Summing Up Summer Camp Options
While the snow (thankfully!) keeps coming, it’s easy to get caught up in daydreams of warmer weather, which means planning and plotting ways to get our kiddos into the myriad of day camps available all across the Wasatch Back! Check out our annual list below, and – though some camps have not yet published their 2021 information – we encourage you to be proactive in following your faves, as many sell out quickly after registration begins!
Basin Recreation Summer Blast Day Camp
Trailside Park & Other Locations
Basin Recreation offers a full-summer option with their Summer Blast Day Camp, beginning Monday, June 7, with registration opening on Wednesdsay, April 14 at midnight. 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. For more information, visit the Basin Recreation site by clicking here, check out their Facebook page here, or call the Field House at 435-655-0999.
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 has been running their summer-long day camp for years, and is headquartered out of the City Park building (by the Miner’s Hospital). Starting on March 15 at 9 a.m., they will once again offered early priority registration for residents living or working in the 84060 zip code, or for any full-summer campers returning from last year. Proof of residency or employment must be sent to Spencer Madanay at [email protected], or dropped by the PC MARC to his attention to qualify for early registration. Registration for full-summer camp and single days opens for all others on April 1. Camp is held daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and includes arts and crafts, sports and games. Field trips and visits to the pool are still uncertain for 2021. 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 3rd, 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
Plans for Deer Valley Resort’s beloved Summer Adventure Camp are currently under review, but in years past, they headquartered out of Snow Park Lodge and featured hiking, mountain biking and SUP, along with games, puzzles, arts & crafts, and field trips. As a state-licensed center, infants as young as two months were welcome, with options available for kids up to 12 years of age. Stay up-to-speed by bookmarking their website here, or checking out their Facebook page regularly.
YMCA’s Park City Summer Day Camp
4501 UT-224 (Park City Community Church)
Park City, UT 84098
Plans for YMCA’s Park City Summer Day Camp are rolling full steam ahead, with registration already open and 10 weeks of exciting themes mapped out to begin on June 7. Headquartered out of Park City Community Church (behind Park City Nursery on S.R. 224), this YMCA day camp offers outings that leverage proximity to local Park City venues, along with trips to the Uinta Mountains to visit YMCA Camp Roger for archery and hiking. The camp is for ages 5-12, and runs from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Some of this year’s weekly themes include “Artspress Yourself,” “FULL STEAM Ahead,” “Super Heroes,” “Mad Scientist,” and “The Olympics.” Click here to learn more, or call 801-839-3379.
Sports and Outdoors
Woodward Park City
3863 Kilby Road
Park City, UT 84098
Last summer, Woodward Park City raised the summer camp stakes for kids of all ability levels, offering a fun and mostly fitness-focused array of weeklong activities. This year’s camps are open to kids ages 7-17, and include mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, scooter, cheer, parkour and multisport, with limited prior experience required for all activities except multisport. Camps are available the weeks of June 7 through August 16, and each session includes 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. Reservations are open now, and they’re offering $200 off one week of camp if booked by March 31. Visit the Woodward website here for more details and to register.
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 7, and provides opportunities for riders ages 5 – 14. Nineteen 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 24 at 7 a.m., and camps are limited to 10 riders, so they fill up quickly. Be sure to click here to pre-register and get your kiddos ready to pedal!
The popular Summit Community Gardens’ enriching summer camps offer five-day camps fro grades 1st through 6th, featuring an immersed-in-nature experience and a different gardening theme each week, such as, “Building a Garden,” “Art in the Garden,” Chopped Garden” and “Week in the life of a Farmer.” These hands-on activities involve partner organizations EATS and Recycle Utah. Registration for members begins on March 25th at 9 a.m., while all others can register beginning April 1st at 9 a.m. To learn more, click here.
Summit Land Conservancy Outdoor Explorers and Little Explorers Camp
1650 Park Avenue, Ste. 200
Park City, UT 84060
This year’s Summit Land Conservancy Outdoor Explorers Summer Camps feature seven 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 are scheduled for June 14-18, June 21-25, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, August 2-6 and August 9-13. Each week features “Mountain Bike Monday,” “Trail Trekking Tuesday,” “Water Adventure Wednesday,” “Treasure Hunt Thursday” and “Farmer Friday.” Summit Land Conservancy is offering a Summer Camp Lottery for those agreeing to support the organization in a number of ways 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 31 at 12 p.m., but with the lottery option, many spots might be filled before general registration opens. 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 14, and include both half-day and full-day options. Because camps sell out quickly, they offer early registration on March 22 for Sandhill Society members and March 24 for Swaner Family-level members, with general registration opening on March 31. Camps are offered 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 “Nature Sensation,” “Rhythms of Nature,” “Nitty Gritty Nature,” “Down to a Science” and “Junior Naturalist.” 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.
Arts & Museums
Kimball Art Center
1401 Kearns Boulevard
Park City, UT 84060
After more than five years, Kimball Art Center will finally move from its temporary location to a new home at the Yard (1251 Kearns Boulevard). And, while this year’s offerings are not yet published, past summer camps were 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. Visit their website by clicking here to check for updated information, or visit their Facebook page here.
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 open for registration to Copper Club Members on March 11, Museum Members at the Family level and above on March 15, and all others on March 22. Held at the impressive NHMU facility on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, camps run every week between June 7 and August 9 (except for the week of July 5 & 19 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). They’re also offering a Summer@Home option that provides supplies and expert facilitation in the comfort and safety of your home, which is a half-day format running Mondays – Thursdays, only. To get a sneak peak 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 themes like “Marine Mammal Mania,” “Animal Superheroes,” “Radical Reptiles” and “We Built A Zoo – Exhibit Design.” A few camps have already sold out, but most are still available for registration, so be sure to visit their site by clicking here soon!
Highly-revered overnight camps are available close by 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 6. 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 “Adventure Takers and Art Makers,” “Hard Hats and Horse Sense” and “Into the Woods.” Registration is now open for both camps, which have a long and respected tradition of providing kids with a sleepaway outdoor experience that is super close to home!
The amazing array of summer camp options is just one of the many reasons to Choose Park City for your Park City Real Estate investment. Be sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to explore future adventures of your own!