209 E 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

The Leonardo Summer Camps

Summer Camp Overview

The Leonardo Summer Camps are an excellent match for children with curious minds, who love hands-on experiments and fun experiences! Your child will encounter academically and socially interesting topics that engage in multi-disciplinary themes. Our summer camps provide a cohesive experience that stretches the imagination, challenging your child to see the world around them in a different way. We want to encourage campers to use critical thinking skills to answer any questions they may ask!

It is our mission to inspire creativity in people of all ages! Our camps all explore topics that campers can relate to and learn more about STEAM by participating in activities. We want your child to be able to come home and share something fun they did or learned every day!

The Leonardo Summer Camps staff is phenomenal!  Each member of our team has years of experience in education and all share the passion of making STEAM fun and accessible. Many of our staff members have experience working with neurodiverse populations and with students with special needs. We approach each camp with the intention of developing innovative and creative minds in all our campers!

If your child seeks answers, explores the world around them with a critical eye, and wants a summer of fun, The Leonardo Summer Camp is the place for them!

Summer Camp Schedule

A typical day at The Leonardo Summer Camps includes a combination of museum and outdoor activities, break times, lunch, and sometimes field trips or special guests. See example camp agendas for a sample of the summer schedule.

*Half Day Camps are for campers going into grades 1-3 only.     

Half-Day Camp Schedule Example

8:30 A.M.

AM Drop Off Begins

9:00 A.M.

Camp Activities including themed activities, Arts & Crafts, Makerspace activities, outside time, and morning snack

12:00 P.M.

AM Pick Up Begins

12:45 P.M.

AM Pick Up Ends; PM Drop Off Begins

1:00 P.M.

Camp Activities including themed activities, Arts & Crafts, Makerspace activities, outside time, and afternoon snack

4:00 P.M.

PM Pick Up Begins

4:30 P.M.

PM Pick Up Ends

Full-Day Camp Schedule Example

8:30 A.M.

Drop Off Begins

9:00 A.M.

Camp Activities including themed activities, Arts & Crafts, Makerspace activities, outside time, and morning snack

12:00 P.M.

Lunch

12:30 P.M.

Camp Activities including themed activities, Arts & Crafts, Makerspace activities, outside time, and afternoon snack

4:00 P.M.

Pick Up Begins

4:30 P.M.

Pick Up Ends

Summer Camp Age Groups

Summer camps are offered for three age groups based on the grade level they will be in the upcoming school year (Fall 2021):

  • Children entering 1st – 2nd grades (ages 6-7)
  • Children entering 3rd – 5th grades (ages 8-10)
  • Children entering 6th – 8th grades (ages 11-13)
Camp sessions run Monday – Friday:
  • Half-Day Morning camp sessions run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Half-Day Afternoon camp sessions run from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Full day camp sessions run from 9:00 am – 4:00pm

Early and Late Care

This year, The Leonardo will be offering Early and Late Care on an as-needed basis.  If you need to drop off your child before 8:30 am or pick up after 4:30 pm, please contact us at camps@theleonardo.org to arrange Early or Late Care with our staff. Our staff will provide some games and creative activities for your child, or your child can bring something to do during that time. There is no additional cost for early and late care this year.

Summer Camp Pricing

*Questions about pricing options? Email Camps@theleonardo.org or call 801-531-9800

1 Week Camps
General
1 Week Camps
Members
(10% Discount)

Half Day

(AM or PM session)*

$150 $135
Full Day
$300 $270

  Full-Day Camps

Gamesplosion! - 6/7 - 6/11 (5 days)

Whether you prefer board, card, or video games, this camp has it all! Dive into the world of games as we explore their many forms, the strategies to win them, and the process of making your own game. Come ready to roll dice, draw cards, and have fun!

Register Here!

Time Travel Explorers - 6/14 - 6/18 (5 days)

Experience the history of the world! We’re going to explore science, technology, and art throughout time to see how things have evolved from ancient history to today.

Register Here!

Leo's Workshop - 6/21 - 6/25 (5 days)

This camp is for all the budding inventors out there! If your camper has ever wanted to learn more about how to build something new, work with technology, or bring their designs to life, this camp will help them learn some tools of the trade inspired by Leonardo DaVinci and his passion for learning about science and technology.

Register Here!

CSI: Camp Scene Investigators - 6/28 - 7/2 (5 days)

Super Sleuths needed! Explore the world of mysteries in this detective-themed camp. Use forensic technology to collect clues, hunt for evidence of cryptids, work together to crack codes. Whatever the mystery, your camper will be on the case!

Register Here!

Flight - 7/6 - 7/9 (4 days T-F)

Take flight this summer and earn your wings! Navigate the physics of flight and aeronautics by designing, building, testing an aircraft of your own. We’ll learn about the history of flight and the men and women who made it possible while also looking at aircraft designs of the future!

Register Here!

Alive!: The Human Experience - 7/12 - 7/16 (5 days)

There is more to every person than meets the eye! Learn what it means to be alive as we explore our bodies from small cells to interacting systems. Inspired by the Leo’s own exhibit, ALIVE!, campers will have the opportunity to explore medical technology and find out what it takes to keep us happy and healthy!

Register Here!

Final Frontier - 7/19 - 7/22 (4 days M-Th)

It may seem like most of the world has been mapped but there is still a lot to discover! Launch into the unknown as we explore beyond the map from the deepest depth of the ocean to the expanse of space. Use technology to navigate uncharted places and become the best Final Frontier Explorers!

Register Here!

Innovative Art - 7/26 - 7/30 (5 days)

Science and art often go hand in hand! This week we’ll explore different types of art and their connections to science, technology, and math. Campers will get the chance to dive deeper into their creativity and learn some new skills and techniques.

Register Here!

Eco-Leos - 8/2 - 8/6 (5 days)

Explore the earth around us by learning about sustainability and conservation! Campers can learn how to reuse and repurpose old things into new and improved tools as well as practice outdoors skills like map reading, conservation, and finding ways to interact with nature even in the city.

Register Here!

Mad Scientist! - 8/9 -8/13 (5 days)

What do Frankenstein, rocket ships, and slime have in common? They are all created using science! Investigate scientific inquiries and discover how science helps us advance in this exciting, safe, and sometimes messy camp! Think you have what it takes to be a mad scientist?

Register Here!

  Half-Day Camps

Gamesplosion! - 6/7 - 6/11 (5 days)

Whether you prefer board, card, or video games, this camp has it all! Dive into the world of games as we explore their many forms, the strategies to win them, and the process of making your own game. Come ready to roll dice, draw cards, and have fun!

Register Here for AM Camps!

Register Here for PM Camps!

Leo's Workshop - 6/21 - 6/25 (5 days)

This camp is for all the budding inventors out there! If your camper has ever wanted to learn more about how to build something new, work with technology, or bring their designs to life, this camp will help them learn some tools of the trade inspired by Leonardo DaVinci and his passion for learning about science and technology.

Register Here for AM Camps!

Register Here for PM Camps!

CSI: Camp Scene Investigators - 6/28 - 7/2 (5 days)

Super Sleuths needed! Explore the world of mysteries in this detective-themed camp. Use forensic technology to collect clues, hunt for evidence of cryptids, work together to crack codes. Whatever the mystery, your camper will be on the case!

Register Here for AM Camps!

Register Here for PM Camps!

Flight- 7/6 - 7/9 (4 days T-F)

Take flight this summer and earn your wings! Navigate the physics of flight and aeronautics by designing, building, testing an aircraft of your own. We’ll learn about the history of flight and the men and women who made it possible while also looking at aircraft designs of the future!

Register Here for AM Camps!

Register Here for PM Camps!

Alive!: The Human Experience - 7/12 - 7/16 (5 days)

There is more to every person than meets the eye! Learn what it means to be alive as we explore our bodies from small cells to interacting systems. Inspired by the Leo’s own exhibit, ALIVE!, campers will have the opportunity to explore medical technology and find out what it takes to keep us happy and healthy!

Register Here for AM Camps!

Register Here for PM Camps!

Final Frontier- 7/19 - 7/22 (4 days M-Th)

It may seem like most of the world has been mapped but there is still a lot to discover! Launch into the unknown as we explore beyond the map from the deepest depth of the ocean to the expanse of space. Use technology to navigate uncharted places and become the best Final Frontier Explorers!

Register Here for AM Camps!

Register Here for PM Camps!

Outdoor Attitude / Eco-Leos - 8/2 - 8/6 (5 days)

Explore the earth around us by learning about sustainability and conservation! Campers can learn how to reuse and repurpose old things into new and improved tools as well as practice outdoor skills like map reading, conservation, and finding ways to interact with nature in the city.

Register Here for AM Camps!

Register Here for PM Camps!

Mad Scientist! - 8/9 - 8/13 (5 days)

What do Frankenstein, rocket ships, and slime have in common? They are all created using science! Investigate scientific inquiries and discover how science helps us advance in this exciting, safe, and sometimes messy camp! Think you have what it takes to be a mad scientist?

Register Here for AM Camps!

Register Here for PM Camps!

* To enroll in only specific camps please click the “show individual events” link on the registration page.

*If a camp is sold out please email camps@theleonardo.org to be waitlisted.

Camp Policies and FAQs

How do I register for summer camps?

Please complete the registration form (Full Day, AM, or PM) and the liability and release form here. The Leonardo reserves the right to cancel your registration if this form is not submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp. Your registration will not be considered complete until we have both forms on file. If you are unable to complete this form or have any questions, reach out to camps@theleonardo.org and we will be happy to help.

What grades can attend Half Day Camps?

Half-Day Camps are for campers going into grades 1-3 only. These camps are specifically geared towards younger campers with separate themes to allow them to get the same camp experience as full-day campers.  The activities are structured to give young campers opportunities to really explore the world around them. This is a great option for campers who are not accustomed to going to school full time.

What grades can attend Full Day Camps?

Campers going into grades 1-8 can attend Full Day Camps.  These camps are split into groups by age to allow for differences in knowledge and development so campers are with their peers.

Can I register my child for an older age group?

Our camps are divided by age to ensure the best possible academic and social environment. Children should be registered based on the grade they will be in next school year (Fall 2021). If you have concerns about which group your child will be in, please contact us at camps@theleonardo.org.

My child has special needs. Can they attend this camp?

We believe that camp is for everyone and we work to make accommodations whenever possible. If there are any special accommodations that will help make your child’s camp experience more successful, please list it in the “Disabilities and Other Needs” section of the Liability and Release Form.  Please contact the Camp Coordinator at camps@theleonardo.org for more info.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made more than two weeks before the start of camp will be eligible for a full refund. Cancellations will be made on a case-by-case basis after. You may transfer to another camp session if the request is made at least two weeks before the start of both camps (subject to availability). Contact us with your child’s name and camp information at camps@theleonardo.org to request a cancellation or transfer.

What happens when a camp falls on a week with a holiday?

During the weeks of Fourth of July and Pioneer Day, we are offering four-day camps since many families travel those weekends. We will be mailing each camper a “camp-in-a-box” kit that includes instructions and all supplies needed for several themed activities to do on the day we don’t have camp during holiday weeks. The price of the camp includes the costs associated with those kits including postage, supplies, printing costs, and a surprise item from our gift shop.

What are the behavior expectations of campers?

Camp staff will establish expected behavior guidelines at the beginning of each week. Our basic rules are:

  • Respect their peers and staff in both words and actions
  • Respect others’ property
  • Listen to and follow directions
  • Participate in activities to the best of their abilities
  • Be safe and follow health protocols 
  • Have fun!

If a child doesn’t want to participate in an activity for some reason, they will not be forced to do so.  A separate, calming activity may be provided if they desire that instead.

What happens if a camper misbehaves?

Our goal is to help all campers be successful and have fun at our summer camps. When a child does not observe the expected guidelines the summer day camp staff will first try to refocus students on the activities and recognize their positive behaviors and accomplishments. Should refocus attempts be unsuccessful, staff will implement some or all of the following steps:

  • Verbal warning from staff
  • Repeated verbal warning and time out from activity with a substitute calming activity like using sensory bottles, coloring, or quiet time in a safe space.
    • Parents will be informed if their child has to be removed from an activity at pick up.
  • Written warning sent home

If the behavior continues, parents will be notified of the situation and problem-solving ideas will be discussed for reinforcement at home as well as during camp hours. Should behavior still be an issue after parental discussion & intervention efforts, we reserve the right to take the following steps.

  • Suspension from camp for 1-5 days (no refund)
  • Permanent suspension from camp (no refund)

Severity Clause: At the staff’s discretion, any consequence can be bypassed due to the severity of the behavior.

What is the typical camp size?

Our groups are limited to 8 campers in a group with one counselor.  We also have support staff who are available to help in classrooms as needed.

What does my child need to wear to camp?

Your child should wear clothes that can get dirty, closed-toed shoes, and a face mask.  Face masks are required. We have extra masks on hand for any campers who may have forgotten theirs or in case their mask breaks.

What should my child bring?

Please send the following with your child to camp every day:

  • Masks – In addition to the one your child wears on arrival, please send an extra mask in a ziploc bag labeled with their name to be worn if their first mask gets wet or dirty.
  • Lunch and snacks in a lunch bag or box – AM/PM campers need one snack; Full Day campers need two snacks and lunch
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Spare clothes – For young campers: an extra shirt, pair of shorts or skirt, a pair of underwear, and a pair of socks in a gallon Ziploc. For older campers: at least an extra shirt and pair of shorts.  These clothes will be used if your camper gets messy, has an accident, or if they get wet.
  • Sunscreen
  • A hat or sunglasses
  • A quiet activity for down times like a book, coloring book, puzzle, etc.

Please make sure your child’s name is on EVERYTHING they bring to camp.

Leave electronics like video games and ipods/ipads and valuables at home.  Cell phones are allowed, but must be put away in a backpack or other bag during the camp day.  Camp staff is not responsible for items lost during the day.

How can I contact my child during the camp day?

You can call The Leonardo at 801-531-9800 ext. 103 or the other phone numbers for the camp administration you receive in your Welcome Packet.  We will give your child your message as soon as possible.

Can my child’s lunch or snacks be refrigerated or reheated?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a refrigerator or microwave. Please send foods that do not need refrigeration or heating.

When is lunch/snacktime?

We have an AM snack midmorning, lunch between 12:00 and 1:00, and PM snack midafternoon.  The times may vary depending on the activities each day.  AM and PM camps only have one snack time and no scheduled lunch. The Leonardo does not provide food.

What can I send with my child for lunch and snacks?

We are a nut-free facility, so please ensure that you check all labels for nuts.  Campers should be able to eat their food right out of their lunch box or bag without heating it.  Campers will not be allowed to share or trade food.

What cleaning and safety protocols are in place due to COVID-19?

We are committed to keeping our camps safe, and we have a consistent sanitizing schedule in place as well as daily cleaning protocols that our staff completes.  All campers and staff are required to wear a face mask, check symptoms daily, and wash hands upon arrival.  Additionally, each camper has their own set of basic supplies so sharing between campers is very limited, and anything that is shared is frequently sanitized. Each camper is given their own space for their belongings and they are able to be socially distanced from other campers at all times.

Are masks required?

We follow the Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City COVID-19 restrictions.  As long as they are required by the city and county they will be required at camp.  Campers will have designated times throughout the day when they can take their masks off, and they can take them off to eat or drink.

What if my child becomes sick during camp?

If your child becomes sick while they are at camp, they will be sent to our First Aid room to quarantine with a staff member.  We will inform the parents and arrange for their pick up as soon as possible.

We ask that on your Liability and Release Form, you include the name and phone number of someone who can pick up your child on short notice if you are unavailable.

Due to the contagious nature of some illnesses, children with the following symptoms should not attend camp. Please notify the Camp Coordinator if your child contracts a contagious disease, such as whooping cough, German or regular measles. We will then notify families.

  • Elevated temperature
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Sore or discharging eyes or ears, profuse nasal discharge.
  • Diagnosed contagious diseases such as strep throat or chickenpox
  • Children will not be admitted to camp if their temperature exceeds 101* F or if they are exhibiting typical COVID-19 symptoms like coughing, sore throat, lack of taste/smell, etc. 

What will happen if my child is exposed to COVID-19 while at camp?

As soon as we are aware of a positive COVID-19 test in our camps, we will contact any health authorities we need to and contact all parents of campers who may have been exposed directly.  We will inform you of any measures that need to be taken and any camp closures that will occur.

If your child or anyone in your immediate family is exposed or tests positive, please let us know as soon as possible so we can take the appropriate steps to ensure we can stop the spread at camp.

Have the camp staff received the COVID-19 vaccine?

Although we provide educational programs, the staff at the Leonardo are not included in K-12 School Staff. As such, we cannot guarantee that our staff will have the vaccine by the time camp starts.  Our staff do go through rigorous training in cleaning protocols, non-pharmaceutical interventions, First Aid, and monitor themselves for all symptoms before and during camp. 

If the museum is open, how are you keeping campers separate?

Currently, only the first floor of the museum is open.  Campers and staff will enter through a separate entrance from the public, and use completely separate spaces that are closed to the public on the second and third floors.  Campers and staff will not be in contact with anyone from the public. Anyone who is in contact with campers, including special guests or other museum staff, will go through the same steps as the camp staff to make sure that they can be around campers.

Drop-off and pick-up will be contactless and outdoors at the Field Trip Entrance on 500 S. Only adults listed on the Liability and Release form you completed will be allowed to pick up your child. You must provide federal issue photo identification to drop off and pick up a child from The Leonardo. No child will be released without the presence of photo ID.

Your child’s temperature will be taken before they are admitted to camp. Any child with a fever of 101*F or higher will be sent home.

Can my child leave camp on their own?

Children will be released only to parents/guardians or previously authorized adults, unless you have signed an authorization stating that your child is capable of leaving on their own. This option is only available for children 13 and up.

What time does drop off start and pick up end?

Drop off starts at 8:30 and ends at 9:00.  Drop off for PM campers begins at 12:30 and ends at 1:00.  

Pick up for Full Day and PM campers begins at 4:00 and ends at 4:30.  Campers will be outside during this time. Pick up for AM campers begins at 12:00 and ends at 12:30.

What if I need to drop my child off earlier than 8:30 or pick them up later than 4:30?

We understand the demands of being a working parent, so if your family needs a different drop-off or pick-up time, please contact us at camps@theleonardo.org and we would be happy to see if we can help find a time that works. 

What if I am late to pick my child up at their scheduled time?

Parents will be charged $1.00 for every minute a child is left at The Leonardo after the end of their pick up period (12:30 for morning camps, 4:30 for afternoon camps, and full-day camps). After 15 minutes, we will contact the child’s emergency contacts. If no one has arrived or contacted us within 45 minutes, a $50.00 late fee will be due immediately.

What if someone who isn’t authorized must pick up my child?

Contact the Summer Camp Coordinator as soon as possible to let our staff know of any changes to your pick up / drop off approval list.

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