Disclosure: 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 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.
CAMP TYPE: STEM, Computers, Arts, Career Prep, Culinary, Day Camps
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)
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
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.)
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
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!
CAMP TYPE: Child Care, Field Trips, Full Time, Part Time
DATES: June 4th-August 15th
Studio 360 School of Dance
Join us for our JoJo Siwa Camp at Studio 360 School of Dance! This camp is for the lover of JoJo, bows, dance, tumbling and so much more. Camp attendees will learn various dance and tumbling techniques, depending on the age of the camper. One of the crafts will include creating their very own JoJo 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
CAMP TYPE: Dance
DATES: July 16th-20th from 9:00 a.m.-Noon
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
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
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 21st, July 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
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.
CAMP TYPE: Art (Clay, Pottery, Glass Fusing), Day Camps
DATES: June-August, Includes One Day and Multi-Day Camps
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.
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
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
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