Summer (and sanity) saving camps for kids in Utah Valley

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Momentum Indoor Climbing in Lehi, Utah has camps starting in June for children ages 4-6, 6-12 and 12-16. (Photo courtesy of Momentum Indoor Climbing)

The early bird gets the worm — or in this case, the guaranteed spot in that coveted summer camp. If you’re staring down three months of empty calendar squares and aren’t sure where to start when scheduling activities, all is not lost. There are venues across the county still accepting registrations for day and overnight camps throughout June, July and August. Here is a by-the-city sampling of some offerings:

Lehi

Funtopia Summer Camp

If the kids are climbing the walls after a few weeks at home, consider a two-day camp at Funtopia. The camps include five hours of climbing, floor games and other activities.

Camps are available on Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday, and each camp is limited to 16 kids ages 5-11.

Dates: June 4 – Aug. 6
Cost: $75 per camp with a sibling discount of $10 automatically applied during registration
Site: funtopiaworld.com

Momentum Indoor Climbing

If your kids prefer a weeklong climbing experience, Momentum Climbing offers summer camps for kids 4-6, 6-12, and 12-16. A typical morning at camp includes traversing, bouldering, ropes and games. The registration fee includes all necessary climbing equipment.

Dates: Camps being June 4
Cost: $159/week for ages 4-6, $179/week for ages 6-12, $179/week for ages 12-16
Site: momentumclimbing.com

Thanksgiving Point Summer Day Camps

Your first-choice camp may be already sold out (looking at you, Lego Robotics), but there are still engaging day camps with spots available, mostly in the 4th-5th grade, 6th-7th grade, and 7th-12th grade categories. Themes include Space Discovery, Farm to Table, Printmaking, Tie Dye and Silk Painting, Blow it Up and College Prep.

Dates: Camps begin June 4 and run daily/weekly until Aug. 9
Cost: Starting at $125
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

American Fork

Princess Dance Camp

If you’ve got a little princess age 3-5 at home, the AF Fitness Center’s Princess Dance Camp could be just what the fairy godmother ordered. Two hours a day for three days in a row, your wannabe Cinderella can don her favorites princess dress and learn fun new dances, plus do a few crafts and other activities.

Dates: June 18-20 or July 16-18
Cost: $45
Site: afcity.org

Utah COPA Musical Theatre, Pop Music and Dance Camps

Budding performers of all ages will likely find a summer camp catered to them at the Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts’ American Fork location. Camps for ages 3-18 are running all summer, with themes like Greatest Showman, Trolls, Idol Voice and Broadway.

Dates: Camps runs June-August
Cost: Starting at $95
Site: utahcopa.com

Pleasant Grove

doTERRA Science Day Camp

For the second year in a row, kids ages 8-12 are invited to doTERRA’s Pleasant Grove campus for a day of hands-on science learning. DoTERRA scientists and experts will teach about the scientific method, essential oil quality testing, ecosystems and essential oil aromas. The camp will include on-site science experiments, and each student will also receive experiments to try at home.

Dates: June 26, July 2, Aug. 2 from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $25
Site: eventbrite.com

Park It Summer Program

Instead of letting your kids park themselves on the couch for the better part of the summer, why not try Pleasant Grove Recreation’s Park It summer program. For several hours a day, kids engage in mostly outdoors themed play, art projects, swimming and games. Each week and day has a different theme, such as week four’s Jumanji Jungle Games, The Greatest Park It Show, Island Great Escape games and Up Survival Day.

Dates: June 4-Aug. 2
Cost: $56
Site: rec.plgrove.org

Lindon

Wasatch Ballet Conservatory Summer Camps

Wasatch Ballet’s summer intensives and dance camps can accommodate all ages and levels of dancers. Kids can come one day, one week or all summer with the conservatory’s flexible scheduling and pay-as-you-go option.

Dates: July 16 – Aug. 10
Cost: Starting at $24 a day
Site: wasatchballet.com

Orem

Story Camp at the Orem Public Library

Aspiring storytellers, take note: Orem’s Storytelling and Story Writing camps are a chance to learn from master storytellers in a fun and risk-free environment. Each day includes instruction, game time and ends with a storytelling concert. Parents can come the last day of camp to see what their kids have been working on.

Dates: Storytelling Camp is June 11-14, Story Writing Camp is June 25-29
Cost: $50 a week, or $40 for Orem residents
Site: storycamp.org

UVU Youth Summer Camps

UVU’s Youth Summer Camps disguise serious learning with serious fun. Day camps in arts and crafts, aviation, science and engineering, computers, musical theatre and robotics are guaranteed to teach your children something new. They can build their own board game with “Campopoly,” take the pilot’s seat in a flight simulator, learn how to use a 3D printer or perform in a junior musical.

Dates: Camps run June – August
Cost: Starting at $95
Site: uvu.edu

Provo

Girls Scouts of Utah — Trefoil Ranch

If you’ve got a daughter who is looking for a true sleep-away, summer camp experience, Trefoil Ranch in Provo Canyon is the answer. The Girls Scouts of Utah offer a variety of three- to six-day camps throughout the summer with fun themes like Horse Lover, Chopped Junior and Outdoor Art Explorer. Camps are available for girls in grades 1-3, 4-5, 6-7- and 8-12. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend.

Dates: Camps run from late June-August
Cost: Starting at $170
Site: gsutah.org

Boys & Girls Club of Utah Specialty Summer Camps

The Boys & Girls Club offers low-cost summer camps for kids at their clubhouse in Provo. This year, kids do not need to be Boys & Girls club members to participate in the camps, with themes ranging from soccer to STEM, contemporary dance to watercolor painting. Each camp runs three weeks, and there are three sessions throughout the summer.

Dates: Camps run in three session from June-August
Cost: $10-25
Site: bgcutah.org

Springville

Hobble Creek Golf Course

Junior golfers who want to develop or hone their skills can try Hobble Creek’s Junior Golf League or Junior Golf Team for the summer. The golf league is open to kids ages 8-17 and play is based on skill level. Every week, golfers play nine holes of golf, starting at 5:45 p.m. The course also offers two-day junior golf clinics for players 6-18 years old.

Dates: Golf team plays weekly from June 11-Aug. 6
Cost: $100-$180
Site: springville.org

Airtime Training Center

Springville’s Airtime Training Center is hosting one-day themed camps for kids ages 3-12. The camps include gymnastics, foam pit games, trampoline time, a craft and pizza and a drink. Camps are four hours long on Wednesdays or Fridays throughout the summer.

Dates: Select dates from June 4-July 27
Cost: $28 per day ($18 each for siblings)
Site: airtimetrainingcenter.com

 Spanish Fork

Summer Youth Arts Festival

Kids ages 18 months to 18 years can join in Spanish Fork’s youth arts festival. The two-week-long festival provides creative art experiences in music, dance, art, literature, drama and more. Classes back by popular demand include gymnastics, cupcake wars and Lego Art.

Dates: June 4-15
Site: spanishfork.org

Salem

Ultimate Frisbee Camp

Salem Recreation’s Summer Ultimate Frisbee Camp promises to promote exercise, fun and good sportsmanship. The four-day camp is taught by a former BYU Ultimate Frisbee team member. Other Salem Recreation camps offered this summer include softball pitching, soccer, baseball, kids crafts, dance and Lego STEM.

Date: June 11-14
Cost: $25
Site: media.rainpos.com

Payson

Athletic Training Youth Summer Camp

Youth can learn safely to develop strength, power, speed, agility and conditioning at the Total Fitness Athletic Training Youth Summer Camp. Four-day sessions are offered at the Salem and Payson locations throughout the summer.

Dates: May 29 – Aug. 13
Cost: $55 for the first week, $40 for each additional week
Site: totalfitness.fit.com

Nebo District Summer Arts

This summer, the Nebo School District is offering several summer camps for school-aged kids, at schools in Spanish Fork, Salem, Santaquin and Mapleton. Topics include theatre, art studio, African drums/percussion/Navajo flutes, drawing studio and clay studio.

Dates: June 5-30
Cost: $32-42
Site: nebo.edu

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Natalie Hollingshead is a former magazine editor turned freelance writer and editor. She writes regularly about home, family, food and travel for a handful of publications, and is co-author of the book "Happy Homemaking” (Cedar Fort, 2012) with Elyssa Andrus. A native of Alberta, Canada, Natalie lives in Orem with her husband and their three children.

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