Summer Day Camps

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Summer at Thanksgiving Point means there is no chance for the summertime blues! This year we have more summer camp classes and variety than ever before. Let your child explore space, try their hand at paleontology, program a Lego robot, explore insects, learn the science behind the food we eat, go on a dinosaur discovery, and so much more!

During our summer camps there really is something for every child in your household. Preschoolers can come and join in the fun with classes on everything from dinosaurs to music while elementary-aged kids can participate in day or weeklong camps. There are even classes geared toward middle school and high school kids to surely stimulate and engage their minds during the summer. Thanksgiving Point Members also get exclusive Summer Day Camp registration March 1-4, 2018 during our Members-only pre-sale!

Remember, class sizes are limited and popular classes fill up quickly, so don't delay. If the class you're looking for is sold out, please call (801) 768-4971. See you this summer!

Summer Day Camps

Preschool Day Camps are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Morning camps are geared toward ages 3-4 and run 9:30 am-12 noon. Afternoon camps are geared for ages 4-5 and run 1- 3:30 pm. Each session is $25.

Single Day Camps

Insectopia
June 4, 5, or 6, 2018
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Can insects be beautiful? Which insects are helpful? What do butterflies eat? Find out as we discover a world of insects all around us!

All Around the World
June 11, 12, or 13, 2018
June 11, 9:30am: SOLD OUT

Travel around the world as we explore different cultures through music, maps, animals, plants, and stories.

Neat Nature
June 18, 19, or 20, 2018
June 18: SOLD OUT

June 19, 9:30am: SOLD OUT

June 20, 9:30am: SOLD OUT

Dig in the dirt, smell the flowers, and observe animals as we look closer at our wonderful world around us.

Once Upon a Rhyme
June 25, 26, or 27, 2018
June 26, 9:30am: SOLD OUT
June 27, 9:30am: SOLD OUT

Sing songs, play games, and create as we journey through an exploration of classic nursery rhymes!

Robots!
July 2, 3, or 5, 2018
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Explore the world of robots through science, art, and Bee Bots as we delve into all things robots on a preschool level.

Our Five Senses
July 9, 10, or 11, 2018
July 10, 9:30am: SOLD OUT
July 11, 9:30am: SOLD OUT

Investigate the world around us as we make observations using our five senses – touch, smell, taste, sight, and sound.

Rockhounds
July 16, 17, or 18, 2018
July 16, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT

Investigate the world of crystals, rocks, and minerals as we explore how rocks are formed by measuring, weighing, observing, and making.

Pirates!
July 25, 26, or 27, 2018
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Arghh matey! Journey the seven seas as we search, discover, and imaginative play all things pirates.

Light and Shadows
July 30, 31, or Aug 1, 2018
Jul 30, 9:30am: SOLD OUT
Aug 1, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT

Why does your shadow follow you around all day? Where does it go at night? Join us as we learn all about our shadows and use light to create designs and shapes.

Space Explorers
Aug 6, 7, or 8, 2018
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to the moon? Join us for a space adventure as we explore astronauts, stars, and the planets.

*Please remember that children must be potty trained to attend Preschool Day Camps.

 

Register Now for PreSchool Day Camps

Single Day Camps

Kindergarten-1st Grade Single Camps are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-12:00pm, or Wednesdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Each session is $30. Two day sessions are $60.

Bugs and Butterflies
June 6, 7, 2018

What would it be like to be as small as a bug? Come shrink yourself down to size to discover the fascinating world of helpful bugs and insects! Hunt for bugs, make observations, and immerse yourself in the world of insects.

Horsing Around
June 13, 14, 2018
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Gallop on over to Farm Country and explore how we care for our horses. Brush, ride, and learn all about our four-legged friends.

Lil' Chefs
June 20, 21, 2018
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Come with us as we learn how to measure ingredients, use kitchen tools, and create fun recipes in this fun “Lil’ Chefs” camp!

Say Cheese!
June 27, 28, 2018

Learn about shape, pattern, and color as we travel around Thanksgiving Point taking pictures with real cameras!

Lego WeDO Robotics Jr.
July 2-3, 5-6, 25-26, 2018 ($60)
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Explore the world of robots through science, art, Bee Bots, and Lego as we delve into all things robots in this special two day camp.

A Day of Dr. Seuss
July 11, 12, 2018

The more you learn, the more places you'll go! Come celebrate Dr. Seuss while reading stories, experimenting with science, playing games, and more!

Dinosaur Adventure
July 18, 19, 2018
July 18, 9 am: SOLD OUT

Spend the day as a paleontologist while we adventure throughout the Museum of Ancient Life to discover the secrets of our favorite dinosaurs.

Mini Makers
July 25, 26, 2018

Explore, mold, and manipulate a variety of uncommon materials and then combine them together to make your own designs and creations.

Pirates!
Aug 1, 2, 2018

Arghhh, Matey! Journey the seven seas as we search, discover, and imagine all things pirate!

Slimey, Gooey, Gross
August 8, 9, 2018

Discover all kinds of slimey, gooey, and gross things through hands-on experiments and investigations.

Week Camps

Kindergarten-1st Grade Week Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm, or 1:00pm-4:00pm. Each session is $125.

Super Science!
June 4-7, 2018

Do you like to ask questions and look for answers? Do you want to perform fun science experiments? Then this summer camp is for you! Come with us to discover the exciting world of science!

Rangers of the Rainforest
June 11-14, 2018

How long is an anaconda? How slow is a sloth? Come imagine and play on a journey through the rainforest to find out more about these amazing animals.

Lil' Gardeners
June 18-21, 2018

Time to discover the amazing world of gardens! Join us for a hands-on exploration of different plants, tools, and types of gardens that exist.

Space Adventure
June 25-28, 2018

What would it be like to travel to the moon? Join us for a space adventure as we explore stars, planets, and constellations in an out of this world adventure!

Builders Camp
July 9-12, 2018

Welcome all engineers and builders! Come engage in this fantastically fun summer camp as we build, design, and create to accomplish various challenges!

Animals in Our Backyard
July 16-19, 2018

What wildlife wonders can you find in your very own backyard? Step into the world of Wasatch wildlife as we explore outdoor habitats and have up close encounters with our native animals in Utah.

A is for Art
July 30-August 2, 2018

What is art? Can art be found in nature? Come find out with us! We will also create our own master pieces through experimenting with different mediums.

Kindermaker
August 6-9, 2018

Explore, mold and create your own projects! What can you make from simple materials? Join us as we build and discover what we can do with an idea.

 

Register Now for K-1st Day Camps

Single Day Camps

2nd-3rd Grade Single Camps are Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $50. Two day camps are $100.

What's in it?
June 8, 2018
SOLD OUT

Cooking is for everyone! Come explore what ingredients go into meals. Learn new skills while making delicious food that your entire family will enjoy!

Project Fashion
June 15, 2018
SOLD OUT

Do you want to be a fashion designer when you grow up? Come bring accessories that you have designed to life. You will be Runway ready in no time!

Jurassic Journey
June 22, 2018

Step into the world of dinosaurs as we embark on a Jurassic journey! Join us as we explore what dinosaurs looked like and how they became the fossils that are seen in our very own museum today!

Nanotechnology
June 29, 2018

Can you imagine one billionth of a meter? That’s how small a nanometer is! Nanotechnology is all around. Come step into the Nano world with us through both science and art.

Plants & Gardens
July 2-3, 2018 ($100)

Come explore our beautiful gardens and develop skills to help you design beautiful gardens of your own. Learn which plants grow best in our climate, what care they need, and other tricks of the trade through hands-on gardening adventures.

Naturally Artistic
July 5-6, 2018 ($100)
SOLD OUT

Explore and discover the beauty of nature which surrounds us and learn how to use some of these natural resources to create your own masterful works of art.

Going on a Quest
July 13, 2018

Adventure is calling! Aid us on our quest of discovery as we learn to overcome obstacles and find our destiny.

Robots!
July 20, 2018
SOLD OUT

Robots are used all over the world! Enter the universe of robots as we learn just how common robots are.

Horsing Around
July 27, 2018
SOLD OUT

Gallop on over to Farm Country and explore how we care for our horses. Brush, ride, and learn all about our four-legged friends.

Butterfly Bonanza
August 3, 2018

Did you know butterflies have scales? If not, you haven't looked close enough. Come investigate the many wonders and beauties of butterfly wing patterns and their life cycle.

3 Ring Circuits
August 10, 2018

How do circuits work? Experiment with batteries, snap circuits, LED lights, and more as we learn about the basics of electrical circuitry!

Week Camps

2nd-3rd Grade Week Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $175.

Wasatch Wildlife
June 4-7, 2018

What wildlife wonders can you find in your very own backyard? Step into the world of Wasatch wildlife as we explore outdoor habitats and have up close encounters with our native animals in Utah.

Boom! Pop! Fizz! In the Lab
June 11-14, 2018
SOLD OUT

Do you have what it takes to be a scientist? Come explore chemical reactions, conduct experiments, and solve problems with hands-on experiences as we experiment in the lab!

Thanksgiving Point Jr. Explorer
June 18-21, 2018
SOLD OUT

Thanksgiving Point houses several different venues – have you been to them all? We will be exploring all our venues with hands-on activities in plant science at The Ashton Gardens, the way things work at The Museum of Natural Curiosity, animal adaptations at Farm Country, and paleontology at The Museum of Ancient Life.

Designer, Maker, Creator, Builder
June 25-28, 2018
SOLD OUT

Calling all makers! Are you ready for some tinkering around? Use real tools and engage in the design process to create and construct using common and uncommon materials.

Biochemistry and Beauty
July 9-12, 2018

What do chemistry and beauty have in common? Come find out as we create our own beauty line using natural products and organic chemistry

Classic Summer Camp
July 16-19, 2018
SOLD OUT

Experience a classic summer camp. Explore the outdoors, learn and play games, sing songs, and practice basic survival and camping skills.

Where in the World!
July 25-27, 2018

Come join us for an adventure into the world of geography!  Make discoveries as to what happened where.  State Capitals – can you name them?  Countries – can you find them?  Join us for fun games and exciting discoveries.

The Science of Fairytales
July 30-August 2, 2018

In some of our favorite stories, the strangest things happen. But, can they happen in real life? Join us as we step into the world of fairytales and find out.

Exploring Engineers!
August 6-9, 2018
SOLD OUT

Have you ever wondered how a tall building doesn’t fall? Do you like to ask questions? Come learn about the exciting and challenging field of engineering as we explore, brainstorm, design, and build our way to understanding engineers.

 

Register Now for 2nd-3rd Grade Camps

Single Day Camps

4th-5th Grade Single Camps are Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $50. Two day sessions are $100.

Space Discovery
June 8, 2018

Launch into a world of discovery as we learn about all things outer space! Join us as we explore our own solar system, learn about stars and constellations, and marvel at galaxies.

Tinkering with Toys
June 15, 2018

What’s on the inside of a toy? Come dissect toys and create your own! We will also learn about the history of toys and toy making.

What's on the Inside?
June 22, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a watch looks like? What about the inside of electronics? We will explore gadgets and objects by opening them up and taking a closer look.

Bugged!
June 29, 2018

Insects are a part of our world whether we like it or not. Get ready to investigate the cute to the grotesque as we observe and collect insects from the gardens and discover what connects our world to theirs.

Secrets of Magicians
July 2-3, 2018 ($100)
SOLD OUT

Anyone can be a magician! Come discover the secrets behind magic tricks such as card tricks, coin tricks and prop magic.

Stop Motion Animation
July 5-6, 2018 ($100)
SOLD OUT

Use a variety of materials and props as you write, design, produce, and record your own stop motion animation video!

Paleontology Palooza
July 13, 2018

Become a Paleontologist for a day. Discover how Fossils form, how fossils are cast to be put in museums, then try your hand at finding your own fossils in our very own quarry.

Wired
July 20, 2018

Come explore how electricity works as we make and complete circuits. Have fun, learn, and build as you experiment with batteries, lightbulbs, and voltages to investigate the basics of electricity!

Survival Through the Ages
July 27, 2018

Investigate animals up close as we discover what helps them survive. Explore unique animal adaptations from past to present at Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life! What cool adaptations will you find?

Drones
August 3, 2018
SOLD OUT

Get ready to fly Drones! Become a drone flying expert as you fly through an obstacle course and explore all the ways drones are used in everyday jobs.

Naturally Artistic
August 10, 2018

Explore and discover the beauty of nature which surrounds us and learn how to use some of these natural resources to create your own masterful works of art.

Week Camps

4th-5th Grade Week Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $200.

Junior Naturalists
June 4-8, 2018
(Mon-Fri)

Be a Junior Naturalist in this partner camp between Thanksgiving Point Institute and The Monte L Bean Life Sciences Museum. Join us as we explore nature around us and participate in collecting, recording, preparing, identifying, and sharing what we find.

Farm to Table
June 11-14, 2018

Do you know where your food comes from? How does it get to the grocery store? Come learn the ins and outs of food production along with new cooking skills!

Architecture & Engineering
June 18-21, 2018
SOLD OUT

Explore local architecture, environmental impact and get your hands dirty designing and building your own architectural works of art.

Biochemistry and Beauty
June 25-28, 2018

What do chemistry and beauty have in common? Come find out as we partner with the University of Utah’s School of Medicine to create our own beauty line using natural products and organic chemistry.

Where in the World
July 9-12, 2018

Let’s travel the world! Join us as we explore different cultures and experience their stories, food, art, and so much more!

Utah Rocks!
July 16-19, 2018

Utah is full of geological masterpieces! Come investigate Utah’s geological past as we explore different rock formations around our state.

The Making of Video Games
July 25-27, 2018
SOLD OUT

Do you love video games? Ever wonder how video games are made? Explore the history of the video game industry and design games using simple programming tools.

Map to Adventure
July 30-August 2, 2018

Participate in the ancient craft of cartography as we make maps out of a variety of materials, explore outdoor geo-challenges, and learn how modern mapping shapes our every day.  

Myths and Legends of Utah
August 6-9, 2018

Does Bigfoot live in Utah? Is there gold hidden in the mountains? Let’s explore some of the myths and legends that are part of Utah’s culture. Discover the origins of these myths and use your detective skills to determine if there is any truth to the legends!

 

Register Now for 4th-5th Grade Camps

Single Day Camps

6th-7th Grade Single Camps are Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $60. Two day sessions are $125. 

Caves!
June 8, 2018

Are you ready to explore a world never seen by the sun? In “Caves!” you will get to learn about the many wonders of caves and explore one yourself! Face your fears and come with us on an adventure into the living world of caves.

Slime
June 15, 2018

Would you eat slime? This camp will make you question everything you know about it! Investigate and explore the stuff that oozes: where it comes from, how it's made, and its purpose! Then we will see if you are brave enough to eat it.

Exploring the Galapagos
June 22, 2018

Could you survive on an isolated island? Come explore the Galapagos Islands as we learn how plants and animals adapted in this unique environment.

Paleontology
June 29, 2018

Step into the shoes of a paleontologist and become a fossil caretaker! Explore what they do, what tools are used, and how they explore our prehistoric world.

Tie Dye and Silk Printing
July 2-3, 2018 ($125)

Discover how our clothes get their color! We will explore and learn different techniques for dying cloth from tie dye to silk printing.

Drones
July 5-6, 2018 ($125)

Get ready to fly Drones! Become a drone flying expert as you fly through an obstacle course and explore all the ways drones are used in everyday jobs.

Fizz!
July 13, 2018

What makes things Fizz? Let’s explore what makes soda fizz as we make our own sodas and fizzy snacks.

Stop Motion Animation
July 20, 2018

Use a variety of materials and props as you write, design, produce, and record your own stop motion animation video!

Fashion Accessories
July 27, 2018

Do you like to accessorize? Come join us as we make our own jewelry and bags to highlight your outfit.

Blow It Up!
August 3, 2018

Explore the smelly, the slimy, and the up-in-flames. Campers will investigate, concoct, and digest with chemistry, explore acids and bases, implosions, explosions and other things that are chemically cool and hot.

Atlas Adventure
August 10, 2018

Chart your course as you learn how to seek and find using maps and modern technology. Use tools like compasses and GPS to navigate the world around you, try geocaching, and make your own maps!

Week Camps

6th-7th Grade Week Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $225.

Click It! Photography
June 4-7, 2018

What makes a good photo? Let’s explore the different components to a photo as we take photos around Thanksgiving Point and analyze famous photos to find what we techniques we can apply to our photography style.

Shark Attack!
June 11-14, 2018

Sharks have been in existence for nearly 400 million years! Come travel to the world of sharks with this partner camp with the Living Planet Aquarium. We will explore both ancient prehistoric life and modern-day sharks.

Running a Restaurant
June 18-21, 2018

Have you ever wondered how a restaurant is run? “Lettuce” show you the ins and outs of running a restaurant, including culinary craft, business basics, and fancy feasting.

Junior Naturalists
June 25-29, 2018

Be a Junior Naturalist in this partner camp between Thanksgiving Point and the Monte L Bean Life Sciences Museum. We will explore the nature surrounding us and participate in collecting, recording and sharing what we find.

The Art of Video Games
July 9-12, 2018

Do you love video games? Ever wonder how video games are made? Explore the history of the video game industry and design games using simple programming tools.

Cover to Cover
July 16-19, 2018

Venture into the art of binding books as we curiously create a variety of handmade tomes with plenty of room to write worlds within the pages.

Box Battles
July 25-27, 2018

What can you build with a box? Come put your skills to the test as we design and build using only cardboard! Will your design survive the battle at the end of day?

Rendezvous
July 30-August 2, 2018

Do you have what it takes to survive in the mountains? Join us for a wild adventure as we learn about the explorers of the western US! Learn survival skills such as tracking, shelter building, and cartography.

Lights, Camera, Action!
August 6-9, 2018

Do you want to be a director, actor, or screen writer? Then this camp is for you! In this camp we will discover what goes into making a movie by making one ourselves.

 

Register Now for 6th-7th Grade CAmps

Week Camps

7th-12th Grade Week Camps are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Each session is $150.

Cover to Cover
June 4-8, 2018

Venture into the art of binding books as we curiously create a variety of handmade tomes with plenty of room to write worlds within the pages.

The Art of Seeing
June 11-15, 2018

Discover what goes into taking an amazing photo. Explore everything from how a camera works and basic rules of photography to editing and finishing with Photoshop to polish your photos to perfection.

Printmaking
June 18-22, 2018

Before printers existed, artists found ways to create copies of art. Discover printmaking as we experiment with screen printing, block printing, and more to design and create your own masterpieces inspired by the world around you.

In the Kitchen
June 25-29, 2018

Get ready to have a “grape” time in the kitchen! “Lettuce” get together to learn cooking skills, create meals and recipes, and prep for cooking on your own! You “donut” want to miss out on this “a-maize-ing” summer camp!

Project Fashion
July 9-13, 2018

Fashion can be about self-expression, cultural identity, or celebrating your generation. Design a unique look for you, spice up your own wardrobe, and learn a few simple tricks to set your style apart!

College Prep
July 16-20, 2018

Explore a variety of career paths and opportunities for higher education. Learn how to pinpoint interests and research possible careers based on those interests. This class will include field trips to colleges and universities to learn more about opportunities in a variety of fields.

 

Register Now for 7th-12th Grade Camps

Lego EV3
July 9-12, 2018, 9:00am - 3:00pm
$275

Let your imagination run wild as you build a Lego EV3 robot and program it to come to life. Put your new skills to the test and compete against your fellow campers during a practice scrimmage. Must have already attended Intermediate Lego WeDO. Geared to grades 6-8.

Lego WeDO (all day combined)
June 11-14, 2018 or June 18-21, 2018, 9:00am-3:00pm
$250

Beginner Lego WeDO and Intermediate Lego WeDO combined for a full day of robotics fun! Use your imagination to design and build Lego WeDO Robots and then animate them with basic computer programming. Geared to grades 2-4.

Beginning Lego WeDO 
July 16-19, 2018 or July 30 –August 2, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm
$150

Use your imagination to design and build with the newest Lego WeDO Robotics 2.0 and then animate your creation with basic computer programming. Geared to grades 2-4.

Intermediate Lego WeDo
July 16-19, 2018 or July 30–August 2, 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm
$175

Use your imagination to design and build even more with the newest Lego WeDO Robotics 2.0 and animate your creation with basic computer programming. Must have already attended Beginning Lego WeDO. Geared to grades 2-4.

Lego WeDO Robotics Jr.
July 2-3, 5-6, 25-26, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm
$100
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Explore the world of robots through science, art, Bee Bots, and Lego as we delve into all things robots in this special two day camp. Geared to Kindergarten-1st Grade.

 

Register Now for Lego day Camps

FAQs

  • Online
  • Over the phone – (801) 768-4971
  • In person at the Museum of Ancient Life, 2nd floor, Design and Programming office

Registration closes one week prior to the beginning of camp.

If the class you want is sold out, please call (801) 768-4971 to be added to a waitlist.

Camp sessions vary in price depending on grade, length of day, and days per week. Please check individual camp listings for price information.

 

  • Thanksgiving Point Institute does not issue refunds for Summer Day Camp registration.
  • Transfers are permitted up to 1 business day or 24 hours in advance with a $10.00 fee based on availability and any cost difference between camps.

  • Substitutions – a neighbor, cousin, sibling, etc. - are accepted up to first day of camp.

  • If a camp is cancelled by Thanksgiving Point Institute due to low enrollment, all fees will be refunded.

There are two drop off locations for Summer Day Camps. You can find a map HERE

  • South Camps – Across from Farm Country at Sycamore Park
  • North Campus – North-West of the Museum of Natural Curiosity
  • Preschool camps are single day and run for 2.5 hours – 9:30a-12p, or 1:30p-4p
  • Kinder – 1st grade day camps are 3 hours, 9a-12 or 1p-4p; Kinder – 1st 4 day camps are M-Th 9a-12p or 1p-4p
  • All 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 grade camps, single and 4-day, run for a full day from 9a-3p. Some exceptions for partner camps.
  • All 7-12 grade camps are 3 hours, 9a-12p  Monday through Friday
  • Lunch is provided for all full-day camps and snacks are provided for all camps.
  • If your child has an allergy, please make sure your medical form is up to date and any allergies are clearly communicated to staff. Depending on the allergy and severity, it may be best to bring a lunch from home.

Camp curriculum and lesson plans are geared toward the grade your child will be entering into in the Fall of 2018. If you have an older and a younger child you would like to be in the same camp we do allow older children to attend camps one grade lower.

Our camps promote independent learning and socialization opportunities for your child. If you feel your child is unable to remain in camp without you, it may be best to wait a year before you send them to camp.

Depending on which camp you choose your child could be making and programming a Lego EV3 robot, painting with watercolors in the gardens, catching polliwogs and toads to make observations, collecting insects and plants to research, using software to design and 3D print jewelry, or feeding goats and sheep to learn about adaptations.

 

  • Water bottle
  • Shoes to run in (flip-flops are not recommended)
  • Weather appropriate clothes to explore and play in.
  • Sunscreen – already applied!

All of our campers come home with parent letters with additional resources – websites, books, experiments, and activities – to continue the fun all summer long!

Special thanks to STEM Action Center of Utah for their support of Summer Day Camps at Thanksgiving Point.

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