Spend summer in the great outdoors
Though it still feels like winter in Park City, summer is (allegedly) just around the corner. That means no school, so parents will soon be shuttling their kids off to summer camps.
Park City offers a bevy of options to entertain children during the warm summer months. With Basin Recreation, Park City Recreation, the Park City Ice Arena, Young Riders, the Utah Olympic Park and other groups offering a slate of choices, it’s a great time to be a kid in Park City.
Both Basin Recreation and Park City Recreation opened their summer camp registration on April 1, so some are already full. But Jessica Moran, the Recreation and Marketing Supervisor for Park City Recreation, said there are still plenty of camps available.
"Some of our more popular summer day camps were sold out by like 9 in the morning [on April 1]," she said. "We’re seeing an even bigger response across the board than we have in the past. That’s really exciting for us that people are enjoying them and telling their friends about them. We still have quite a bit of camps left, though."
From traditional sport camps to extreme sport camps, Basin Rec and Park City Rec offer a little bit of everything outdoors.
"It’s something kids don’t get to do on a regular basis and it’s easy for the parents," Basin Recreation’s Recreation Coordinator Angie Greenburg said. "We take them on a field trip every single day and they get to experience a lot of new things."
A new offering from Basin Rec this year will be a Sports Spectacular Camp, Greenburg said.
"It’s a half-day camp and we’ll go to Willow Creek Park for that," she said. "We’ll try a different sport every day — soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball and maybe ultimate Frisbee one day."
For kids interested in extreme sports, there are options like mountain biking and skateboarding.
"Our two extreme sport camps are Skateboard Camp and Dirt Jump Camp," Moran said. "Our town is so unique in that we have this great dirt jump park. It’s such a great way for kids who are interested to come out in a no-pressure atmosphere to learn from better kids or sometimes pro skateboarders and dirt jumpers. Kids get a chance to understand the sport, but also the etiquette for the park. It helps them to be more comfortable when they use the parks on their own."
Basin Recreation offers a sailing camp for kids who want to explore the waters of the Jordanelle Reservoir. This year, it is being offered as a full-day camp.
"The sailing camp is where we sail in the morning," Greenburg said. "In the afternoon, we go for a hike or go swimming or go ice skating."
Though school is out in the summer, Greenburg added that the Basin Rec Summer Blast Camp will teach kids about nature in fun, engaging ways.
"We’re going to incorporate an adventure field trip every Tuesday for those registered for the whole week," she said. "That’ll be based on learning about nature and learning about different things. One of the curriculums is learning how to use your iPhone to take pictures and post them on Instagram."
For a more traditional sport experience, Moran said the soccer and tennis camps can’t be beat.
"Soccer camp is still available," she said. "It’s very popular, but we just don’t have a max number on it. We offer both full- and half-day options for that, too. Our tennis pros here at the Park City MARC are top notch and second to none. The fact that kids can come out and work with this level of tennis pro is pretty unique to our little town."
Spaces are still open in most of Basin Recreation and Park City Recreation’s camps, but Greenburg said it’s better to register sooner than later.
"I would say to register as soon as you can," she said. "Pick the things that [kids] really want to do and register for those first."
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