Summer in Steamboat provides tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration, but what about kids who love the arts as much as others love being outside? Fortunately, Steamboat has as many options for kids who love creating art, playing music, performing and dancing as it does for those who want to be outside. Below are a few places for kids who love the arts to feel at home this summer:

Bud Werner Memorial Library: Celebrate a love of reading with storytime activities. Throughout the summer the library offers Little Crafters Mondays, Toddler Time Tuesdays, Preschool Time Wednesdays, Story Stretchers Thursdays, Read to Dogs on Thursdays, Cuentos! Fridays, Babytime Sundays. July 7th and August 4th, children 3-7, with a parent, are invited to the Yampa River Botanic Park Children’s Garden for a very special storytime. For more information visit https://www.steamboatlibrary.org

cello-WPMake Studio: Summer art camps at Make studio are held primarily outside at various locations. Each week will be filled with mixed media projects ranging from painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, wood, photography, land art and more! These camps are designed for kids 6-13 years old. For more information visit http://makestudio-steamboat.com

Opera Steamboat: Expose your children to opera with the cast of Opera Steamboat’s The Enchanted Pig at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, July 31st. Actors will read the story The Enchanted Pig out loud and sing some excerpts from the show. Enjoy the entire performances ofThe Enchanted Pig, August 11th & 12th at the Julie Harris Theatre at Perry-Mansfield. For more information visit http://operasteamboat.org

arts1Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp – Discovery Camp: Perry-Mansfield is the oldest continually running performing arts camp in the country. Step onto this historic camp where famous actors and dancers have trained. Discovery camp was developed as an introduction to the arts with a combination of arts training and traditional camp activities. For kids entering 3rd through 5th grades. For more information visit http://www.perry-mansfield.org

Piknik Theatre: This summer’s outdoor theatre festival is held at the Botanic Park and is free to everyone. This year’s plays run from July 28 – August 13 and include Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and a new work, The Chosen One, from Andrew Garret Karl and the Mimesis Project. All plays are family friendly and intended to appeal to children as well as adults. For more information, visit www.galsco.org

Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program: From July 2-23, harpists and chamber instrumentalists delve into a three-week intensive study of music and personal development. Ages 13-24. For more information visit: http://www.rmsharp.org

Rocky Mountain Karate Academy:  For kids 6 years old and up, karate helps develop character and emphasizes cooperation, precise technical expression, and in-depth study of Goju Ryu katas for self-defense and personal growth. Visit https://steamboatkarate.com

Piknik-WPSundance Studio Summer Dance Camps: If your child loves to dance, sign him or her up for ‘Disney’s Descendants,’ an exploration of what it’s like to be a child of a magical Disney character. Includes jazz and hip-hop for ages 6-10. For those more interested in jazz, join the ‘World Tour Jazz & Hip Hop” camp where dancers learn jazz and hip-hop choreography to today’s top stars. Visit http://www.sundance-studio.com

Steamboat Springs Art: Whether you want to make pottery or paint pottery, this is a great activity for the entire family. Visit: http://www.steamboatspringsart.com

Young At Art Creativity Camps: A program of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, these camps offer a wide range of activities for kids that span the range of artistic expression. Summer camps include Nature’s Patterns, BRAVO! Spanish Discovery, Creative Comedy, Wild-erness Writing, Piknik Theatre, Martial Arts and building Birdhouses in Clay. For more information visit: www.SteamboatArts.org

Even though Steamboat has a reputation for outdoor activities, our cultural heritage began when the town was founded and has continued on for over 100 years. Let your children be part of the exciting arts opportunities this town has to offer.