Cedar Rapids Summer Camp Guide

Cedar Rapids Summer Camp Guide

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!

Summit Schools

Summit offers academic summer camps in reading/writing & 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 taught by experienced teachers and classes are kept small to provide an optimum learning environment. Summit’s summer camps are known in the community for their high-quality programming. Registration opens March 1. Get more information and register now on our website!

AGES: K-6th grades (Register your child for the grade they are going into for the 2020-2021 school year.)

CAMP TYPE: STEAM, Academic, Recreation, Themed, Day Camps

DATES: June 8th-July 31 (Students may sign up for morning or afternoon sessions, or both. Wrap around care is also available.) 

1010 Regent St. NE, Cedar Rapids

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 email School Age Kids Director Lisa Hajek.

AGES: 5-12 years old

CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Sports, Crafts, Games, Academics, Field Trip

DATES: June-August

LOCATIONS: Harding Middle School. KidsPoint C Street. Erskine Elementary. Garfield Elementary.

Multiple Locations

Camp Tanager

Unplug this summer and connect with nature at one of Camp Tanager’s Summer 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!

Sessions at Camp Tanager include day and overnight camps for kids 6-11 years.  Camp Scholarships are also available for certain camp programs.


AGES: 6-11

CAMP TYPE: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Theme Camps (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Zombie NERF and more!) 

DATES: June 7th-August 7th

1614 W Mt. Vernon Rd
Mount Vernon

Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio

Sign-up your kids for our 10th year of summer art camps!  Multi-day sessions, as well as single day workshops, are open for online registration.  Sign up soon so they don’t miss out on creating something FUN this summer!. Register online!

AGES: 5-18

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

DATES: June – August 

329 10th Ave SE, Suite 117
Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Children's Museum

Kids learn best when they can interact and play, and there’s no better place to do that than The Iowa Children’s Museum! Our PLAYologists are experts in creating silly and engaging activities for children of all ages. This year, campers can “choose their own adventure” and select from a range of camp themes, including the science of grossology, spy training, and the wondrous wizarding world. Come play in our one-of-a-kind space and experience how fun active learning can be!  

AGES: 4-5 (Kinder Camps) and K-5th grade graduates (School-age Camps)

CAMP TYPE: Day Camp, Theme Camps, STEAM

DATES: June (8-12, 15-19, 22-26), July (6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31) and Aug (3-7, 10-14)

1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville


Our summer membership includes 17 personalized math sessions (45-60 min) that may be used anytime throughout the summer. Our flexible scheduling allows sessions to fit with all your other summer activities. Kids have fun with math and parents feel great about the educational benefits! Membership includes our popular bonus game hour dedicated to math and logic games that make math fun!

AGES: 8-17

CAMP TYPE: 45-60 minute math sessions

DATES: June 1 – August 31 with flexible attendance

1501 51st St NE Unit A, Cedar Rapids

YMCA Camp Wapsie

YMCA Camp Wapsie offers overnight and day camp programming to school age children and teens. We offer adventure trips, leadership development, wilderness education, hunter safety, and outdoor skills programs for teens. Our overnight programs include traditional cabin campers and The Village with more structured, age specific programming for our younger campers. Camp Wapsie staff works to help kids have a positive experience getting to know themselves, grow friendships, social and life skills, while experiencing a wide variety of sports, games, crafts, and many other camp activities.

Contact us at 319-435-2577 or visit our website to learn more and register for camp.

AGES: Summer Camps for ages 6-18

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

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

2174 Wapsie Y Road, Coggon

Kidcreate Studio

Come find out why art is smart! Kidcreate Studio offers four day camps Monday-Thursday, morning 9:00-Noon or afternoon 1:00-4:00 and one day mini camps. Lunch and doodle is available as well for an all-day option. We offer learn to draw, painting, clay, 3-D creations and more. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate! Visit our website for more information and to register.

AGES: 5-12

CAMP TYPE: Art, Day Camps, Mini Camps

DATES: May 29th-August 23rd

1121 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Ste.300

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

ISU Extension & Outreach - Linn County

Linn County 4-H is offering fun summer day camps for youth completing Kindergarten – 6th grades! This year’s themes include: Robots at the Olympics, Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse, Traveling Artists, The Science of Art, Kids in the Kitchen, BBQ Science, Eco-Explorers, Amazing Animals, On My Own & OK, SWITCH & Shout, Sprout Scouts, & Sprouting up Science. Camps are held one day 9:00am-3:00pm. Cost is $20/camp (financial assistance is available & some camps are free due to host site sponsorship). Please check out our website for complete details and online registration.

AGES: Kindergarten – 6th grade

CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Themed Day Camps

DATES: June – August (various dates)

383 Collins Rd NE, Suite 201

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 Iowa City—Camp Liberty provides life-changing opportunities for girls through horseback riding, zip-lining, canoeing and kayaking, swimming, hiking, high ropes challenge course, and more. Trying new things, learning new skills, and gaining confidence is what camp is all about. The staff at Camp Liberty are ready to welcome all girls, even if they are not members of Girl Scouts, and provide them with the best summer ever!

AGES: All girls entering grades 2-12 this Fall

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

DATES: June – August

4415 295th Street, New Liberty

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

Matthew 25's Cultivate Hope Food Camps

Matthew 25 food camps allow students a chance to learn about food through nature exploration, outdoor crafts, and scavenger hunts, make healthy snacks using veggies from the farm, explore how food is grown, and take fun and exciting field trips.

AGES: Grades K-8th

CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Farming, Nature, Cooking

DATES: June 17 (Food Explorers, K-2nd Grade), June 19 (Food Creators, Grades 6-8) June 22-25 (Food Detectives, Grades 3-5)

201 Third Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids

Studio 360 School of Dance

Keep your children happy and active this Summer at Studio 360 School of Dance! Studio 360 School of Dance is conveniently located on the SW side of Cedar Rapids, right off the Eastern Iowa Airport exit! We have 4 camps this summer for your child to choose from that will keep your camper active, singing, exploring, tumbling, moving and grooving with all of their camp friends! Each camp will feature dancing, singing, tumbling, crafts, snacks and more! Pack a sack lunch and spend your summer days at Studio 360 School of Dance! We will provide a light snack each day! Camps are offered for children ages 3 – 11 years old! All camps run from 9am – 2pm Monday through Friday! Choose from a full day, partial day, or single day! Discount registration on all early registration! Register by April 1st to get the BEST discounts, May 1st to receiving a GREAT discount, and June 1st to receive a GOOD discount! Visit our website to sign up and learn more today!

AGES: 3-11


DATES: June 15th-19th, June 22nd-26th, July 13th-17th and July 27th-31st 

8806 St Martin Blvd SW, Ste 105, CR

Lovely Lane Summer Activity Camp

Lovely Lane Summer Activity Camp is full of fun! We feature daily field trips such as rollerskating, ice skating, going to the strawberry farm and children’s museum, etc. All fees except swimming are covered by tuition. The other half of the day is divided into playtime, outdoor time, and another scheduled activity such as visits from clowns, jugglers, Blank Park Zoo, Potter’s Obsession, storytellers, and magicians, movies, cake decorating, and many stem activities.  We are a busy, busy daycare.  Come join the fun!


AGES: Students starting Kindergarten – students finishing 5th grade

CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Full Time, Part Time (3 days a week) and Drop-in Options

DATES: June 8th-August 14th

2424 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids

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