Specialty Camps

Click below to learn about DreamBIG’s specialty camps.

 

Art Camp

Location

Denver Campus only

  • Camp is located at Carson Elem – 5420  E. 1st Ave. Denver 80220
  • Room 116
  • Please walk your camper in to sign in/out
  • Camp runs from August 6-10, 2018
  • Art Camp Seniors 3-6th graders
  • 9am-12pm
  • Art Camp Juniors 1-4th graders
  • 1pm-4pm
Camp tuition is $300.
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Baseball

Baseball-campDream BIG Baseball Camp will be under the excellent leadership of Geno Espineli.

Geno Espineli came to Denver, by way of Texas, in 2011 after an eight-year Major (and Minor) League Baseball career. Growing up in a single-parent household, Geno sought guidance, mentoring and discipline through the game of baseball. He realized that his coaches were his biggest influences throughout his career and found his calling in coaching and private instruction. During Geno’s high school, collegiate and professional playing days, he helped run numerous day camps and enjoyed teaching baseball techniques to players of all skill levels and ages.

Geno attended the University of Texas and Texas Christian University before graduating with a degree in Sport Industry Operations from Metro State University. He is the Director of Pitching Development at Bardo’s Diamond Sports in Parker, a large indoor baseball facility that provides youth instruction. When Geno isn’t coaching or giving pitching lessons, he also volunteers as a firefighter and EMT near Golden. He lives in Aurora with his wife, Lauren, and daughter, Fiona.

Each and every child will get the proper attention and instruction so that they can improve and have tons of fun at camp!

Location

Near Denver Campus at Crestmoor Park

  • The camp is located at Crestmoor Park at 1st Avenue and Monaco Parkway.
  • The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-12.
  • The camp runs from August 6-10, 2018
  • 9am-12pm each day.
  • Please bring a water bottle and glove and wear baseball cap and cleats.

Camp tuition is $275.

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Basketball

basketballCoach Steve Hyatt spent 4 years as the head coach of the Colorado Academy boys’ basketball program and was the driving force behind the team’s success. In his first season, 2013-2014, Hyatt guided the program to its first state championship appearance, where they lost to Holy Family by 1 point. In his second season, 2014-2015, he guided the program to their second straight state championship appearance where they lost to Colorado Springs Christian by 3 points. In his 3rd season,  2015-2016, his team placed 5th in state. His combined record the past 3 years is 62-19. Prior to coaching basketball at Colorado Academy, Coach Hyatt taught special needs students and coached basketball at Bear Creek High for 28 years.

Coach Hyatt earned his Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1985. He and his wife, Joni have three children: daughters Mallory and Bethany, and son Christian. He enjoys traveling with his family and their favorite place to visit is the Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Location

  • The camp is located at Carson Elem 5420 E. 1st Ave. Denver 80220
  • The camp runs from August 6-10, 2018
  • 9am-12pm each day.
  • The camp is for boys and girls ages 7-12.
  • Please bring your own basketball and water bottle
  • Please sign in/out your camper in the gym each day

Camp tuition is $275.

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Boys Lacrosse

Dream BIG Day Camp is excited to welcome back Karl Wimer to the helm of Boys Lacrosse this summer. Karl is a long time lacrosse coach with a focus on developing kids in all aspects of their lives.

Karl played high school lacrosse in Colorado, winning a State Championship with Cherry Creek, where he was All-America and the first winner of the Doc Stabler Award 

(top scholar/lacrosse player in the state). Karl graduated from Yale University where he was All-America on the 2nd ranked team in the country, and also lettered in football. Upon graduation, Karl spent a year in Manchester, England, coaching and developing lacrosse. From 1992-94, Karl helped develop field lacrosse in the Czech Republic, and coached the national team in their first World Championship in 1994.

Since then, Karl has coached and played in various countries around the world, and all over the US, from youth to high school to club levels. Karl was also involved in the early development of the CityLax lacrosse Club in Denver and continues to work in inner-city lacrosse development. His youth club teams (he has coached hundreds of kids pre-K through 8th grade) consistently finish in the top two of the highest divisions. His favorite challenge is working with athletes from other sports and providing them the tools and direction to be successful in lacrosse.

In addition to being an accomplished executive marketer and award winning cartoonist, Karl has a real soft spot for his golden retriever Mia, mint chocolate chip ice cream, The Princess Bride, and hitting the bumps in knee-deep powder. He is a father to his 14 year old son who shares his passions. Come out and learn from one of the best.

This camp is typically visited by a Denver Outlaw’s or Mammoth professional or a DU Men’s Lacrosse Hot Shot.

Near Denver Campus at Crestmoor Park

  • The camp is located at Crestmoor Park
  • The camp is for boys ONLY ages 7-12.
  • The camp runs from August 6-10, 2018 from 9am-12pm each day.
  • Full pads, helmet and stick required.

Camp tuition is $275.

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Coolinary

cookingThis special, fantastic, fun and exciting Coolinary Specialty Camp will successfully cultivate culinary curiosity in campers, as they learn to prepare, eat and share yummy, healthy, delicious, nutritional and sustainable foods. Kids love to sample as they cook, and Sticky Fingers Cooking instructors have learned the secrets inspiring young palates to explore the many delights of unique and tasty combinations of a nutritious varieties of vegetables, grains and fruits not always found on children’s plates.

The curriculum uses the thrill of cooking to expand each camper’s taste for of healthy, seasonal food, and is specifically designed to let little chefs explore and excel! While touching and tasting, campers use all their senses to cultivate a taste for eating nutritiously and seasonally abundant whole foods.

The fun, engaging and creative Coolinary cooking instructors add a sense of fun and excitement as they combine the love of cooking with nutritional information, jokes, geography, math skills and history to inspire a lifetime love of healthy family cooking! Campers will take pride in practicing a culinary skill, and will get to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of their labor at the end of each class.

By the end of Coolinary Camp, the campers (and their grown-ups) will have online access to a collection of unique Sticky Fingers recipes to share – and repeat – with their families at home. Note: Any and all dietary restrictions can and will be accommodated.

MONDAY: Breakfast Club Cooking Day

Blueberry ricotta pancakes, apple and carrot cinnamon rolls, and breakfast nachos—oh my! No need to make breakfast before this cooking camp…Start your morning right with new favorite breakfast recipes each day! Kids will also create pancake and tea mixes to take home and very fun Breakfast Club ‘Cool’inary Craft!
Breakfast Club Recipe Teaser: Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, Apple and Carrot Cinnamon Rolls, Breakfast Nachos!

TUESDAY: Global Cooking Day

When’s the last time you were hands deep in delicious ethnic cuisine from the four corners of the Earth? Young chefs have a blast discovering how easy and awesomely fun it is to cook (and gobble- up!) tasty, healthy American, Thai, Italian, Cuban and many other globally-inspired Sticky Fingers Cooking recipes—and love the very fun Global Cooking ‘Cool’inary Crafts throughout the day!! Explore customs, songs, geography and languages from around the world!

Global Cooking Recipe Teaser: Pad See, Ratatouille, Cuban Flatbread

WEDNESDAY: Farm to Table Cooking Day

Bring the deliciousness of Colorado fresh produce to the table today! How many creative different ways can you prepare and cook the fruits of your labor? We will explore the idea of seasonal production and use fresh organic fruits and vegetables to create a harmony in the kitchen with our Colorado bounty! How does that food get on our table? Deliciously discovering how our locally-grown food goes from ingredient to recipe to table.
Farm to Table Recipe Teaser: Tomatillo Chilaquiles, Blackberry Lime Corn Muffins, Sparkling Raspberry Cupcakes, Sweet Pea Risotto

THURSDAY: Yoga + Cooking Day

Yoga and cooking go together like peas and carrots! Our camp today  combine cooking, crafts, and kids yoga for a mouth watering, flexible, and fun experience. Your chefs and yogis will cook up healthy recipes, get to explore their creativity with fun craft projects, and participate in a fun and engaging yoga class! Zen it up with a calming yoga routine followed by delicious recipes!

Yoga + Cooking Recipe Teaser: Colorado Cantaloupe Cupcakes, Lemony Zucchini Poppy Seed Muffins, Cauliflower Mac n’ Cheese*

FRIDAY (older campers) STEM Cooking Day:

Welcome to the Sticky Fingers Creation lab! We will be combining the awe-inspiring power of science, technology, engineering and math with delectable dishes to create an amazing experience for new chefs! We will be ADDING spice, SUBTRACTING boredom and piecing together the FRACTIONS of ingredients to create many a masterpiece! Your young scientist chefs will create new delicious recipes along with, slime, explosions and kid made solar pizza box ovens as well as other fun experiments with edible ingredients and lots of STEM inspired creative crafts! Using science, technology, engineering and math to create delicious creations!

STEM Recipe Teaser: Kid Made Graham Crackers & Marshmallows, Zany Zucchini Root Beer Cupcakes, Best Broccoli Cheese Wontons*

FRIDAY (younger campers) Seuss-Tastic Cooking Day:

Deliciously Delectable Dishes Inspired by Dr. Seuss Classics! You’ve read about Yertle and Green Eggs and Ham; the Cat in the Hat and the cute Sam I Am! But what about learning about things that they grew? Finding out what was eaten by Cindy Lou Who! So let’s make some food you silly goose, found deep in the pages of Dr. Seuss! “You are you and that is true, there’s no one in the world who’s you-er than you.” -Dr. Seuss Seuss-Tastic

Recipe Teaser: Cindy-Lou-Who’s-Sweet Lemon Ravioli, Green Eggs and Ham Puffs On-A-Stick, Horton Hears a Corn Arepas + Awesome Avocado Salsa

Locations

Greenwood Village Campus

  • The camp is at Aspen Academy off of University Blvd and Orchard Rd.
  • The camp runs July 30-Aug. 3, 2018
  • 9am-12pm
  • Boys and girls 5-10
  • Please check in at Front desk for room location

Denver Campus

  • The camp is at Carson Elem – 5420 E. 1st. Ave. Denver 80220
  • The camp runs August 6-10, 2018
  • Coolinary Camp Juniors Ages 5-7 (1-4PM)
    Coolinary Camp Seniors Ages 7-10 (9-12PM)
  • Please walk your camper into cafeteria for sign in/out

Camp tuition is $275.

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Dance

dance

Dream BIG Dance has exploded thanks to our very own Jada Blankenship, choreographer extraordinaire! After six summers with us, she’s still a VIP and an icon at Dream BIG.

Under Jada’s leadership, each day will offer a different dance style and theme including musical theater, hip hop, jazz and poms. Campers will dress up and Friday will be a culmination of the week with a live performance. Boys and girls are welcome.

Jada has her degree in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. She currently teaches at Miller’s Dance Studio and is in her second year with, what she believes, to be the most talented, contemporary dance company in Colorado, Rogue Co. Jada danced for the Oklahoma Yard Dawgs, an Arena Football team, and performed with Oklahoma City’s only professional theater company, Lyric Theater.

Jada is newly married to her best dance partner in life and together welcomed baby Leo last summer. They have two dogs, Lola and Stella, who keep them busy hiking, biking and camping in the warmer months. When the snow accumulates, Jada can also be seen snowboarding in Vail, CO.

Locations

Greenwood Village Campus

  • The camp runs from July 30-August 3, 2018
  • 9am-12pm.
  • Camp is located at Aspen Academy off of University Blvd and Orchard Rd.
  • Check in is in the Dance Studio in the Auditorium
  • The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-10.

Denver Campus

  • The camp runs from August 6-10, 2018
  • 1pm-4pm.
  • The camp is located at Carson Elem – 5420 E. 1st Ave. Denver 80220
  • Check in at Carson Auditorium
  • The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-10.

Camp tuition is $275.

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Greenwood Village Performing Arts Camp

About this camp…Let your imagination run wild and help to create a unique theater performance. This week-long performing arts camp will allow participants to develop characters and story-lines while assisting in writing a play to be performed for friends and family members at the end of the week.

Campers will develop theatrical skills including character creation, ensemble, improvisation and performance. Campers will develop life skills including following directions, teamwork, confidence and risk taking. Campers will learn literacy skills including reading and script writing and body language, gestures as well as facial and vocal expression.

Theater Director
Spunky Devon Buchanan graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Acting. Right after college she moved to New York City where she took many acting, Improv and voice classes. While studying she also began teaching with kids in the Tri-State area and running workshops in Musical Theater and Improv. During this time she was also performing regularly at Upright Citizens Brigade and in commercials and TV shows. When it was time to come back to Colorado she discovered Dream BIG Day Camp and our robust theater program. That in turn lead to the Theater Teacher position at Aspen Academy. Devon’s passion for theater has gone past performing and into spreading that love of the Arts to children.

Location

Greenwood Village Campus only

  • Camp is located at Aspen Academy off of University Blvd and Orchard Rd.
  • Camp runs July 30-Aug. 3, 2018
  • Boys and girls 7-12
  • 9am-3pm every day
  • Please walk your camper into the Auditorium for Sign in/out
  • Please bring a lunch and water bottle daily

 Camp tuition is $545

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Soccer

soccerWe are very excited that Ed Callaghan is heading the Dream BIG Soccer Camp. Again! Ed brings a wealth of experience with him and has run week long soccer camps in Denver for several years (he actually coached Mary’s own children!) He has a wonderful way with children and instills a real love for the game of soccer. Ed and his coaches, who primarily hail from the UK, make sure the youngsters have a great time while improving their skills dramatically.

Ed has coached more than 5,000 children through his soccer camps which he has run for more than 20 years throughout the US. Ed won two national championships while in college and played semi-professionally in England. He was most recently the Director of Coaching for the Arizona Soccer Club as he lives with his wife and three children just outside of Phoenix. Ed is an avid mountain biker and hiker. He loves curry in his food, watching Shawshank Redemption and his favorite Superhero is Superman-for obvious reasons of course, he’s SUPER! Come enjoy a fun filled week with Ed and his merry men at soccer camp.

Location

Near Denver Campus at Cranmer Park

  • Camp is located at Cranmer Park at 3rd Ave and Bellaire St
  • August 6-10, 2018 from 9am-12pm each day
  • boys and girls ages 5-10, divided into abilities
  •  Please bring own soccer ball, shin guards and water bottles

Camp tuition is $275.

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