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Iowa City Area Guide to Summer Camps

Welcome to Iowa City Moms’ Blog’s guide to summer camps in the Iowa City area! When school is out for the summer, parents need a safe place for their kids to learn, explore, make memories, and try new things. Of course, kids just want to have fun! Luckily, everyone can get what they need when you find that perfect summer camp for your child. This guide features premier summer camp options brought to you by our local camp sponsors. (If you are interested in promoting your camp programs please email us. We’d love to talk to you!)

Discover some of the unique, challenging, and delightful summer camps that Iowa City has to offer. We hope you find just what you’re looking for!



June 4th-August 3rd

Age Range

 Preschool through 8th grade 


Willowwind’s Summer Program offers unique learning experiences, small multi-age classrooms, experienced educators, and a culture of caring which set Willowwind apart from other programs. Our summer classes engage students in exciting, hands-on, experiential learning.

Classes are organized in five multi-age groups: preschool (ages 3-5), kindergarten, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-6th, and 6th-8th. Class sizes of 10-16 students ensure each child gets individual attention and is able to take an active role in the classroom.

We also offer engaging Before and After Summer Programs (BASP) for all campers for an additional cost.



June 4 – August 2 
Monday-Thursday 1-5 p.m.

Age Range

10-15 years (5th-8th grades)


StairWay5 is focused on raising the bar of technology education for 5th-10th grade students to successfully build a world class technical foundation and navigate the future of learning and work.
We limit class size to 8 students and offer year-round programs – Fall/Spring after school and Summer Camps in Technology Enrichment: Programming I – III, Robotics I – III and Engineering I – II 
We build confidence through project-based learning, stepping students up through our deep technical programs while honing 5 core skills of Problem Identification, Learning to Learn, Critical Thinking, Solutions Design and Project Management.



All AM Camps Run 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and are open to students entering Kindergarten – 2nd Grade.
All PM Camps Run 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and are open to students entering 3rd grade – 8th grade.
June 4th – 8th: Ceramic 
June 11th – 15th: Painting
July 9th – 13th: Drawing & Collage
July 16th – 20th: Printmaking & 3D Art
July 23rd – 27th: Ceramics
July 30th – August 3rd: Painting
August 6th – 10th: Drawing & Collage
August 13th – 17th, Printmaking & 3D Art

Age Range

Entering Kindergarten – Entering 8th Grade


Big Picture Gallery & Studio offers 1/2 day (3 hour) art camps. Each camp is a week long and focuses on a different media type: Ceramics, Painting, Drawing & Collage, and Printmaking & 3D Art. Two sessions of camp will be held for each media type; however, different projects will be done at each session, so students can register for both sessions if they would like.

We offer a special “Double the Fun” deal: register two students for the same session in the same transaction and receive a $20 discount off the total price.



June 4th-June 28th and July 9th-August 2nd

Age Range

Preschool-6th Grade Skill Levels
(Programs are not based on age/grade level)


Children excel with Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center’s summer academic programs! Let us help your child reach their full potential in reading, math, and social skills. Our programs take an individualized approach and are based on the student’s skill level, not their grade level or age. Meeting the child at the skill level they are helps them succeed in the classroom!

Kindergarten Prep
Early Triumph Over Reading (Kindergarten-1st Grade Skill Level)
Triumph Over Reading (2nd-6th Grade Skill Level)
Navigating Social Skills (2nd-6th Grade Skill Level)
Mastering Math (2nd-6th Grade Skill Level)



June 16-17 (You & Me Weekend Camp)
June 17-22 (Week 1)
June 24-29 (Week 2)
July 8-13 (Week 3)
July 15-20 (Week 4)
July 22-27 (Week 5)

Age Range

Kindergarten-12th grade

Camp Wyoming is a Christian summer camp located in Jones County, Iowa. We run summer camp programs for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade including weekend, partial week, and full week camps! This is a great way to get outdoors, have fun, make new friends, and grow in your faith.

At camp, kids will participate in activities like archery, kayaking, canoeing, challenge course, swimming, bubble soccer, sling shots, sports, caving, hiking, arts & crafts, Bible study, worship, and more! Choose from traditional camp programs that let you try everything at camp or try a specialty camp like Pirates, Music, Arts, & Drama, Thrill Seekers, Sports, or Night Owls. There’s something for everyone at Camp Wyoming.



Session I: June 4 – June 28
Meadow Mondays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (outside all day)
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Session II: July 9 – August 2
Meadow Mondays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Session III: August 6 – August 30
Meadow Mondays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Forest Fridays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (outside all day)
June 8, 15, 22, 29
July 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Afternoon Art Studio
Tuesday – Thursday (1:00 – 4:00)

Age Range

Ages 3-12


This summer, the Prairie Green learning community invites students to come experience our style of education in our unique multi-age setting. We combine outdoor education with art and music to provide a healthy, engaging, and fun learning environment. Our goal with opening our doors is to give families an opportunity to enroll in Prairie Green School just for the summer.



Dolls & Dancers: June 11-15 
Party in the U.S.A.: June 18-22 
Sparkle Squad: July 9-13 
Imagine That Musical Theater Camp: July 16-20 
All: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Age Range

Ages 3-10 years

Dolls & Dancers
Spend the week with your most loved doll friend learning ballet! You’ll dance with your doll, costume your doll and perform with your doll. This week long themed camp includes ballet class, games, snack time, a daily craft project to go along with the theme of camp, and a performance at the end of the week for friends and family!

Party in the U.S.A.
Get in the 4th of July holiday spirit with us! You’ll spend the week playing games, dancing, and crafting all to the theme of the beautiful RED WHITE AND BLUE! At the end of the week campers will perform for friends and family.

Sparkle Squad
Get your ‘sparkle’ on with us! This camp includes not only includes games, snack time, and dance classes in jazz, acro, and pom technique. Each daily craft project is jewelry based… You’re dancer will sparkle and shine! At the end of the week campers will perform for friends and family.

IMAGINE THAT! Musical Theater Camp
During Musical Theater Camp your dancer will learn numbers from a Broadway show to perform at the end of the week. Along with dance class, you dancer will get to watch performances from the show and receive instruction in acting. This theater themed camp also includes games, snack time, a daily craft project, and a performance at the end of the week for friends and family.



June 11-15 Kinder Camp: Star-Studded STEAM
June 18-23 School-Age Camp: Behind-the-Scenes
June 25-26 School-Age Camp: The Land Before Play
July 9-13 School-Age Camp: Galaxy Guides
July 16-20 School-Age Camp: Superhero STEAM
July 23-27 School-Age Camp: Show-Offs Show Choir
July 30-Aug 3 School-Age Camp: Wonderous Wizarding World
August 6-10 Kinder Camp: Under the Sea

*Times/sessions listed on website.

Age Range

School-age camps are for children who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Kinder Camps are for children 4-5 years old.


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.

Each camp is designed to appeal to kids of diverse skill levels and a wide range of ages.



June 4-8: 5/6 grade (ages 11-13)
June 11-15: 3/4 grade (ages 9-11)
June 18-22: 7/8 grade (ages 12-14)
June 25-29: 5/6 grade (ages 11-13)
July 9-13: 3/4 grade (ages 9-11)
July 16-20: 7/8 grade (ages 12-14)
July 23-27: 7/8 grade (ages 12-14) – Intermediate Level Camp for returning students

Age Range

9-11, 11-13, 12-14

Make your own animations with FilmScene! FilmScene campers will work in teams to produce, direct, and edit their own animations—totally from scratch. Each day we will learn about different animation styles (GIFs, claymation, light & shadow puppets, hand-drawn cartooning, video game sprites, and more) and make mini-movies that will give us a better understanding of what is possible in animation. We will learn about the Principles of Animation to make our movies more polished and professional. For the closing ceremonies, we will premiere our movies for family and friends in FilmScene’s Scene 1 cinema.

Each day in our week-long camp will include hands-on learning with iPads, Stop Motion Pro software, multi-directional lighting and a wide range of materials from paper to sand. We will watch the work of other animators to study styles and methods. Each day will also include stretching breaks, snacks, and provided lunch.



Day Camps: June 4-7 at Johnson Co Fairgrounds in Iowa City
June 11-14 at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Ed Center, Cedar Rapids
June 18-21 at Howard H Cherry Scout Reservation, Central City
Family Camp: June 30-July 1, July 6-7, July 21-22 at Howard H Cherry Scout Reservation, Central City

Age Range

Day Camps are for all youth going into 1st-5th grade in 2018 school year.
Family Camps are for you and adults of ALL ages.

Day camps are designed for all youth going into 1st-5th grades, and is a 4-day program of outdoor fun and activities, including: Games, Archery, Crafts, BB Guns, Outdoor Skills, Catapults, and Water activities. We have 3 dates and locations for our day camps.

Family Camp is an overnight weekend camping adventure for the entire family at Howard H Cherry Scout Reservation. It is an opportunity to enjoy nature and each other in a fun, beautiful outdoor setting away from the business of everyday life. Staffed activities include: swimming, climbing wall, shooting sports, obstacle course, fishing, crafts, and a campfire program.



June 17-August 10, 2018

Age Range

Grades 1-12


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—60 minutes from Iowa City—Camp Liberty provides life-changing opportunities for Girl Scouts across eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Trying new things, learning new skills, and gaining confidence is what camp is all about.

The staff at Camp Liberty are ready to welcome your Girl Scout and provide her with the best summer ever!



June-July on your own time
See calendar for weekly programs and events for specific ages. 

Age Range

All ages!


Children sign up and receive an activity sheet that encourages them to read and be read to throughout the summer. Activities also provide opportunities to play, discover, create, try new things, and learn more about using the library. When children complete their activity sheet, they receive a prize. See the calendar for weekly events for specific ages. The library has reading programs for all ages, from babies to adults.

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