(credit: ArtReach Denver)(credit: ArtReach Denver)
School is out, and what are your kids doing this summer? If the plan is mostly “watch television and play video games,” then you may want to try and find a few fun activities for your children to enjoy. There are lots of different ways to get out of the house as a family (or for just your kids) that will keep them active, engaged and learning all summer long. The best part is that most of these are so fun they won’t even realize they’re educational too. Here are five of the best ways to learn a little something this summer while keeping your kids active.
Bunk With The Beasts: Family Campout – Go Nocturnal
Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 337-1400

Price: $77
Friday, July 22, 2016

Do your kids love animals? Then they’ll flip for this fun family campout at the Denver Zoo, and they won’t even realize they’re learning something at the same time. This new overnight adventure allows you and your kiddos private tours of the zoo after hours, a picnic dinner on the zoo grounds, live encounters with the animals plus campfire stories, treats and a campout under the stars in special safari tents. The kids will learn about nocturnal animals while you enjoy the evening with your whole family under the stars. There’s nothing else quite like this in Denver, and summer is the perfect time to enjoy this educational program at the Denver Zoo.

Summer Camps At The Denver Museum Of Nature And Science
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 370-6000

Price: Prices range from $140 to $290

At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, summer camps are the best way to spend summer vacation. You’ll find half-day and full-day programs for kids of all ages as they get to explore the museum while getting both their brains and bodies moving. They’ll participate in science experiments while learning all about nature and science from some of the best trained volunteers around. The programs are all specially developed with your kids in mind, so their own passion for science and nature grows as fast as they do. Be sure to check the schedule to see all the different camps and opportunities available.

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Swallow Hill Music Summer Camps
71 E. Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-1003

Price: $385 per week

Musical children will love diving head-first into a world of music at Swallow Hill Music Summer Camps. There are lots of different camps to choose from, serving children ages 7 to 18. The younger kids will get to “Explore! Music!” with a great week-long camp to learn about performance, ensemble and play. Older kids can take “Belt it out!” for those looking to sing on stage or “House of Rock” for those teens looking to learn how to start their own rock band. It even ends with a stage performance at Moe’s BBQ for the whole family. All the camps run throughout the summer, and Swallow Hill knows a thing or two about teaching your young ones. After all, its been around since 1979 and has had thousands of campers throughout its impressive history. Check out all the great camps at Swallow Hill Music.

Camp ArtReach
4500 E. Hampden Ave
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
(303) 433-2882

Price: $200 per week

Camp ArtReach is a fun way to spend the summer exploring your creative side. The kids will participate in creative, hands-on, non-competitive artistic projects that will help build imagination and self-confidence this summer. The camp includes fun activities like learning about musical theater, making wearable art and jewelry, drawing techniques, sculpture, painting and mixed media, art and science, guitar, acting and more. Really, there is so much variety here that your kids will be asking to return to Camp ArtReach again and again. Kids ages 6 through 12 are invited to Camp ArtReach, which meets at Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver.

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Colorado Ballet Summer Camps And Classes
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 837-8888

Price: Prices start at $125 per week

One of the best ways to keep your kiddos active and moving (and away from the television) this summer is through dance, and the Colorado Ballet’s summer camps are a great way to introduce a love of dance into your children’s lives. There are several different camps and classes for ages 4 through teenagers, and all are extremely popular. The Creative Dance Camp is a fun program for the youngest of kiddos to explore movement through storytelling and songs, while the Level 2 Dance Camps are a daily ballet dance class plus workshops in modern, character, jazz and dance history. If your children love to dance, this is the perfect way for them to spend their summer vacation.

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