Cedar Rapids Summer Camp Guide 2018

Cedar Rapids Summer CampDisclosure: Summer is the perfect time for kids to play, learn, and discover!  Luckily, the Cedar Rapids area has many summer camps to help your kids do just that, no matter what their interests are!  We are thrilled to provide this guide resource to help you choose the Cedar Rapids summer camps that are right for your child, brought to you by our many sponsors!  We hope this guide makes the process a little easier as you begin your search!

Kirkwood K.I.C.K.

Kirkwood Interactive Camps for Kids are exciting and educational summer camps for youth ages 8-15. KICK camps are designed around career exploration and provide fun, hands-on activities that promise to develop and build key skills for future success. No matter what career field you want to explore, KICK camps are sure to be an unforgettable adventure full of inspiring accomplishments and new friends! Get details on all of our Cedar Rapids summer camps and register on our website.

AGES: 8-15

CAMP TYPE: STEM, Computers, Arts, Career Prep, Culinary, Day Camps

DATES: June-August

6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids

Camp Wyoming

Camp Wyoming is a Christian Summer Camp located in Jones County, Iowa, just 45 minutes from Cedar Rapids. We offer summer camp programs for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade including weekend, partial week, and full week options. Activities at camp include everything from swimming to hiking, kayaking, bubble soccer, archery, challenge course, sports, and more! This is the perfect way to get outside, make friends, and grow in faith this summer! Find out more on our website!

AGES: Kindergarten-12th Grade

CAMP TYPE: Outdoors, Sports, Arts, Music, Overnight Camps

DATES: June-July (Overnight camps, full and partial weeks available)

9106 W 42nd Ave, Wyoming, IA

Indian Creek Nature Center

Who knew learning could be so much fun? At Creek Camp, your child will be guided by naturalists and experienced interns as they explore the outdoors, learn about wildlife, enjoy unstructured play, practice outdoor skills, observe the wonder of nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Children will create memories while they learn and even get a little dirty, too. Creek Camp will help foster in your child a connection to the outdoors that lasts a lifetime! Half day, full day, four day, and weeklong/overnight experiences are available for preschoolers through 6th grade! Wrap around care is available for full days of Creek Camp! Full details of the camp offerings, including registration, is available on our website.

AGES: Preschool (Ages 4-5) – 8th grade

CAMP TYPE: Nature, Outdoors, Adventures, Exploration, Day Camps, Overnight Camp

DATES: June-August

5300 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids

Summit Schools

Summit offers academic summer camps in reading & math, the fun and popular Healthy Lifestyles & Recreation camps, along with weekly morning and afternoon themed camps aimed to keep your child(ren) thinking critically and problem-solving while still having a blast! Summit’s camps are known in the community for their high-quality programming, with more local partnerships and STEAM-based themes than ever before! And as always, ALL Summit camps are taught by a certified teacher and classes are kept small to provide an optimum learning environment. NEW camps this year include partnerships with Girl Scouts, Kid-Powered Kindness, ISU Extension & Outreach, and full-day adventure, photography, and writing camps for middle school students. Get more information and register now on our website!

AGES: PreK-8th grades (Register your child for the grade they are going into for the 2018-2019 school year)

CAMP TYPE: Academic, Recreation, Themed, Day Camps

DATES: June 11th-August 3rd (Students may sign up for morning or afternoon sessions, or both. Wrap around care is also available.) 

1010 Regent St. NE, Cedar Rapids

Camp Tanager

Unplug this summer and connect with nature at one of Camp Tanager’s Day Camp Programs! Camp Tanager is Cedar Rapids’ only purpose built summer recreational camp program. On-site facilities include: a heated zero depth entry swimming pool, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, an 8,000 Sq. Ft. air-conditioned indoor multi-purpose gymnasium, baseball, volleyball, gaga ball and Archery Range! Campers will enjoy a multitude of age-related programs and activities designed to improve learning and increase activity over the summer months! Our environmental educator also provides outdoor educational programs in our on-site creek. Enjoy 40 acres of outdoor fun and learning this summer at Camp Tanager! Our Camp Staff put campers first and are fully background checked and trained to provide the best possible experience for your child! Find out more on our website!

AGES: 6-12 (Explorers Grades 1-3, Adventurers Grades 4-6)

CAMP TYPE: Travel, Games, Space, Star Wars, Sensory, Harry Potter, Day Camps

DATES: June 11th-August 10th

1614 W Mt. Vernon Rd
Mount Vernon

Lovely Lane Summer Daycare Activities Camp

Created by a teacher, the mission of our Summer Activities Camp is to give students many and varied experiences during their summer vacation. Going beyond just daycare, students take a field trip each day and have other opportunities to learn and grow during the time they are in our facility! We offer full and part-time options for children ages 5 to 13. Please see our website for more information!

AGES: 5-13

CAMP TYPE: Child Care, Field Trips, Full Time, Part Time

DATES: June 4th-August 15th

2424 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids

Studio 360 School of Dance

Join us for our Pop Star Camp at Studio 360 School of Dance! Ages 4-6 & 7-10. Cost is $120 for the week. This camp is for the lover of today’s pop stars, bows, dance, tumbling and so much more. They will learn various dance and tumbling techniques depending on the age of the camper. One of the crafts will include creating their very own bow. You can register by going to www.studio360dance.net and click register. Register before May 1 and receive a special gift. Have questions email or call us at 319-777-1097/[email protected] . See you there!!

AGES: 4-6 and 7-10


DATES: July 16th-20th from 9:00 a.m.-Noon

8806 St Martin Blvd SW, Ste 105, CR

Boy Scouts of America, Hawkeye Area Council

Day Camps are a 4-day program full of outdoor fun including: BB Guns, Catapults, Hiking, Outdoor Skills, Games, Archery, Water Activities, Crafts and much more! Our Day Camps are geographically located throughout the area for the convenience of all families. You are welcome to attend any Day Camp that meets the needs of your family. While our themes are similar, each Day Camp offers unique opportunities, so feel free to attend more than one.

Family Camp is an overnight weekend camping adventure for the entire family located at Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation located by Central City, Iowa. Family camp is a 2 day 1 night camp for youth, their families, and friends. This camp is open to youth and adults of all ages. Staff activities include swimming, bouldering/climbing wall, shooting sports, games, fishing, crafts, and a campfire program. Activity stations provide optional structured programs while leaving enough free time to enjoy the great outdoors with family. Visit our website for more information!

AGES: Day Camp: Going into 1st-5th grades  |  Family Camp: All ages

CAMP TYPE: Outdoors, Nature, Games, Water, Day Camps, Overnight Camps

DATES: Day Camps: June  |  Family Camps: June-July

Various Corridor Locations

Wickiup Hill Learning Center

Linn County Conservation’s Wickiup Hill Learning Center features interactive exhibits for kids, educational programming, field trips, history, and live animal displays. Wickiup’s Naturalists create fun, hands on experience about science and nature. Wander through the interpretive trails in the woodland, savannah and prairie suitable for all ages. Wickiup’s summer camps are designed to be fun, educational experiences for all children.  Each camp offers a unique theme using both plants and animals to create fun learning activities.  Create memories at Wickiup Hill that will inspire them throughout their lives. Visit our website for more information and to register.

AGES: 3 and up

CAMP TYPE: Nature, Day Camps

DATES: June-August

10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville

Camp Liberty

New memories, friends, and adventures await every camper at the premier summer camp for girls, Camp Liberty. Set on 245 wooded acres in New Liberty, Iowa, just 60 minutes from the Corridor. Camp Liberty provides life-changing opportunities for girls across Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Trying new things, learning new skills, and gaining confidence is what camp is all about. Family camp, day camp, mini sessions, and full-week sessions are available, with several session tracks for girls to choose from. The staff at Camp Liberty are ready to welcome your daughter and provide her with the best summer ever! Visit our website for more information and to register.

AGES: All girls entering grades 1-12 this Fall

CAMP TYPE: Nature, Outdoors, Horse, Day Camps, Overnight Camps

DATES: June 17th-August 10th

4415 295th Street, New Liberty

Matthew 25

Youth completing Kindergarten-8th grade are invited to explore local foods at Matthew 25′s Urban Farm in Cedar Rapids through a series of Food Camps: Food Explorers, Food Detectives, and Food Creators. We have scholarships available upon request- email [email protected] for more information. 

AGES: Grades K-8th

CAMP TYPE: Farming, Nature, Cooking


Food Explorers:  K-2nd graders | 8:30-4:30 p.m. June 21stJuly 13th or August 15th

Food Detectives: 3rd-5th graders | 8:30-4:30 p.m. | June 11th-14th (4 days)

Food Creators: 6th, 7th, 8th graders | 9:00-Noon |  June 15th and August 10th

201 Third Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids

Iowa Ceramics Center & Glass Studio

Iowa Ceramics and Glass Studio is a non-profit educational facility for ceramic and warm glass, located right across from the NewBo Marketplace in the historic Cherry Building. Have your kids spend some time with us this Summer, learning new skills and being creative! We offer a variety of week long summer camps as well as One-Day Themed Workshops–NEW for this year! We also offer a fun and interactive space for birthday parties of all ages and have a private party room. We love teaching your kiddos something new!! Check out our classes online, pre-registration is required. 

AGES: 5-16+

CAMP TYPE: Art (Clay, Pottery, Glass Fusing), Day Camps

DATES: June-August, Includes One Day and Multi-Day Camps

329 10th Ave, Suite 117, Cedar Rapids

YMCA Camp Wapsie

YMCA Camp Wapsie is a 174 acre summer camp and year round retreat facility located just 30 minutes north of Cedar Rapids. This 100 year old camp serves nearly 1900 campers each summer with a wide variety of day camp and overnight camp programs. Campers ages 6-18 can look forward to one of the most meaningful weeks possible; they’ll experience adventurous programs, develop lifelong friendships, and create personal growth all while “just having fun at camp”. “Campers First” is the motto at Wapsie and the 50 summer camp counselors bring that mission to life every hour of every day. Find out more information on our website.

AGES: Summer Camps for ages 6-18

CAMP TYPE: Nature, Outdoors, Camping, Arts & Crafts, Drama, Day Camps, Overnight Camps

DATES: June 10th-August 11th. Special Seasonal Camps are available as well.

2174 Wapsie Y Road, Coggon

Greenbriar Riding Academy

Our day camp program is designed to give students opportunities to learn horse management as well as improve their riding skills. Four areas of information are covered at each level, including Riding Skills, Horse Handling Skills, Equipment Knowledge, and Horse Health. Each level builds on the knowledge learned in the previous level through fun hands-on activities. Previous experience is not required! Visit our website for more information!

AGES: 5-7 years old (Pee Wee Pony Camp), Ages 7+ years old (Summer Day Camps)

CAMP TYPE: Horse, Day Camps

DATES: June-August

8 1st Ave PO Box 435, Springville

The Iowa Children's Museum

Join The Iowa Children’s Museum for a summer full of movie magic! Through our fun-filled camps, kids will play, learn, and venture behind-the-scenes, back in time, around the galaxy, into the school of wizardry, under the sea, and more! Each camp is designed to appeal to kids of diverse skill levels and a wide range of ages. Choose between the AM session, PM session, or full-day option, as well as extended care opportunities. Visit our website for more information! 

AGES: 4-5 (Kinder Camp), Grades K-5 (2017-2018 school year)

CAMP TYPE: STEAM, play, space, music, Day Camps

DATES: June 11th-August 10th

1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville

KidsPoint Learning Center Summer Adventure Day Camp

KidsPoint’s Summer Adventure Day Camp provides full-time care to school age children during the summer months. This program offers field trips such as roller skating and museum visits, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor sports, swimming, and games and exploration. A nutritious lunch and morning and afternoon snack are offered daily. Summer Adventure Day Camp hours are Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call our School Age Kids Director Kendra at (319) 365-1458, ext. 6133.

AGES: 5-12 years old

CAMP TYPE: Sports, Crafts, Games, Academics, Field Trips

DATES: June 4th-August 10th 

LOCATIONS: KidsPoint North, KidsPoint Downtown, KidsPoint South, Harding Middle School

North: 4650 42nd Street NE
Dtown: 318 5th Street SE
South: 5830 C Street SW

Sylvan Learning of Hiawatha

At Sylvan, we offer a multitude of summer camps for everyone in grades pre-k to seniors in high school! From STEM to reading, handwriting to study skills, math and even spelling – we’ve got you covered! Visit our website for more information!

AGES: 5-18 years old

CAMP TYPE:  Academics, STEM, Engineering, Reading, Spelling, Day Camps

DATES: June 18th-August 4th 

1854 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha

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