Iowa City Area Summer Camp Guide 2023

Summer Camps in the Iowa CIty area

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!



Session 1 – Jewelry Making 6/7-9, 9am -12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Session 2: Ceramics, 6/12-16, 9am-12pm.

Session 3:Painting, 6/19-23, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Session 4: Collage & Mixed Media, 6/26-6/30, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Session 5:Jewelry Making, 7/5-7, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Session 6: 3D & Found Object, 7/10-7/14, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Session 7: Ceramics, 7/17-7/21, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Session 8:Painting, 7/24-7/28, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Session 9: Drawing and Printmaking, 7/31-8/4, 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Session 10: Ceramics, 8/7 – 8/11, 9am-12pm, 1am-4pm.

Session 11: Painting, 8/14-8/18, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Age Range

Entering Kindergarten – High School

Camp at Big Picture is relaxing, creative and so much fun. Our camps are media based and your child will learn proper techniques and processes for working with the designated media. We used a project based approach and students will produce beautiful pieces to take home! Our staff is excited to inspire campers this summer!

*Detailed information on how to register is provided on our website.

**We offer a “Double the Fun” discount when registering for 2 or more spots!



June 5th to August 4th, 2023 M-F 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

BSP available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ASP available until 6 p.m.

Full-day and half-day options available for all ages.

Age Range

Three-years-old (must be fully toilet trained) through rising sixth grade

Willowwind’s 2023 Summer Program is packed with a wide range of exciting, hands-on experiences for students. Choose from an array of unique and captivating themes like fine arts, athletics, STEM, and outdoor adventure! Classes are organized into four multi-age groups: preschool (ages 3-5), kindergarten, first-second grade, and third-sixth grade.

Small class sizes ensure students receive individual attention and can take an active role in their summer adventure. Be on the lookout for new classes such as StoryboardTHAT! and Colors, Colors Everywhere. Get excited about old favorites like Trails and Creeks and Myth Busters. Willowwind’s a la carte class menu allows you to craft a summer schedule that best suits the needs and interests of your student. Finally, Willowwind’s fun learning environment provides students with the opportunity to grow and learn socially, emotionally, and academically.

See you this summer!



Session 1: June 19-23, 2023

Session 2: July 17-21, 2023

Age Range

Grades 3-6

The Junior Scholars Academy program is designed to challenge students in their areas of interest and strength. Students explore a single advanced level topic for the entire week. Class sizes are small, and they take place on the University of Iowa campus, giving your child access to valuable university resources and experts.

*We encourage careful reading of the course descriptions when choosing classes. Specific questions about course content should be directed to [email protected]



June 19-22
June 26-29
July 10-13
July 24-27
August 7-10
**All camps are from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Age Range

Ages 4 to 12

When school is out, it’s time to play! Camps at The Iowa Children’s Museum are designed to nurture a love of learning through interactive activities led by skilled museum educators. With a range of themes to choose from, there’s something for every child’s interests. Our first three sessions are for elementary-aged children, with topics ranging from art to technology. We also have two “kinder camps” specifically designed to help children ages 4 and 5 get ready for Kindergarten. All of our camps include playtime in our exhibits.

Convenient registration options make it easy to give your child a break filled with fun, educational activities. Camps are $175 for four days of programming in our museum exhibits and classroom space. Members receive a 10% discount!



Nature Camps:
Week 1 (Plants) June 12th-16th
Week 2 (Animals) June 19th-23rd
Week 3 (Elements) June 26th-30th
Musical Theater Camp:
July 10th-22nd
10-3 M-F for each week of camp
**optional wraparound care available from 8:30-4

Age Range

Kindergarten through 12th grade

Unitarian Universalist Society is so excited to offer their first ever summer program at their Coralville campus in 2023!

This summer, join us at Unitarian Universalist Society for a fun-filled summer full of outdoor play with a series of one week nature camps for ages K-8th grade. To cap it all off, we will have a 2-week musical theatre camp for ages K-12th grade to perform Seussical The Musical.

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At Iowa City Moms Blog we’re a group of local moms who are passionate about connecting other moms to one another and to our community! Whether you’re an experienced mom, a newbie, expecting, or aspiring to be a mom someday, this blog is for you! Join us as we navigate this journey that is motherhood in the Iowa City area!


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