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 as well. There’s even classes geared around middle school and high school children to while surely stimulate and engage their minds during the summer. Thanksgiving Point Members also get exclusive Summer Day Camp registration March 1-5, 2017 during our Members-only pre-sale!

Remember, class sizes are limited and popular classes fill up quickly, so don't delay. See you this summer!

Summer Day Camps

Preschool Day Camps are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays. 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

Music and Movement
July 10 or 11, 2017
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Have fun and learn with beats, rhythm, sounds, twists, and turns as we discover music and movement!

Day at the Dinosaur Stomp
July 17 or 18, 2017
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Roar out loud, stomp your feet, and swish your tail as we learn about and pretend to be our favorite dinosaurs.

Light and Shadows
July 25 or 26, 2017 
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Join us as we learn all about our shadows and use light to creates shapes and designs.

Feathered Frenzy
July 31 or August 1, 2017
July 31 at 9:30am: SOLD OUT
August 1 at 9:30am: SOLD OUT
August 1 at 1:00pm: SOLD OUT

Stretch your wings and fly as we flock together to meet and explore our feathered friends.

Pirates
August 7 or 8, 2017
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

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

 

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

 

Register Now for Preschool Summer Day Camps

 

Single Day Camps

Kindergarten-1st Grade Single Day Camps are offered Wednesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Each session is $30.

Horsing Around
Dates: July 5 or 6, 2017
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

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

Robots
July 12 or 13, 2017
July 12 at 9:00am: SOLD OUT
July 12 at 1:00pm: SOLD OUT

Join us to learn Kinder coding with Bee-Bots! Learn about robots and what they are used for, play robot games, read robot stories, and then make and design your own robot art. 

Feathered Friends
July 19 or 20, 2017

Explore the world of birds.

Down on the Farm
July 26 or 27, 2017

It’s time to explore animals on the farm - cows, horses, goats, sheep, ducks, and more - through songs, games, and hands-on inquiry! 

Mini Makers
August 2 or 3, 2017

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

Slimey, Gooey, Gross
August 9 or 10, 2017 

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

 

 

Week-Long Camps

Kindergarten-1st Grade Week Long Camps are four day camps that run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Choose from the morning session (9:00am-12:00pm) or the afternoon session (1:00pm-4:00pm). Each session is $100.

Digging up Dinos
July 10-13, 2017
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Spend time being a paleontologist exploring fossils and dinosaurs as we roar, stomp, swish, investigate and discover. 

Kinder Maker
July 17-20, 2017

Learn the basics of Making with lots of hands-on projects and learning as we explore and discover the many ways kids can be Makers! 

Drip Drip Drop
July 25-28, 2017

Celebrate water and the many places it can be found! Explore the properties of water as it flows, drips, drops, splashes, gushes, and pours. 

‘A’ is for Art
July 31-August 3, 2017
ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Express your creativity through painting, drawing, sculpting, and movement - this camp has it all!

Space Adventure
August 7-10, 2017
9:00am: SOLD OUT

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! 

Register for Kindergarten-1st grade Summer Day Camps

Single-Day Camps

2nd-3rd Grade Single Day Camps are offered Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $50.

Nano Technology
July 7, 2017
SOLD OUT

One sheet of newspaper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Is that small? Or is it humongous? Explore science on an intimate level as we observe and conduct surprising nano experiments. 

Molecular Gastronomy
July 14, 2017
SOLD OUT

In this camp, you’re allowed to play with your food! Explore the physical and chemical transformations of different ingredients in cooking as you investigate crazy concoctions and marvelous mixtures.

Investigating Insects
July 21, 2017 

There are more than one million insect species in the world. Join us as we investigate and explore insects that live in our own backyard.

Robots!
July 28, 2017
SOLD OUT

When you think of a robot what do you imagine? What can it do? What does it look like? Come join us as we gain a deeper understanding of the technology involved in the world of robots! 

Project Fashion
August 4, 2017
SOLD OUT

Custom design and produce your own fashion accessories and see how tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters can be used for design in our Makerspace. 

Island Adventure
August 11, 2017

Let’s ‘travel’ to the islands for a tropical adventure! Learn how islands are made and discover some of the curious adaptations of island plants and wildlife.

 

Week-Long Camps

2nd-3rd Grade Week Long Camps are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $150. Join us for the following topics:

“Fun”damentals of Science
July 10-13, 2017
SOLD OUT

Explore chemical reactions, conduct experiments, and solve problems through the scientific process as we ask questions, share our understanding, and experiment to find answers.

Jurassic Journey
July 17-20, 2017
SOLD OUT

Journey into the Land of Dinosaurs to investigate your favorite dinosaurs along with newly discovered species. Fine-tune your understanding of the scientific process while asking questions, investigating ideas, sharing your knowledge with others, and hands-on experiences.

Classic Summer Camp
July 25-28, 2017
SOLD OUT

Enjoy a classic summer camp experience as we explore the outdoors,  learn and play games, sing songs, and make classic summer camp crafts with a modern twist. Boondoggle, anyone?!

Fairy Tale Science
July 31-August 3, 2017
SOLD OUT

In some of our favorite stories, some of the strangest things happen – talking animals, flying through the air, straw turning to gold - but can things like that happen in real life? Join us as we read favorite fairy tales and conduct scientific experiments to find out!

Designer, Maker, Creator, Builder
August 7-10, 2017
SOLD OUT

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

 

Register for 2nd-3rd Grade Summer Day Camps

 

Single-Day Camps

4th-5th Grade Single Day Camps are offered Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $50.

What’s on the Inside?
July 7, 2017
SOLD OUT

Have you ever made toast in a toaster, listened to music through speakers, or watched movies through a blu ray or DVD player? What are they made of? How do they work? What’s inside? Find out as we deconstruct common household appliances! 

Up and Up Cycling
July 14, 2017

Have fun with junk! Before you throw something away think of another use for it. Learn how to turn everyday objects into something beautiful, unique, and useful.

Paleontology Palooza
July 21, 2017

Become a paleontologist for a day as you investigate real dinosaur bones and fossils as you travel back through time to explore the amazing world of ancient life!

Island Adventure
July 28, 2017

Let’s ‘travel’ to the islands for a tropical adventure! Learn how the islands came to be (volcanos!) and discover some of the curious adaptations of island plants and wildlife.

Bookbinding
August 4, 2017

Scientists and artist are always recording observations or sketching the world around them. Come learn how to make books you can use for journaling, sketching, field notes, and more! 

Secret of Magicians
August 11, 2017
SOLD OUT

Do you believe in magic? Anyone can be a magician once they learn the science which occurs behind the scenes. Join us to learn the secrets behind the magic!

 

Week-Long Camps

4th-5th Grade Week Long Camps are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $175. 

Flight Makers
July 10-13, 2017
SOLD OUT

3…2…1…Take off! Join in the fun as we collaborate, design, make, and fly a variety of projects (rockets! paper airplanes! drones!) related to flight. 

The Making of Video Games
July 17-20, 2017
SOLD OUT

Love video games? Ever wonder how they’re made? Explore the history of the video game industry and design games using simple programming tools. 

Planet Energy
July 25-28, 2017

We are surrounded by energy. Join us as we explore energy from the sun, wind, light, motion, and heat and devise ways to harness that energy by engaging in engineering challenges. 

Science of Sound
July 31-August 3, 2017

Make and play musical instruments, discover echolocation, and observe animals and the ways they communicate as we learn the science behind sound. 

Architecture and Engineering
August 7-10, 2017
SOLD OUT

What kinds of materials are used to make buildings today? What materials were used to build in ancient times? How do you keep a super tall building from smashing all of the lower floors and how can buildings be made to withstand earthquakes? Find out as we become engineers and test and refine our ideas. 

 

Register for 4th-5th Grade Summer Day Camps

Single Day Camps

6th-7th Grade Single Day Camps are offered Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $60.  

Stop Motion Animation
July 7, 2017

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

Back to Nature
July 14, 2017

Explore environmental science as we learn about conservation, sustainability, and the local ecology of the Jordan River.

Secrets of Magicians
July 21, 2017

Anyone can be a magician once they learn the science which occurs behind the scenes. Join us to learn tricks of the trade and the secrets behind the magic!

Drones
July 28, 2017

How do drones stay in the air? What can they be used for? Learn about the past, present, and future of drones as you work together in teams to complete challenges and hone science, engineering, and technology skills. 

Animal Adaptations
August 4, 2017

Explore multiple venues, Farm Country and the Museum of Ancient Life, to observe and compare animals from the past and present as we determine how they adapted for survival. 

Island Adventure
August 11, 2017

Let’s ‘travel’ to the islands for a tropical adventure! Learn about the geography and geology of the islands and discover some of the curious adaptations of island plants and wildlife. 

 

Week-Long Camps

6th-7th Grade Week Long Camps are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $200.

Comic Books
July 10-13, 2017

Join professional comics creator Jess Smart Smiley for a week of reading, exploring, and (of course) making comics! Dive pencil-first into the world of captions, gutters, and panels, as you build ideas for characters and stories, write and draw your own comics, and find out how comics work. Get ready to make your pencils sweat–let’s make comics!

Art of Video Games
July 17-20, 2017

Love video games? Ever wonder how they’re made? Explore the history of the video game industry and design games using simple programming tools. 

Sewing E-Textiles
July 25-28, 2017

Wearable electronics, or E-textiles, are a fun way to combine electronics with fabric and textiles. Learn basic sewing and electronics skills as you work on projects throughout the week. Machines and materials are provided. 

Click it! Photography
July 31-August 3, 2017

Say cheese! Learn the ins and outs of a basic digital camera and discover an eye for perspective. Explore the history and science of photography through hands-on activities and exploration of this versatile art. Cameras will be provided for use during the camp. 

Flight Makers
August 7-10, 2017

3…2…1…Take off! Join in the fun as we collaborate, design, make, and fly a variety of projects (rockets! paper airplanes! drones!) related to flight.

 

Register for 6th-7th Grade Summer Day Camps

Week-Long Camps

7th-12th Grade Week Long Summer Camps are five day camps that run Monday through Friday. Choose from the morning session (9:00am-12:00pm) or the afternoon session (1:00pm-4:00pm). Each session is $100.

Zombie Attack!
July 10-14, 2017

The zombie apocalypse is upon us will you survive? Come learn all the necessary skills required for budding zombie hunter enthusiasts.   

College Prep
July 17-21, 2017  

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 schools and businesses to learn more about opportunities in a variety of fields in areas of science, technology, math, art and engineering. 

Bookin’ It
July 25-28, 2017

Come learn how bind your own books using a variety of methods including: stitch binding, spiral bound, and perfect binding.  Then delve into leather bound books and create your own custom leather covers for books, notebooks, and journals.  

 

Register for 7th-12th Grade Summer Day CampS

Lego Camps  

Beginning Lego WeDo - Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
(Students must take this class before Intermediate or EV3)
July 10-13, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm
$125
SOLD OUT

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

Intermediate Lego WeDo - Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
July 10-13, 2017, 1:00pm-4:00pm
$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. Must have already attended Beginning Lego WeDO. 

Lego WeDo - Ages 8-11 (all day combined)
July 17-20, 2017, 9:00am-3:00pm
$225
SOLD OUT

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. 

Lego EV3 - Ages 12-14, Grades 6-8
July 25-28, 2017, 9:00am-3:00pm
$250

Let your imagination run wild as you build a Lego EV3 robot and program it to bring your creation to life. Put your new skills to the test and compete against your fellow campers during a practice scrimmage using the most recent First Lego League competition challenges.

 

Register for Lego Summer Day Camps 

Download Release Waivers Here

FAQs

  • Online HERE
  • 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.

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-T 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 or 1p-4p 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 2017. 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.

  • Liability, Medical, and Code of Conduct Forms completed and signed. Download them HERE
  • Water bottle
  • Shoes to run in (flip-flops are not recommended)
  • Weather appropriate clothes to explore and play in.
  • Sunscreen – already applied!
  • 4th - 6th grade camps have been split into 4th – 5th grades and 6th – 7th
  • The maximum number of campers in 4th – 5th grade camps has been lowered from 25 to 20.
  • Day camps for grades 2nd - 3rd, 4th – 5th, and 6th – 7th have been moved to Friday.

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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