Des Moines Summer Camps 2024

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Summer is just around the corner and many families are busy planning for an unforgettable summer in the Des Moines metro. The 2024 Summer Camp Directory is full of fun-packed day camps in the Des Moines area. This directory will help guide you to plan the ultimate camp experience for your child. Whether your children are looking for a summer day camp, outdoor, hands-on experiences, outdoor explorations, science experiments, learning new skills, fun games, overnight camp, or a different theme each week we have it for you in this guide! We are regularly adding a variety of summer camps weekly. Please contact me if you would like your camp added to the directory and/or featured listing.

Our Summer Camp Directory includes the following and many more:

  • Des Moines Y Camp 
  • JA Biztown Summer Camp
  • Camp Fire Heart of Iowa 
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • West Des Moines Parks
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines 
  • Engman Camp Shalom
  • Family Camps 
  • Theatre Arts Education 
  • Academic skills 
  • Musical Theater 

Join us on Saturday, February 17 for the annual Des Moines Parent Summer Camp Fair sponsored and hosted at the Valley Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A day full of free, fun for central Iowa families!

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How to use the Summer Camp Directory

We have many, many summer camps happening in Des Moines and through central Iowa this summer. Below you will find different categories camps fall under. Many will be under several different categories. Select a category and it will direct you to a list of summer camps. You will find a snippet about the summer camp, a website with additional information to register {direct costs of camps}, an email, a phone number, and more. 

Love You Des Moines Day + Valley Community Center | Featured Sponsor 2024

Love You Des Moines Days is an annual 9-day celebration for our community with 275+ free fun, meaningful, and exciting activities for all ages hosted by the Valley Community Center. The Valley Community Center is owned and operated by Valley Church as a gift to the community and is a hub for partnerships doing good for the community…with the community. These partnerships encourage community betterment throughout greater Des Moines in these four areas: compassion, relationships, service, and wellness. Each year, the Valley Community Center welcomes over 150,000 guests and continually works toward serving and cultivating relationships within the community. They seek to create goodwill through good works, to reach as many as possible in the Des Moines area.

During Love You Des Moines Days, Valley Community Center works with the community and partner organizations to provide a wide variety of workshops, activities, clinics, and social gatherings for our neighbors. From pickleball to family splash bash, to cars & coffee, free bike repair, ice cream making, writing workshops, and arts & crafts – there is something for everyone!

Adventures in Social Development
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(515) 306-0030
Arrow Academy of Music
Phone Number
(515) 216-3927
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
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CAP Theatre
Central Iowa Music Lab
Clive Parks & Recreation
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Des Moines Art Center
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Des Moines Chess Academy
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(515) 776-0261
Des Moines Community Playhouse
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