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Best Kids Camps

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Child’s Play

School’s out, but these summer camps get gold stars.

Smuggler’s Notch, Vt.
Whether your kids are 10 months old or 10 months shy of legal emancipation, Smuggs has a program for them. Treasures Day Care takes infants as young as six weeks through 2 years, and the camps commandeer them from there. Four age-segregated programs for kids 3 through 18 feature everything from treasure hunts to moonlight karaoke. June 11-Sept. 6; from $976 for a family of four, with four nights’ lodging and activities; 800-451-8752; smuggs.com

Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Jackson Hole’s Kids Ranch summer camp for children 3 through 14 focuses on “educational” play (i.e. science, art, sports) combined with mild outdoor action (such as hiking from the tram). On the edgier side, Team Extreme, for the 10-17 set, packs their days with mountain biking, rock climbing, orienteering and horseback riding. June 16-Aug. 29; $55 per day; 888-333-7766; jacksonhole.com

Crystal Mountain, Mich.
Nationally known for its golf school and two 18-hole courses, Crystal offers a Golf Block program: Drop the kids off for any five-hour period between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; they’ll be kept busy with sports and crafts while you steal some tee time. June 16-Sept. 1; $29; 800-968-7686; crystalmountain.com

Durango Mountain Resort, Colo.
Durango Mountain’s Adventure Camp features an adrenaline-charged lineup, challenging kids 6 through 13 with a nonstop agenda of mountain bike excursions, hiking, ropes courses and rock climbing. June 14-Aug. 6; $25 per day; 970-385-2149; durangomountainresort.com