Hey parents, one of the things you dread most is lurking around the corner: the kids are getting out of school for summer and will have little or nothing to do. But, there’s no reason to panic. In the Denver Metro area, there are plenty of options to keep kids blissfully occupied – and even keep them learning well into the Summer months.
A popular parent-survival measure is summer camp – the traditional overnight kind with campfires and canoes, and the close-to-home “day camp” variety that usually lasts a week. You can typically book as many weeks as you like.
With most schools getting out in May, you’ll need to act soon to reserve spots before camps fill up. Registration for many programs is already underway, with some offering early bird discounts.
Don’t want to send your kids away for the summer? For many parents, a few day camps booked around a family vacation or two is the answer. But start doing your homework now, because the variety of themed camps today can be a bit overwhelming.
To get you started, here are ten super fun day camps operating in the Denver Metro area:
At Mile High Adventure Camp in Denver, campers do everything from outdoor rock climbing to exploring museums. Each day is a new field trip.
Aspiring Grandmasters can learn all about the game of strategy at Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camp, with workshops and challenging tournaments.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The goal here is to have fun and develop a knowledge and passion for science, with full-day camps led by educators.
Ages: K through 6th grade
Play-Well offers LEGO-inspired camps in the Denver area that explore STEM concepts through hands-on learning. Programs are fun and designed by engineers.
Mad Science of Colorado camps combine in-class learning with outdoor games and hands-on application of scientific principles. Kids build a variety of take-home projects.
At Pedalheads Bike Camps in the Denver area, participants are taught cycling basics and road safety rules while playing fun games.
Talk to the Camera
At these Denver-area camps, kids write, act, film and produce movies and videos with guidance from professionals
Kids at Colorado Watersports camps in Littleton experience a range of water sports, including sailing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Camps are organized by age and ability.
These camps in Aurora are built around themed field trips, with outdoor games and crafts. Kids experience sports, wave pools, climbing gyms and more.
During these Aurora camp sessions, kids learn how to survive in the wild with no technology, build sturdy shelters, cook over a fire and practice self-defense (against zombies, of course).
These camps sound great, don’t they? The choices for day camp themes are endless, and you can find lots more options at Colorado Parent or through many other local media resources and a quick online search.
There’s another option: a reliable house nanny. They’re not as hard to find as you may think, offer personalized attention for kids in your own home and can often be more affordable than some day camps. Many college students are experienced in doing this kind of work and are happy to spend time playing and discovering adventure with your kiddos.
If you’re interested in an in-home nanny, check out Care.com or visit your local area listings on Nextdoor.com. On Care.com, you can search pre-screened sitters or nannies by price, location, specialty, and more. Nextdoor.com offers local neighbor connections and recommendations.
Whichever nanny or summer daycare option you decide on, just remember: Don’t delay! Summer camps fill up fast.