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 has made the decision to keep ALL summer camps virtual this summer to best ensure the safety of students and staff.
Summit is offering virtual academic summer camps in reading/writing, math, baking, theater, and Spanish. Our camps are aimed at keeping your kids thinking critically and problem-solving while still having a blast! Summit’s summer camps are known in the community for their high-quality programming. 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, Themed
DATES: June 8th-July 31
*Due to COVID-19, Camp Liberty is offering virtual camps!
Our Girl Scout resilience is shining bright this summer camp season! With the difficult decision not to hold in-person programs came a spark of innovation from our camp team! All girls are invited to keep active and exploring the outdoors through our virtual summer camp programs. She can confidently join this unique year of summer programs! All virtual campers will:
- Make new friends in sessions with limited capacities so girls can form a bond and participate in team-building activities
- Explore the outdoors with quick activities that encourage girls to take a break from screen time
- Practice independence with her own virtual summer camp schedule to follow (a growth opportunity especially crucial during this time!)
Learn more at www.girlscoutstoday.org/summercamp!
AGES: All girls entering grades 2-12 this Fall
CAMP TYPE: Nature, Outdoors, Horse
DATES: June – July
Matthew 25's Cultivate Hope Food Camps
Matthew 25 is offering a Food Explorers Day Camp for kids ages K-2nd on June 17th. 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, and explore how food is grown.
AGES: Grades K-2nd
CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Farming, Nature, Cooking
DATES: June 17, 8:30 am – 4 pm
*Camps are moving forward as scheduled, at 50% capacity. June camps are 50% off. Reserve your spot asap!
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.
CAMP TYPE: Art, Day Camps, Mini Camps
DATES: May 29th-August 23rd
*Mathnasium offers online and in-person instruction options!
CAMP TYPE: 45-60 minute math sessions
DATES: June 1 – August 31 with flexible attendance
ISU Extension & Outreach - Linn County
These hands-on themed activity kits include: lessons, supplies, & virtual meet-up opportunities. 6 themes are offered. Amazing Animals (K-2nd), Eco-Explorers (3-5th), Traveling Artists (K-2nd), The Science of Art (3-5th), Sprouting up Science (3-5th), & Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (3-6th). Register by July 1st for shipping/pick-up of Camp-To-Go kits the 2nd week of July. Each Camp-To-Go kit is $20. Sign up here.
AGES: Kindergarten – 6th grade
CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Themed Day Camps
DATES: June – July
Studio 360 School of Dance
CAMP TYPE: Dance
DATES: July 13th-17th, July 20-24, and July 27th-31st
Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio
*July and August Day Camps are available!!
COVID-19 precautions: in the studio we are observing all COVID-19 precautions by maintaining distance, limiting the studio to 10 people at a time, providing several hand washing stations and sanitizing all surfaces regularly. Anyone that enters the studio must wear a mask. All ceramic wheel workshops are on Mondays, when the studio is closed to the public. All one-day hand building workshops will be held in our dedicated S.T.E.A.M classroom in the Cherry Building. Do not enter the building If your child feels ill or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. In that case, please contact us for a programming voucher, or to be transferred to another Camp or Workshop by emailing us at [email protected]. Register online!
CAMP TYPE: Art (Clay, Glass Fusing), Multi-Day Camps, Day Camps
DATES: July – August
The Iowa Children's Museum
*Due to COVID-19, June camps have been cancelled. Be sure to follow The ICM on Facebook for announcements about July and August camps.
AGES: 4-5 (Kinder Camps) and K-5th grade graduates (School-age Camps)
CAMP TYPE: Day Camp, Theme Camps, STEAM
DATES: July (6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31) and Aug (3-7, 10-14)
YMCA Camp Wapsie
*Due to COVID-19, Camp Wapsie has suspended camping for the first 4 weeks. Camps will hopefully resume in July!
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: July-August. Special Seasonal Camps are available as well.
Indian Creek Nature Center
*Due to COVID-19, Indian Creek Nature Center has cancelled June camps. Camps will hopefully resume in July!
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
Lovely Lane Summer Activity Camp
*Check with Lovely Lane regarding changes to their Summer Activity Camp!
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
Wickiup Hill Learning Center
*Due to COVID-19, Linn County Conservation’s Summer Camps are currently closed. However, their outdoor areas are open and ready to be explored!!
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. Create memories at Wickiup Hill that will inspire them throughout their lives. Visit our website for more information.