Broadway Music School(credit: Broadway Music School)

It isn’t too early to start planning for summer. After all, those warm months will be here before you know it. Start planning for your child’s summer by enrolling him or her in a fun summer day camp. There are also a lot of fun sleep-away summer camps to check out for those kids that enjoy taking some time away from mom and dad. Or just enroll in one of these great local day camps instead. You’ll love having the peace of mind knowing that your child is doing something fun and creative with their time, and your child will have a blast exploring a new talent, sport or other activity. A great day camp experience is the best way to keep your child active all summer long.

Summer Safari
Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 337-1408

If your child loves animals, this is the summer day camp for you. Your children will delight as they travel from Colorado to Africa, Antarctica, Asia and South America without ever leaving the city. They’ll get to see all sorts of amazing animals from all over the world, and they get hands-on activities, special zoo exploration, animal encounters, stories, games, crafts and so much more. There are a variety of different camps to enjoy, as each lasts about one week. Visit the website to see all of the different camps and grade levels available, then start planning your child’s trip around the world this summer.

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YMCA Day Camp
25 E.16th Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 524-2730

Visit the YMCA nearest you to sign up for one of the longest-lasting Summer Day Camp experiences in town. Yes, the YMCA Day Camps have been running strong for decades, and they are proof that the YMCA knows how to keep your kids entertained all summer long. Your kids will have a blast as the camp counselors bring a variety of activities including physical fitness, enrichment and plain old fun. Each week, a new theme provides the basis for the weekly activities, so no two weeks will be the same.

House of Rock
Swallow Hill Music
71 E. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-1003

Perfect for your teenager, House of Rock at Swallow Hill is sure to be unlike any other day camp experience. Your rockin’ teens will learn how to put together a band, work cooperatively and bring their musical skills to the stage with a full performance at Moe’s BBQ. In addition, they’ll learn all of the important band skills, like how to use the gear, how to use a sound system, how to write a song, play with their friends and find his or her part within the band. If your child has been dreaming of joining a rock band, then this is the place to start.

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Broadway Music School
1940 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0833

Another awesome music-focused camp for your kids, Broadway Music School is sure to be a hit this summer. Your kids will love participating in the five-day music camps, with a focus on rock bands, jazz groups, singing groups or even classical ensembles. Join a couple of the week-long camps to get a full music experience that will last all summer long. Plus, you’ll love getting to watch your kids on stage as they show off what they’ve learned.

Catchpenny Kids
Kirk of Bonnie Brae Church
1201 S. Steele St.
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 238-2223

Your kids can spend their summer bringing the world of musical theater to life. Catchpenny Kids has been a favorite of children from all over the Denver area for years, and the 2014 season is sure to be no exception. With no more than 30 students per show, you won’t find your child disappearing in a huge cast. Instead, they’ll get one-on-one attention from the qualified teachers. There are two-week camps or full-show camps, and a variety of different ways to enjoy the art of theater with your children. Plus you’ll get to visit to see the results of all their hard work.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at