Des Moines Summer Camps

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Climbing Wall Girl Des Moines Summer Camp

Des Moines Mom is excited to present our 2022 ultimate guide to Des Moines summer camps – along with various summer programs and activities for kids!

Whatever ages, budgets, and interests represent your family best, Des Moines has something for you this summer! Our goal is to help you plan a fun and stress-free summer for the kids. We even created a FREE summer planner for you to download. 

The 2022 Summer Camp Guide is sponsored by our featured programs, but it is a comprehensive guide to all summer camps in Des Moines. We so appreciate the support of the community and the opportunity to present our readers with valuable resources.

Climb Iowa

climb iowa summer camp

Climb Iowa is Iowa’s largest climbing and training center. With two locations in the Des Moines metro, everyone can find the right fit for them. Send your kids on a climbing adventure. Climb Iowa Grimes camps introduce young adventurers to climbing, but they won’t stop there. Children will learn about trust, teamwork, and problem solving while developing their rock-climbing skills through our interactive activities. Climb Iowa offers kids and families the opportunity to explore new horizons, find an engaging form of fitness, and discover an engaged and close-knit community. 

515-986-2565

3605 SE Miehe Drive, Grimes, IA 50111

kids climbing wall des moines summer camp

Devine Dancers

des moines summer camp dance

Devine Dancers offers classes for all ages and ability levels. This summer they are offering the following classes and camps: Fairytale Ball, Encanto Enchantment, Storybook Camp, Iowa State Fair Camp, Tumbling, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Strength and Stretch, and Baton. Devine Dancers is located on Ingersoll Ave in Des Moines, IA off the 31st exit. They are recognized as one of the most elite dance schools in Iowa. Register and become an angel today!

DM Chess Academy

Summer camps are led by International Chess Master Dejan Maksimovic! Open to players ages 6-14 and of all skill levels, participants with no previous chess knowledge are welcome. Players will be divided into groups by skill level. Chess is a game where problem-solving through creative solutions is at the heart. We use mini-games, worksheets, and activities to teach fundamentals as well as allow students time to play full games. Groups of all skill levels will be taught with an emphasis on how to create a plan and make moves with a purpose.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Des Moines Summer Camp Outside Kids

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden summer camps in Des Moines allow youth to explore the natural world through the lens of their favorite activities. Using the gardens as unique classrooms, their summer day camps inspire youth to create and explore with hands-on experiments, plantings, games, and crafts. All camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are designed for first through fifth graders unless otherwise noted.

Premiere Dance Project

girl ballet dancer

Premiere Dance offers a variety of summer camps and classes to fit your child’s interests. Join them in the dance studio to develop your child’s self-confidence, social skills, and creativity this summer! They are passionate about dance education, instilling confidence, and empowering students to achieve their goals. The Premiere Family creates an environment where dancers can develop themselves individually, physically, and artistically. They can’t wait to dance with you!

AR Workshop Ankeny

AR workshop summer camp

Calling all parents! AR Workshop Ankeny has the perfect summer boredom buster. Register your child for hands-on crafting experience. Camps are designed for girls and boys, ages 7-14 and run in the mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Heartland Youth Choir

des moines summer camp singing

Learn new music, make new friends, and have loads of fun doing both at Heartland Youth Choir’s week-long summer choir camps, July 11 – 15, 2022. SummerTunes (mornings only) is for singers in grades K – 3; SummerSongs (grades 4 – 8) includes afternoon field trips. Come sing with us!

Des Moines Menace

Menace Youth Photo Des Moines Summer Camps

Boys and girls, ages 3-14, are invited to join the Des Moines Menace this spring and summer to develop and grow their soccer skills. Options range from a 7-week spring program to 1-week camps coached by future professional Menace soccer players throughout the summer. Each registration includes a t-shirt and a ticket to a Des Moines Menace home game.

New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy Camp Discovery

A world of discovery awaits school-age children enrolled in New Horizon Academy’s Camp Discovery program. With exciting activities like creating your own spinning tops, scavenger hunts, water day adventures, and participating in engineering challenges, your child will be immersed in action-packed learning and fun all summer long.

Additional summer camps in Des Moines

ANKENY ART CENTER

AR WORKSHOP – ANKENY

CAMP BRAINIAC

DES MOINES ART CENTER

GREATER DES MOINES BOTANICAL GARDEN

DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS

DES MOINES PLAYHOUSE

ENGMAN CAMP SHALOM

ENTREPRENEUR CAMP

ENRICHMENT THERAPY AND LEARNING CENTER

GAN SHALOM CAMP

GODDARD SCHOOL

HEARTLAND YOUTH CHOIR

ID TECH CAMP

KIDS CREATE

NEW HORIZON ACADEMY

PIED PIPER STUDIOS

SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER OF JOHNSTON

TALLGRASS THEATER COMPANY

TRUE POTENTIAL EDUCATION

WAGNER SUMMER THEATER

CLIMB IOWA

COURAGE LEAGUE SPORTS

DM YMCA

GENESIS HEALTH CLUB

GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL URBANDALE

FOSS SWIM SCHOOL ANKENY

LIFETIME FITNESS

MENACE SOCCER CAMP

MID-IOWA GYMNASTICS

POLE POSITION RACEWAY

SAFESPLASH SWIM SCHOOL

TRIAD GYMNASTICS

DEVINE DANCERS

GRACE BALLET & ACROBATICS STUDIO

PREMIERE DANCE PROJECT

BLANK PARK ZOO SAFARI CAMP

CAMP FIRE HEART OF IOWA

EASTER SEALS IOWA

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF CENTRAL IOWA

LIVING HISTORY FARMS

MUDDY BOOTS FOREST CAMP

POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION

YMCA CAMP

ANKENY PARKS & REC

CLIVE PARKS & REC 

DES MOINES PARKS & REC

GRIMES PARKS & REC

INDIANOLA PARKS & REC

JOHNSTON PARKS & REC

URBANDALE PARKS & REC

WAUKEE PARKS & REC

WEST DES MOINES COMMUNITY SUMMER OF LEARNING

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Kara originally hails from northwest Iowa where she met her husband, Lance, through a 4-H fashion show. After a decade of living in central Iowa, Kara is still figuring out which way is north. Wearing the hat of “wife, mommy, employee, chef, ribbon tie-er and family calendar organizer,” Kara knows a bit about juggling life and work. Kara became a boy-mom in June of 2011 to Lucan and a girl-mom to Gracelyn in December of 2014. Most days you can find her mixing up metaphors and oversharing life’s moments via social media. Kara enjoys yoga, reading, gardening, cooking, sewing in straight lines and singing along to musicals. A spender by nature, but thrifty by necessity, Kara is always in hunt of a bargain. She’s an active member of Northpoint Church and a resident of Grimes. Her vision for life includes “doing the best we can with what God gives us.”

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