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Coco Warner ReportingFor many Utah kids, school has been out for a couple weeks now. And that means parents are likely already hearing refrains of "I’m bored" and "What can I do?!"
Luckily, there are several programs out there to fight off summer doldrums. Whether your child is into lions or ladybugs, there's an activity out there for just about every kid.
It's unusual for visiting children to avoid the fountain at Red Butte Garden, but it's not unusual for kids to have a great time. And this summer, the Red Butte Garden is offering an abundance of activities to keep kids busy.
Susie Stockstill, Education Coordinator, Red Butte Garden: “The camps, it's a great setting, it's very hands-on the things they do, everyday. It's hands-on journaling, and crafts and activities and just being out here."
Camps begin on July seventh and run through August. Prices range from 95 to 190 dollars.
And at Utah's Hogle Zoo, for around 30 dollars a day, campers get to walk on the wild side.
Linda Middleton, Program Coordinator, Hogle Zoo: “Classes are extremely popular here at the zoo. They fill very quickly; we still have quite a bit of space in our zoo snooze but our day classes, we actually doubled those this year and they are still filling."
This week's zoo camp is called habitat happenings and today the kids are learning about woodland creatures. And it's a hands-on experience with an owl, ferret, hedgehog, snake and a bear.
Jack/7 years old: "My favorite animal that I've seen so far would be the bear, because I really like forest animals and I like big animals."
Lucy/7 years old: “We're going to learn about the rainforest tomorrow, and we're learning about forests, and I can't remember-- sea animals!"
The University of Utah also has an extensive youth summer program as well as Thanksgiving Point.