUP are complemented by games, puzzles, arts and crafts, and field trips. As a state-licensed center, infants as young as two months are welcome, with options available for kids up to 12 years of age. Camp begins on June 8 and runs five days per week throughout the summer. Prices for 2020 have not yet been posted, but a full-summer camper in 2019 was $2,793 for Explorers (ages 5 & 6) and Mountaineers (ages 7-12) and Explorers (ages 5-6), and $3,038 for ages 2 months – 4 years. Visit Deer Valley’s website for more info.

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YMCA’s Park City Summer Day Camp

4501 UT-224
Park City, UT  84098
Headquartered out of Park City Community Church (behind Park City Nursery on S.R. 224), this YMCA day camp offers a new adventure every day, with outings that include local Park City venues, Salt Lake field trips and explorations in the Uinta Mountains. The camp is for ages 5-12, with a special quiet room for the five-year-olds and a staff-to-child ratio of no more than 1:6. Beginning on June 8 and running through August 14, some of the weekly themes include “Wild Animals,” “World Explorers,” “Ancient Adventures,” “Olympics,” and “Don’t Try This at Home.” Daily hours are 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. for $225 per week, with optional extended care starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. for an additional $15 per week (financial assistance is available). Registration is now open – click here to learn more.

Sports & Outdoors

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Woodward Park City

3863 Kilby Road
Park City, UT  84098
Heading into its first summer open for business, Woodward is elevating the action sports game for kids ages six and older of all ability levels, with an offering that includes mountain biking, skateboard, BMX, scooter, cheer, parkour, multisport and digital media. Camps are offered beginning the week of June 8 in groups of five or 10 sessions, and can run either Monday-Friday, or on the same day each week for five or 10 weeks. Sessions include lunch, recreational games and activities, positive relationship building, arts and crafts, and will be held rain or shine, with instruction from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, plus 8:30 a.m. early drop off and 5:30 p.m. late pick up. Visit the Woodward website here for more details and to register.

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Young Riders Camps

(Locations throughout Park City)
The Young Riders Youth Cycling program offers weeklong camps from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning June 8, and provides opportunities for riders ages 5 – 14. Camps are available 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). Registration opens on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 a.m., and camps fill up quickly, so be sure to click here to pre-register and ensure your biker is ready to roll!

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Utah Olympic Park

3419 Olympic Parkway
Park City, UT  84098
The UOP’s Fundamentals Sport Camp is for kids ages 7 – 10, and features activities such as golf, sailing, swimming, tennis, karate, gymnastics, skateboarding and art. Each of the six sessions are held Tuesday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (early drop off at 8:30 a.m. is available), and include an opportunity to try freestyle skiing skills in the park’s famous pool. Cost is $335 per week, and registration opens on Monday, March 16. Click here for more details, or reach out to Matthew Terwillegar, 435-602-9401/[email protected].

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Summit Community Gardens

4056 Shadow Mountain Drive (off Old Ranch Road)
Park City, UT  84098
[email protected]
Each year, Summit Community Gardens’ offers enriching summer camps to give kids a chance to spend time outdoors while learning about nature, gardening and growing healthy food. Each week features a different gardening theme with hands-on activities with partner organizations EATS, Recycle Utah and Kimball Art Center.  While this year’s schedule is not yet posted, last year’s camps were $180 per week and ran Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration will open on April 1. Click here for more info and to sign up for a reminder email.

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Summit Land Conservancy Outdoor Explorers and Little Explorers Camp

1650 Park Avenue, Ste. 200
Park City, UT  84060
Summit Land Conservancy offers adventure camps for kids who just love to be in the great outdoors! Children will learn about ecology, botany, biology, wildlife identification, local history, and the importance of land stewardship while acting as a junior conservator. Themes set for Outdoor Explorers (ages 7-12) include “Mountain Bike Monday,” “Trail Trekking Tuesday,” “Weber River Wednesday,” “Thrill Seeker Thursday” and “Farmer Friday.” Outdoor Explorers costs $375 per week, with dates beginning June 15 and ending August 14. This year, Summit Land Conservancy is offering a Summer Camp Lottery for those agreeing to support the organization throughout the year. Lottery forms must be received no later than March 15, and can be found by clicking here. General registration opens on March 30, but with the lottery, many spots might be filled before general registration opens.  For more information, contact Caitlin at 435-640-9884 or [email protected]. (Photo credit: Summit Land Conservancy)

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Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter

1258 Center Drive
Park City, UT  84098
Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter offers popular weeklong camps from run June 15 through August 14, and include both half-day and full-day options. Because camps sell out quickly, they offer early registration on March 15 for members who joined by Feb. 28, with general registration opening on March 23. This year’s camps include programs for kids in kindergarten through 7th grade, with a Counselors in Training program for kids in grades 7 & 8. Some of the weekly themes include “EcoExplorers,” “Nitty Gritty Nature,” “Down to Science,” Wild Sprouts” and “Disgusting Discoveries.” Click here to check them out and set a registration reminder for yourself.

Arts & Museums

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Kimball Art Center

1401 Kearns Boulevard
Park City, UT  84060
Camps at the Kimball Art Center 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. From June 8 – August 14, four-day camps are offered for kids ages 3-17 featuring artistic endeavors such as illustration, digital painting, mosaics, watercolor and clay. Classes are offered in the morning and afternoon; please click here for more information and to register.  

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
Kids can experience a Day at the Museum with the Natural History Museum of Utah’s (NHMU) weekly camps, held at NHMU on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Camps begin the week of June 8, and include trips to nearly locations such as Red Butte Garden, This is the Place, Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary. A full schedule of camps and age ranges can be found by clicking here. Most camps for younger kids are half-day, while older kids attend from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration opened on March 9 to the general public – click here for more information.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo

2600 Sunnyside Avenue (840 South)
Salt Lake City, UT. 84108
Utah’s Hogle Zoo presents weekly summer camp options for kids in grades 1st through 8th, with themes like “Animal Olympics,” “Curious Creatures and Fearsome Features,” “Harsh Habitats” and “Animal Sense-ations.” Prices range from $80 for half days to $300 for full days, with discounts for zoo members. Check out the entire lineup by clicking here.

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

12033 Lone Peak Parkway
Draper, UT. 84020
801-355-FISH (3474
For kids fascinated with life under the sea, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium offers weeklong camps throughout the summer. Themes include “Tide Pool Titans,” “Feathers, Fins and Fur” and “Full STEAM Ahead.” Campers ages 4-17 can find a variety of experiences specific to their interests, including “Pirate Science,” “Creature Challenge,” “Feathers, Fins, and Fur” and “Ocean Explorer.” All campers receive a t-shirt, water bottle, backpack, behind-the-scenes experiences and animal encounters of the most creepy-crawly kind! Camps begin on June 3 and end August 16, with half days from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and full days run 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended care options. Prices per week are $130 for half day and $255 for a full day, with discounts for aquarium members. Click here for all the offerings.

Overnight Adventures

Highly-revered overnight camps are nearby via the YMCA’s Camp Roger (on Mirror Lake Highway jut past Kama) 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. 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 “Boating Bonanza,” “Artrageous” and “Backpacker.” Some camps even allow younger and older siblings to share in the experience, with younger kids staying just a few nights, and older siblings camping for the full five days.

The amazing array of summer camp options is just one of the many reasons to Choose Park City. Be sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to explore future adventures of your own! 

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