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!
Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
The Belin-Blank Center specializes in bright kids. If your child shows a deep curiosity when a topic sparks their interest, a love of learning, or a particular talent in an area, they will feel right at home here! Our summer programs include commuter and residential options for students in grades 2-11 in areas such as science, technology, math, art, writing, and leadership. They take place on the University of Iowa campus, giving students access to valuable university-level resources and experts.
Our staff are professionals in gifted education and talent development and have designed summer programs specifically for students who want to take a deep dive into a topic while having fun with other kids who share their level of interest and ability. We also offer specialized social and academic support for twice-exceptional students. Participation in a school’s gifted program is not required. With programs for students from elementary to high school, covering a wide range of topics, we’re sure to have something for you and your family. We can’t wait for you to join us this summer!
Willowwind Summer Program
The Willowwind Summer Program offers unique learning experiences, small multi-age classrooms, experienced educators, and a culture of caring which set it apart from other programs. Our summer classes engage students in exciting, hands-on, experiential learning. Classes are organized in 5 multi-age groups: preschool (ages 3-5), kindergarten, 1-2nd grade, 3-6th, and 6-8th. Class sizes of 10-16 students ensure each child gets individual attention and is able to take an active role in the classroom.
Willowwind’s summer faculty are experienced educators, artists, and specialists in their field. We are delighted by the excellence of our summer faculty and their commitment to your child’s education. Finally, Willowwind’s safe, caring environment provides students with the opportunity to grow and learn socially, emotionally, and academically.
We look forward to seeing you and your child in the coming months as you Choose Your Own Adventure this summer!
StairWay5 – Coding, Robotics & Technology Education
Transform your kids into Creators of Technology! StairWay5 is a unique, local technology enrichment program that focuses on deeper, individualized technology education in coding, robotics and other key creative technology skills for students to successfully build a world class technical and future skills foundation.
Class sizes are limited to 8 students and programs are offered year-around: Fall/Spring after school/weekends and all-day and half-day Summer camps. We build confidence through project-based learning, stepping students up through deep technical programs while honing 5 core skills: Problem Identification, Learning to Learn, Critical Thinking, Solutions Design and Project Management.
Each student creates and maintains an individual Digital Web Portfolio that documents everything they learn and create. Please see website for additional course details:
Junior Robotics-Web (Ages 8-11)
Robotics I (Ages 10-16)
Digital Media – Graphic Design using Microsoft Paint 3D (ages 9-16)
Digital Media – Video (camera) production, editing and publishing (ages 9-16) Digital Media – Video (computer capture) production, editing and publishing (ages 9-16)
Makers Lab (Ages 8-16) – for students who have completed at least 1 course Math Tutoring to support Coding/Robotics (Ages 8-16)
Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P.C.
Children excel with Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center’s summer academic programs! Let us help your child reach their full potential with reading and social skills summer programs. Our programs take an individualized approach and are based on each student’s skill level, not their grade level or age. Starting with your child’s current skill level helps them build confidence as they grow and prepare for success in the classroom!
Early Triumph Over Reading (Kindergarten-1st Grade Skill Level)
Triumph Over Reading (2nd-6th Grade Skill Level)
Science Squad: Social Skills through Science (2nd-6th Grade Skill Level)
Iowa Children's Museum
This summer, let’s play!
Discover what makes you SUPER! Bring your favorite video game to life! Go “canoeing” and make s’mores in the great indoors! Build a cardboard castle! Go on a safari exploring world habitats! Design your own skate park! Travel back in time! Meet some of Eric Carle’s beloved characters, like the hungry caterpillar!
Spend summer learning and playing at The Iowa Children’s Museum! Campers participate in exciting educational activities, explore the museum’s exceptional exhibits, and experience just how fun active learning can be!
Register early for these unique educational experiences led by skilled museum PLAYologist Educators.
Big Picture Gallery & Studio
Create – Discover – Connect!
Join us for week-long, media-based, immersive art experiences this summer. We are offering 10 weeks of camps designed for students entering kindergarten through High School. During each session students will have the opportunity to learn the elements and principles of art, art vocabulary, processes and techniques, and make connections between the visual arts and other disciplines. Students will practice creative problem solving, collaboration and communication in a fun and encouraging environment!
Film Scene - Animation Summer Camp
Make your own movies! Summer campers work in teams to produce, direct, and edit their own work—totally from scratch. Seven week long session of stop-motion animation camp and one week of narrative filmmaking camp. In all sessions, each day, students learn about filmmaking through by watching and discussing short films, and through hands-on experience and accessible technology, campers will leave camp ready to make movies at home. For the closing ceremonies, we will premiere our movies for family and friends in FilmScene’s Scene 1 cinema!
Indian Creek Nature Center - Creek Camp
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!
Camp Wyoming is a Christian summer camp located in Eastern Iowa, just an hour outside of Iowa City. We offer programs for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade and feature activities like bubble soccer, kayaking, archery, rocket launching, challenge course, caving, and more!
Don’t let your kids spend their summer staring at a screen. Camp Wyoming’s programs give kids the chance to get outdoors, make new friends, and have fun in a safe and Christ-centered space.
Little School on the Prairie - Johnson County Historical Society
“Little School on the Prairie” is the Johnson County Historical Society’s week-long camp for kids who are excited to learn about the past. Camp participants will experience the life of 19th-century students at the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse. Campers are invited to dress in old-fashioned clothing while they participate in lessons, crafts, games, and outdoor activities that follow the 1876 theme.
Wakonda Kids Camp
Attention Moms! It’s hard to believe it right now, but in a few months the sun will return, and it will be summer break! And before you know it the kids will be saying “I’m bored, what can we do?” We are here to help! Join us for a new and unique adventure for your family & friends this summer. Get a group together and sign up for Wakonda Kids Camp ’19.
Wakonda Kids Camp offers your group the opportunity to spend a day at a beautiful 500-acre camp located near Central City, Iowa. Bring a group of parents and kids that want to have fun and enjoy the opportunity to take a break from electronics and spend quality time in the great outdoors doing a wide range of activities including: climbing and bouldering walls, testing your skills on a ninja warrior course, learn about animal/insect discovery (along with a butterfly house), arts and crafts, nature hikes, fishing, and archery. All activity areas are staffed by certified summer camp staff.
Day programs are open to the public and offer fun-filled outdoor activities for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. Each group must have a minimum of 10 youth and provide at least 2 adults for each group of 10 youth for supervision purposes. Daily fee $25/child. Lunch (optional) $5.00/child.
Prairie Green Summer Camps
This summer, Prairie Green School planned ten weeks of themed summer camps with a different excursion or field trip every day! These weeks are meant to offer your child exercise, exploration of their interests, time to play in nature, and connections to the incredible resources and destinations in our community.
No matter what your child is interested in, there is something here for everyone. We can’t wait to explore the world together!
With only 12 students each week, these camps will fill up fast, so sign up today!
Summer at Nolte Academy/Performing Arts Preschool
There’s something for every child at Nolte Academy’s performing arts summer program. For our youngest students, we offer three, 3-week sessions of dance (ages 18 months-first grade) and preschool camps exploring a variety of themes from space to cooking to princesses (ages 3-5). Our school-age camps feature themes such as Mary Poppins Returns, Hamilton’s Hip-Hop, Harry Potter, The Nutcracker, show choir and dance costuming (ages 5-high school). We also offer a regional summer dance intensive and festival that has served as a stepping stone for serious students looking to make the jump into pre-professional or professional programs all over the country (ages 9+).
Sun Hee's Art Lessons
Learn From Professional Artist Sun Hee! I am a sculptor, painter and art teacher. I am a native of South Korea and have experience in a wide variety of media. I have more than 27 years of experience in teaching students from pre-school to adults. In South Korea, I helped students successfully prepare for highly competitive art programs, working with them to improve their abilities for drawing and painting skills tests.
I tell my students that artists are made, not born. If you can hold a pencil, you can draw or paint. You can make sculptures, too. If you learn the skills, making beautiful art is not difficult. Everybody can be an artist. You can explore your own personality on canvas or through clay.
My sculptures have won awards in South Korea in 1993 and in the U.S. in 2011. I also have won awards for my teaching in the American School in Chinhae in South Korea 1999.