Summer Camps 2016

Yes, it’s FREEEZING in Central Iowa, right now! But, it is not to early to start thinking about Summer camps! A lot of these places are already open for registration. This is just the beginning. There is definitely a lot more Summer camps being offered, that I have not added yet. If you have information on a Summer camp you would like added to this list, please e-mail me at Midwestmomandwife@gmail.com

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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! For the littler kiddos camp is Thursday & Friday 9 am until Noon. For the older kiddos 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.

Weekly Activities:

Week 1: June 14-16, Basketball
Week 2: June 21-23, Baseball
Week 3: June 28-30, Soccer
Week 4: July 12-14, Music & Movement

Week 5: July 19-21, Volleyball

Week 6: August 2-4, Water Sports for youth; tumbling for toddlers

Week 7: August 9-11, Inner Warrior
Week 8: August 16-18, All Sports

Check out the details and 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!

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, Treaure 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 14 years old. On each Wednesday there will be a field trip and swimming on Friday! There are 9 different weeks offered and each week is a different theme including:

  • Summer Blast Off
  • Food Frenzy
  • Sapphire Camp Out
  • Color Wars
  • Community Helpers
  • And much more!

Check out prices, descriptions and enroll here!


SkyZone is offering SkyCamp this year! There will be 5 different sessions available and each session goes Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am. SkyCamp is only available for children ages 6 to 12 years old. Sessions include:

  • June 20th – 24th
  • July 11th – 15th
  • July 26th – 29th
  • August 1st – 5th
  • August 11th – 15th

Check out more details, pricing and enroll here!


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

Here is the entire YMCA of Greater Des Moines Day Camp Brochure!

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 brochure here for 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 sixth 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: Ocean Commotion, The Nose Knows, Baby Beasts, Grossology, Christmas in July and many more!

Also, for children ages 13 to 17 years, the Blank Park Zoo is offering Zoo Crew! Zoo Crew members can volunteer in a variety of areas at the zoo. If your child is interested in biology, animal science, or education this would be great for them. Click here for the application and more information!

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!

Jester Park 

Check out an equestrian camp for your little one this Summer! Beginner friend riding camps cover an introduction to horses, safety, horse care, grooming, saddling, and basic riding skills, with a different theme for each week. Intermediate Camps are for the more experienced rider – Campers must be able to tack own horse, ride independently and trot comfortably on a loose rein. Horse and equipment are provided. Children should wear jeans and sturdy shoes. Campers must least 8 years old for all camps expect Tiny Tots Camps. Register early as space is limited!

Check out all the details and sign-up here!

Living History Farms

Living History Farms offers days camp for kids entering kindergarten through 12th grade! 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!

Check out all the sessions offered here!

Polk County Conservation

Join the Polk County Conservation for hands-on learning outdoors! There will be games, activities, and crafts! Each camp is led by a naturalist! Camp sessions are available for ages 6 years to 11 years! Check out this year’s sessions:

  • Water Wonders Camp (8 – 9 years)
  • Junior Naturalist Camp  (10 – 11 years)
  • Discovery Camp (6 – 7 years)

Check out prices, more details and enroll here!

Religious Camps!

Gan Shalom

Lots of fun themes are being offered this Summer! Themes include: Going on a Bug Hunt, Ooey Gooey Fun, Colors of the Rainbow, Things on Wheels, and much more! They offer programs for 2 year old and for 3-4 year olds. Monday through Friday 9 am – 4 pm. Check them out!

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 3 sessions available. July 11th – 15th & July 18th – 22nd.

Registration and details open up April 1st! Keep tabs here!

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 enroll here!

Arts, Music & Science 

Des Moines Art Center

Has so many different and fun Summer classes to offer! You could sign up for Superhero Artists, Arrt! Pirates & Mermaids, Pet Shop in a Studio, Fashion Design, Create a Coloring Book, and so much more! The Des Moines Art Center offers classes for ages four year through seventeen! They also offer family workshops and parent & child classes.

Check out prices, descriptions and enroll here!

Des Moines Performing Arts

There will be four different weeks offered! These camps are available for children ages 6 years through 19 years. Check out the entire details here!

  •  7/11 – 7/15: Broadway Summer Intensive
  • 7/18 – 7/22: Create It: Peter Pan
  • 7/25 – 7/29: Performance Camp: The Wizard of Oz (Session 1)
  • 8/8 – 8/12: Performance Camp: The Wizard of Oz (Session 2)

Michaels: Camp Creativity

Michaels Arts & Crafts store is offering some fun camps this summer! Camps are for ages 3 and up, cost $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions, and are 10 am – Noon!

Check out the the following themes they are offering:

June 13, 15 & 17: Land of the Dinosaurs

June 20, 22 & 24: Under the Sea

June 27, 29 & July 1: Life on Pluto

July 4, 6 & 8: Castles & Princesses

July 11, 13 & 15: Pet City

July 18, 20 & 22: Woodland Forest

Pied Piper Studios

One of my favorite places to go to sing, dance and learn! Pied Piper Studios is offering lots of camps this Summer. There is something offered for all ages.

  • Kindermusik: On the Road (3 – 5 years)
  • Piano Camp: Tell Me a Tale (5 – 7 years)
  • Voice Classes (Adults! Even you can enjoy a Summer camp!)
  • Growing Gallery: Budding Artists (6 – 10 years)
  • DramaTykes: Animal Adventures (3 – 5 years)
  • DramaTykes: Performance Basics (5 – 8 years)
  • Sewing School Summer Camp (7 years and up with a caregiver)
  • Spanish Camp (5 years and older)
  • Wee & Me Yoga: Summer Adventures (2 – 5 years with a caregiver)

Check out all the descriptions, pricing and enroll 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!

Studio Virtu

Do you have a kiddo who loves to paint, create sculptures, be creative?! Check out some of the awesome Summer camps Studio Virtu is offering! Classes are offered for children entering kindergarten through twelfth grade! Times of classes are morning or afternoons and prices of all the camps include supplies.

Check out prices, descriptions, and enroll here!


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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