Winter Camps for Kids in Des Moines

Winter Camps for Kids in Des Moines

Winter Camps for Kids in Des Moines 2019

Note: This post has been updated to reflect camps for the 2019 seasons.


Blank Park Zoo

Water Wonders

December 30-31

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

$74 for members; $104 non-members

Escape from the chilly winter weather, think warm thoughts and join us at the zoo to learn about animals that live in the water

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa

Winter Camp Fire Day Camp

Dec. 13, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31; Jan. 2, 3,16, 17, 20; Feb. 10, 25

Drop off time 7-8/8:30 AM. Pickup time 4:30-5:30 PM

Drop your child off at one of our convenient drop locations and let them experience a day of excitement and learning at Camp Hantesa!

Chasing Laurels

Winter Break Horse Camp

December 28; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christmas Break day camp!

Fun both on and off horseback, riding, games, a winter cookout (dependent on weather), Snacks, hot cocoa, a scavenger hunt for presents from the horses, and more.

Reservation & waivers required. Spots are reserved with payment. Payment can be made by check, credit, or cash at the stable or through PayPal.
No experience necessary. The cost is $80.

Code Ninjas

Friday, December 27 & Friday, January 3

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One-day camps are packed full of fun and engaging activities including coding, game-building, and robotics! Recommended for kids ages 7-14. $50/child.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Totally Tropical; December 27 – 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop-in activity.

Family Workshop Tropical Terrariums; December 27 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration required.

Family Workshop Botanical DyesDecember 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration required.

Living History Farms

Winter Camp

December 26 – 27 

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are offered as 1-day experiences.

There are several, fun themed days being offered including Historic Holidays, Day in the Life of a Kid, Flynn Family Camp and more. Check the website and register here before all the spots fill up.

Pinot’s Palette

Winter Break Kid’s Camp 

December 26 – 27; 30-31

1 to 3:30 p.m. 

Children ages 5 and older are welcome to join us over the holiday break. We will be offering a craft and snack in addition to the painting. Parents may paint their own canvas, stay and watch, or drop off. Choose from one or all of 4 different dates! View the scheduled paintings and register online.

Real Food 4 Kids

Winter Break Class Series 

December 30 & 31

Monday, December 30, 2019, and Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 10 AM-12 PM for ages 8-11. Monday, December 30, 2019, and Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 1-3/3:30 PM (last 1/2 hour will be spent on clean-up) for ages 11+.

pend Winter Break with us and give your kid or teen the chance to learn how to make some of their favorite foods from scratch! You can sign up for the 2 class series or just the one that works for you. Skills include using the stove and oven, working with cake batter, cookie dough, yeast dough, chopping, and blending. $50 per day.

Science Center of Iowa

Winter Camps 2019 

December 26, 27, 30 and January 1

From studying the science of snow to creating amazing art with 3-D printers, there’s always more to explore with SCI Winter Camps!

SCI offers day-long camp experiences ranging in topic from technology to nature. Camps are open to students in Pre-K through 8th grade. AM camps run from 9 a.m. to Noon; PM camps run from 1 to 4 p.m.

Skate North

Winter Break Nerf War

December 28

10 to 11 a.m.

Join Skateland during the holidays for a fun family activity. Bring all your nephews and nieces, parents all more than welcome too. Admission $10.
This event includes all the equipment needed such as shooters, nerfs, fanny packs, vests, eyewear. You are allowed to bring your own shooters with no more than 6 nerfs capability and may not be electric.

This could be a great Christmas gift with maybe a brand new Nerf Gun!

Walnut Creek YMCA

Winter Break Camp

December 23, 26, 27 & 30

6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Join Walnut Creek YMCA for Winter Break Camp! They will be having an On-Site field trip Thursday the 26th from All About Learning and going swimming on Monday the 23rd and Friday the 27th. This camp creates an atmosphere of fun while providing opportunities for campers to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally.

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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