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 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.)
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
LOCATIONS: Harding Middle School. KidsPoint C Street. Erskine Elementary. Garfield Elementary.
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!
CAMP TYPE: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Theme Camps (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Zombie NERF and more!)
DATES: June 7th-August 7th
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!
CAMP TYPE: Art (Clay, Glass Fusing), Multi-Day Camps, Day Camps
DATES: June – August
The Iowa Children's Museum
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)
CAMP TYPE: 45-60 minute math sessions
DATES: June 1 – August 31 with flexible attendance
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.
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
Studio 360 School of Dance
CAMP TYPE: Dance
DATES: June 15th-19th, June 22nd-26th, July 13th-17th and July 27th-31st
Lovely Lane 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