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Happier Campers

Lanyard, tie-dye, hike, repeat—day camp can get old for all-summer campers. Keep camp fun and full of learning by mixing it up with these off-the-beaten-path day camp programs.

At the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, children change their perspective during Digital Dome 101: 360 Degree Storytelling. At the end of the week, 11 to 15 year olds will be able to tell a story through immersive panoramic photography in FCMoD’s OtterBox Digital Dome Theater. fcmod.org

The name says it all when it comes to the Kids Do It All youth music-theatre program at Colorado State University. During this creation-intensive day camp, CSU theatre faculty and upperclass students will guide different age groups (7 to 9, 10 to 11, 12 to 13) through the entire process of theatre—from playwriting to performance. theatre.colostate.edu/about/summer-camp

The Growing Project gives children the opportunity to learn about where the food on their plate originates through a variety of summer programs. During one-day sessions at the Project’s Hope Farm, “hands on” means hands on chickens to care for them and hands in the dirt tending the garden. thegrowingproject.org

A new Camp Invention curriculum is introduced each year inspired by Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. This year’s challenges include “Have a Blast,” which calls for creativity and the use of physics to create flinging, flying and floating machines. Bonus: Kids will build their own bubble blaster. campinvention.org
During Survival in the Woods Nature Camp, children ages 8 to 11 will learn what to do if they find themselves alone in the outdoors. Offered through the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department, the course teaches skills such as shelter building, water safety and identifying edible forest foods. fcgov.com/recreator —C.C.