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Denver Summer Camp Guide 2017

Denver Summer Camp Guide 2017

Summer camp season is upon us!  To help you navigate the many wonderful camps in Denver, we have compiled a Colorado Summer Camp Guide for 2017.  In addition to this directory, we will be featuring a variety of Denver camps over the next few months that give a more in-depth glimpse of camp life.  Also, don’t procrastinate–many spots are filling up quickly!

Camp Categories

Arts Camps (music, dance, etc.)

Academic Camps

Outdoor Camps

General Camps

Sports Camps

Featured Camps

CU South Denver and Coding with Kids

CU South Denver and Coding with Kids have partnered together to offer a wide variety of camp programs for children and teens from 5 to 16 years old. From Little Coders camps for early readers, to Minecraft Modding for gamers, to Game Development in Scratch and Advanced Game Development in JavaScript and Python, the choices are yours! We also offer a great intro to robotics camp where participants learn how to build and code robotics components using Arduino kits. Tech-savvy instructors will guide small groups of campers as they unleash their creativity to build games, interactive stories, websites, programmable circuits and more. Campers will receive personalized instruction and collaborate with new friends. After camp, participants will be able to share projects with family and friends and continue development through online access. View our complete summer camp offerings for more information or register for a camp.

Cookies and Cursive™ Camps

Cookies and Cursive ™: Mindful & Artistic Handwriting for Children introduces elementary kids to the delights of the traditional American cursive handwriting style through a fun and engaging learning approach linked to the language of baking. Discover the power of your handwriting and become a cursive chef! Children will learn how to read cursive and begin learning how to properly form letters, write words, sentences, paragraphs, and one’s signature in cursive. The first 8-day Cookies and Cursive™ camp will run June 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29 (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) at the Koelbel Library in Centennial. Space is limited. Cost is $192 per child (10% discount for more than one child registration per family). Designed for 3rd – 5th graders but children from higher grades are also welcome to participate. Take-home practice is a key component of this program. Call 720-684-8119 for additional locations/dates and to register.

Pedalheads Camps

Pedalheads is a fun, educational learn to ride summer bike camp for kids 3-10. From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads has safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children of all abilities. Since 1995, we have taught over 200,000 children to ride, using our own Pedalheads teaching method, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. With 75+ locations across the United States and Canada, our comprehensive program opens up a world of opportunities for a lifetime of cycling. We teach beginners right up to competent riders the skills they need to succeed on the trails and ride safely on the street. Set your child on the path to a lifelong love of riding! Find out more at

Aurora History Camp

Join us for a week-long, half-day camp designed to engage your kids with their past. Campers stretch their critical thinking skills while engaging with history all week long. Activities include building a giant geodesic dome to connect with Aurora’s aerospace and military history, programs and crafts related to our state’s natural environment, a suburban relay race showcasing the rapid expansion during the mid-twentieth century and much more. So, hop on our 104 year old trolley trailer, fight for water rights and compete to be the finest suburb! Camp is July 24 – 28 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) for ages 8-12. Space is limited! Visit or call 303-739-6663 for more details.

PALS Summer Chess Camps 

The mind can fly – chess gives it wings!  PALS Chess Academy is proud to offer four kid-friendly and inspiring Summer Chess Camps taught by Colorado State Chess Champion Lior Lapid!  Lior is ranked as a National Master and is a former two-time scholastic National Champion.  He has 20 years of experience teaching chess to kids in schools and camps. PALS Summer Chess Camps are filled with creative lessons on chess strategy in all phases of the game, incorporating humor and storytelling for kid-friendly instruction.  We will have two outdoor recesses for plenty of exercise, and healthy snacks are provided.  For Kids Ages 5-12, no prior experience necessary. For information about costs, locations, early-bird discounts and sibling discounts, please visit our website at: Each camper will receive their own tournament chess set, a PALS t-shirt and a personalized certificate of accomplishment!

 Steve and Kate’s Camp

Every aspect of our summer camp is designed to put kids in charge of their own learning experience.  That way, kids develop the confidence to try, fail, and learn on their own.  And only they know what comes next.  We believe that when you trust kids, they learn to trust themselves.  Whatever your child’s passion, they can push their limits at our camp.  Stop-motion animation, fashion, coding, breadmaking, sports, music, dance, and so much more.  Lunch and snacks are included in the camp fees, and  we’ve got one of the most flexible payment options of any camp: buy Day Passes online and use them whenever you want. You don’t even need to tell us that you’re coming—just show up!  If you have any leftover Day Passes, we’ll provide a full, automatic refund at the end of the summer.  BOOM – summer solved!

Keystone Science School

We believe that every child in Colorado and around the world deserves Camp!  We combine hands-on science with outdoor, experiential education to create Science, Adventure, FUN! The Rocky Mountains present the perfect landscape for campers to challenge themselves as we hike, backpack, raft, climb, ride and explore Colorado. Our programs follow a progression that ensures that campers can return each year for a fresh, exciting experience with new things to learn. From our Stellar Day Camp program (K-5) to our residential Discovery Camp (2-12) to our wilderness-based Keystone Mountain Adventures (9-12) or Keystone Voyagers (7-9), campers have the opportunity to evolve from curious learners to confident and skilled outdoor leaders. Spark your Imagination with Keystone Science School this summer.

High Altitude Tennis 

Fun, action-packed, convenient summer tennis camps in Denver, Colorado for kids 7-18 years old! Check out what tennis mom Nancy I. from Littleton, Colorado had to say about High Altitude Tennis Summer Camps: “My kids are jazzed, they love it and are inspired by the highly skilled, experienced and ethical staff!”And here is what student Hana K. from Parker, Colorado had to say: “Everyone at HAT is amazing, like my second family!” Rated 5 stars on Yelp and 5 stars on Facebook. Weekly camps begin May 29th and space is limited. Learn more by visiting today!

Talk to the Camera

Talk to the Camera is Colorado’s First On-Camera & Movie-Making Classes and Camps. Created by two Denver moms who have been in your shoes, and wanted to provide public speaking and on-camera learning experiences for their own kids. Want your kids to get creative and have fun this summer? Kids dream, write, create, film, act in and produce movies and videos! Our professional editing team will publish your child’s videos to our website shortly after the camp. We offer week long summer camps Monday to Friday for ages 7-13 that are taught by entertainment industry professionals at 11 Denver-Metro area locations in Denver, Evergreen, Golden, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree and Parker. Register by June 1st to get Early Bird pricing! Learn more and register at or call 720-217-9551.

CBMF Bluegrass Kids Camp

 A fun, 5-day music camp in Crested Butte that provides kids (ages 7-14) an amazing experience in bluegrass music education. Students learn to play in a bluegrass band with other students, write songs, and advance their individual skills through instrument break-out sessions. The day camp offers training for first-timers as well as intermediate players, provided by faculty from the esteemed Swallow Hill Music School in Denver. This camp is a collaboration between the Crested Butte Music Festival and Swallow Hill Music School. Crested Butte, CO – One of the most beautiful towns in Colorado, Crested Butte (altitude ~9000 ft) is surrounded by jagged mountain peaks and hosts one of the country’s finest wildflower displays. Crested Butte is 30 minutes from Gunnison, 1 hour from Montrose, and 4 hours from Denver.


iD Tech is the leader in summer STEM education programs for students ages 6–18. Over 275,000 students have attended iD Tech since 1999. Camps are held at over 150 prestigious campuses in the United States, including Mile High Academy in Highlands Ranch, The University of Denver, The University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado State University. Summer courses teach everything from coding, robotics engineering, and 3D printing to virtual reality game design and cybersecurity.  Skills include: *Students develop new tech skills while completing their own project. *Courses are taught by knowledgeable adult instructors armed with both tech skills and lively, summer camp personalities. *Students build key 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. *Small class sizes, only 8 students per instructor, ensures more personalized learning. *Students gain self-confidence and a competitive advantage in both school and future careers. Learn more at  

Engineering for Kids

Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through workshops, camps, clubs, and parties.  We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Join us for Robotics workshops, weekend Minecraft Education programs, Programming classes and affordable Tech Summer Camps.  Conveniently located in the Streets of SouthGlenn Shopping Center, we offer an inspiring and fun Learning Center designed to allow for hands-on projects in the Engineering Rooms and a computer lab. Contact our offices for more information at 720-390-7972 or visit us online at

JCC’s Camp Shai and MACC Academies

The Jewish Community Center of Denver offers exciting summer opportunities for children in kindergarten through 10th grade. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) is a non-profit theatre within the JCC whose mission is to illuminate the human experience through arts and cultural programs. At the MACC’s Art Academies & Wolf Theatre Academy, young artists flourish under the supervision of professional theatrical and visual artists who are also experienced educators. The academies are dedicated to empowering youth to find their creative voices as they develop collaborative skills and build community. The JCC’s Camp Shai & Shai Sports are summer day camps that provide engaging activities for kids that spark their imagination and inspire them to celebrate their individuality. Campers will participate in engaging summer activities and leave camp every night with a new song to sing and an exciting story to tell.


Digistars® Make-a-Movie Workshop

Kids unleash their creativity and bring their stories to life in a stop motion animation or live action filmmaking program! They write, act, direct, film, and edit their own films in a fun and exciting week! We watch and analyze film clips to learn techniques, and take outside breaks in a nearby playground. Moviemaking integrates art with technology and demands storytelling skills that can feed into success in school and beyond. Week-long camps (M-F, 9 am-3 pm, with extended care available) are offered in June, July, and August for grades 1-8. Programs include Claymation and live action moviemaking using green screen technology. The production process is hands-on, kid-driven, and collaborative. Our enthusiastic and trained instructors are professional filmmakers with film degrees and class size is limited so save your spot as soon as possible! Learn more and register at

   ​eXL Learning-Summer Learning Adventures

eXL Learning is excited to announce new summer Learning Adventures at our Lowry location (Lowry Town Center) and this year at our new location at the Stanley Marketplace.  All classes are MondayFriday at 8:00 am-11:30, 12:00-3:30 pm or full day.​ Families choose from full-day or half-day options.  Need more time?  We also offer extended day options for working families. Why are our summer classes so popular? We find out what kids are most excited about and incorporate opportunities that allow kids to apply academic content.  You won’t find the dreaded summer learning loss occurring with our summer Learning Adventures. Pokémon Madness, Hogwarts Wands & Wizardry, Minecraft Math, Toy Invention, are just a very few of the exciting classes that we are offering at both of our locations. ​Space is limited.  Join us!​ www.exllearning.comwww.mindcraftmakerspace.com303-364-9581​. ​

Avid4 Adventure

This summer, experience the power of authentic outdoor adventure. Avid4 Adventure camps teach pre-K – 12th graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from our time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, we give campers solid skills and character-shaping confidence, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure. Day camp locations in Boulder, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Denver, Lafayette, Castle Rock and Colorado Springs (NEW in 2017!) Overnight camps in Bailey and Evergreen, Colorado. Learn more and sign up at or call 800-977-9873

Denver Botanic Gardens

The Gardens has camps for kids that are full of garden explorations, games, activities, cooking and plants to take home. Week-­long camps take place MondayFriday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and are offered during spring and summer breaks. For urban garden explorers, camps at York St. offer hands-on activities, special tours, games, plantings, cooking and more. There are garden and art-themed camps at this location. For those who would like to spend time down on the farm, Chatfield Farms camps in Littleton provide opportunities for kids to take care of the animals, explore the frog pond, learn about life on the historic Hildebrandt Ranch and much more. All camps are for ages 6-12 and most York St. camps have aftercare offerings.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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