Best Kids Summer Camps in Denver 2023 Guide!
Looking for the best kids summer camps in Denver? Sure, you could Google it – but unlike any other guide, we created helpful infographics for the best Denver summer camps for you to compare easily and quickly because there are SO MANY OPTIONS! We’ve spent countless hours researching and continually update this guide to make it as easy for you as possible.
In this guide you will only find Denver summer camps and day camps (with a few exceptions for those that are right on the Denver city border)! There are great camps all over the state, as well as overnight camps, but we will only be covering Denver day camps here. Let’s be honest, camp planning can be stressful! We hope this guide helps you find and plan the perfect summer camp schedule.
Unique Kids Summer Camps in Denver
Denver is full of summer camp opportunities – below are the most unique experiences!
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Aerial Cirque Over Denver
4605 Quebec St. Central Park Neighborhood, Denver.
At Aerial Cirque Over Denver camps, your child will learn how to be a circus acrobat! Due to the high-energy nature of these camps, they offer half-day only (930 to noon or 1230 to 3pm). Campers will learn tricks on 4 different apparatuses over the course of the week including aerial silks, trapeze, hoop, and hammock. Very small student:staff ratios (8:1). Camp is for ages 6+. The half days camps are $250. 2023 registration opens in November for the last week of May through mid-August!
Graland Country Day School. 55 Clermont St, Denver.
What makes Curious Jane unique? It’s a (mostly) girls-only camp that empowers through science and design! They offer different themes each week based on age with skills including graphic design, art techniques, and science. Camp is for ages 5-11 (Kinder through 6th grade). They offer half day (9 to 1230) or full day (9 to 330pm) options. Camp weeks include June 12 through July 17. The week of July 3rd they note is co-ed!
Cheyenne Fencing Society & Modern Pentathlon Center of Denver
5818 E Colfax Ave. Montclair Neighborhood, Denver.
In this unique weekly camp at the Cheyenne Fencing Society, kiddos learn the basics of fencing, including conditioning, footwork, drills and bouting! Camps are 10am to 3pm and include two fencing practice sessions combined with other games and activities. Camp is for age 6+ and is $400 for the full day. Single days can also be purchased for $90. Camp weeks for 2023 have not been posted at the time of this publication but historically have been mid-June through July.
Creative Kids Summer Camps in Denver
Do you have a creative kiddo who loves art and “making”? Check out these creative kid’s camps!
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Neighborhood Art Studio
4890 Ironton St Unit 6L. Central Park Neighborhood, Denver.
Let’s your little artist shine in these fun half-day camps at Neighborhood Art Studio! The theme changes every week with options like building a tree house and witchcraft/wizardry! Each week differs, but kiddos can learn a variety of different art techniques. Cost varies by week depending on the project but ranges from $163 to $279 (most are $264). They offer half day (9 to 12 or 1 to 4pm) options. Camp is best for age 5 to 11. 2023 registration opens in January for first week of June through mid-August!
6100 E 23rd Ave, Denver.
Another fun opportunity for your young artist! At Art Garage, campers will get to learn a variety of art techniques in weekly themed camps. Themes include Colorado animals, space, and more! Camp is for ages 3 to 12 and is broken into similar age groups (3-5 yo, 6-8 yo, and 9-12 yo). They offer half day (9 to 12 or 1 to 4pm) options and you can combine for a full day. The weeklong, half days camps are $250 and run from the first week of June through mid-August!
Stanley Marketplace. 2501 Dallas St, Aurora. (Not Denver, but oh-so-close! Just outside city limits)
At Factory Fashion, your kiddos will learn basic sewing, fashion, and design! Students will have a choice of beginner projects that build sewing skills and confidence. Camp is for ages 7 to 15. The week long, half-day camps are $275. Half-day options are 9am to noon or 1pm to 4 but can be combined for a full day. 2023 registration opens in January for first week of June through mid-August!
Craftsman & Apprentice
1335 E 22nd Ave. City Park West Neighborhood, Denver.
At Craftsman & Apprentice, kiddos ages 5 to 11 participate in “making”! What they made depends on the week and theme, with options including toy shop, fiber arts, holy grail, and more! Kids learn a variety of techniques such as (depending on the week) wood working, papier-mache, or embroidery. The weekly camps run 9am to 3pm. Camps are $510 per week and run from the first week of June through mid-August.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
3833 Steele St Suite 1438, Denver.
At Lighthouse Writers Workshop there are a few camp options for aspiring writers based on age. In the young writer’s camps, students ages 8 to 11 foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing through story building. These are half day camps that run 930am to 1230 or 130 to 430pm and are $300 per week. Camps run from June 26 through August 7. For your older kiddos (middle and high schoolers) they offer a full-day camp week (intensives). July 17-21 is for middle schoolers and July 24-28 for high schoolers. The full-day camp is 930am to 330pm and is $520.
Sticky Fingers Cooking School
43 W 9th Ave, Denver.
Get ready to bake! These sticky fingers camps are held at Cook Street Culinary School and are best for kiddos ages 6 to 12. Kiddos will learn about food preparation and create delicious concoctions such as no-sugar carrot cake pancakes and gooey cheesy pizza bombs. Camps are only offered some weeks at the Denver location (2023: June 12, June 19, July 10, & July 17) and are $270/week. The half-day option is 8 to 11am.
Roaming Gnome Theatre
10255 E 25th Ave, Suite 5. Aurora. (Not Denver, but oh-so-close! Just outside city limits)
A camp your performance loving kiddo will adore! Roaming Gnome Theatre (formerly Factory Five Five) offers themed, weekly camps. They cater to a variety of ages. The Storybook Theatre is for ages 4 to 7, Creative Kids & Performance camp (5+), Game, Hogwarts, & Marvel (7+), Cosplay (9+), theatre intensive & stage makeup (11+). Each of these camps takes place a different week (some themes are offered more than 1 week), so you’ll need to plan based on your kiddos age. Camps also vary in terms of morning (9am to noon), afternoon (1 to 4pm), or full day, such as the Hogwarts and stage makeup (9am to 3pm). All the camps vary in cost but range from $300 (half day) to $400 (full day). It’s best to check out the schedule for your kiddos age to see what week(s) are available!
Jewish Community Center Denver (JCC)
350 S Dahlia St, Denver.
Join one of Denver’s most acclaimed youth theatre camps at Wolf Theatre Academy! In these multi-week camp programs, students will develop acting, singing, and dancing techniques that culminates in a performance at the Elaine Wolf Theatre! Camps are divided into “junior academy” (grade 4-7) and “academy” (grades 8 to 12). Junior academy camps are 2 weeks in duration (June 5, 19, and July 10) and $700/camp ($650 for members). The upper academy is 3 to 4 weeks (June 5 to 25 or July 10 to Aug 6) and $1050 and $1400, respectively (member discount available). Each camp learns a different play or musical. All camp days are Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm.
Sports Kids Summer Camps in Denver
These sports-based summer camps will keep your active kiddo happy and engaged all summer!
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Altitude All Sports
Tennis: McAuliffe Jr. High Tennis Courts, 2540 Holly St. Denver.
All-sport & Flag football: Central park, 8801 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Denver.
Altitude All Sports offers a variety of active camp offerings. Tennis camp is for ages 5 to 10 and only runs the weeks of June 5th and 12th, 9am to noon. Each week is $225 or kiddos can do both weeks for $400. In the all-sport camp kiddos between the ages of 4 and 12 rotate between soccer, dodgeball, kickball, baseball/tee-ball and football. Camp runs 9am to noon and is $190/week or $600 for all 4 weeks. This camp runs the weeks of July 10, 17, 24, & Aug 7. Flag football camp is for 9 to 12yo and Northfield High School Football players help coach the camp! Camp is 9am to noon and is $210/week. This camp will only run July 31 week.
Shredder Central Park
4890 Ironton St Unit F, Denver.
Skiing in the summer?! Sure – at Shredder Central Park! In these camps, kiddos ages 3 to 10 will ski, snowboard, sled, and do arts/crafts, sports, games, and other projects. Camp runs weekly at the Central Park location from June 5th through August 18th. They offer half day options 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm, or you can combine for a full day (9am to 4pm). You can also pick days, no need to commit to a week. Each half day morning is $60 and afternoon is $50.
Stanley Marketplace. 2501 Dallas St, Aurora. (Not Denver, but oh-so-close! Just outside city limits)
Get your kiddo flipping and tumbling at Bounce Gymnastics! They provide half-day camp options from 830am to noon or 1230 to 4pm. You can also combine for a full day or select another half-day camp at Stanley Marketplace (they specifically mention they partner with MindCraft Makerspace and Create Cooking School for a combined full-day experience). Camp is for kiddos entering kindergarten through 8th grade. Each half day camp is $240 per week. Camp runs weekly June 5th through August 7th.
Mighty Movement Academy
2245 Kearney Street #102, Denver.
Increase speed, strength, flexibility, agility and endurance in this non-competitive environment at Mighty Movement Academy! Camps run weekly from June 5th to Aug 7th. You can select from two half-day options, 9am to 1pm or 10am to 2pm. Camp is $249 per week and is for kids 8 to 16 years old.
Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag
8610 E 21st Ave. Central Park Neighborhood, Denver.
Your adventurous kiddo will love to learn how to belay, rock climb, and slackline at Übergrippen camp! They have weekly themed camps from June 5th through August 14th. The camp day runs 9am to 430pm and is $535 per week (cheaper for members, $485/wk). This is for kiddos between the ages of 7 and 13.
Lace’Em Up Skating
Big Bear Ice Arena. 8580 E Lowry Blvd, Denver.
Beat the heat and join Lace’em up for a fun week of ice skating camp! In camp kiddos will learn ice skating and hockey technique, off-ice training skills, and participate in fun outdoor games. Camp runs mid-June through mid-August and they have single day options. They offer half-day options, 9am to 1pm or 1 to 5pm, or you can combine for a full day (9am to 5pm). Camps are $85 per half-day or $160 per full day.
Outdoor Kids Summer Camps in Denver
If your kiddo loves fun in the sun, these outdoor camps will be a perfect fit!
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Bluff Lake Summer Camp
Bluff Lake Nature Center. 11255 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Denver.
From 9am to 3pm, your outdoor lover will participate in environmental topics, nature exploration, animal encounters, hands-on lessons, games, crafts, and free creek play at the Bluff Lake Nature Center. They have weekly themes and camps run June 5th through August 14th. Camp is for ages 5 to 12. For your older kids (13 to 17), they have a junior counselor’s program. Half-days (9am-12pm) are available for ages 5-6 only. Pricing is $430 per week for full-day, $355 per week for half-day, and $150 per week for junior counselors. Notably, they also offer before and after care.
Central Park location TBD and may vary by camp
Avid4 Adventure camps are perfect for the kiddo that thrives on adventure! Depending on age, campers can learn a variety of outdoor skills including biking, paddling (SUP), survival skills, and rock climbing. Notably, there are a lot of “expedition” style camps that leave from locations other than Central Park and have overnight options. Presented here is just the local Central Park, Denver options.
Pre-K (3.5 & potty trained) to first graders can participate in a half day biking camp. Morning camp runs 9am to 1145am, and afternoon runs 1215pm to 3pm. The half-day camp is $349 and is weekly June 5th through July 31st. Kinder through first graders can do explorer camp, which involves hiking, paddling, biking & other creative skills like yoga, art and music. This is a 2 week camp that runs 9am to 3pm and is $1,449. 2 week camps start: June 5th, 19th, July 10th, & 24th.
2nd to 7th graders have a few different camp options including mountain biking camp, survival skills camp, or adventure camp (mountain biking, hiking, paddling & SUP). Mountain biking and survival skills camp are 1 week in duration and run 9am to 3pm. Both camps run weekly June 5th through July 31st. Mountain biking camp is $749/week, while survival skills is $699. Adventure camp is 2 weeks in duration and is $1,449. 2 week camps start: June 5th, 19th, July 10th, & 24th.
10200 Smith Rd, Denver.
Urban Farm has a lot of camp options depending on your kiddos age, but all involve meeting farm animals! Story book farm camp is for 4 and 5 year old’s. Each day kiddos will learn about a different part of the farm, such as poultry, cows, goats, sheep, horses, pollinators, composting, and gardening. The half-day option (9am to noon) is $325 and full day (9am to 3pm) is $415. Older kids have separate camps based on age (6 to 7 yo, 8 to 9 yo, and 10 to 12 yo) and get to participate in more depth with the farm’s day-to-day operation and animal care. These are all full-day options (9am to 3pm) and are $415/week. These camps run weekly June 5th through August 7th.
Urban Farm also has their popular horse camps! 5 to 7 year old’s can do a half day (9am to noon) camp, which focuses on beginning horsemanship. This camp only runs June 5th and 12th week and is $400/week. For kiddos 8+ there are a few different options based on experience, but all camps are 9am to 3pm and are $600/week. Pony pals is the no-experience necessary option, while Saddle Club and TUF Trotters require varying degrees of experience. Pony Pals runs June 26th and July 24th. Saddle Club runs July 10th and Trotters runs July 17th.
Academic & Technology Kids Summer Camps in Denver
Don’t skip this section! Just because these are listed as “academic” they certainly aren’t boring!
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International School of Denver
7701 E 1st Pl Unit C, Denver.
ISDenver has many, many, many (!) camp offerings for ages 3-14 (different camps for different ages). We put them in the academic section here as they instruct many camps in multiple languages! For example, the “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles!” (3 and 4 yo) camp is offered in French, Chinese, and Spanish. Themes range from STEM to circus arts. Not all camps are offered in a different language, but many are. Camps are offered for all ages from June 5th week through August 7th. Every week has different options and different age ranges (and is a 23 page document – linked below) so this one is hard to consolidate! Easily see the ages and themes each week in their summer camp program offerings document. All camps are a full day (830am to 330pm) and vary in cost from $425 to $625 depending on activity.
Rick’s Center for Gifted Children at Denver University
2040 S York St, Denver.
Summer at Rick’s offers a STEAM-based summer enrichment program for kiddos PreK to 8th grade. Students immerse themselves in innovative, hands-on experiments in areas such as science, art, engineering, and math. Themes vary by age but include topics like “Jedi + Minecraft Lego”. Camps are 830am to 4pm (before/aftercare available) and are broken into age groups (PreK to Kinder, 1st to 3rd grade, and 4th to 8th grade). Weekly cost varies slightly, with all camps between $375 and $425. The PreK to 3rd grade ages have camp offering June 12th through August 7th, while 4th to 8th grade is more limited in options (2022 only 3 camp weeks were offered).
Camp Tech Revolution at Denver University
2199 S University Blvd, Denver.
Another cool camp at DU where your tech-loving kiddo will thrive! At Camp Tech Revolution there are over 60 camps with themes such as robotics, coding, game design, minecraft, roblox, content creation for YouTube, digital art, spy tech, and more! Camps are 9am to 3:15pm (before/aftercare available) and run June 12th through July 31st. There are offerings for ages 6 to 16, but each week and theme differ. This is another hard one to consolidate with the vast array of offerings by age and interest, so it’s best to check directly. Price ranges from $699 to $899 per week.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Lowry location)
7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver.
Take a trip to Mars, fly drones, learn about deep space travel and a whole lot more in air and space summer camp at Wings Over the Rockies! Camps are for kiddos 8 to 14 and vary in weekly theme, such as rockets and drones or Aerospace art & 3D design. They run 9am to 3pm and are $399 per week. Camps are offered June 5th through August 7th.
Colorado Academy Summer Camps
3800 S Pierce St, Denver.
Colorado Academy also has a lot of camp options! Not all are academic, but they do specifically offer “Academic & Exploratory” camps for ages Kinder to 12th grade. Examples include artificial intelligence, beginning speech and debate, beginning chess, math & reading, and more. Camps are broken into similar age groups but differ week to week based on the theme. Depending on the camp there are half-day options (9am to noon or 1230 to 330pm) or full day (9am to 330pm). With the variety of options, this is another hard one to consolidate as every camp is offered different week(s). Prices range widely from $225 per week to $1,200 (multi-week) depending on the camp and duration. Camps are offered June 5th through July 24th.
Traditional Kids Summer Camps in Denver
The traditional camp experience, with a mix of a little bit of everything!
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Steve & Kate’s Camp
1800 Pontiac St, Denver.
At Steve & Kate’s Camps, kids are in charge! What?! You read that correctly – in this environment, campers ages 5 to 12 get to choose what they want to do minute by minute. There are a lot of activity options such as media lab, sewing salon, bakery, water play, and more. Unlike most camps you can also do single days and you don’t need to schedule ahead of time. A day pass is $110 for 8am to 6pm. You can also purchase a full summer pass for $3,300 (for up to 44 camp days). Camp days run June 5th through Aug 7th.
Park Hill location: Odyssey School of Denver. 6550 E 21st Ave, Denver.
Platt Park location: The Denver Waldorf School. 2100 S Pennsylvania St, Denver.
Camp Galileo has programs for Kinder through 10th graders and they have two Denver locations (Park Hill and Platt Park). At both locations, the hours are 8am to 3pm with before/aftercare available. The camp themes change weekly (same themes for both locations) and run the week of June 12th through July 31st. Camps are $509 per week. Campers participate in activities and projects that are age appropriate and include: innovator’s studio (STEAM projects & more), idea lab (design challenges, such as building bamboo towers or constructing cardboard cities), and outdoor adventure. Your older kiddos (5th to 8th graders) also focus on a weeklong, specialized project.
Dream Big Day Camp
5420 E 1st Ave, Denver.
Dream Big Day Camp offers a wide variety of activities for campers, including sports, cooking, dance, yoga, gardening, rock climbing, and arts and crafts, & more! This camp is for ages PreK through 11th grade (though 6th to 11th graders participate in a leadership-based program) and is broken into same age groups. All camps are 830am to 3pm. PreK, Kinder to 1st graders, and 2nd to 5th graders have weekly camp opportunities June 5th through July 31st. Each week is $650. For 6th to 8th graders, they offer a “leader in training” program in 3 week blocks (June 5th, 26th, or July 17th), which is $691 per week. For 9th to 11th graders, they offer a 3-week “Counselor in Training” program (June 26th and July 17th) for $422 per week.
Denver Organization-based Kids Summer Camps
Denver has a thriving community of non-profit organizations that also offer fun day camps!
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2300 Steele St, Denver.
Safari camps at the Denver Zoo cater to Kinder through 8th graders. Campers are divided into same age groups and there is a different theme (for different age groups) every week. Themes range from “My animal Planet” (Kinder & 1st) to Conservation camp (8th). Camps run weekly June 5 through August 11 and are 9am to 4pm. The 5 day camps are $310 per week. Two of the older kids camps (Conservation & Animal care 101) are $380 per week. Denver Zoo members have the first opportunity to register (in January) before the general public.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver.
DMNS camps are for kindergarten to 6th graders. There is a different theme every week for different age groups, such as “Future Astronauts” (Kinder to 1st) and “Paleo Pros” (4th to 6th). There is an emphasis on science based, experiential learning. Camps are 9am to 330pm and run June 5th to July 31st. The cost is $305 per week for members and $335 per week for non-members. DMNS members have the first opportunity to register (in January) before the general public.
Denver Botanic gardens
1007 York St, Denver.
At the Denver Botanic Gardens, campers ages 6 to 12 discover the world of plants through art, science, gardening, and outdoor exploration. It should be noted that there are camps at both the Denver and Chatfield (Littleton) locations. We will only be covering Denver offerings. There are four 2023 camps offered at the Denver location (different dates for each camp). Budding Botanists (ages 8-12) runs June 12th and July 10th. Sprouts 101 (ages 6-8) runs June 12th and July 10th. Outdoor Observers (ages 6-12) runs June 19th and July 17th. Fantastic Flora (ages 6-12) runs June 26th and July 24th. All camps are 9am to 4pm and are $295 per week for members and $320 per week for non-members. Garden members have the first opportunity to register (in January) before the general public.
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver.
At the Denver Art Museum, campers ages 5 to 11 engage in gallery viewing and creating art in these creative camps! All camps are 930am to 330pm and are $300 for members per week and $350 for non-members. There are differing themes every week based on campers age (5 to 6 year old’s, 7 to 8 year old’s, and 9 to 11 year old’s). For 7 to 8 year old’s, camps are offered June 5th through August 7th. For 5 & 6 year old’s and 9 to 11 year old’s, camps are only offered June 5th through July 17th. DAM members have the first opportunity to register (in January) before the general public.
We hope this guide offers some great Denver summer camp ideas! If you end up participating in any of these awesome camps, or find the information needs to be updated, please let us know!