YMCA of Northern Colorado

YMCA of Northern Colorado (Photo courtesy: YMCA of Northern Colorado)

Dickens Farm Nature Area in Longmont

Dickens Farm Nature Area. (Photo courtesy: City of Longmont).

The time to make your summer plans is now, before the kids get out of school and the sounds of “I’m bored,” fill your house on Day 2 of summer break. We’ve rounded up a list of great local options to keep you and your kids busy this summer. From day camps to ongoing programs all summer long, there’s something for every interest. Banish summer boredom before it even begins.

YMCA of Northern Colorado
Various locations across longmont, ymcanoco.org/summer-camps

Andra Coberly Webster of the YMCA says, “The Longmont Y offers tons of opportunities for kids to play all summer long. We run day camps throughout the summer, including our traditional YMCA Camp Noco as well as our Swifty-inspired The Eras Camp, which will visit the Longmont Y for two weeks only. We will also have youth sports clinics and swim lessons throughout the summer at the Y.”

Dickens Farm Nature Area
Boston Avenue between Main and Martin Streets in Longmont, longmontcolorado.gov

Take the kids and explore the 52-acre Dickens Farm Nature Area where you’ll find a nature playground area and nature play discovery trail, beginner bike skills trail, slower-moving water play areas, passive recreation areas and multiple areas for picnics. Up for a little more adventure? Take a tube, kayak, paddleboard or other small, non-motorized boat down the float course along the St. Vrain Creek.

Longmont Humane Society Kids & Critters Camp
9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, longmonthumane.org/programs/humane-education

Enroll your child in a day camp that will have them giving back through caring for animals. The Longmont Humane Society Kids & Critters Camp allows kids to engage in interactive animal-themed games, activities and guest presentations. Kids will learn safe animal-handling, explore career options and discover how to make a positive impact on animals in the community.

Fiske Planetarium
2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, colorado.edu/fiske

Take your child out of this world this summer with a visit to the Fiske Planetarium. Check the schedule throughout the summer to catch full-dome films, star talks, live talks, laser fantasy and liquid sky music shows, concerts and theatrical productions.

Flagstaff Academy
2040 Miller Dr., Longmont, flagstaffacademy.org

Flagstaff Academy offers a variety of summer camp options, including specialty camps like Tornadoes & Hurricanes & Volcanoes, Oh My!, Minecraft Co-Op Camp, Kindergarten Boot Camp, Makerspace Toys and Games, Storybook Summer Crafts, Disney Bound: The Happiest Camp on Earth, Coding Fun with Bee Bots, Wonka’s Workshop: A Camp of Candy Experimentation and “Enchanted”: A Taylor Swift Themed Week of Fun. 

Longmont Recreation
Recreation Center – 310 Quail Road, Longmont, longmontcolorado.gov

There’s plenty to do at the Longmont Recreation Center. Take the kids to enjoy a climbing wall, the gym, party and game rooms, an indoor running track and indoor pools. The center also has two seasonal outdoor activity pools for young children and a flagship outdoor pool with waterslides, lap lanes, concessions and picnic areas. The center offers sports programs, day camps and swim programs throughout the summer. Explore what they have to offer, below. 

Sunflower Farm
11150 Prospect Road, Longmont, sunflowerfarminfo.com

It’s more than Sunflowers at the Sunflower Farm. Take the kids where they can pet the goats, sheep and horses, jump from hay bale to hay bale, swing under the cottonwoods, experience the playhouses and sandboxes, explore the tree forts, brush the lama, soar down the slides, climb on the spider web and old tractors and peruse the airplane. If you feel like working, get involved in any of the Farm chores or a work project that may be going on. Water play is available on hot days. 

Longmont Museum
400 Quail Road, Longmont, longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-e-m/museum

This summer there’s something for everyone at the Longmont Museum. Summer Camps for school age kids range from Playful Painting to Cardboard Construction Camp. There are special series like LEGO build nights, and the Summer Kid’s film series. Throughout the summer on Tuesday mornings, you can take your kiddos to see Disney classics, recent blockbusters and more. It only costs $3 for the movie, or $5 for the movie, popcorn and juice box. 

Agricultural Heritage Center
8348 Ute Hwy, Longmont, bouldercounty.gov/open-space/education/museums/agricultural-heritage-center

Take a trip back in time to the early 1900s when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age. Experience the history of agriculture in Boulder County with onsite animals, interactive exhibits, 1909 farmhouse furnished with items from the 1910s, two barns, an outhouse, milk house, heirloom garden, blacksmith shop and more.  

By Darian Armer, Longmont Magazine

Agricultural Heritage Center.

Agricultural Heritage Center. (Photo courtesy: Boulder County Parks & Open Space).