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100+ Camps, Classes, And Activities From More Than 25 Resources For A Season Full Of Learning!

City of Dubuque Leisure Services

For all of the amazing programs available to area youth, it’s hard to hold a candle to the offerings presented by the City of Dubuque’s Leisure Services Department. They offer a staggering range of creative classes, FREE neighborhood programs, youth sports, swim lessons, golf instruction, Bee Branch nature programs and other programs available to Dubuque families as the cornerstone of youth activity in our community. Kids recreation classes from Leisure services cover the gamut and then the gamut beyond that. In fact, we counted more than 100 different titles for classes and activities offered. The selection is simply stunning. There is truly something for everyone through offerings from a great variety of experienced instructors and through partnerships with groups like ISU Extension, Montessori School, Dubuque County Conservation and many more.

Leisure Services Programs and Services Scholarships

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department is offering scholarships for low-income qualifying families living in Dubuque. Up to 150 families will each be awarded $125 in scholarship “credits” which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, to pay for swim passes, general recreation programs, pavilion rentals, and other services provided through the leisure services registration system. Complete and return the Income Verification form, available at the Leisure Services Office at 2200 Bunker Hill Rd., or the Multicultural Family Center in the Ruby Sutton Building at 1157 Central Ave. They may also be downloaded at Completed forms must be submitted in person at the Leisure Services Office or Multicultural Family Center to confirm the scholarship. Mailed in forms will not be accepted. For more information, call 563-589-4263.

There’s way more for kids to do this summer than we have room for here, but you can get the full list in the new Summer Leisure Services Brochure, available April 6, at or in print form at area venues like the Leisure Services Office, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, and City Hall. With more than 60 pages, it’s more of a guidebook to summer fun than a brochure. It’s also got information about summer reading programs at the library, youth programs at the Multicultural Family Center, as well as events at the Five Flags Center. For up-to-date information on programs, events, and services you can also “like” their Facebook page at City of Dubuque Leisure Services or sign up for the Notify Me alerts through the city’s website.

The City also provides kids an opportunity to have fun and get some outdoor exercise at our parks and two municipal pools. Flora and Sutton Pools open on Saturday, May 26 for the season. Both venues have wonderful water-related amenities like slides and fountains and a host of pool sizes. Admission under 18 is $2 (free under 4), which is some pretty cheap entertainment.

Special population activities are also offered but not limited to mentally and physically disabled individuals. Registration is requested one week prior to a program’s starting date. Call the office at 563-589-4263 for any questions. The SPI playground program offers a variety of activities for girls and boys ages 6–14 and toilet trained, for inclusion into the regularly scheduled playground program at Flora Park. Additional staff will be available to assist with successful participation.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library
360 W 11th St

When school is out, Carnegie-Stout Public Library is basically a treasure trove of entertainment and ongoing learning for kids of all ages. Don’t miss out on this critical and amazing resource for Dubuque families this season!

Please register for all Carnegie-Stout events no more than one week in advance at the Children’s Help Desk or by calling 563-589-4225, ext. 2228, unless noted otherwise.

Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock!
Age: birth–12
June 4–August 10
This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! The Summer Reading Program promises to offer fun programs for all kids. Registration begins on Monday, June 4. You can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the Children’s Help Desk or online at beginning June 4.

Story Times

Toddler Time
Mondays: June 11–August 13
@ 9:15, 10, & 10:40 am

Baby Rhyme Time
Tuesdays: June 12–August 14
@ 10 & 10:40 AM

Preschool Story Time
Wednesdays: June 13–August 15
@ 10 & 10:45 AM

Sprout Into Reading Evening Storytime
May 24, June 21, July 19, August 23  @ 6:30 PM

Monthly Programs

Reading with Rover
May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11
@ 10:30–11:15 AM

B’Tween the Pages Book Club
Age: 9–12
Thursdays @ 4–4:45 PM

Beginning Chapters Book Club: Math and Science Rock!
Wednesdays @ 4 PM

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales Book Club
Tuesdays @ 3 PM

Baby Builders Block Party
May 11, June 23, July 21, August 24 @ 10:30 AM

LEGO® Club
Age: 7–12
May 26, June 9, July 14, August 18 @ 2 PM

Pokémon League
May 10; June 14, 28; July 12, 26;
August 9, 30 @ 6 PM

Minecraft Mania
Age: 7–High School

May 23, June 27, July 18, August 15
@ 6:30 PM

Creative Kids: Summer Maker Club
Age: 7–11
May 2 @ 4 PM
June 13, July 11, August 15 @ 2 PM

Saturday Matinee
May 5, June 23, July 21, August 4 @ 2–3:30 PM
May 5: Coco
June 23: Rock Dog
July 21: Paddington 2
August 4: The Stray

Sewing 101
Age: 10–High School
Snap Bag: May 10, 17 @ 4 PM
Father’s Day Gift: June 14 @ 1 & 2:30 PM
Water Bottle Holder: July 12 @ 1 & 2:30 PM
Back to School Project: August 9 @ 1 & 2:30 PM

Family Book BINGO
June 30, July 28, August 11 @ 2 PM

Special Programs

Below are many of the great events and activities coming to Carnegie-Stout Public Library this Summer. For more details on any of these, refer to the City of Dubuque’s Summer Activity Guide or contact the Children’s Help Desk, 536-589-4225, ext. 2228.

I Spy: Cinco de Mayo
April 29–May 5

Turtle Tales with the National Mississippi River Museum
Saturday, May 5 @ 10 AM

“Dough” It Yourself: Playdough Workshop
Monday, May 14 @ 4 PM

Taste Test Challenge
Saturday, May 23 @ 4 PM

Pop-Up Library Event with Babaloo Music Concert at Flora Park
Monday, June 11 @10:30 AM–1 PM
Concert @ 11 AM
Flora Park
Carnegie-Stout will have summer reading sign-up for all ages. You can get a library card, check out books from their new Bike Library, experience Maker Space activities, and enjoy a fun concert with children’s performer Babaloo, a one-man musical comedy act for kids of all ages. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for this outdoor event.

Pet Rock Adoption
Tuesday, June 12 @ 2 PM

Will Stuck with Stories & Songs to Make You Wiggle and Giggle
Age: 3+
Friday, June 15 @ 9:30 & 11 AM
Will shares some of his favorite stories and songs that are loaded with plenty of audience participation.

Will Stuck with BOOM! Stories & Science!
Age: 5+
Friday, June 15 @ 1:30 PM
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction. They are both important and both fun! For the afternoon, Will Stuck will bring you a lively mix of science experiments and storytelling that will get you excited about science and reading.

No-Bake Cook-Off
Friday, June 15 @ 3 PM

Author Derek Anderson
Age: 5+
Wednesday, June 20 @ 10 AM & 2 PM
The creator of Story County, Gladys Goes Out to Lunch, and Romeo and Lou Blast Off, and illustrator of the Hot Rod Hamster and Little Quack series of books, Anderson will share his creative process. Books will be available for purchase.

Cook ‘n Read
Wednesday, June 20 @ 2–3 PM

Junior Explorers: Sensory Playtime
Thursday, June 21 @ 2 PM

Aspen Black Interactive Cowgirl Concert
Friday, June 22 @ 9:30, 11 AM & 1:30 PM
Come clap, laugh, sing, and dance, all while learning about authentic, historical and modern, cowboy/girl life. You will learn about cowboy vocabulary, what children did for fun in the old west as well as the Spanish influence on cowboy life. All ages.

Percussion Party
Sunday, June 24 @ 2 PM

Science Week with Grout Museum
June 25–28 @ 3 PM

Drum Safari
Friday, June 29 @ 9:30, 11 AM & 1:30 PM

During this high-energy and interactive performance, meet different animals from all over the world through a set of rhythms. After meeting the animals, each child is given a percussion instrument and the jungle jam begins! All ages.

Game of Games
Friday, June 29 @ 3 PM

ART Rageous Week
July 2, 3, 5 & 6 @ 3 PM
Spirograph art, color-in stained glass, thumbprint art, artist’s choice

International Mud Day
Monday, July 9 @ 2 PM

Libraries Rock! Sock Hop
Tuesday, July 10 @ 3 PM

Wild Exotic Animals
Age: 5+
Friday, July 13 @ 9:30, 11 AM & 1:30 PM
Learn all about animals—where they’re from, what they eat, and their status in the wild—during an education program that brings the zoo to you. This event will feature live animals.

Sand Painting
Tuesday, July 17 @ 2 PM

Teddy Bear Picnic
Wednesday, July 18 @ 4 PM

Zine-Making Workshop
Thursday, July 19 @ 2 PM

Juggling Jeff Comic Adventure
Age: 3+
Friday, July 20 @ 9:30, 11 AM & 1:30 PM
An interactive comedy show with high energy, improvisation, danger, suspense, ridiculousness, audience participation and more!

Harry Potter’s Birthday
July 23–July 31

LEGO® Relay Race
Tuesday, July 24 @ 2 PM

Monster Mashup
Monday, July 23 @ 4 PM

Laura Doherty—Libraries ROCK!
Friday, July 27 @ 9:30, 11 AM & 1:30 PM
Laura Doherty is a Chicago-based performer who will acoustically rock your kid’s world with breezy folk-pop tunes from her Parent’s Choice award-winning CDs. All ages.

Creative Coding Camp Using Scratch
July 30; August 1, 3 @ 2 PM

Saturday, August 4 @ 10–11:30 AM

Fairytale STEM
Age: 4–8
Tuesday, August 7 @ 2 PM

Libraries Rock! An Animal Chorus
Age: 5–10
Friday, August 10 @ 9:30 & 11 AM

Rockets Away and Bubbles
Age: 7–12
Saturday, August 11 @ 2 PM

Slime Party
Age: 7–12
Monday, August 13 @ 2 PM


Teen Summer Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, May 29 @ 4 PM
Teen volunteers play an important role in helping make the library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program a success.

Teens “R” Reading Book Club
Age: 13+
Mondays @ 4–4:45 PM
May 21: Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
June 18: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
July 16: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
August 20: Mars One by Jonathan Mayberry

Teen Time @ C-SPL Maker Space
Age: 13+
June 19, July 17, August 14 @ 3–4 PM

Salsa! Salsa! Salsa!
Age: 12+
Thursday, May 3 @ 3–4:30

Mamma Mia! Sing-A-Long
Age: 13+
Saturday, May 12 @ 2–4 PM

Taste Test Challenge
Saturday, May 26 @ 2 PM

Cook ‘n Read
Wednesday, June 20 @ 2 PM

Spa Soiree, Take 2
Wednesday, June 27 @ 1:30 PM

Lip Sync Battle
Friday, July 13 @ 6–8 PM

Zine-Making Workshop
Thursday, July 19 @ 2 PM

Tie-Dye Your Summer
Wednesday, July 25 @ 2 PM

Teen Movie—Breaking a Monster: the Story of Unlocking the Truth
Wednesday, July 25 @ 6–7:30 PM

K-Pop Creations
Wednesday, August 8 @ 2 PM

End of Summer Reading Pizza Party (Invitation Only)
Friday, August 10 @ 5:30–7:30 PM

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Dubuque County Library

There’s lots to do and learn at the Dubuque County Library District’s five branches this summer. Find a great selection of weekly pre-k through 5th grade programming here and special events through the summer. Visit in May for additional information or visit one of the five branches: Asbury, Epworth, Farley/Drexler, Holy Cross, and Peosta/NICC.

Summer 2018 Reading Kick Off!
Saturday, June 2 @ 10 AM–Noon
Farley/Drexler Branch
Drop in any time during the kick off to register and enjoy fun activities and entertainment. The theme, “Libraries Rock!” offers many unique opportunities for all ages to participate. Read@Home program runs June 2–Aug. 11, Register June 1 or the day of the kick-off.

Special Visitors
Science Center of Iowa
Wednesday, June 13
2 branch locations

Dubuque County Conservation Naturalist
Friday, June 15
2 Branch Locations

“The Singing Cowgirls”
Age: Toddler–pre-teen
Saturday, June 23 @ 4 PM
Asbury Branch
Hey kids and families—clap, move, sing, and dance with “The Singing Cowgirls”! Aspen, and daughter Alice, Black are the real deal, straight from the ranch! Learn cowboy and cowgirl vocabulary, explore life on the ranch, and connect the cultural history and traditions of the west with the lives of cowboys and cowgirls today. Dress up in your favorite western hat and boots and join “The Singing Cowgirls” for some rootin’-tootin’ fun!

Water Rock!
All 5 branch locations
Program by Bev Wagner from DMASWA

Blank Park Zoo
Wednesday, July 11
2 branch locations

“Bremen Town Musicians” presented by Fever River Puppeteers
Wednesday, July 25
2 Branch Locations
a sample of other Summer programs

Library Rocks Painting
Make your own pet rock! Paint a rock to take home to keep.

Interactive Movies
Follow along with favorite movies and interact with the story. Everyone will be given a packet at the start of the movie with instructions on when to do your actions that go along with the movie.

Bloxels Gamer Camp
Design your very own video game with Bloxels. Create characters, stories, and rooms for your game then play it with your friends online.

Homemade Instruments
Make your own maracas, drums, and other musical instruments.

Karaoke Family Night
Bring friends and family to rock out with an evening of karaoke at the library.

Outdoor Water Games
Grab a towel and join us for water balloon tag, bucket relay races, and more. You’ll get wet, we promise.

“The Bridge to Terebithia”
The Road Less Traveled Theater Company will present a special preview of their upcoming musical performance of The Bridge to Terebithia. Question and answer with the actors will follow.


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Creative Adventure Lab
210 Jones St, Suite 100

Want some awesome summer camp opportunities for children ages 6–9, 10–13, and 14–17? Creative Adventure Lab’s summer camp programs are a great way to foster creative thinking and innovation skills in a fun, interactive environment as they explore topics in art, science, and technology. The programs emphasize individual creativity, problem-solving, persistence, and shared group experiences. Visit their website for full details and camp dates on each of the camps listed below. Four-Day Camps run Monday through Thurdsay, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on specific dates. Tuitions range from $45 to $50 for 1-day camps to $135 to $300 for 4-day camps.

In addition to camps, Creative Adventure Lab is open to the public Monday–Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Adventure Lab features fun, hands-on activities designed to foster creative thinking and innovation skills. Adventure Lab activities are intuitive and open-ended, which means there’s no experience necessary and every visitor can create their own unique adventures. While the Adventure Lab features a playful atmosphere, it’s definitely not just for kids. Their activities are designed to scale in complexity, which makes them appealing to youth and adults alike. General admission gives you access to all the activities in the Adventure Lab. Admission is $7 per person (everyone ages 1+) and lets you stay all day long. Annual memberships are available as are parties and group rentals.

Minecraft 1 Day Mini-Camp
Age: 8–13

Lego 4 Day Camp
Age: 6–9

Art & Pottery 4 Day Camp
Age: 6–9 and 10–13

Studio Art 4 Day Camp
Age: 14–17

Movie-Making 4 day Camp
Age: 6–9 and 10–13

Virtual reality 4 Day Camp
Age: 10–13 and 14–17

Robotics and Coding 4 Day Camp
Age: 10–13


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Clarke Academy & Camps
1550 Clarke Dr

Learn from the best. Experience college life. Take field trips. Try something new. Get your hands dirty. Clarke University is proud to host summer academies and camps for middle school and high school aged students. Our academies and camps are hosted on the campus of Clarke University and are directed by Clarke University faculty, staff, alumni and skilled professionals in the computer science, food, nursing, and music industries.

To register or for more information on either DSO camp, contact the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at 563-557-1677 or by email at

To register or for more information on the Coding Academy, Social Work Academy, Nursing Cadets or Culinary Boot Camp, call 563-588-6566 or visit

Coding Academy
Age: Entering Grade 6–12
June 4–8
Cost: $325 Resident; $200 Non-Resident
Design, build and test 3D virtual reality games using Oculus Rift and Touch. The academy will be directed by Clarke University faculty.

Nursing Cadets Academy
Age: Entering Grade 6–9
June 13–15
Cost: $135
If you like to help others, you should consider a career in the exciting world of nursing! Participants will be exposed to various nursing specialties and learn how a nurse provides basic everyday skills through a hands-on experience with a high-fidelity simulator.

Culinary Boot Camp
Age: Entering grades 6–9
JUNE 18–22
Cost: $165
This camp will teach the basics of food, flavor, cooking, and the value of learning how to “play with your food”. Students bake bread, make homemade ice cream and even prepare a meal to serve to their parents and guests at the conclusion of the camp on June 22. The Culinary Boot Camp will be directed by Clarke University faculty and staff. For previous Culinary Boot Camp attendees: the skills, menus, and foods will be different! Morning drop-off between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. and afternoon pick-up at 1:15 p.m.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra String Camp
Age: Entering grades 7–9 (or a minimum of 2 years ensemble experience) who play violin, viola, cello, or bass
JUNE 18–24
Cost: $400–$450 resident; $225–$275 non-resident
Maestro Diego Piedra returns to lead students through another year of our popular String Camp! An exceptional opportunity for young string players to work with other motivated musicians from across the Midwest, students spend the week learning new techniques, studying exciting repertoire, and meeting new friends. The camp will culminate in a performance for over 2,000 people at the DSO’s Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum.

Dubuque Symphony Chamber Music Camp
Age: Entering grades 10–12 (advanced 9th graders and graduated seniors welcome) who play violin, viola, cello, or bass
JUNE 18–24
Cost: $400–$450 resident; $225–$275 non-resident
Unique, intense, and captivating, the Chamber Music Camp is perfect for advanced string players wanting to take their skills to the next level. Students are grouped into ensembles according to their age and ability, and spend the week exploring new repertoire and the diverse world of small ensemble playing.

The camp will culminate in a public recital performance at Clarke University’s beautiful Jansen Music Hall.


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Loras All-Sports Camp

Age: 7–14 Years Old
Session 1: June 17–22
Session 2: June 24–29
Session 3: July 8–13
Session 4: July 15–20
Cost: $635 (2nd child $610) Resident; $465 (2nd child $440) Day Camper

Registration is now open. Contact the camp office for available activities. Some are full and have a waiting list.

The unique and highly rated All-Sports Camp offers boys and girls, grades 2–8, an opportunity to receive intensive instruction in a major sport, along with training in two additional minor sports of their choice. All of this takes place in an atmosphere that stresses Christian values, sportsmanship and citizenship. Campers enjoy Loras College’s athletic and dining facilities, and resident campers get a taste of college dormitory living.

Sports available in the camp include archery, adventure challenge (ropes course), badminton, baseball, basketball, beginning swimming, cheerleading, cross country running, jazz dance, fishing, football, golf, gymnastics, hula hooping and zombi fitness, hunting archery, ice skating, karate, kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating, paddle boarding, lacrosse, pilates, yoga, rock climbing, roller-skating, roller-blading, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis track and field, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and wrestling.

Activities will be assigned based on the date and time of your registration – not by the time you entered your activity choices. They are accepting waitlist for Residential Campers. Roommates at camp can be no more than ONE GRADE different.


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Peace Institute Summer Camp
Loras College

Age: Entering Grades 9–12
July 23–26
Cost: $250 (scholarships available)
The Loras College Peace Institute is a four-day camp experience that teaches leadership and peace-building to high school-aged youth, empowering students with skills in self-awareness, relationship building and repairing, and inter-religious literacy. Guided by Loras students, faculty, and staff, participants will learn concrete strategies that will not only enable them to be more aware of themselves and the issues facing our world, but also equip them to be a positive force to create stronger, healthier communities. Students will engage with peers from various religious, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds as they together discover paths to peace with self, with community, with creation, and with the world.


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NICC Kids on Campus
NICC Peosta Campus
563-557-8271. ext. 380
Age: Grades 2–7

July 16–20 @ 8:30 aM–4:30 pM
Cost: $225

Your kids won’t stop talking about the fun classes and crazy experiments they will participate in during this week long camp. Classes introduce kids to new ideas and concepts in a fun and interactive way. Kids on Campus provides a positive, creative learning environment everyone will enjoy! Each camper is asked to select four sessions, on the registration form, to attend throughout the week.

Students are dropped off at the Northeast Iowa Community College Peosta campus starting at 8 a.m. daily and must be picked up by 4:45 p.m. $225 per camper includes camp fees, supplies, snacks and lunch for the week.

For grades 2–4, sessions include: On Target: Archery Awesomeness, 3D Printing, CSI, FUN in the Sun, Insect Safary, Weather, Going Natural: Arts, Crafts and nature, Cool Chemistry, Level 1, Rock and Roll with Respect, Fun with Food: Eaten’ Critters!, Take Flight, Pokemon Go and Beautiful You Inside and Out.

For grades 5–7, sessions include: Drones, Frogs, Snakes & Other Slimy Things, Fun in the Sun, Jewelry Making , On Target: Archery Awesomeness, Code-mazing! , Beautiful You Inside and Out , Bet Toy Can Build That, Lego® Robotics, 3D Printing, Cool Chemistry Level 2, So You Want to be a YouTuber.

Also note this one is coming up quickly…

Jr. Chef Camp Spring Break Camp*
March 26–28
1:30–5 PM @ Convivium Urban Farmstead
Immerse your budding chef into the culinary world. Does your child have a passion for cooking? Help them take it to the next level with learning more about food preparation. They will make homemade macaroni and cheese (from scratch), baked Alaska, stuffed pork loin, homemade salad dressing and a homemade pie.


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College for Kids and Middle University
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI

Age: K–7th Grades
July 9–12 @ 12:30–4 PM
Cost: $60 for 1 class; $99 for 2

College for Kids is designed with a wide variety of classes sure to spark the creativity in your child and foster summer learning through fun and exciting activities. Register for up to two classes.

Kindergarteners can take Craft for Kids and Summer Safart. Grades 1 and 2 can take on About Those Dinosaurs, Artwork with Anna, Chemistry, Entomology” All About Bugs, Ordinary to Extraordinary, Sock Puppet Palooza and Stay a LITTLE Active. Kids entering 3rd and 4th grades can study A Piece O’Cake, Basic Woodworking, Cheese Art and Ice Cream Science, Recycled Art, Sculpture, The Power of Popcorn, Toys and Science and Young Engineers. .

Middle University kids entering grades 5 and 7 can tackle Ancient Egypt, Bead Making & Design, Creative Jewelry making, First Aid Basics and CPR/AED, Fun with Electronics and Robotics, Fun with Photography, Learn to Code, Love Your Muscles, Miniature Gardening, Rockets and Beginning Woodturining.


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Holy Family Catholic Schools
2005 Kane St

Holy Family summer camps are brought to you by the coaches, staff, teachers and directors of award-winning programs at Holy Family Catholic Schools. These camps are designed to stretch your child’s imagination and creativity, shape team-building skills and teach and reinforce fundamentals for various academic, art and athletic activities. Whether your child attends one or many of the camps, they’re sure to enjoy the experience! Please note that Holy Family Summer Camps are open to ALL Dubuque area youth! Camp fees range from $10–$140 and are detailed online.

Registration begins March 26. Submit completed registration forms and payment to any Holy Family office. For scholarships, contact Holy Family Catholic Schools at 563-582-5456 x289, or

Arts & Culinary Camps
Culinary Arts Camp, Drama Camp, Photography Camp, Show Choir Camp

Athletic Camps
Boys Basketball Camp/League, Girls Basketball Camp, Cheerleading Camp, Cross Country Camp, Flag Football Tournament, Football Camp, Soccer Camp, Softball Camp, Strength and Conditioning Camp, Tennis Camp, Track and Field Camp, Volleyball Camp

Language And Literacy Camps
Harry Potter Camp, Literacy Camp with Clarke University

Leadership & Critical Thinking Camps
Critical Thinking through Board Games, Mock Trial (Introduction and Advanced), RESILIENCE: A Social & Emotional Learning Camp

Preschool/Pre-K Camps
Bible Camp, Commotion in the Ocean, If You Give a Chef a Story, Jesus is My Superhero, Mad Scientist Camp, Storybook STEM

STEM Camps
Code Camp – JavaScript, Code Camp for the Young Learner, Computer Programming Camp, Environmental Science for the Young Learner, Mathletes, Mathletes Junior, Math Olympics, Minecraft Virtual Reality Camp, Robotics Programming Camp, Sustainable STEM Camp, Video Production Camp, Virtual Reality Camp


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Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Union Park Day Camp has a strong emphasis on enjoying nature, and being active in the outdoors. Camp helps each child develop environmental awareness while learning camping skills, and providing enjoyable activities that promote individual growth in areas of self-esteem, responsibility, communication, independence, leadership, and our Christian values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Group activities, depending on age and level, group activities may include: archery, arts and crafts, black hole, hiking, crate climbing, games, songs, low ropes course, swimming, zipline, rock climbing, and GaGa ball.

Find more information, online registration and a PDF packet with all the camp details online at

Dubuque Y Youth Sports, Gymnastics and Swim Lessons
Monthly & 7-Week Programs
The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA strives to provide a quality experience for players, coaches, and families to help promote the development of each athlete to reach their highest potential through skill refinement, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Monthly sport offerings include preschool programs for ages 3–5, youth programs for ages 6–8, and teen programs for ages 9–12. Additionally, they have 7-week programs in both gymnastics and swimming that focus skill progression and improvement. Make new friends, be active, and learn to love a sport at the Y.

Preschool Camp Doodlebug
Age: 4–5
August 6–8
Half Day: 9 AM–Noon or 1–4 PM
All Day: 9 AM–4 PM
Union Park
Cost: $50 for 1/2 day; $96 for Full day (10% Member discount)
This is the perfect environment for your preschooler looking for their first camping experience. There will be rest time each day for these young campers. All campers must be potty trained prior to attendance. Swimmers will be provided with a swim belt.

Traditional Day Camp
Age: 6–14 (Must have completed Kindergarten)
Week-long sessions: June 11–July 30 (except July 2–6)
Union Park
Cost: $160 (10% Member discount)
Each session is designed specifically for each age group to ensure an unforgettable experience. Campers are assigned to groups based on age to ensure age and skill level appropriate activities. Special themes will be held each week. Age groups include: Challengers (6–7), Adventurers (8–10), and Explorers (11–14).


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St Mark Youth Enrichment Summer Heroes Academy
1201 Locust St

Heroes ROCK!
Age: entering K–5th Grades
Monday–Friday: June 11–July 27
Dubuque: 8:30 AM–12:30 PM
Dyersville: 8 am–12:30 pm
Cost: $250
Join St. Mark for an exciting six-week program engaging students in fun theme-based learning experiences. Students discover new opportunities through hands-on learning and field trips that lead to measurable growth. In 2017, 89% of students raised their reading levels. They were having so much fun they didn’t even realize they were learning. Meals provided in all programs.

St Mark artSMARTS
Age: Entering 3rd–5th Grades
Monday–Friday: June 11–July 27
@ 12:30 PM–4:30 PM
Cost: $250
Join St. Mark and the Dubuque Museum of Art for an exciting six-week program engaging students in fun art-based learning experiences. Students discover new opportunities through hands-on art filled learning and field trips. Meet with and learn from local artisans, in all mediums.


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Frogwarts School of Wizardry
Camp Little Cloud
21700 Girl Scout Rd, Epworth IA

Age: 3rd–12th Grades
Session 1: July 8–14
Session 2: July 15–21
Session 3: July 22–28
Cost: $520 for 1 session; $940 for both
Before April 1: save $25

Frogwarts is a role-play creativity camp originally inspired by the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Primarily a literacy and character development curriculum, the camp invites all participants to play in-role, sustaining a fantasy character for an entire week. All attendees, staff included, take on a role-playing wizard persona. This year’s theme is Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Frogwarts enriches the lives of youth during camp—and throughout the year—by providing a memorable experience which cultivates the creative, emotional, and imaginative intelligences in the campers. In addition to critical thinking and literacy skills, the program provides experiential training in empathy and compassion through drama.

One of the most important aspects of the camp experience is the close relationships developed. Campers must select a “Wizarding name” to use throughout the week. They are split into three houses of mixed ages on the first day during “sorting” and attend classes (such as Transfiguration, Defense Against Darkness, Potions, Gravity Defiance and more) with groups divided by age.

The most magical aspect of Frogwarts, and what sets it apart from normal summer camps, is the development of a story, dramatized in real-time by campers and staff and guest artists. Students use their critical thinking, imagination, and role-play skills to act along with the drama, which is designed to guide students through a process of questioning good versus evil, right versus wrong, to the triumph of compassion, creativity, courage, justice, and fun! Additional fees for optional t-shirt and/or weekend stay-over.


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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
350 E 3rd St

For camp descriptions and details, age groups, and to register online, visit

Summer Camps
Ages: K–8th grades
June 18–August 10
Spend a week exploring something new at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Our Kindergarten campers kick off summer with half-day camps, exploring the Museum & Aquarium. Elementary-aged campers will explore themes like Leonardo Da Vinci during Da Vinci: The Exhibition and pioneer days at the Mathias Ham Historic Site. Other themes include Wings & Things, The Big Blue, and Around the World. Many of our elementary camps will end with a Friday visit to the Mines of Spain, and middle school students will take the adventure off-site with adventures throughout the Dubuque area and a special overnight experience at the Museum & Aquarium! Museum members get camps discounts of about 20%. Camps are available as morning, afternoon or full-day experiences.


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The Grand Opera House
135 W 8th St

Madagascar Jr.
Age: Entering 3rd–9th Grades
August 18–20
Auditions: TBA
Performed by the immensely talented elementary through middle school students of Dubuque and the surrounding area, Madagascar Jr. is a chance for our talented younger stars to take center stage.
Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends—Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape—with the help of some prodigious penguins—to explore the world. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”
Auditions will be by appointment in May of 2018. Please check or call 563-588-4356 for additional details.


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Bell Tower Theater
2728 Asbury Rd

Kids Take the Stage Spring Classes
Three times each year, Bell Tower Theater offers theater classes for kids. These classes teach theater skills such as acting, singing, pantomime, improvisation and stage make-up, but equally as important, they help kids develop real life skills like confidence, reading, team work, self-esteem and communication.
A six-week winter session starts in January/February, another six-week spring session starts in March/April, with a six-week fall session beginning in October. They do not offer summer classes so they and the kids can concentrate on the Free Summer Musical Program. Registration for Spring classes is now open. Financial assistance is available for qualified families. For information or to apply for a financial aid scholarship, contact Miki Robinson at 563-588-3377 or

Let’s Pretend
Age: K–1st Grade
Mondays: April 2–May 7
@ 4–5 PM or 5:15–6:15 PM
Cost: $65
Teacher: Sue Riedel

Creative Theatrics
Age: 2nd–3rd Grade
Wednesdays: April 4–May 9
@ 4–5 PM or 5:15–6:15 PM
Cost: $65
Teacher: Sue Riedel

Age: 4th–6th Grade
Thursdays: April 5–May 10 @ 4–5:30 PM
Cost: $85
Teacher: Sue Riedel

All the World’s a Stage
Age: Pre-Schoolers 3+
Fridays: April 6–May 11, @ 4–4:45 PM or 5–5:45 PM
Cost: $55
Teacher: Sue Flogel

6th Annual High School Production:
The Secret Garden
Age: Entering Grades 8–12
Auditions: Friday, April 6 @ 6–8:30 PM
Saturday, April 7 @ 2:30–5:30 PM
Winner of a Tony and a Drama Desk Awards, The Secret Garden is a musical adaptation of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary returns to England to live with her reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The many wonders of her uncle’s estate include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life.

The Bell Tower Theater is seeking performers who are in 8th through 12th grades during the 2018–2019 school year. There will be only one cast for this show. The cast will be 20 to 24 people, and the crew will be 5 to 6 people. Those auditioning or interested in signing up for crews should come to the Bell Tower Theater on either April 6 or 7 during the designated times. It is not necessary to make an appointment. Visit for more details and to download music, script pages and the audition form.

Participation in the program is free of charge to all kids. Rehearsals will be held April 15 to June 6, weekday evenings with some Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Performances will be June 7 to 17. Full rehearsal and performance schedules are available at the website.


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Rising Star Theatre
Five Flags Center
405 Main St

Since 2009, nearly 1,000 people have participated both on and offstage and close to 20,000 people have attended Rising Star Theatre Productions. The primary purpose of the company is to provide a vehicle for education in production and development of theatre, as well as to encourage community participation and appreciation of all aspects of theatre. The skills that the participants learn from engaging in arts activities will be invaluable to them in their lives. In 2018 they will host three summer student theatrical productions as well as four great acting camps for kids of all ages. Below we will highlight the summer’s musicals and then each camp. Space is limited for each camp. Registration is through the Dubuque Leisure Services Department and begins online on April 9 and in person on April 16.

All camps take place at Five Flags Theater. Enter at the Main Street doors, and proceed to the Bijou Room. Space is limited for each camp, register early! Register online at

Summer Performances

School Of Rock
June 14–16 @ 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Youth
The casting is complete for this production. Based on the hit movie, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school.

Sister Act
July 13–14 & 19–21 @ 7:30 PM
July 15 @ 2 PM
Auditions: May 12–14
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Youth
Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet!

Li’l Abner
August 9–10 @ 1 PM;
August 10–11 @ 7 PM
August 11–12 @ 2 PM
Auditions: May 12–14
Tickets: $10
Al Capp’s world-famous comic strip characters populate this upbeat musical extravaganza in a satisfying mixture of hillbilly nonsense and sharp, critical humor.

Summer Camps

Animal Adventures
Age: 6–8
June 11–15 @ 9 AM–Noon
Based on popular children’s literature such as Stellaluna, Elephant and Piggie, and Skippy Jon Jones, students will explore the animal world by acting out stories, creating crafts, and playing games.

Fairytale Fever
Age: 8–10
June 11–15 @ 1–4 PM
What happens when the three little pigs are actually kittens? Are all of the big bad wolves from the fairy tales related? Have you ever heard of snoring beauty? Act out scenes from your favorite fairy tales with new twists and even come up with fairytales of your own!

Choose Your Adventure
Age: 10–14
June 18–22 @ 9 AM–4 PM
You come across an ogre in the forest. You have a choice: do you run away or battle to continue your quest? Based on the popular children’s book series, students will write and star in their own play.

Live at the Improv
Age: 14–18
June 25–29 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Cost: $200
Funny voices, quick thinking, and outlandish characters run wild as students learn the basics of improv and sketch comedy. Whether you’re a new or accomplished improviser this is the class for you!


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Dubuque Museum of Art
701 Locust St
Summer Art Camp
Age 6–8: June 18–22 @ 10–11:30 AM
Age 9–12: June 25–29 @ 10–11:30 AM
Age 13–16: July 9–13 @ 10–11:30 AM
Cost: $50 Members; $60 Guests

Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries for inspiration and head to the studio to create their own works of art in a variety of mediums.

The Museum’s educational philosophy focuses on experimentation, problem solving and “thinking outside the box”. Students create art in a safe and positive environment, finding inspiration in the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. Originality and self-expression is encouraged. Instructed by Caitlin Donald. All supplies furnished


Sinsinawa Mound
585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI

No Child Left Inside
Age: 7–12
June 20–22 @ 9 AM–1 PM
August 8–10 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Cost: $25
Sinsinawa Mound is offering summer camps designed to connect children with the natural world. Participants should be ready to learn about themselves and nature, get some exercise, and have lots of fun! Children today spend half the time their parents did playing outside. Through a variety of games and activities, participants will aim to deepen a sense of awareness, connection, and wonder with one another and their surroundings.
Ecological Programming Coordinator Eric Anglada will lead the sessions. Please make sure your children have hats, sturdy shoes (no open toes), long pants for hikes in the woods, sunscreen, water bottles, and a sack lunch. There is a limit of 15 participants, and the registration deadline is one week before the event. Join the fun!


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Ohnward Fine Arts Center
1215 E. Platt St, Maquoketa, IA

The Wizard of Oz—Young Performers Edition
Saturday, August 11 @ 7 PM
Sunday, August 12 @ 2 PM
Auditions: Monday, July 16 @ 10 AM & 1 PM
Tickets: $10 adv/$13 door Adults; $7 adv/$10 door Students
This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. A cyclone transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, from Kansas Munchkin Land. Unfortunately, they land right on top of the Wicked Witch of the East—not a good thing! As Dorothy and Toto head down the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard and their way back home to Kansas, they meet new friends, each with a wish that they hope The Great Oz can grant for them. A scrawny Scarecrow needs a brain, a rusty Tin Man needs a heart, and a Cowardly Lion needs courage. Click your heels three times and follow the yellow brick road to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center!


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Dubuque Regional Humane Society
4242 Chavenelle Rd

Kids ‘N’ Critters Camps
Age: Entering Grades 2–6
Kids entering 2nd–6th grades in the fall of 2018 can spend their summer afternoons learning all about animals and participating in a wide variety of demonstrations from local experts. Campers make friends with each other, have fun with arts and crafts, and spend a lot of hands-on time with the animals in the shelter.

Vet Camp (NEW FOR 2018)
Age: Entering 6–8 Grade
June 26 or July 17 @ 1–5 PM
Age: Entering 4–6 Grade
June 7–9
Cost: $75
For middle school students interested in the veterinary field.

One Week Camps
Age: Entering 4–6 Grade
June 6–8, July 9–13 or August 6–10
Age: Entering 2–3 Grade
June 18–22 or July 23–27
@ 1:45–4:15 PM
Cost: $125

Day Camps
Age: Entering 2–6 Grade
June 14, June 28 or July 19 @ 1–4 PM
Cost: $30

Humane Heroes
Age: 8–11
First Saturday of Each Month: September–May @ 9:30–10:30 AM
Cost: $25/year; $5/visit
Each monthly session of this junior volunteer club includes the chance to socialize with an adoptable cat or dog and to learn about pet responsibilities through games, crafts, and other activities (kids 12 and older are eligible to become a DRHS volunteer with a parent or guardian). In the case of a holiday, Humane Heroes will move to the following weekend of that month.


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Dubuque County Conservation Board
Swiss Valley Nature Center
13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA

The Conservation Board’s camps tend to fill fast and fill early. Like “Swiss Valley Nature Center” on Facebook to keep up with all the summer programming! Call to be put on waitlist for full camps. Registration available at or email

Toddling Into Nature: Rainbow Camp
Age: 3–4
Session 1: June 4–5 @ 9–11 AM
Session 2: June 13–14 @ 9–11 AM
Cost: $10
Find all the colors of the rainbow out in nature. Parents stay. Snack provided.

Sapling Camp: Wild Kratts
Age: 5–6
Session 1: June 6–7 @ 9 AM–Noon
Session 2: June 11–12 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: $15
Learn about how different animals adapt and survive. Snack provided.

Maple Camp: Slimy, Grimy, Muddy Mayhem Camp
Age: 7–9
Session 1: June 18–20 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Session 2: July 16–18 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $25
Make gooey concoctions and meet slimy worms and bugs. Get wet and muddy. Pack a lunch.

Oak Camp: Hogwarts School of Wizards and Witches
Age: 10–12
Session 1: June 25–28 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Session 2: July 9–12 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $30
Wizards and witches learn the secret arts of herbeology, potions, astronomy, and mysterious creatures. Pack a lunch.

Wet & Wild
Age: 10–14
Session 1: June 21–22 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Session 2: July 30–31 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Cost: $60
Try out various water sports including kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Pack a lunch.

Park Explorers
Age: 10–14
July 23–25 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Cost: $125
Explore parks in the Driftless Region. Destinations may include; a boat ride through Spook Cave, a train ride through the Platteville underground mines, bears and wolves at the Osborne Nature Center, and more! Pack a lunch.

Day Camps: Adventures at Swiss
Age: 7–12
Session 1: July 19 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Session 2: July 26 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $15
Lift up logs, peek under rocks in the creek, and use binoculars to get an up close look at all the life that calls Swiss Valley home. Pack a lunch.

Amazing Nature Race Camp
Age: 9–14
Tuesday, August 7 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $15
Teams will race across the Swiss Valley Preserve and complete a series of challenges. Pack a lunch.

Art in Nature
Age: 8–12
Session 1: Monday, August 6 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Session 2: Wednesday, August 8 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $45
Use nature as your inspiration for the various projects we will create! Wear clothes you can get dirty and pack a lunch.

Biking Camp
Age: 8–12
August 9–10 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $40
Spend a day on the Heritage Trail and another at Cloie Creek or Interstate Power Preserve. Snack and bikes provided. Pack a lunch. Helmet required.

Northeast Iowa School of Music
2728 Asbury Rd

The Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the greater Tri-State area community by meeting the music education and enrichment needs of people of all ages and abilities through private lessons, group classes, music therapy, performance opportunities, ensembles, concerts, and outreach programs.

Summer Strings Orchestras
Age: Entering Grade 6 (or one school year of playing experience)
Orchestra 1: Tuesdays–Thursdays: July 17–August 2 @ 9:30–10:20 AM
Age: Entering Grade 7–9 (or 2 or more years playing experience)
Orchestra 2: Tuesdays–Thursdays: July 17–August 2 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Emmaus Bible College
Cost: $35
Keep that bow rosined and those fingers flying! Rehearsals will be in the choir room of Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Rd. Combined final concert on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m., location TBA. Register by June 16. No refunds after registration deadline. Directed by Brianna Tieskotter.

Summer Sing Choir
Age: Grade 6–8
Tuesdays–Thursdays: July 17–August 2
@ 9:30–10:20 AM
Emmaus Bible College
Cost: $35
If your child loves to sing, wants to develop their voice, or wants to have a great time through learning music, Summer Sing is the program for them! Open to all abuility levels. No audition is necessary.

The group will rehearse and perform songs, in harmony, from a range of musical genres, including pop, rock, R&B, musical theatre, and jazz. The sessions are designed to be accessible, fast-paced, engaging, and fun. The choir gives children the opportunity to develop their confidence and musical skills, evolve as vocalist through group and solo singing and have FUN making music in a positive and collaborative environment.

Rehearsals will be in the choir room of Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Rd. Combined final concert on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m., location TBA. Register by June 16. No refunds after registration deadline. Directed by Rebecca Lansing.

Agape Studios Music Together® Mixed-Age Classes
Age: Birth–5
July 9–August 17
Mondays: 10–10:45 AM or
Wednesdays: 6–6:45 PM or
Fridays: 10–10:45 AM
Cost: $128 ($65 for each additional sibling)
Register for one of three sessions: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Each week, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them gather for 45 minutes of fun-filled family music time. Your teacher will lead you and the other families in music activities ranging from lullabies to full-on jam sessions (with child-friendly instruments, of course). You’ll take home the award-winning music used in class, along with an illustrated songbook and other resources.

Cost is $128 for the first student per family. Siblings may join for $65 each. Infants under 7 months are free when attending with a sibling. Includes all materials. Register by June 16. No refunds after registration deadline.


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The University of Iowa Summer Camps with Iowa DNR

Wildlife Camps
Age: entering grades 3–7

June 11–15 @ 8:30 AM–3:30 PM
Mines of Spain

June 25–29 @ 8:30 AM–3:30 PM
Maquoketa Caves (Maquoketa, IA)

Cost: $150

Campers will engage in five days of learning about their local state park and their natural environments. The registration deadline is two weeks before the camp starts with a minimum of registered 15 participants to hold camp. Campers can be dropped of as early as 7:45 a.m. and picked up no later than 4:15 p.m. This is not an overnight camp.

Studying mammals, insects, amphibians, birds, and geology, exploring woodland, aquatic, and prairie ecosystems and learning about park history, plus hiking, kayaking, and canoeing.

Registration is online only and looks like a bit of work, sorry. You must have an online account with Recreational Services to register. Here’s how to get an online account: Go to and click “Sign Up” in the upper right-hand corner. Fill out the information and receive a confirmation email. Sign into your account and add your child/children as a dependent. Sign up your child for Wildlife Camps here:


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Four Mounds
4900 Peru Rd

Adventure Day Camp
Age: 7–13
Monday–Friday: June 11–July 27 @ 8 AM–4 PM

Cost: $145/camper or Free to income-qualifying families living in Dubuque

A weeklong adventure takes place in four great locations across Dubuque. Activities include: the Four Mounds challenge ropes course, canoeing at the Mines of Spain, ecosystem adventures at Swiss Valley Nature Center and EB Lyons Interpretive Center, as well as swimming, creek stomping, hiking, team building, games, and arts and crafts.

The week long camps run Mondays through Fridays between June 11 and July 27. Children are required to bring a sack lunch; all other supplies and equipment are provided by the camp. Convenient pick-up and drop-off locations are at Prescott School and Allison-Henderson Park. They maintain a high staff to camper ratio of 1:5.

Children may register for only one week. Registration starts soon through Leisure Services at the City of Dubuque, 563-589-4263, 2200 Bunker Hill Rd. In addition to offerings with the City of Dubuque, this camp will also provide additional camp opportunities to youth involved through the Dream Center this year- inquire at the Dream Center. If you are an income-qualifying family and live in Dubuque, it is free. Inquire through Four Mounds. Four Mounds is currently seeking staff for this camp. Email for details or visit


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the SCENE studio

The place where performers create, prepare and perform. Founded by Dubuque’s own Shanda Munson, who began her decades long professional career on the many stages in her hometown, the SCENE studio welcomes performers of all ages! With her experience as a producer, director, actress, writer, casting director and college FPA professor, Shanda loves sharing what she knows with an already talented arts community. She offers private instruction and classes year round in: theatre, film, television, commercials, auditions, improv, sketch comedy, voice-over, speech and much more.

Their next ongoing classes and summer camps (including our second annual “Let’s Make A Movie Camp”) will be announced soon. Check their website and like their Facebook page (the SCENE studio) for more information and for details on how to sign up.


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Multicultural Family Center
1157 Central Ave

The Multicultural Family Center empowers all families and community members of Dubuque to reach their potential and build unity out of diversity. Year-round you will find classes and opportunities for learning, entertainment and growth for all ages.

Hip-Hop Summer Camp
Age: entering grades 3–8
June 11–15 @ 3:45–5 PM
Performance: Saturday, June 16
Cost: FREE
Participants will perform their routine at the Multicultural Family Center’s Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 16. Register by June 4.

Summer Teen Nights
Age: 13–18
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays:
June 12–August 2 @ 6–9 pM
Cost: FREE
Tuesdays: Recreation Nights @ Comiskey or Jackson Park
Wednesdays: Guest Speaker/Game Nights @ MFC
Thursdays: Field Trip Nights (Meet @ MFC)
Teen Nights will consist of field trips, guest speakers, trivia nights, movies in the park and many other games and activities! Pre-registration is not required for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Thursday night field trips will require registration in advance. Dinner provided.

Spanish Language Summer Camp
Age: entering grades 3–5
Session 1: June 18–22 @ 2–3:30 pm
Session 2: June 25–29 @ 2–3:30 pm
Cost: Free
Pre-registration required. Deadline to register is one week prior or until class fills. Same program each session, choose either session.

Kids In The Kitchen Day Camp
Age: Entering Grades 1–6
Thursday, June 21 @ 9 am–2 pm
Cost: Free
Hands-on kitchen experience, with knowledge of the 5 basic food groups and how to prepare them. Kids will not need a sack lunch for Kids in the Kitchen. Program is in partnership with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. Register by June 14 at or call the MFC.

Little Luxuries Girls Club
Age: Girls grades 4–10
Mondays @ 5–6:30 pm
Cost: FREE
A place for girls to feel free to be themselves, promote healthy decision making and create the beautiful bonds needed for girl-empowerment through life skills, knowledge, encouragement, and awareness. Led by Luxurious Hair Spa with MFC. Call 563-542-8102 or visit

Sisters United—Mentoring Program for Girls
Age: High school girls
Second and fourth Tuesdays every month @ 5:30–7 pm
Cost: FREE
The Mentoring Program goals are to empower, inspire and develop young ladies into future leaders. Dinner provided.

Turnt Kidz—Tk
Age: 3–18
Tryouts: Monday, April 16 @ 4 PM Callbacks: Friday, April 20 @ 4 PM
Practices: Mondays @ 4–6 pm;
Fridays @ 4–5 PM
Cost: FreeTurnt Kidz—TK is a youth dance group focusing on multiple dance styles including Modern Dance, Hip-Hop and more!

STEM Adventures Day Camp
Age: Entering Grades 1–6
Thursday, July 19 @ 9 am–2 pm
Cost: Free
“Jump in” on our STEM Adventures investigating bubbles, designing roller coasters, and inventing your own creation. In partnership with ISU Extension & Outreach. Register by July 12.

LGBTQ+ Youth Group
Age: grades 6–12
Second Thursday of Each Month @ 4:30–6 PM
Cost: FREE
For young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, +. The goal of the group is to create a place for LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe and free to be themselves without concern about being treated differently.


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Two by Two
470 W. 4th St
Age: 6–10
Session 1: June 18–22 @ 9 AM–Noon
Session 2: July 9–13 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: $85
Looking to develop more Character? Join Two by Two this summer for an exciting week of activities, field trips, and friendship building! Each camper will learn the importance of being a good citizen by focusing on positive character traits, such as kindness, respect, empathy, cooperation, and perseverance. Campers will receive a stuffed pet with carrier, keepsake character book, and Two by Two tote, plus experience literature, art, outdoor activities, and service projects. Camp fee includes a daily snack, stuffed pet with carrier, keepsake character book and Two by Two tote.


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YogART Camp
Challenge To Change
3337 Hillcrest Rd. Suite B
Age: 7–14

June 11–14, June 25–28 or July 23–26
@ 10:30 AM–2:30 PM
Cost: $125

YogArt Camp is a fun and energizing camp that integrates the calming and focused practices of art and yoga with certified elementary education teachers Amanda Canganelli and Molly Schreiber. Children will experience the beauty of crop activities at opening and closing time each day along with one hour of daily instruction. Provide a sack lunch, wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle.


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Eric Munson Baseball & Softball

Owned by former MLB player, Eric Munson, EMB is dedicated to creating a positive training environment for baseball and softball players of all ages and skill levels. Eric Munson Baseball & Softball offers the highest level of training by professional instructors in the following areas: Hitting, Fielding, Pitching (Throwing) and Catching.

They offer private instruction, small group instruction, team instruction, strength and conditioning, and special programming like Hitting Velocity and Throwing Velocity year round. EMB will also be offering several mini, half day, and full day camp options this spring and summer at affordable rates.

EMB also has the first baseball and softball simulator, the HitTrax machine, which is used in our training and for entertainment (even birthday parties). Check out their website and like them on Facebook (Eric Munson Baseball and Softball) for more information and details on how to sign up.


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Studio 5678
5540 Saratoga Rd
Studio 5678 has the privilege of working with more than 400 dance students. The staff enjoys preparing the students and witnessing their creativity and talents emerge during their dance experience. Through eager participation, each child contributes to his or her success. 2018 summer lessons and camps will be available April 27–28 for tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop, serving ages 3 and up.


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Camp Albrecht Acres
14837 Sherrill Rd, Sherrill IA
Camp Albrecht Acres is a great resource for kids with special needs. Located on 40 acres near Sherrill, IA, Camp Albrecht Acres features week-long camp experiences filled with fun including swimming, fishing, camp fires, hiking and tons of activities. In August Albrecht Acres hosts Camp Bee A Friend, a day camp for autistic kids ages 4–12 and their typical development peers.

March 22 2018


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