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2016 Summer Camp Guide in Des Moines

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Presenting Des Moines Moms Blog Ultimate Summer Camp Guide!

Have you started to panic about what you are going to do with your kids for 90+ days this summer? WE HAVE. While I love my kids, I know without a plan for the summer, too many days will be spent hearing the words “Mom I’m bored!” We know you’d rather have fun, productive, educational opportunities for your kids both indoors and outdoors and we’re here to help you plan!

If you’re interested in summer camp possibilities, now’s the time to start planning as registration has already begun for many programs!  Below you’ll find a list of activities and camps around Des Moines to help keep your child physically and mentally engaged. While we wish we could share ALL that’s available in Des Moines, this list includes a wide variety of options for families looking for all types of activities and price ranges.

We hope this will serve as your ultimate, one-stop resource on how to get your children registered for a summer full of fun!

{Disclosure: This is our 2016 guide to Des Moines Summer Camps. We’re proud to share these with you, including this year’s featured summer camp sponsors along with our team’s favorites from around Central Iowa. If you are a camp director and you would like your camp included in this listing email advertise{at}desmoinesmomsblog{dot}com for details.}


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Location(s): Des Moines Social Club Headquarters located on 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Who: Children ages 5-13

When: Circus Camp begins June 13th // Art Camp begins June 20th // Break-Dancing Camp AND Camp Gizmo begin June 27th (Break dancing in AM and Gizmo in PM) // Culinary Camp with Kitchen Collage begins July 18th

The Des Moines Social Club offers a variety of arts-based summer camps designed to encourage and celebrate your child’s individuality. We strive to create a fun, safe, and supportive environment for students to build confidence while strengthening their cognitive and creative skills.

2016 Camps include: Run Away with the Circus (circus arts), Young Artist Studio (visual arts), Break it Down (dance/movement), Camp Gizmo (art meets technology), and Kids Cooking Camp (culinary arts). Before and after care is offered during all camp sessions. Healthy snacks and water breaks provided. For more information: http://desmoinessocialclub.org/education/camp/

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Sapphire Gymnastics Academy

Location(s): Sapphire Gymnastics Academy 11401 Meredith Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322

Who: Children ages 5-14

When: New camp each week June 6-August 19

Discovery Kids’ Club is the Metro’s most complete day camp experience!  Our campers have a blast with each weekly theme in our 24,000 square foot, fully air-conditioned facility.  This is an active learning camp!  Be prepared for your kids to be tired!!!  Each weekly theme includes a field trip and swimming trip, in addition to educational time, experiments, reading, obstacle courses, trampolines, and so much more!   Camp hours are 7 am-5:30 pm.

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creative movement danceCreative Movement Dance

Location(s): 2023 NW 100th Street – Clive, IA 50325

Who: Children ages 3-14

When: June 6 – August 5, 2016, Monday- Friday 7am-5:30pm

Creative Movement Dance Company is offering two different dance camps this summer.  If you have a tiny dancer or just looking for something new to try, look no further than the dance camps at Creative Movement Dance.  All of our camps are from 9am-11:30am and are for kids 3-6.   Each day there’s a new theme and the kids will create crafts, play games, enjoy snacks and of course, learn a dance routine.  At the end of each day there will be a special performance at 11:30am for the families to come and watch.  The first session is Dance Olympics – July 11-14 and our second session is an Ocean Party – August 1-4.

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Location(s): 6564 NW 6th Dr., Des Moines, IA 50313 and 1615 SW Vintage Pkwy., Ankeny, IA 50023

Who: Children ages 2-14

When: Camps range from June 27th to August 4th

We are delighted to offer multiple camp options ranging from age 2 through the serious dancer or acrobat. Enjoy Princess Camp, Sparkle Girl Camp, American Girl Doll Camp, Acrobatics Camp, and Love 2 Perform camp! We have something for everyone and to fit every summer schedule. Sign up now before camps fill up!

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des moines y campDes Moines Y Camp

Location(s): 1192 166th Drive, Boone, IA 50036

Who: Children ages 7-17

When: Camps range from June 27th to August 4th

At Y Camp, summer is the season to grow. We believe that every kid deserves an opportunity to make new friends, learn new lesson, take on new and exciting challenges, and develop into the leader they can be. Our programs provide a safe and character centered approach to giving each kid the nutrients they need to tackle each day with excitement and confidence. With a traditional camp experience, complete with horses, archery, fishing, hiking, canoeing, swimming, climbing and much more, Y Camp is a great way to make this summer the best one yet!

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WDMCS Community Education Summer of Learning

Summer of Learning – West Des Moines Community Education

Location(s): various buildings within the West Des Moines Community Schools

Who: School age children, from kindergarten to high school

When: Camps range from June to August

WDMCS Community Education’s Summer of Learning program has many fun, enriching, and affordable learning opportunities available. Whether your child needs a little extra help in reading, writing, or math, or simply a fun way to expand their knowledge in several subjects, the Summer of Learning program provides a wide variety of activities to choose from.

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Living History Farms Day Camps

Who: School age children, from pre-kindergarten to high school

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Climb Iowa Summer Camps

Who: Children ages 4-13

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Blank Park Zoo Safari Camps

Who: Children ages 3-17

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ANKENY ART CENTER

APEX ATHLETICS

CAMP FIRE HEART OF IOWA

CAMP INVENTION

DES MOINES ART CENTER

DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS

DES MOINES SOCIAL CLUB

EASTER SEALS IOWA

FIRST TEE OF CENTRAL IOWA

JESTER PARK 

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF CENTRAL IOWA

LIFETIME FITNESS

MENACE SOCCER CAMP

PIED PIPER STUDIOS

PRAIRIE LIFE FITNESS

POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION

SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA

SKYZONE

STUDIO VIRTU

UNITYPOINT HEALTH: EveryBODY’s Yoga: Summer Yoga Camp for Kids/Teens

UNITYPOINT HEALTH: Handwriting Camp – Summer 2016

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