Summer Camps 2017

It’s hard to believe that Summer may be around the corner, but it is! A lot of registrations for Summer Camps are already open and they fill up fast. Here are some great suggestions. If I am missing your favorite or you are offering one this Summer, please contact me! I will get it added below.

COMMUNITY CAMPS!

Ankeny Parks & Recreation

Clive Parks & Recreation  

Des Moines Parks & Recreation 

Grimes Park & Recreation 

Indianola Parks & Recreation 

Urbandale Parks & Recreation 

Waukee Parks & Recreation 

West Des Moines Parks & Recreation

FITNESS AND FUN!

CLIMB IOWA

Kids camp is offered for children ages 8 years to 13 years and children ages 4 years to 7 years! Camp is Monday thru Wednesday 9 am – 4:30 pm. Lots of different sessions are offered! Check out all the details and sign-up today!

COURAGE LEAGUE SPORTS 

Over the course of our summer season, CLS will be offering eight weeks of summer camp opportunities for our school-aged population with special needs. Some classes include: Music & Movement, Inner Warrior, All Sports Camp, Toddler Tumbling, Water and Roar Sports, and more! 

Check out thedetailsand sign-up today!

LIFETIME FITNESS

You don’t have to be a member of Lifetime, to sign-up for their amazing Summer camps! Themes include: Patriotic Partying, Water Prowess, Art Mastery, Wildlife Studies, and many more. Camps are available for ages 4 year to 12 years!

Check out prices, descriptions, and enroll here!

MENACE SOCCER

Des Moines Menace soccer camps are for boys and girls ages 3-19 of all ability levels! Beginners are encouraged. This is a great program for new players to try.

Camp Dates/Locations:

June 5-8 – Greenfield

June 12-15– Des Moines (Girls camp), Norwalk

June 19-22 – Waukee, Des Moines

June 26 – Carroll Day Clinic

June 26-29 – Creston, Indianola (night camp)

July 5-8 – West Des Moines (Boys age 15-19)

July 10-13 – Panora, Des Moines (night camp)

July 17-20 – Grimes, Waukee

August 7-9 – Des Moines

PRAIRIE LIFE FITNESS

School aged camps are offered for ages 5 years to 12 years. You can check out and sign up for the sneak peak during Spring Break! Each day is a preview of what the kids can expect this Summer. Fun themes include: Around the World in 80 Days, Fun & Fitness, Game Show Mania, Treasure Hunter and To Infinity and Beyond!

Check out prices, descriptions and enroll here!

SAPPHIRE GYMNASTICS 

Sapphire Gymnastics is offering Discovery Club Summer Camp! These camps are available for kiddos ages 5 to 13 years old. There are 11 different weeks offered and each week is a different theme including:

  • Games Galore
  • Animal Planet 
  • Performing Arts 
  • American Road Trip 
  • Gymnastics
  • And much more!

Check out prices, descriptions and enroll here!

TRIAD GYMNASTICS

Full and half day options are available for your children ages 5 years to 12 years old. Each week includes THREE field trips including swimming every Wednesday and a special theme each week.

APEX ATHLETICS 

Apex is offering two different camps this Summer. One for ages 4 years to 6 years old and another session for ages 7 years and up! They will learn cheerleading and tumbling skills. Snacks are also provided.

Monday, June 12th – Friday, June 16th

Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th

Ages 4 – 6 years old; 9 am – 11 am

Ages 7 years and up; 1 pm – 5 pm

Contact info@apexathletics.net for more details and to register.

YMCA

Your local Greater Des Moines YMCA offers SEVERAL Summer camps! Each YMCA provides different types, dates, times and themes of camp. Check all locations!

They offer four types: 

  • Traditional Day Camp– Camps are 6:30 am until 6 pm and are for children who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade. Children will be further divided into age groups!
  • Preschool Camp– Offered for younger children starting at age 3! Each camp times vary. Check the brochureherefor times, dates and themes.
  • Specialty Camp– Camps are offered for all ages! Each camp helps develop a special skill, technique and promote teamwork. Check out all the different options here!
  • Sleep Away Camp in Boone– Send the kiddos for an entire week of adventures including horseback riding, swimming, meeting new friends and much more!

OUTDOORSY CAMPING

BLANK PARK ZOO

Summer Safari Camps are available for ages 3 years through seventh grade. Learn about all the different animals of the Blank Park Zoo, fun activities and meet some new friends! Half-day option is available for ages 5 and 6 year olds. Some themed weeks include: Home Tweet Home., Savannah Safari, Slippery Fish, Mountain Mania and much more!

Check out prices (zoo members receive discount!), more details and enroll here!

CAMP FIRE HEART OF IOWA

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa offers several different day camps for children in first grade all the way through high school. Different camps include: Camp Discovery, Equestrian Camp, Overnight Camp, and much more.

Check out descriptions, prices and enroll here!

CENTRAL COLLEGE: SUSTAINABILITY CAMPS

Central College is excited to host three Sustainability Summer Day Camps for 8-12 year olds this June, July and August!

Each campus is one week long based here in Pella with field trips to surrounding areas, hands on projects and a chance to learn with Central faculty and students. For more information, you can read the news article here, find the camp descriptions online for Lets Talk Trash,  Positive Energy, Fun with Food and register here!

Transportation will be provided to and from Des Moines daily.

LIVING HISTORY FARMS

Living History Farms offers days camp for kids entering kindergarten through 8th grade! They even have an All Ages Family Camp option. Camp sessions run Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. They also offer half day camp hours. If you are a Living History Member you can receive 15% off and receive and exclusive early registration. Children can learn about farm crops, the farm life, cooking, getting dirty and most importantly, having fun!

POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION

The Polk County Parks have several different camps set-up for this Summer. Some camps include: Junior Naturalist Camp, Discovery Camp, Survivor Camp and more.

Check out all the details and sign-uphere!

EASTER SEALS OF IOWA

Camp Sunnyside is where children and adults with and without disabilities can enjoy canoeing, an animal farm, horseback riding, archery, nature trails and much more!

WILDLIFE CAMPS AT STATE PARKS

University of Iowa Wildlife Camps and an Iowa DNR REAP Grant are bringing camps to our State Parks, including Ledges State Park. There 6-weeks scheduled, each week at a different park. Learn more and register here!

RELIGIOUS CAMPS!

GAN SHALOM

Gan Shalom will be offering all sort of fun themed weeks this Summer including incredible insects, creative colorful art, outerspace exploration, mad science, and much more. There are programs for children as young as two years old!

Register here!

CYC – CATHOLIC YOUTH CAMP

So much fun! Activities include canoeing, nature trail, archery, zip lining, climbing tower and much more. Your children will enjoy and entire week, with overnights at CYC Camp!

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF HOPE: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 

A very popular and educational bible school camp offered by Lutheran Church of Hope.Every year, hundreds of kids sign up and have a blast! Not all the information is available yet, but there will be 2 sessions available. July 17th – 21st and July 24th – 28th. 

Registration and details open up April 1st! Keep tabshere!

WESLEY WOODS SUMMER CAMP

Wesley Woods is located in Indianola and has lots to offer! Your kiddo can enjoy horseback riding, wagon tours, swimming, broken arrow pond, slip-n-slide, canoeing, climbing wall, fishing, bible study, worship and much more!

Check out prices, more details, and enrollhere!

WESTMINISTER PRESCHOOL

For kiddos ages 3 years to 7 years! Themes include Fine Arts, On The High Seas, Backyard Adventures and more! Register form here!

ARTS, MUSIC & SCIENCE

GREATER DES MOINES BOTANICAL GARDEN

Sign-up for a day camp at the botanical garden! Themes include Green Thumbs, Garden Artists, Budding Chefs, Outdoor Explorers and many more. If you are a member you receive a discount. Each session is a week long.

Check out the details here!

HEARTLAND YOUTH CHOIR

Sign-up for SummerSongs Choir Camp or SummerTunes Choir Camp! If your child loves to sing, this is the camp for them. Check out the details here and sign-up today.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ

There will be lots of opportunities this Summer with Bricks 4 Kidz for ages kindergarten through 5th grade. Themes include superheroes, space camp, engineer camp and much more. Use LEGO bricks to have fun and use your imagination.

Check out the details here.

DES MOINES ART CENTER

There are tons of classes available for all ages. Take at the complete list here!

DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS

There will be four different weeks offered! These camps are available for children ages 6 years through 19 years. Summer Camps have not been announced yet. Coming soon! Keep tabs here

Check out the entire details here!

PASSION STUDIOS 

Passion Studios is offering Piano Camp this summer. Come PLAY the piano this summer! Learn 6+ songs with both hands in a week, create your own musical soundtrack through improvisation, write your own music, plus a performance! Kindergarten through 6th grade. Performance on Saturday, June 17th at 12:00 p m. Enroll here!

PIED PIPER STUDIOS

SO much fun happening at Pied Piper Studios this Summer. They will be offering Piano Camp, Art School, DramaTykes and much more. You also will want to keep a look-out for their Musical Meetups at popular parks in Central Iowa.

Register here!

SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA

Learn about the stars, biology, chemistry, the human anatomy, food, art and so much more! The Science Center of Iowa has so many different themes and topics to choose from.Summer camps are available for Pre-K to eighth grade! They offer full-day AND half-day options. Extended care is also offered if you need to drop off early or pick-up late. They offer dates starting in June all the way through August.

Check out prices, descriptions and enroll here!

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