Summer Day Camps

Camps take place across Thanksgiving Point 

June-August 2020

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Summer Day Camps and COVID-19

We understand that many families likely have concerns about Summer Day Camps and how they are effected by COVID-19. While the Coronavirus poses no immediate concern for summer programs, we have communicable-disease control plans in place that can be revised in cooperation with public health authorities as additional guidance is provided. We will continue to make new updates as new information becomes available.


Some of our current strategies for preventing the spread of communicable disease and illness including COVID-19 include:

  • Building a camp culture that takes health and hygiene seriously and keeps the precautions on the front of the minds of campers and staff. 
  • Masks/face coverings are required for all guests ages 3 and older at our indoor venues/areas, including summer camp participants.  Masks/face coverings are not required when outdoors. 
  • Modeling and enforcing appropriate sneezing and coughing behavior. Coughing into the elbow and shoulder, not into hands or open air. 
  • Implementing extra spacing precautions. Games, activities, and snack/lunch times of camp will be adjusted to ensure spacial distance between campers to minimize the chance of spreading disease via breathing or touching. 
  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing. All camp guides carry small hand sanitizer containers. Campers can win prizes for demonstrating adequate hand washing as a part of camp activities. 
  • Pre-camp screenings.* We will ask that campers with any illness please stay home, as well as participants who have been exposed to a person who is suspected to have contracted coronavirus or if the camper has traveled out of the state within two weeks of the start of camp. 

There are many fun and engaging ways to teach children about preventing the spread of germs. We will implement games, songs, and hands-on (or hands-off) activities that will reinforce behavior which can minimize the spread of contagious disease. 

We will continue to make updates as the time continues. Check here for the most up to date information about Summer Day Camps.

*Screening requirements are subject to change based on CDC recommendations. Participants who fail to meet requirements will receive a refund.



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.

Remember, class sizes are limited and popular classes fill up quickly, so don't delay. See our FAQs below for more questions and answers! 

Class Offerings

Preschool Single Day Camps are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays Thursdays, and Fridays. Camps are geared toward ages 3-5 and run 9:30 am - 12 noon. Each session is $35. Participants must be able to use the bathroom independently.




Space Paint
Get excited about the wonders of outer space through arts, crafts, games, and play! Participate together in Nebula art, solar stories, and imaginary astronautics!

August 17: 9:30 am - SOLD OUT
August 18: 9:30 am 
August 19: 9:30 am
August 21: 9:30 am


Pirates Ahoy!
Arghhh Matey! Do you have what it takes to be a pirate? Learn to navigate the salty seas as we hunt for hidden treasure.

August 24: 9:30 am 
August 25: 9:30 am - SOLD OUT
August 26: 9:30 am
August 27: 9:30 am
August 28: 9:30 am


You will receive a confirmation email a week before your camp is scheduled to begin specifying which of the locations to drop-off/pick-up your child

Preschool campers are dropped off and picked up directly at their designated venue as specified in confirmation emails. 

For any questions please email or call 801-768-4971


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

  • Online
  • Over the phone – (801) 768-4971
  • In person at the Museum of Ancient Life, 2nd floor, Design and Programming office

Camp curriculum and lesson plans are geared toward the grade your child will be entering into in the Fall of 2020. 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.

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.


  • 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.

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.

All of our campers come home with parent letters with additional resources – websites, books, experiments, and activities – to continue the fun all summer long!

View the 2020 Summer Day Camp wavier HERE

Special thanks to STEM Action Center of Utah for their support of Summer Day Camps at Thanksgiving Point.

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