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Camp for Kids: Red Butte Gardens

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The end of the school year is quickly approaching and many parents are beginning to wonder how to keep their kids busy this summer.

For the next four weeks, Family and Outdoors Specialist Jodi Saeland will take us inside some very different summer camps to show a whole spectrum of options.

Red Butte Gardens

Red Butte Gardens is perhaps best known for its outdoor concert series. But it also features a children's area and summer camps for kids.

"So many kids, when they go to summer camp they're kind of stuck in that same classroom situation that is so similar to school," said LaraLee Smith, manager of Red Butte's Youth & Family Programs. "With our summer camps, about two-thirds of the time they are outside."

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Weekly Costs*: Half Day: $105 members, $120 public
Full Day: $210 members, $235 public
*unless otherwise noted in camp description

Get camp descriptions and more info here.

Camps are offered through the summer months for kindergarteners through 6th graders. Kids can attend a half-day or a full day.

"We always have something tied to the garden," Smith said. "So we have camps that are specific to insects or animals, and we have a couple new themes this year; ones called stinky, slimy, gooey, gross."

Take, for example, owl pellets. "Owls don't actually have teeth. So when they eat different foods, they'll swallow it and spit it back up," Smith explained. "So if they eat a mouse or something like that they'll have to regurgitate what they ate so all the bones will come out."

Red Butte Gardens isn't just for kids. During the summer, people of all ages can participate in Monday family night concerts.

"These concerts are free with admission," said Communications Director Bryn Ramjoue. "They are local but cultural organizations that are right here in Utah. They'll give us a glimpse of different cultures."

Find more information about Red Butte Gardens and its summer camps for kids here.


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