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2021 Family Favorites: Camps & Lessons

From sports camps and dance groups to STEM clubs and art studios, kids can find support to express their whole selves through this selection of programs.

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Art Studio or Craft Center

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Color Me Mine Boulder

Make gifts, host a party, or spend a quiet afternoon designing and painting unique ceramic pieces for your home. Projects range from frames, bowls, vases, ornaments, figurines, and beyond. The locally-owned shop also gets involved with schools, nonprofits, and businesses in the area for fundraisers.


Special Needs Camp or Class

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Adam’s Camp

Children and adults with a variety of special needs can find intensive therapy and recreation from half-day sessions throughout the year to overnight adventure camps during the summer. Campers go to various Denver-Metro locations, Colorado Springs, and Granby. Programs are designed and delivered by trained therapists.


Sports Camp

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Dawson School Summer Camps

Dawson School runs more than 100 camps over eight weeks in the summer, including basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, aerial dance, and flag football. All campers have some swim time to cool off. A high staff-to-camper ratio is always maintained for safety and great instruction. Early registration is recommended.


STEM Class or Camp

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Silicon STEM Academy

Kids will certainly use their heads at this wonderland of STEM concepts. Summer camps, self-paced courses, tutoring, and game nights offer students different ways to engage with their interests, whether it be coding and LEGO robotics or becoming a YouTube star.


Overnight Camp

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Camp Chief Ouray

First timers and residential veteran campers can benefit from CCO’s programming options. Summer camps that last three days to four weeks are available for ages seven to 17 and include day and overnight camps, adventure trips, horseback riding, and trekker trips. CCO teaches campers about caring for nature and is accredited by Leave No Trace.


Acting Lessons

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Colorado Children’s Theatre

Young thespians across the Denver and Evergreen metro area can join in-person or online to learn theater techniques. Classes, camps, shows, and private lessons are available as well as an opportunity to travel for the Junior Theater Festival’s workshops and performances.

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Music Instruction

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Do-Re-Mi Music Lessons

Going from “Hot Cross Buns” to public music performances takes professional and personable instruction that Do-Re-Mi offers. This family-run business employs folks who’ve already been embedded in the local music community who turn passion into coaching. Try private lessons or jam with others in group class; all ages and skill levels are welcome.


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Dance Studio

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Littleton Contemporary Dance Center

Tiny and not-so-tiny dancers can enjoy classes from kind and knowledgeable staff. Parent/child classes plus adult dance fitness allow grown-ups to join the fun. Kids can choose from ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, and a technique training class designed to fine tune ballet movement.


Day Camp

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School of Rock

Young artists learn to unite as a band, play compelling music, and perform just in time for a show at the end of camp. Drummers, guitarists, keys players, bassists, and singers in the making ages seven to 18 can join at locations around the Denver metro area and Boulder. Camps are offered throughout the year.

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