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!
*Each camp is taking their own COVID precautions. Be sure to check with each camp to find out their policies before registering.
Summit Schools has been the summer destination for local students for over 20 years, and we look forward to welcoming campers back to campus in 2021! Summit offers 4-week academic camps in reading/writing and math, and weekly themed camps encouraging kids to think critically and problem-solve while still having a blast! Summit’s summer camps are known in the community for their high-quality programming, and a majority of the coursework this summer will be performed outdoors. Full-day or morning-only camps offered; before/after day care is available. View camp catalog and register at summitschools.org.
Summit is following the guidelines of the Linn County Public Health and CDC during the pandemic requiring face masks/shields and social distancing for the safety of our students and staff. Class sizes will be limited. Camp requirements will be determined before summer camp begins and shared with registered families.
AGES: K-6th grades (Register your child for the grade they are going into for the 2021-2022 school year.)
CAMP TYPE: STEAM, Academic, Themed, Recreation
DATES: June 7th-July 30
KidsPoint Learning Center Summer Day Camp
KidsPoint provides a variety of safe, age-appropriate activities throughout the summer through our Summer Camp Program. We have two locations: KidsPoint Downtown Learning Center & Preschool, and KidsPoint C Street Learning Center & Preschool. We do arts & crafts, exploration, field trips, and summertime learning/science & educational related activities. $180/per week, Camp hours are from 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
AGES: 5-12 years old
CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Sports, Crafts, Games, Academics, Field Trip
LOCATIONS: KidsPoint Downtown, KidsPoint C Street
Indian Creek Nature Center
At Indian Creek Nature Center’s Creek Camp, your child will be guided by naturalists 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! For preschoolers through 5th graders. COVID-19 safety precautions include mask wearing, limited space, physical distancing and health screenings at drop-off. Learn more 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
Day-Long Summer Camps from 4-H
Are your kids looking for active, engaging summer fun? ISU Extension and Outreach offers affordable day-long camps. We use wonder and exploration to inspire youth as they tackle interactive, educational activities. Each themed camp is designed for a specific age group and costs only $20 per child (financial assistance is available). Camps begin at 9 am and end at 3 pm. Children need to bring a sack lunch.
This year’s themes are: Robots at the Olympics (K-2nd), Fizz, Bubble, & Goo (K-2nd), Dig In! (K-2nd), Art Attack (3-5th), Blast Off! (3-5th), Invent STEM (4-6th).
Camps take place in Cedar Rapids, Center Point, Marion, Mount Vernon, and Toddville. Complete details, schedule, and registration are at https://www.extension.iastate.
AGES: Kindergarten – 6th grade
CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Themed Day Camps
DATES: June – August
CAMP TYPE: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Theme Camps (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Zombie NERF and more!)
Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids! Our award-winning curriculum inspires creativity in an environment that encourages giggles and grins. We offer one to four day camps with an option to add on lunch, as well as workshops for ages 18 months to 12 years old. We invite your children to come put on an apron and find out why making a mess is the best at Kidcreate Studio! Visit our website for more information and to register.
CAMP TYPE: Art, Day Camps, Mini Camps
Lovely Lane Summer Activity Camp
Lovely Lane’s School-aged Summer Program offers kids going into kindergarten through graduation of fifth grade the opportunity to spend their days playing, learning, and having fun. Monday – Friday, from 6:30AM – 5:45PM we have CPR and First Aid trained staff members to help encourage and facilitate a happy, safe, and healthy environment through play, field trips, and numerous STEAM activities and projects! We are a licensed and registered facility. Please visit our website and check us out on Facebook.
AGES: Students starting Kindergarten – students finishing 5th grade
CAMP TYPE: Day Camps, Full Time, Part Time (3 days a week) and Drop-in Options
Are you looking for something NEW for your child or team to do this summer? Camp Wakonda is a BRAND-NEW 6 day (Sunday through Friday) summer camp program for boys and girls entering 2nd through 9th grades. With a wide variety of unique activities and AMAZING staff, this will be a summer they won’t forget!
Camp Wakonda has been providing quality summer programs in SE Iowa for over 50 years. We offer one-of-a-kind activities including:
- 50′ climbing tower
- mountain biking
- Ninja Warrior Course
- low and high ropes challenge courses
- BB guns
- campfire programs
- and MORE!
For more information and registration, head over to hawkeyebsa.org/campwakonda
AGES: 2nd-9th grade
CAMP TYPE: Overnight camp
DATES: July 25th-30th
Kirkwood Interactive Camps for Kids (KICK)
Kirkwood Interactive Camps for Kids (KICK) are back with over 175 exciting and educational summer camps in Cedar Rapids, Coralville, and online for kids ages 8-15. Designed around career exploration, KICK provides fun, hands-on activities that promise to develop and build key skills for future success.
Come discover topics in science, technology, engineering, arts, math, coding, culinary arts, and so much more! Every camper’s health and safety is important to us, so all in-person camps will follow health protocols (view our website for the latest information).
Tuition for KICK ranges from $45-$199; scholarships are available (limit 1 camp scholarship per child per school year). For more information and to register, visit www.kirkwood.edu/kick or call 319-398-1022. These camps are sure to be an unforgettable adventure full of inspiring accomplishments and new friends!
CAMP TYPE: Science, technology, engineering, arts, math, coding, culinary arts, and so much more!
DATES: Camps run beginning June 14 through August 13.
Studio 360 School of Dance
CAMP TYPE: Dance
DATES: June 14th-18th, June 21st-25th, July 19th-23rd and August 9th-13th
Students who enter grades 5-9 in the fall are invited to join our virtual entrepreneurship camps! Half-day online sessions filled with fun, interactive activities to build an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset including:
- Playing games
- Creating new “products”
- Producing commercials
- Making a pitch
- Writing a jingle
- Sitting in the investor’s seat!
Students will use their innovation and creativity skills to transform items around them into new inventions and products.
Join in the fun this summer with the Jacobson Institute! Come spend time thinking like an entrepreneur and practicing being the boss!
AGES: students entering grades 5-10
CAMP TYPE: Kid Innovator Virtual Entrepreneurship Camp
DATES: June 21 – June 25, 9am-12pm Central Time, June 28 – July 2, 1pm-4pm Central Time
Camp Scattergood provides campers with a day full of exciting outdoor activities! Our program engages campers in age-specific activities taught by professional teachers. We believe in the importance of both nature and community, which are incorporated into our programming. Each day your camper can expect to swim in the pond, engage in imaginative play, grow their creativity through arts and crafts, and snack on farm-fresh organic produce. Camp Scattergood is located 5 minutes East of downtown West Branch and 20 minutes away from both Iowa City and Tipton.
AGES: students entering 1st through 6th grade
CAMP TYPE: Themed, Nature, Day Camp