Boulder-Area Summer Camps for Kids Under 5

Finding a summer camp for your kids can be extra challenging when they haven’t yet reached school-age. But there are a few great options in the Boulder-area for kids 3, 4 and 5:

  • Shredder Ski
    Ages 3 – 10
    Full-Day and Half-Day (Morning or Afternoon)
    Learning to ski and snowboard is a process and similar to other sports, practice is essential to short and long term success. Our professionally developed curriculum   incorporates many leading practices into an innovative indoor experience that will maximize your outdoor snow and sport adventures. This total snow experience also provides crossover benefits, so you’ll develop the skills needed both to shred on the slopes and in life. Online signup available at shredderski.com
  • Posh Splat
    Ages 4 – 14
    Full-Day or Half-Day (Morning)
    All Summer long! Step by step painting classes. Each class kids complete an acrylic painting on a 16″x20″ canvas. They learn technique, color mixing, and most importantly have fun! Each class is independent so come to one or come to them all!

  • Great Play 
    Ages 3 – 10
    Half-Day (Morning or Afternoon, depending on the day)
    Our Camps are the perfect vacation activity – combining hours of fun and play with significant developmental value! We have developed unique curriculum for more than 50 different Camp Junior sessions, drawing from our extensive collection of fun, educational activities. Each Camp Junior session is 2-3 hours long (see schedule for for details), and includes at least a dozen carefully planned games and activities per session. Activities include instruction in a wide variety of age-appropriate motor skills and sport skills, plus tumbling, balancing, rhythm, obstacle courses, climbing, and plenty of free play time, running around and being silly!
  • Outdoor Cooking with Avid4Adventure
    Ages 3 – 7
    Half-Day
    Our nourishing half-day camp gives pre-K – 1st graders a taste of the foods that keep their bodies adventure-ready. Combine this camp with Biking for Tykes for a perfect full-day experience. Developed in partnership with Sticky Fingers Cooking, our Healthy Cooking Camp teaches campers how healthy foods contribute to a healthy lifestyle, fueling a future of nutritious eating and fulfilling outdoor activity. Working alongside experienced instructors in a fun, hands-on environment, campers learn what good nutrition means for their bodies and how to make smart eating choices. They discover what’s edible or otherwise useful in their environment and use their finds to whip up natural recipes and remedies. And of course, they get cooking with nutritious, delicious dishes perfect for taking on the go as trail snacks or overnight camping trip meals. rying their hands at everything from banh mi sandwiches to peach-carrot cupcakes, campers experience new foods, gain confidence in their culinary skills and discover the lasting benefits of healthy eating.
  • Biking for Tykes with Avid4Adventure
    Ages 3 – 7
    Half-Day
    First-time cyclists and self-sufficient bikers age three and a half and up learn new skills in cycling in our half-day, Biking for Tykes day camp. Nurtured by skilled, patient instructors in a supportive on-site environment, our pint-sized pedalers enjoy camper-to-staff ratios of 4:1 for lots of individual attention and personalized coaching tailored to their level. We group kids by ability and meet them exactly where they are, working through a thoughtful progression from scooting to coasting to pedaling for new cyclists and skills like turning, hand signals and technical skills on ramps for more experienced riders. We also make time for games, offering campers opportunities for fun and confidence building both off and on their bikes. Biking for Tykes is intended for kids pre-K – 1st grade who are first-time riders and those who can already ride. While campers are encouraged to use their own bikes, they can also borrow from our fleet.
  • Learn to Bike with Avid4Adventure
    Ages 3 – 7
    Half-Day
    Aspiring cyclists age three and a half and up learn the joys of self-sufficient cycling in our half-day Learn to Bike! day camp. Nurtured by skilled, patient instructors in a supportive on-site environment, our pint-sized pedalers enjoy camper-to-staff ratios of 4:1 for lots of individual attention and personalized coaching. We group kids by ability and meet them exactly where they are, working through a thoughtful progression from scooting to coasting to pedaling as they get comfortable on two wheels. We also make time for games, art and yoga, offering campers opportunities for fun and confidence building both off and on their bikes. Learn to Bike! is intended for first-time riders or kids using training wheels or balance bikes, not those who can already ride. While campers are encouraged to use their own bikes, they can also borrow from our fleet.
  • Backyard Camp at Friends School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Half-Day
    Friends’ Backyard Camp is for 3 to 5 year old campers and is filled with all the positive energy of summer. This camp is specially designed to be fun and relaxed for your preschool and kindergarten child with plenty of time outdoors to enjoy our great Colorado weather. Mornings are filled with arts and crafts, painting, make believe, water play, running through sprinklers, building activities, and lots of time for exploring the natural world of the Friends’ School backyard. Backyard Camp is taught by Friends’ School staff.
  • Pre-K Fairy Potions at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    Learn about the magic of the medicinal herbs growing throughout the hills of Boulder County. Come make potions and have fantastic fun this week.
  • Pet Camp at The Arts Hub
    Ages 3 – 7
    Half-Day
    Do you just love pets? Wish you could have any pet? This is a great art camp where kids get to make pets from: clay, make a pillow pal, paint a pet on canvas, and work with different art materials. Make three projects each day.
  • Mini-Hawk Camp with SkyHawk Sports
    Ages 4 – 6
    Half-Day
    This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. The essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Our Mini-Hawk games and activities were designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. Skyhawks staff are trained to handle the specific needs of young athletes.
  • Make and Play at Tinker Art Studio
    Ages 3.5 – 5
    Half-Day
    Come play at Tinker! During this fun week for our youngest tinkerers, we’ll paint, play, explore sensory materials, and even sing! Make + Play will be 1 part art and 1 part play for the perfect week of summer camp.
  • Garden Seeds of Wonder at Growing Gardens
    Ages 3 – 4
    Half-Day
    Spend an active week exploring the Children’s Peace Garden, digging, planting, and harvesting your way through the garden! we’ll plant seeds in the garden and to take home. This is a wonderful first camp experience for young people.
  • Pre-K Chess Masters at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    Strategy is everything …. Strategy builds critical thinking and executive functioning. Come play all week as we explore the strategy of chess, an ancient game!
  • Transportation Camp at The Arts Hub
    Ages 3 – 6
    Half-Day
    Trains, cars, planes and boats! We’ll explore and create great art around everything that zooms and takes us places.
  • Pre-K Acrobats and Jugglers at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    Local artist Jasmine Saraswaki will host acrobatic and aerial training throughout the week culminating with a Friday showcase. This is one of the most popular weeks of the summer!
  • Fairy Keepers Camp at Tinker Art Studio
    Ages 4.5 – 8
    Half-Day
    Our Fairies Camp is back by very popular demand! Come on a journey with us this week as we explore the magical, beautiful, and exciting world of fairies! We’ll make our own human-sized fairy wings to fly with our fairy friends, build fairy houses for special fairies to live, and plant fairy gardens to make sure they have a place to frolic and play! We’ll use our imaginations, play, and create plenty of fairy-related art during this fun week of exploration and creation together with other fairy lovers!
  • Little Science Lab at Friends School
    Ages 3 – 6
    Half-Day
    Join Erika and do some fun and thought-provoking experiments including growing crystals, making magic milk, creating a non-newtonian fluid called “oobleck”. Children enrolled in a morning camp may pack a lunch and stay through the afternoon.
  • Pre-K Ghanian Drum and Dance at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    Back by popular demand! World famous drum and dance artists, Nii and Yesutor, will join us this week to teach about Ghanaian Culture through drumming and dancing.
  • Preschool Dance Camp at Kinesis Dance
    Ages 3 – 5
    Half-Day
    Kinesis Dance is proud to offer a variety of youth and adult dance camps, including recreational through pre-professional level camps and intensives. Come and explore the magical world of dance through creative movement and play. This camp will ignite your child’s imagination through dance activity and crafts.
  • Pre-K Lego Design and Build at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    Madeline Ruiz from Little Master Builders will lead the campers on a week of exploration in engineering and architecture using LEGOs to build bridges, buildings, and whatever else they can dream up!
  • Safari Camp at The Arts Hub
    Ages 3 – 7
    Half-Day
    It’s time to grab your safari hat, binoculars, and jump on board as we take a jeep ride through the wild! Each day we will look at different type of animals that roam, crawl, swim, and fly throughout the Safari. We will work with a large range of art mediums and materials. Take home three art projects each day. Come play, create, dance, and story time. Bring a water bottle and snack
  • Literacy Explorers at Boulder JCC
    Ages 4 – 6
    Half-Day
    Campers dabble in several media throughout the week, including drawing, painting, and ceramics. Age appropriate art projects are designed to nurture the creativity in every child. Camp is held in the innovative JCC art studio.
  • Pre-K Brazilian Carnival at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    Come learn Samba and Afro-Brazilian dance with a famous dancer and instructor called Kebrina Josefina de Jesus. She is the founder for Samba Colorado. Performance on Friday at 2:45 pm.
  • Under the Sea at The Arts Hub
    Ages 3 – 8
    Half-Day
    Come on our adventure under the sea. In this amp we will be working with all types of art materials and mediums. Participants will have an hour to make art projects to take home each day. We will have dance and movement while participating in The Rainbow Fish skit. Great opportunity to learn about the ocean and the animals that live there.
  • Backyard Adventure at The Arts Hub
    Ages 4 – 8
    Half-Day
    This camp we will be making fun projects that go in your back yard. We will be making a wood birdhouse, a cement mosaic stepping stone, clay gnome with mushroom, wind-chimes, and a bug house. We will be working with a large range of art materials and mediums.
  • Pre-K Gourmet Cooking with Edible Weeds at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    Join Garrett the Carrot (yes you know him) and Kasey Sunflower fro a week of edible weed identification, harvesting and cooking. Learn all about the abundance growing in our backyard, all without you doing anything!
  • Pre-K Robot World at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    K-2: Build engineer designed projects such and Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults and Marry-go-rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! Grade 3+: Build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 System! learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving and teamwork skills.
  • Art of Clay Camp at The Arts Hub
    Ages 4 – 8
    Half-Day
    Come explore clay and learn different technique. Make a bowl on potters wheel, make clay animals, wind chimes, and more!
  • Pre-K Playful Yoga at Bixby School
    Ages 3 – 5
    Full-Day
    Explore the many forms that live within you. Through breath work and focused movement, we find the inner strength that guides us to be as still as a stalking cougar, jump as high as a red kangaroo and slither as a snake. Come play with us!

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