Free summer camp and educational programs for metro area children

Free programs available for students this summer
Posted at 9:12 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 01:25:01-04

DENVER -- Summer camp and educational programs can expensive for families across Metro Denver.

"A lot of my friend's kids go to many different camps. And I looked into those camps and they are very expensive,” said Alicia Biggs.

Her two daughters will attend the Scholars Unlimited program in Denver. Offered at eight different sites, the program is free and offers educational and recreational opportunities for young children.   

“This program, no matter how much money you make, or how much money you don't make, no matter where you are on the scales, this fits for your child,” said Biggs.

Students spend time in both the classroom and in recreational settings. Field trips, swimming lessons, cooking, even computer coding and drone programs are some of the classes offered at this program.

"In general, summer programs are really important for children,” said president Kathleen King. "Particularly children from lower-income backgrounds, [they] actually lose academic ground over the summer if they're not involved in some solid academic tutoring," she said.

"I think I found a diamond definitely in this program. It has been a blessing for my family, for my girls," said Biggs.

Free Summer Programs for Metro Area Children

Scholars Unlimited: The summer camp style program offers free educational and recreational opportunities at eight metro Denver schools.

There are still some open spaces. To apply email:

Denver Public Library: The Summer of Adventure program is free and open to all children. It encourages reading and offers incentives. Children can participate at all Denver Public Library Branches. Program runs from June 1 – Aug. 12.

Summer of Reading Kickoff at Elitch Gardens: The program kicks off Saturday, June 10. The last day to register is Saturday, July 29. The last day for prizes is Saturday, Aug. 12.

In addition, branches will offer free workshops, craft making and music programs. For more information contact your local branch or go to

United Way: The United Way has a number of resources for parents including the Colorado Shines Child Care Referral. Dial 211 or  877-338-2273 for more information.