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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. There are even classes geared toward middle school and high school kids to surely stimulate and engage their minds during the summer. Thanksgiving Point Members also get exclusive Summer Day Camp registration March 1-4, 2018 during our Members-only pre-sale!

Remember, class sizes are limited and popular classes fill up quickly, so don't delay. If the class you're looking for is sold out, please call (801) 768-4971. See you this summer!

Summer Day Camps

Preschool Day Camps are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. 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

July 16, 17, or 18, 2018

Investigate the world of crystals, rocks, and minerals as we explore how rocks are formed by measuring, weighing, observing, and making.

July 25, 26, or 27, 2018
Jul 25, 9:30am: SOLD OUT
Jul 25, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT
Jul 26, 9:30am: SOLD OUT
Jul 26, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT
Jul 27, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT

Arghh matey! Journey the seven seas as we search, discover, and imaginative play all things pirates.

Light and Shadows
July 30, 31, or Aug 1, 2018
Jul 30, 9:30am: SOLD OUT
Jul 30, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT
Jul 31, 9:30am: SOLD OUT
Aug 1, 9:30am: SOLD OUT
Aug 1, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT

Why does your shadow follow you around all day? Where does it go at night? Join us as we learn all about our shadows and use light to create designs and shapes.

Space Explorers
Aug 6, 7, or 8, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to the moon? Join us for a space adventure as we explore astronauts, stars, and the planets.

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


Register Now for PreSchool Day Camps

Single Day Camps

Kindergarten-1st Grade Single Camps are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-12:00pm, or Wednesdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Each session is $30. Two day sessions are $60.

Lego WeDO Robotics Jr.
July 16-17, 2018 ($60)
July 25-26, 2018 ($60)
August 6-7, 2018 ($60)
July 25-26: SOLD OUT

Explore the world of robots through science, art, Bee Bots, and Lego as we delve into all things robots in this special two day camp.

Dinosaur Adventure
July 18, 19, 2018

Spend the day as a paleontologist while we adventure throughout the Museum of Ancient Life to discover the secrets of our favorite dinosaurs.

Mini Makers
July 25, 26, 2018

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

Aug 1, 2, 2018
Aug 1, 9:00am: SOLD OUT

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

Slimey, Gooey, Gross
August 8, 9, 2018
Aug 8, 1:00pm: SOLD OUT

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

Week Camps

Kindergarten-1st Grade Week Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm, or 1:00pm-4:00pm. Each session is $125.

Animals in Our Backyard
July 16-19, 2018

What wildlife wonders can you find in your very own backyard? Step into the world of Wasatch wildlife as we explore outdoor habitats and have up close encounters with our native animals in Utah.

A is for Art
July 30-August 2, 2018
9:00am: SOLD OUT 

What is art? Can art be found in nature? Come find out with us! We will also create our own master pieces through experimenting with different mediums.

August 6-9, 2018

Explore, mold and create your own projects! What can you make from simple materials? Join us as we build and discover what we can do with an idea.


Register Now for K-1st Day Camps

Single Day Camps

2nd-3rd Grade Single Camps are Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $50. Two day camps are $100.

July 20, 2018

Robots are used all over the world! Enter the universe of robots as we learn just how common robots are.

Horsing Around
July 27, 2018

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

Butterfly Bonanza
August 3, 2018

Did you know butterflies have scales? If not, you haven't looked close enough. Come investigate the many wonders and beauties of butterfly wing patterns and their life cycle.

3 Ring Circuits
August 10, 2018

How do circuits work? Experiment with batteries, snap circuits, LED lights, and more as we learn about the basics of electrical circuitry!

Week Camps

2nd-3rd Grade Week Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $175.

Classic Summer Camp
July 16-19, 2018

Experience a classic summer camp. Explore the outdoors, learn and play games, sing songs, and practice basic survival and camping skills.

Where in the World!
July 25-27, 2018

Come join us for an adventure into the world of geography!  Make discoveries as to what happened where.  State Capitals – can you name them?  Countries – can you find them?  Join us for fun games and exciting discoveries.

The Science of Fairytales
July 30-August 2, 2018

In some of our favorite stories, the strangest things happen. But, can they happen in real life? Join us as we step into the world of fairytales and find out.

Exploring Engineers!
August 6-9, 2018

Have you ever wondered how a tall building doesn’t fall? Do you like to ask questions? Come learn about the exciting and challenging field of engineering as we explore, brainstorm, design, and build our way to understanding engineers.


Register Now for 2nd-3rd Grade Camps

Single Day Camps

4th-5th Grade Single Camps are Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $50. Two day sessions are $100.

July 20, 2018

Come explore how electricity works as we make and complete circuits. Have fun, learn, and build as you experiment with batteries, lightbulbs, and voltages to investigate the basics of electricity!

Survival Through the Ages
July 27, 2018

Investigate animals up close as we discover what helps them survive. Explore unique animal adaptations from past to present at Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life! What cool adaptations will you find?

August 3, 2018

Get ready to fly Drones! Become a drone flying expert as you fly through an obstacle course and explore all the ways drones are used in everyday jobs.

Naturally Artistic
August 10, 2018

Explore and discover the beauty of nature which surrounds us and learn how to use some of these natural resources to create your own masterful works of art.

Week Camps

4th-5th Grade Week Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $200.

Utah Rocks!
July 16-19, 2018

Utah is full of geological masterpieces! Come investigate Utah’s geological past as we explore different rock formations around our state.

The Making of Video Games
July 25-27, 2018

Do you love video games? Ever wonder how video games are made? Explore the history of the video game industry and design games using simple programming tools.

Map to Adventure
July 30-August 2, 2018

Participate in the ancient craft of cartography as we make maps out of a variety of materials, explore outdoor geo-challenges, and learn how modern mapping shapes our every day.  

Myths and Legends of Utah
August 6-9, 2018

Does Bigfoot live in Utah? Is there gold hidden in the mountains? Let’s explore some of the myths and legends that are part of Utah’s culture. Discover the origins of these myths and use your detective skills to determine if there is any truth to the legends!


Register Now for 4th-5th Grade Camps

Single Day Camps

6th-7th Grade Single Camps are Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $60. Two day sessions are $125. 

Stop Motion Animation
July 20, 2018

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

Fashion Accessories
July 27, 2018

Do you like to accessorize? Come join us as we make our own jewelry and bags to highlight your outfit.

Blow It Up!
August 3, 2018

Explore the smelly, the slimy, and the up-in-flames. Campers will investigate, concoct, and digest with chemistry, explore acids and bases, implosions, explosions and other things that are chemically cool and hot.

Atlas Adventure
August 10, 2018

Chart your course as you learn how to seek and find using maps and modern technology. Use tools like compasses and GPS to navigate the world around you, try geocaching, and make your own maps!

Week Camps

6th-7th Grade Week Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $225.

Cover to Cover
July 16-19, 2018

Venture into the art of binding books as we curiously create a variety of handmade tomes with plenty of room to write worlds within the pages.

Box Battles
July 25-27, 2018

What can you build with a box? Come put your skills to the test as we design and build using only cardboard! Will your design survive the battle at the end of day?

July 30-August 2, 2018

Do you have what it takes to survive in the mountains? Join us for a wild adventure as we learn about the explorers of the western US! Learn survival skills such as tracking, shelter building, and cartography.

Lights, Camera, Action!
August 6-9, 2018

Do you want to be a director, actor, or screen writer? Then this camp is for you! In this camp we will discover what goes into making a movie by making one ourselves.


Register Now for 6th-7th Grade CAmps

Week Camps

7th-12th Grade Week Camps are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Each session is $150.

Project Fashion
July 9-13, 2018

Fashion can be about self-expression, cultural identity, or celebrating your generation. Design a unique look for you, spice up your own wardrobe, and learn a few simple tricks to set your style apart!

College Prep
July 16-20, 2018

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 colleges and universities to learn more about opportunities in a variety of fields.


Register Now for 7th-12th Grade Camps

Beginning Lego WeDO 
July 16-19, 2018 or July 30 –August 2, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm
July 16-19: 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. Geared to grades 2-4.

Intermediate Lego WeDo
July 16-19, 2018 or July 30–August 2, 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Use your imagination to design and build even more with the newest Lego WeDO Robotics 2.0 and animate your creation with basic computer programming. Must have already attended Beginning Lego WeDO. Geared to grades 2-4.

Lego WeDO Robotics Jr.
July 16-17, 25-26, August 6-7, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm
July 25-26: SOLD OUT

Explore the world of robots through science, art, Bee Bots, and Lego as we delve into all things robots in this special two day camp. Geared to Kindergarten-1st Grade.


Register Now for Lego day Camps


  • Online
  • 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.

If the class you want is sold out, please call (801) 768-4971 to be added to a waitlist.

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-Th 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  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 2018. 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.


  • Water bottle
  • Shoes to run in (flip-flops are not recommended)
  • Weather appropriate clothes to explore and play in.
  • Sunscreen – already applied!

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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