Kids’ Summer Camps & Enrichment

The Dubuque area’s most comprehensive collection of all things kids this summer from 365ink Magazine and the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

As the snow fades and the days become longer, parents in the Tri-State area plan for the summer ahead. Summer camps and activities are in abundance with enrollment already open or starting soon.

We are currently compiling our 2022 list of kids summer camps and activities! If you have a camp or activity you’d like to add, please email us at with the following information:

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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 partnerships with groups like Dubuque County ISU Extension, Montessori School, Dubuque County Conservation, and many more. Also find lesson schedules for swimming, tennis, t-ball, baseball, and softball.

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 200 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/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 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 5, 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, follow “City of Dubuque – Leisure Services” (@CityofDubuqueLeisureServices) on Facebook 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 and Miracle League Complex located at Veterans Memorial Park.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library

360 W 11th St
563-589-4225 x2228

As always, the Carnegie-Stout Public Library is groud-zero for fun summer learning and activities for kids of all ages. The list of amazing opportunities is so long that we could never fit it in this issue, but we worked with the Library to select a couple dozen of great examples from 80 or more cool events happening at the Library, from storytimes and book clubs, to creative monthly programs and special visitors. You won’t want to miss the Summer Reading Program “Beyond the Beaten Path” from June 6 to Aug. 13, featuring performers, grab-and-go activities, young adult programs, and weekly storytimes.

For a full list of absolutely everything going on this summer at Carnegie-Stout, check out the calendar of events at, pick up a printed calendar at the library starting in May, or view the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Summer/Fall Activities Brochure coming soon to For now, here’s a teaser of the fun that awaits your youngsters this summer.

Summer Reading Program

June 6–Aug 13
Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is here! This year’s theme is Read Beyond the Beaten Path. The Summer Reading Program promises to offer fun programs for all kids. You can sign up online or at the Children’s Help Desk beginning June 6.


Registration is not required unless noted. An adult must participate.

Family Storytime @ The Library

Age: 0–6
Mondays: May 2–Aug 15 @ 10 AM
A fun, indoor storytime filled with stories, songs, and more.

Family Storytime @ Washington Park

Age: All Ages
Wednesdays: May 4–Aug 17 @ 10 AM
Outdoor storytime filled with stories, songs, and more.

Pequeños Cuentos: Bilingual Storytime

Age: 0–6
Fridays: June 17, July 15, Aug 5 @ 10:30 AM
Outdoor storytime in both English and Spanish.


StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity that places the pages of a book along a popular walking route. StoryWalk combines the joy of reading with all the benefits of being active outside. The pages of a children’s book are placed in holders along a path. As you walk the path, you discover page after page, and soon after a short stroll, you have read a story. Located at the 22nd Street Bee Branch Creek Greenway and the Dubuque Arboretum.

22nd Street Bee Branch Creek Greenway Storywalk

  • May: A Big Mooncake for Little Star  by Grace Lin
  • June: The Thing About Bees by Shabazz Larkin
  • July: Let’s Go on a Hike by Katrina Liu
  • August: Otters Love to Play by Jonathan London

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden Storywalk

  • May: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • June: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • July: Moth & Butterfly: Ta-Da!  by Dev Petty
  • August: One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
Summer Library Program Highlights at Dubuque Arboretum

Join the library twice a month on Friday mornings at the Dubuque Arboretum for an outdoor library program. From music to science and even bike tricks, this is the place for family educational fun. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a show. These programs are located at and sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates.

Babaloo Music & Fun

Age: All Ages
June 10 @ 10 AM
Babaloo will keep you on the edge (and out) of your seats with musical mayhem and lots of laughs! Not only does Babaloo play music with his guitar, but he asks the audience to make music along with him on bucket drums and other unconventional instruments. This program is loud, wacky, and hilarious, and a great way to kick off the special event calendar for the Summer Reading Program.

Dance Spectacular Productions

Age: All Ages
June 24 @ 10 AM
Are you ready to get your dancing shoes on? Let’s shake, rattle, and rock ‘n roll with the Honey Bear dancers in a 1950s music and dance program. They will rock your socks off with high-energy dance moves for all ages.

Leonardo Music for Kids

Age: All Ages
July 15 @ 10 AM
Bring your dancing shoes and best air guitar moves because it’s time to go ROCKIN’! Leonardo is a Parents’ Choice Award-winning family musician from Chicago, strumming nationwide on his electric orange guitar. He performs a humorous high-energy concert that entertains, educates, and empowers all little rockers.

BMX Bike Show

Age: All Ages
July 29 @ 10 AM
Are you ready for some ACTION? Come see Dialed Action Sports in an energetic and choreographed BMX bike show. See some of the best riders in the sport doing the biggest and craziest tricks. You will see backflips, 360s, no handers, and many more tricks all the while learning about bicycle safety and responsible choices.

Carnegie-Stout Library Special Programs

Butterfly Encounter Tent

Age: All Ages
June 17 @ 9:30–3:30 PM
Have a butterfly encounter this summer! You will be able to study the life cycle of the butterfly and enter a feeding tent. Handheld butterfly feeders will be available for a close encounter while remaining free from touching any of the butterflies. Small groups will be allowed every 30 minutes. Call 563-589-4225 x2228 to register.

Tiny Art Show Workshop

Age: All Ages
June 25 @ 1–4 PM
Are you ready to show off your artistic talents in Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s Tiny Art Show? There are two ways to participate—either stop by the library to pick up a kit with all of the supplies you need to create a mini masterpiece at home and then return it to Carnegie-Stout Public Library by Thursday, June 30; or register for a spot to gather and create in the library’s auditorium on June 25 at 1-4 p.m. Patrons of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Registration is required for the in-person program.

Teen Murder Mystery

Age: 13–17
July 18 @ 6 PM
When the cast and crew of a Broadway review discovered a murder most foul, suspicions and old grudges loom large in the footlights! Audience members play the suspects and share the stage with a professional team to guide them through the highs and lows of a hilarious Broadway-themed improv mystery performance. It’s tragedy AND comedy tonight. Call 563-589-4225 x2228 to register.

Artist Michael Albert Workshop

Age: 12–18
July 28 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Nationally-known pop artist Michael Albert hosts a workshop on his work known as Cerealism! Come prepared to create and take home a unique piece of art. Michael is the author of An Artist’s America, a picture book retrospective of his art collection. Mr. Albert will talk about his book, his art, and will teach his trademark style of art, “Cerealism,” a technique of collage work made from cereal boxes. Call 563-589-4225 x2228 to register.


Age: All Ages
Aug 13 @ 10–11:30 AM
Parents As Teachers and the Carnegie-Stout Public Library invite you to climb aboard a fire truck or other cool vehicle! This is a unique opportunity for children to climb, explore, and discover their favorite vehicle on wheels. No rain date.

Carnegie-Stout Library Book Clubs

Call 563-589-4225 x2228 to register. Pick up books at the Children’s Help Desk.

Beyond the Book Club

Age: 9–12
May 19, June 16, July 14, Aug 18 @ 4 PM
Read a new title each month and then meet up for a book discussion and a unique activity related to the book.

  • May 19: Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • June 16: Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
  • July 14: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
  • Aug 18: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Beginning Chapters Book Club

Age: 7–9
May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug 24 @ 4 PM
Calling all young chapter book readers! Read a new chapter book each month, meet up for a fun discussion, and do cool activities together.

  • May 25: The Bad Guys in They’re Bee-hind You! by Aaron Blabey
  • June 22: Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence
  • July 27: A to Z Mysteries: Detective Camp by Ron Roy
  • August 24: Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro

Bookends—Teen Book Club

Age: 13–18
June 25, July 25, Aug 15 @ 4 PM
Discuss a popular young adult title and meet new friends.

  • June 20: A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
  • July 25: Hey, Kiddo: A Graphic Novel by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • August 15: What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

Grab & Go Activity Bags

Stop in every month for a fun, crafty activity for ages 2–17. Grab & Go bags are ready for pick up on the first of every month at the Children’s Help Desk. Available while supplies last. No registration required.

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1,000 Books before Kindergarten

This reading program is designed to encourage families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown one of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation for school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun! Register anytime at the Children’s Help Desk to receive your packet.’s Early Learning Academy is available at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. Just click on the desktop shortcut on the computers in the children’s department to have access to free online preschool and kindergarten curriculum games, books, songs, and more from


The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books that help teach children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love. You’ll also find read-along books, language learning books, and educational games and puzzles.

Dubuque County Library


Registration begins on May 6.

SRP Kick Off

Age: All Ages & Families
Epworth: June 4 @ 10 AM
Holy Cross: June 4 @ 1:30 PM
Drop by to sign up for Summer Reading Program 2022: Beyond the Beaten Path. Enjoy some camping-themed crafts and snacks, get your SRP goodies, and start reading to earn prizes.

Library Pen Pals Card Decorating

Age: All Ages & Families
Farley: June 6 @ 1:30–2:30 PM
Epworth: June 8 @ 1–2 PM
Peosta: June 8 @ 3–4 PM
The Library Pen Pal program will be running all summer. Fill out a questionnaire about your personality and interests and get paired with a reading buddy. Attend one of these kick-offs to decorate a card for your pen pal with stickers, stamps, and other decorations.

Could You Survive? Teen Edition

Age: Grades 6–12
Epworth: June 6 @ 4–5 PM
Holy Cross: June 9 @ 4:30–5:30 PM
Virtual: June 16 @ 3–4 PM
Peosta: June 17 @ 3–4 PM
Farley: June 28 @ 5–6 PM
Asbury: June 29 @ 4–5 PM
Do you know what to look for first on a deserted island? What should you bring with you if you go camping in the woods? Join Jenn for some survival trivia, a DIY project, and make a quick camp-style food.

Cooking Camp

Age: Grade 3+
Holy Cross: June 6, 20; July 18;  Aug 1 @ 6–7 PM
Asbury: June 23, 30; July 14, 28 @ 1 PM
Rustle up some camp-themed grub! Learn to cook a simple dish. Registration required.

Farm Bureau

Age: Grade K–5
Asbury: June 7 @ 10:30–11 AM
Age: Grade 6–Teen
Asbury: June 7 @ 3–3:30 PM
Age: Grade K–5
Epworth: July 2 @ 10:30–11 AM
Age: Grade 6–Teen
Epworth: July 2 @ 3–3:30 PM
Age: Grade K–5
Farley: July 12 @ 10:30–11 AM
Age: Grade 6–Teen
Farley: July 12 @ 3–3:30 PM
Join Rachel from the Dubuque County Farm Bureau for an agricultural-themed topic and activity each month. June: Soil Painting. July: Fish Farming. August: Lavender Lip Balm. Registration required.

Kids Craft Camp

Age: Grades K–3
Epworth: June 7; July 13, 26 @ 1:30–3 PM
Virtual: June 7, 21, 28; July 12, 19, 21, 26;  Aug 2 @ 6–6:30 PM
Asbury: June 9, 28; Aug 1 @ 1:30–2 PM
Peosta: June 20 @ 1:30–2 PM
Holy Cross: June 22, July 13, Aug 4 @ 6–7 PM
Farley: June 27; July 19, 25 @ 1:30–2 PM
Join Miss Kayla for a different nature or camp-themed craft each week. Each craft will be offered virtually and in person. Registration is required for virtual but not in person. Register by May 20 to receive craft supplies for the virtual programs.

Maker Camp

Age: Grades 6–12
Farley: June 7, 26 @ 4:15–5 PM
Peosta: June 15 @ 2–2:45 PM
Epworth: June 15, July 27 @ 3:30–4:15 PM
Asbury: June 22, July 13 @ 3:30–4:15 PM
Holy Cross: June 23, July 14 @ 5–5:45 PM
Pop in to learn how to create 1–2 projects from the DCLD Maker Cabinet, ranging from leather stamping to button makers and 3D printing.

Seed Bead Art

Age: Grades 1–5
Farley: June 8 @ 10:30 AM
Asbury: June 15 @ 10:30 AM
Peosta: June 16 @ 10:30 AM
Holy Cross: July 28 @ 5:30 PM
Epworth: Aug 3 @ 10:30 AM
Make a cute animal design with seed beads.

Fonziba Drums

Age: All Ages & Families
Peosta Room 203/204: June 9 @ 11 AM
Join Fonziba to learn about the culture of South Africa and the art of African drumming. Fonziba will bring 30 jembe hand drums and three dundun bass drums that you can learn to play. Registration required.

Paper Making

Age: Grades 1–5
Holy Cross Park: June 11 @ 2–3 PM
Epworth: June 15 @ 1:30 PM
Get messy as you learn how paper is made and make your own piece of paper from scratch.

Marshmallow Bash

Age: 2–5
Farley: June 13 @ 10:30–11 AM
Epworth: June 20 @ 10:30–11 AM
Asbury: July 25 @ 10:30–11 AM
Peosta: Aug 1 @ 10:30–11 AM
What can you do with marshmallows (besides eating them, of course)? Play, make art, and yes, enjoy some snacks, with these fluffy treats.

Solar Oven Mini Pizzas

Age: Grades K–5
Asbury: June 13 @ 1:30–2:30 PM
Holy Cross: June 29 @ 3–4 PM
Peosta: July 12 @ 1:30–2:30 PM
Epworth: July 19 @ 1:30–2:30 PM
Farley: Aug 3 @ 1:30–2:30 PM
Make a pizza box solar oven and choose toppings for your mini pizza, then use your oven to cook your pizza snack. Registration required.

Stuffed Animal Camp In

Age: All Ages & Families
Epworth: June 13 @ Drop by 6 PM
Holy Cross: June 15 @ Drop by 6 PM
Asbury: June 17 @ Drop by 6 PM
Stuffed animals love camping too! Drop off your favorite stuffed friend at the library for an overnight sleepover, then pick them up, along with pictures, to see what sorts of fun they had while you were gone.


Age: 10+
Location TBA: June 14 @ 5–6 or 6:30–7:30 PM
Join Jenn and the Dubuque Conservation Society for a lovely beginners’ kayaking trip on a full moon evening! Registration required. Adult supervision is required for children under 16. Plan to arrive 15–20 minutes early.

Page Turners’ Book Camp

Age: 16+
Asbury: June 16, July 21 @ 6:30 PM
Join Jenn for the summer version of the popular monthly book club each 3rd Thursday. Virtual attendance requires registration.

Camp Half-Blood

Age: Grade 1+
Swiss Valley Park: June 18 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Calling all demi-gods! Join for a day of demi-god training. Choose what Cabin you want to compete for, then attend sessions for different age groups throughout the day to hone your skills. Registration required.

Makerspace Open House

Age: All Ages & Families
Farley: June 21 @ 2–3 PM
Peosta: June 21 @ 4–5 PM
Epworth: Aug 2 @ 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
Asbury: Aug 8 @ 5:30–6:30 PM
Holy Cross: Aug 9 @ 6–7 PM
Drop by anytime during the open house to learn what you can make at your library Makerspace. Learn how to use 3D pens, Perler beads, a button maker, leather stamping supplies, a 3D printer at Asbury and Epworth, and more. Plus the library will be unveiling their newest Makerspace addition. Activities and crafts will be available for all ages.

Could You Survive?

Age: Grade 2–5
Asbury: June 22 @ 1:30–3 PM
Peosta: July 7 @ 1:30–3 PM
Farley: Aug 4 @ 1:30–3 PM
Put together a survival kit then take part in an interactive You Choose Adventure story where the choices you make will determine whether you can survive after a plane crash in the jungle.

Mikayla Oz Magician

Age: All Ages & Families
Farley Municipal Building: June 23 @ 6:30 PM
Join Mikayla Oz for magical fun for the whole family.

Preschool Water Play

Age: 2–5
Asbury: June 27 @ 9:30 AM
Epworth: June 28 @ 1:30 PM
Farley City Park: June 29 @ 9:30 AM
Holy Cross Park: June 30 @ 6 PM
Peosta City Park: July 1 @ 1:30 PM
Splash around and play at different water and camp-themed sensory stations.

Hike w/the Dubuque County Conservation

Age: All Ages & Families
New Wine Park: June 27 @ 11 AM
Age: 14+
Bankston Park: July 1 @ 10 AM
Meet up with Jenn and a guide from the Conservation Board. Bring a lunch. Registration required.

Geocache Hunt

Age: Grade 3+ & Families
Asbury: July 7 @ 10–11:30 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve: July 23 @ 10:30 AM–Noon
Following coordinates on a GPS or smartphone, see if you can find a hidden treasure and get some exercise while you’re doing it.

Family Camp

Age: All Ages & Families
Location TBA:  July 8 @ 7–9 PM & July 9 @ 8–10 AM
Join Jenn and Kayla for campfire songs and treats Friday evening and camp crafts and activities Saturday morning. If you want, you can camp overnight. A camping breakfast will be provided in the morning. Registration required.

Live Animals with Dubuque Conservation

Age: All Ages & Families
Holy Cross: July 8 @ 10–11 am
Peosta: July 8 @ 1–2 pm
Get up close and personal with some reptiles and amphibians with naturalists from the Dubuque Conservation Society.

Tale Trail Hike & Trail Mix Bar

Age: All Ages & Families
Swiss Valley Nature Center: July 9 @ 11 AM
First, fill up a goodie bag with a combo of nuts, seeds, and other treats to make your own trail mix then join for a walk down the Stream Bottom Trail, reading the Tale Trail book along the way.

Butterfly Encounter with Absolute Science

Age: All Ages
Epworth: July 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Encounter and feed live butterflies in a magical experience with Absolute Science’s butterfly tents.

Orienteering Camp

Age: Grades 6–12
Asbury: July 14 @ 3 PM
Holy Cross: July 14 @ 5 PM
Epworth: July 19 @ 3 PM
Farley: July 20 @ 3 PM
Learn about geocaching, letter boxing, and how to use a compass vs GPS. Then go on a short adventure to test out your skills! Registration required.

Ghosts & S’Mores

Age: Grades 2–5
Farley: July 14 @ 6–7 PM
Peosta: July 27 @ 6–7 PM
Make a sticky s’more, then tell or read your favorite ghost story.

Percy Jackson Escape Room

Age: Grade 3+
Asbury: July 16 @ 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Peosta: July 20 @ 5–7 pm
Camp Half-Blood is in trouble. With the clock ticking down, use your wits and a little fandom knowledge to find clues and solve the various puzzles inside the escape room. Registration required. Call 563-582-0008 to sign up for a half-hour time slot. Must include at least 1 adult

Road Less Traveled Theatre: Treasure Island Preview

Age: All Ages & Families
Asbury: July 18 @ 10:30–11 AM
Peosta: July 18 @ 1:30–2 PM
Farley: July 20 @ 1:30–2 PM
Epworth: July 21 @ 1:30–2 PM
Holy Cross: July 21 @ 6–6:30 PM
Arrgh! Watch out for the dastardly Long John Silver! Local community theatre, The Road Less Traveled Theatre, will present a preview of their summer kids’ show, Treasure Island. Stick around after the preview for a Q&A with the kids in the cast.

Family Karaoke

Age: All Ages & Families
Asbury: July 23 @ 2–3 pm
Grab a mic and the spotlight and belt out your favorite pop culture songs, Disney tunes, and other familiar melodies while enjoying some treats with the whole family.

SRP End Party

Age: All Ages & Families
Farley City Park: Aug 6 @ 10:30 AM–Noon
Celebrate how much you’ve read this summer with ice cream at the Splash Pad at Farley City Park. Bring your own swimsuit, towel, etc. if you want to play in the Splash Pad.

Holy Family Catholic Schools

2005 Kane St
563-582-5456 x289

Cost: $35–$200 (Most $75 and under)
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. Camps are open to all Dubuque area youth! Camp fees range from $50–$200 with most $75 and under, and scholarships are available. Submit completed registration forms and payment to any Holy Family office. The website for these camps is very thorough. Be sure to check this resource for detailed info and answers to your questions.

Arts & Culinary Camps

Calligraphy and Crafts, Children’s Acting

Athletic Camps

Boys Basketball Camp/League, Girls Basketball Camp, Cheerleading Camp, Cross Country Camp, Dance Camp, Football Camp, Soccer Camp, Strength and Conditioning Camp, Tennis Camp, Track and Field Camp, Volleyball Camp

Language And Literacy Camps

Literacy Camp with Clarke University, Shhh, It’s a Secret: Tricky Letters

Preschool/Pre-K Camps

Bible Camp, Nature Scavenger Hunt

STEM Camps

3D Printing Workshop, Bubbles Galore, Building Blocks of Engineering, Code Camp—Java Script, Cooking Up Science, Dig Those Dinos, Fun with Flight, Insect Zoo, Robotics Programming Camp—Basic, Robotics Programming Camp—FTC, Scribbler Bot Workshop, Slimey Gooey Gross, Soil and Smiles, Who Stole Mr. Bear? Crime and Spy Camp

Eagles Day Camp

Age: 3–Grade 5
1-Week Sessions: June 6–Aug 12
Cost: $210/week Standard; $235/week Extended
Eagles Day Camp at the Holy Family Central Campus is a new summer care option for Dubuque families offered by Holy Family Early Childhood.

At Eagles Day Camp, students of various ages will enjoy weekly themes from STEM subjects to superheroes (and everything in-between), hand-on projects, social-emotional learning, arts and crafts, outdoor play, club time, and off-site field trips. This childcare experience promises to provide our little eagles with a unique camp-like summer care experience. Children must turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 15. Ages 3–5 are limited to 24 participants and grades K–5 are limited to 60 participants.

A $40 per-week non-refundable deposit is required. $100 discount for participants who register for the entire 10-week season (deducted from week 10). If your child is currently receiving child care assistance through DHS, you will only be responsible for the cost of field trips.

Weekly themes include:

  • June 6–10: Imagination Station
  • June 13–17: Nature Explorer
  • June 20–24: Bon Appetit
  • June 27–July 1: It’s Game Time
  • July 5–8: Calling All Superheroes
  • July 11–15: Create It
  • June 18–22: Going Wild
  • July 25–29: Mad Scientists
  • Aug 1–5: World Olympics
  • Aug 8–12: Splish Splash

St. Mark Youth Enrichment

563-582-6211 x108

St. Mark Heroes Camp 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Age: Entering Grades K–5
June 20–July 22
Cost: $375
St. Mark Youth Enrichment is excited to announce this year’s Summer St. Mark Heroes Camp (formerly St. Mark Summer Heroes Academy). The agency is excited to work with community partners to bring summer learning opportunities immersed in an environment of safety, love, and belonging to elementary-aged students in Western Dubuque and Dubuque. Spots are limited and registrations are expected to fill fast.

This summer program is offered for 5 weeks, beginning June 20 through July 22 with no program on July 4.

Dubuque classes will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Western Dubuque (hosted in Dyersville) will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Limited scholarships are available for families in need.

The program will be heavily focused on literacy and will also have components of weekly themes, physical literacy, snacks, and enrichment activities. Guest speakers and readers, as well as field trips, will add to this program, engaging and helping students to learn while having fun. Certified teachers and staff are hired to work with the students, and St. Mark along with the schools will be doing assessments and evaluations to measure the success of the program.

The theme this year is Read Beyond the Beaten Path, aligning with the National Collaborative Summer Library Programs. The weekly themes incorporate community service, social and emotional well-being, and health and wellness into our Literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Music) curriculum. Students will receive a weekly book and a t-shirt to keep by the end of the program.

Themed Classes (New in 2022!)

Age: Entering Grades 3–5
New this year are themed classes for 3rd through 5th grade students in Dubuque. All three themed classes include a focus on academics and social-emotional learning.


Food, cooking, and the science behind it

Nature Navigators

Nature and exploration

Project STEAM

Specialized curriculum and enrichment dives deeper into the 5 components of STEAM— Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math

Clarke University Summer Scholarly Projects

1550 Clarke Dr

The 2022 Clarke University Summer Scholarly Projects are designed to expose high-achieving junior and senior high school students to the world of scholarly engagement with faculty in their respective areas of expertise. Students will be able to work one-on-one or in a small group with other high school and Clarke University students with faculty guidance and engagement on a scholarly project. Academic areas of interest are Biology, Computer Science, Math, and Music.

Participants must be high school juniors and seniors. Applications must be received by April 15 for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited by May 2 and have until May 15 to accept or decline the offer.

Check out these very rare and amazing free opportunities for a few lucky local teens.

An Exploration of Graph Theory

Age: Grades 11–12
June 13–17 @ 9 PM–Noon
Cost: FREE
As one of the newer areas of mathematical interest, graph theory is notable for its accessibility and surprising connections to more traditional fields of study. With applications ranging from the study of data structures in computer science to the modeling of ecological systems, graph theory represents a compelling entryway to the modern practice of mathematics for students with just about any existing interests. Instructed by Dr. O’Neill Kingston. Open to 2–4 students.

Game Development with Virtual Reality

Age: Grades 11–12
July 11–15 @ Noon–4 pm
Cost: FREE
Gaming Development with Virtual Reality introduces students to video game development and user experience in virtual reality. The development team will research and identify virtual reality interactions and develop virtual environments for future student projects. User experience will be tested and adjusted as needed by the development team prior to delivering the final solution. Instructed by Professor Josh Moris. Open to up to 6 students.

Music Composition

Age: Grades 11–12
Aug 1–5 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: FREE
Creativity and the arts are rapidly being added to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), creating STEAM. It is now recognized that skill without imagination and creativity leaves a void in a student’s employability and leadership ability. Music composition is a field that joins skill (music theory, orchestration, and arranging) and technology (computers, software, and audio equipment) with creativity. Instructed by Dr. Amy Dunker. Open to 6–8 students.

Special Dissection: Head and Neck

Age: Grades 11–12
Aug 1–5 @ 10 AM–Noon
Cost: FREE
Special dissection of the head and neck will be performed in Clarke University’s cadaver lab. Dissection techniques will be taught along with key head and neck structures, including but not limited to the muscles of mastication, branches of the external carotid artery, and suprahyoid muscles. Ideally, these prosections involving neck muscles and the muscles of mastication will be used as models in biology anatomy lab classes. Instructed by Dr. Michelle Slover. Open to 2–4 students.

Dubuque County Iowa State Extension STEM Summer Camps


Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Dubuque County for a one-day camp with hands-on activities. Each camp is being offered in the Dubuque and Dyersville area. Bring a sack lunch and drink.

Cooking Up Science

Age: Grades 3–5
June 8, July 6 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $20
Explore basic biology, chemistry, and physics using common items from the kitchen. Make plastic milk, mix up some cornstarch goo, and extract DNA from strawberries!

Insect Zoo

Age: Grades K–3
1-Day Sessions: June 13–16 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $20
Join this creepy-crawly adventure where campers will dive deep into the world of arthropods! Campers will get hands-on experience with the knowledgeable Insect Zoo staff. Learn about the animals on display and handle millipedes, beetles, walking sticks, and more!

Dig Those Dinos

Age: Grades K–3
1-Day Sessions: June 20–23 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $20
Explore the mighty dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Discover how these creatures lived and how big they were! Become a paleontologist as you dig for fossils and go on an adventure looking for dinosaur eggs.

Slimy Gooey Gross

Age: Grades K–3
1-Day Sessions: June 27–30 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $20
Do you enjoy the slimy and yucky side of science? Become an expert and take home your own worm bin. Discover what snot is made of and make fake blood and wounds.

Building Block to Engineering

Age: Grades 3–5
June 29, July 13 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $20
Explore with LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robots! In this beginner coding camp, youth will be introduced to basic coding concepts through block-based coding programs. This camp builds problem-solving and creativity skills while having a blast with LEGOS!

Who Stole Mr. Bear

Age: Grades K–3
1-Day Sessions: July 5–8 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $20
Investigate the scene, make detailed observations, and test the evidence left behind at the crime lab. Follow the clues to find out who stole Mr. Bear!

Fun with Flight

Age: Grades 3–5
July 6 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $20
Experiment with boomerangs, paper helicopters, ring wing gliders, rockets, and more. Learn how to make the best paper airplanes and see who can fly theirs the farthest!

Bubbles Galore

Age: Grades K–3
1-Day Sessions: July 11–14 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $20
You will be bubbling with excitement in this camp! Build your own bubble wands and actually go inside a giant bubble. Enjoy bubble crafts and experiments that will help you discover the fun and science of bubbles!

Multicultural Family Center

157 Central Ave

Cooking with Science

Age: Completed Grades 3–5
June 8 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: FREE
This day involves exploring basic biology, chemistry, and physics using common items from the kitchen. Make plastic milk, mix up some cornstarch goo, and extract DNA from strawberries! Bring a sack lunch. The program is in partnership with Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Summer Teen Nights

Age: 13–17
Mon–Thu: June 20–Aug 4 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Cost: Free
The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consist of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Pre-registration is not required.

LEGOS—Building Block to Engineering

Age: Completed Grades 3–5
July 13 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: FREE
Explore with the LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robots! In this beginner coding camp, youth will be introduced to basic coding concepts through block-based coding programs. This camp builds problem-solving and creativity skills while having a blast with LEGOS! Bring a sack lunch. The program is in partnership with Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Loras All-Sports Camp

1450 Alta Vista Street

Age: 7–14
Session 1: June 19–24
Session 2: June 26–July 1
Session 3: July 10–15
Session 4: July 17–22
Cost: $695 (2nd child $670) Resident; $545 (2nd child $520) Day Camper
Registration started in December. Some camps are full and have a waiting list. Contact the camp office for available activities. The website is detailed and very informative.

The unique and highly-rated All-Sports Camp offers students in grades 2–8 an opportunity to receive intensive instruction in a major sport (2.5 hours) along with training in two additional minor sports (1.5 hours) 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.

More than 40 sports available in the camp include aerial dance, archery, adventure challenge (ropes course), badminton, baseball, basketball, biking, bowling, cheerleading, cross country running, jazz dance, diving, figure skating, fishing, football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, ice skating, karate, kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating, paddleboarding, lacrosse, lawn games, pilates/yoga, rock climbing, roller-skating/blading, rugby, soccer, softball, sports performance, swimming, tennis track and field, trapshooting, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. Wow!

Activities are assigned based on the date and time of your registration—not by the time you entered your activity choices. There is a waitlist for residential campers. Roommates at camp can be no more than one grade apart.

Loras Basketball Skills Camps

Lillis Court Athletic & Wellness Center & Graber Sports Complex
1600 Cox St

Men’s Basketball Skills Camp


Age: Boys Grades PK–8 & Girls Grades PK–2
Aug 1–4 @ 8:30–11:30 AM
Cost: $139
Loras Basketball Skills Camp put on by professional and certified teachers including Loras Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Chris Martin; Associate Head Coach, Gabe Miller; and Assistant Each Jacob Oswald. Gain improvement in skills while immersed in a culture of excellence. Skill development groups create ability level based competitions. The camp includes daily competitions and awards and a free camp t-shirt.

Women’s Basketball Skills Camp


Age: Girls Entering Grades 3–8
Aug 8–11 @ 9 AM–1:30 PM
Cost: $129
Loras Basketball Skills Camp put on by Loras Women’s Basketball, including Head Coach, Justin Heinzen; and Assistant Coaches Seana Stoia and Sam Ervin. Each camper will improve individual skills (offensively and defensively), work with ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and 5-on-5 game play. Includes lunch.

Spotlight Sporting Events

Senior High School
1800 Clarke Dr

Football Fundamental Camp

Age: Grade 1–6
June 11 & July 23 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: $35
Younger athletes have the opportunity to come out and have fun while also being taught the fundamentals of football both offensively and defensively. Learning the fundamentals helps ensure safety by teaching techniques to prevent injuries. Our staff and coaches can’t wait to get the athletes out on the field and have some fun.

Four Mounds Adventure Day Camp

4900 Peru Rd

1-Week Sessions: Mon–Fri: June 13–Aug 12 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Cost: $145; free to income-qualifying families living in Dubuque
Week-long adventures take place in four great locations throughout Dubuque. Fun-filled activities include the Four Mounds Challenge Ropes Course, canoeing on Catfish Creek at Mines of Spain, ecosystem adventures at Swiss Valley Nature Center, and the EB Lyons Interpretive Center. Campers will also enjoy swimming, creek-stomping, hiking, team-building exercises, arts and crafts, and games.

Daily topics include:

  • Monday: Plants Around Us
  • Tuesday: Midwest Ecosystems
  • Wednesday: Mines of Spain
  • Thursday: Pioneer Day & Pioneer Ways
  • Friday: Pushing Boundaries

Before- and after-care extends camp hours to 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Children are required to bring a sack lunch. All other supplies and safety equipment are provided by the camp, including life vests. Convenient pick-up and drop-off locations are at Fulton School and Allison-Henderson Park. Four Mounds maintain a high staff to camper ratio of at least one staffer for every five campers.

Children may register for one week only. Pre-registration opens May 5 to income-qualifying families living in the City of Dubuque. Online registration opens on May 10.

NICC Kids on Campus

NICC Peosta Campus
8342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA
563-557-8271 x380

Age: Entering Grades 2–7
July 18–22 @ 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! Campers are asked to select four sessions to attend throughout the week.

Students are dropped off at the Northeast Iowa Community College Peosta campus starting at 8 a.m. and must be picked up by 4:45 p.m. Camps include supplies, snacks, and lunch for the week. Scholarships are available.

For grades 2–4, sessions include Archery Awesomeness, Cooking Craze, Drones, The Trendsetter, Football, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cool Chemistry, Kids and Canvas, Life on the Prairie, Engineering Challenge, Soccer, Trash to Treasure, and Beautiful You Inside and Out.

For grades 5–7, sessions include Drones, 3D Printing, Football, Kids Comics, The Trendsetter, Archery Awesomeness, Cooking Craze, Fun with Flight, 3D Animation, Engineering Challenge, Soccer, Cool Chemistry 2, Trash to Treasure, Cricut Crafting, and Beautiful You Inside and Out.

NICC Virtual Camps: STEAM Camps powered by Black Rocket

Age: 8–14
NICC’s virtual camps are powered by Black Rocket, a national leader in tech education. They’re perfect for students who are interested in video games, coding, and virtual reality. Live classes are led by top teachers in a safe and fun online learning environment.

YouTube® classes encourage children to practice good digital citizenship while creating space for their own unique voices. Students explore the variety of content and personalities on YouTube and develop their own on-camera presence while creating special effects and developing video editing skills.

ROBLOX® classes explore the world of game design and coding. Students design their own world in ROBLOX, learn to build 3D models, and bring characters to life with unique animations. The activities are hosted on a password-protected site that can be shared with family and friends.

Minecraft® classes explore several different aspects of the game from animation and design, to scripting and engineering. Students learn key technical skills in a fun, creative environment.

Python Programming is the fastest-growing programming language. Students learn how to code with step-by-step instruction. They can challenge friends with the fun content they create!

Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Game class invites gamers to design their own game using professional 3D game development software. Students build levels and assets inspired by popular Battle Royale games like Fortnite. Plus, students can participate in eSports League matches against other schools with a chance to have their levels featured in the Black Rocket master build of the game!

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Youth Music Camps

Clarke University
1550 Clarke Dr

Tuition discounts and scholarships are available.

String Camp

Age: Entering Grades 7–12
June 20–26
Cost: $250 Day Camp; $450 Overnight Camp
Open to students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass and have a minimum of two years of ensemble experience.

Maestro Diego Piedra returns to lead students through another season of the DSO’s 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 distinguished faculty work closely with students, helping them to build confidence in and sharpen their skills through large group rehearsals, small sectionals, private lessons, and more.

Overnight campers will stay in the Clarke University dormitories, eat their meals in the university’s dining hall, and enjoy a wide range of evening activities. The camp will culminate in a performance for over 2,000 people at the DSO’s Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum.

Chamber Music Camp

Entering Grades 10–12
June 20–26
Cost: $250 Day Camp; $450 Overnight Camp
For students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Advanced 9th graders and graduated seniors are welcome as well.

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. Ensembles work closely with the fantastic camp faculty, receiving one-on-one lessons, coachings, masterclasses, and even side-by-side performances!

Overnight campers will stay in the Clarke University dormitories, eat their meals in the university’s dining hall, and participate in a wide range of evening activities. The camp will end in a public recital performance, presented in Clarke University’s beautiful Jansen Music Hall.

Dubuque Y Camp

11767 John F Kennedy Rd

The Dubuque Y 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 Christian values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Group activities, depending on age and level, include hiking, rock climbing, zip lining, archery, crate climbing, swimming, games, and more.

Traditional Day Camp

Age: 6–14 (Must have completed Kindergarten)
1-Week sessions: June 6–Aug 19
Union Park
Cost: $159 member; $179 non-member

Each week-long 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). Camp now includes busing to camp and back to the Y each day, lunch, and two snacks daily.

Mountain Bike Camp

Age: 6–14 (Must have completed Kindergarten)
1-Week sessions: June 6–June 17
Union Park
Cost: $179 Member; $199 non-member

Campers will spend the whole day at camp, taking part in the total Y Camp experience. Following the same camp schedule, this program will break off for three hours of biking daily. Dress to ride a bike and bring a water bottle. Camp now includes busing to camp and back to the Y each day, lunch, and two snacks daily.

Horse Camp Adventure Training

Age: 6–14 (Must have completed Kindergarten)
1-week sessions: July 11–August 5
Union Park
Cost: $249 member; $269 non-member

Horse camp is a one-week progressive program offering three levels of expertise. Participants will spend the whole day at camp. Following the same camp schedule, this program will break off for three hours of training daily. Wear jeans and either old tennis shoes or boots, and bring a water bottle. Camp now includes busing to camp and back to the Y each day, lunch, and two snacks daily.

Beginner is for those with little to no riding experience. Campers are taught grooming, riding skills in the arena, basic horse anatomy, and saddle parts.

Intermediate children have passed the beginner level, have had previous riding lessons, and/or they have wrangler approval. Campers will be responsible for saddling and grooming their own horse, ring-riding skills will be reviewed, and trail-riding skills (weather permitting) will be learned.

Advanced campers passed the intermediate level and/or have wrangler approval. Participants will be responsible for all aspects of caring for their horse including rounding up, feeding, grooming, and saddling. Students will spend time on advanced riding skills, trail riding (weather permitting), and program-related games.

Dubuque Y Youth Sports, Gymnastics, and Swim Lessons

4- and 8-Week Programs

The Dubuque Y strives to provide a quality experience for children and families to help promote the development of each child to reach their highest potential through teamwork and sportsmanship in a fun and educational atmosphere. Monthly offerings include preschool programs for ages 3–5 and youth programs for ages 6–8. Additionally, they have programs in gymnastics that focus on skill progression and improvement. Make new friends, be active, and learn to love a sport at the Y.

The Y provides twice-a-week lessons on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks allowing for eight 45-minute lessons. In a four-week period, kids progress a lot faster and have seen great improvement. Swim lessons start as young as 6 months and progress to 12 years old. Saturday offerings are available as well through an eight-week session.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 E 3rd St
563-557-9545 x213

Throughout the summer, campers are invited to join expert educators in an exploration of history, science, and wildlife at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Summer has never been so fun! Scholarships are available as is wrap-around care.

Kinder-Kamp: Animal Friends

Age: Entering Grade K
June 20–24 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: $100 Member; $125 Non-Member
Prepare to enjoy animals of all shapes and sizes from around the world through this year’s KinderKamp! Campers will encounter live animals and their habitats, explore nature, make crafts, and experience the world of the River Museum’s newest exhibit, Forever Forest.

All Fun and Games

Age: Entering Grades 1–5
June 27–July 1 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
Cost: $200 Member; $240 Non-Member
Explore the evolution of toys! How did toys from the past function? What did they look like? Discover traditional and modern toys from around the world and use your imagination to invent your own toys.

Rock of All Ages

Age: Entering grades 1–5
July 11–July 15 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
Cost: $200 Member; $240 Non-Member
Rocks come in all different shapes and sizes! From fossils to lava rock, each one has a different origin. How in the world did they get here? Dig up the details on different types of rocks and where they come from.

Fish From Around the World

Age: Entering grades 1–2
July 18–22 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Cost: $200 Member; $240 Non-Member
There’s something fishy about this camp! Explore the lives of fish from around the world. From lakes to rivers to oceans, discover why some fish live in fresh water while others live in salt water. Encounter fish that live in the Mississippi River and compare them with those that live on the other side of the earth.

Mystery at the Museum

Age: Entering grades 3–5
July 18–22 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Cost: $200 Member; $240 Non-Member
Something is missing from the museum! Come help find it! In order to solve the mystery, campers will explore the various exhibits in the museum, conduct interviews, and dust for fingerprints. Can you solve the puzzle?

Forever Forest

Age: Entering Grades 1–5
July 25–29 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
Cost: $200 Member; $240 Non-Member
An adventure awaits as campers explore the River Museum’s newest exhibit, Forever Forest. Discover how we use the forest to live, work, and play. Trek around the forest searching for animals that live there and examine all the parts of a tree. Find out what everyday products come from trees and how to make them sustainable.

UD for Kids

2000 University Ave

Age: Completed Grades 1–2
June 20–24
Age: Completed Grades 3–4
June 27–July 1
Age: Completed Grades 5–7
July 11–15
Now in its 30th year, UD for Kids is a summer enrichment opportunity for students in grades 1–7. Students build reading and math skills while taking courses in the areas of science, math, engineering, visual and performing arts, aviation, and arts. Apply online in advance. Registration begins on April 9.

Classes for grades 1–2 include All Things Harry Potter!; Buggly, Wuggly Poof—It’s Magic!; Collage, Cards, and Kindness; Cookie Crazy; Crazy Colorful; Exploring STEM; I’m Lovin’ It, Art That Is!; Ratatouille’s French Café; Ready, Set… Paint!; and Science Olympiad.

Grades 3–4 can pick from Acting: On and Off Stage; All Things Harry Potter!; Collage, Cards, and Kindness; Crazy Colorful; Cupcake Bake-off; Extending STEM; I’m Lovin’ It, Art That Is!; Magical Imagination; Ratatouille’s French Café; Ready, Set… Paint!; and Science Olympiad. 

Kids in grades 5–7 choose from Acting: On-Stage and Off; Aviation; Dream Weaver; Extending STEM; For the Love of Singing; Hocus Pocus, It’s Magic; Painting… Express Yourself!; Pasta Perfection; Virtual World Design; and What’s the Verdict?

Dubuque County Conservation


The Conservation Board’s camps tend to fill up quickly. Follow Swiss Valley Nature Center on Facebook to keep up with all the summer programming! Call to be put on a waitlist for full camps or email naturalist

E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center Camps

8991 Bellevue Heights Rd

Talon Camp

Age: 7–14
June 8–10 @ 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
Cost: $30
Join in a birding expedition and learn all about birds and their neat adaptations.

Night Owls

Age: 5–6
June 21–22 @ 8:30–11:30 AM
Cost: $15
Come learn about the nocturnal animals that hide in the dark of the night.

Winnie the Pooh

Age: 3–4
June 23–24 @ 9–11 AM
Cost: $10
Explore the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and his friends. An adult must stay with child.

Creepy Crawlies

Age: 5–6
July 6–7 @ 8:30–11:30 AM
Cost: $15
If you enjoy getting down and dirty with the creepy crawlies that roam these areas, then this camp is for you!

Reptile Safari

Age: 7–9
July 11–13 @ 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
Cost: $25
Discover the different reptiles from snakes to turtles that are lurking about in these different habitats.

Water Treasure Camp

Age: 8–12
July 18–20 @ 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
Cost: $30
Get ready for some splishy, splashy fun as we uncover the hidden treasures in our waterways.

The Lorax

Age: 7–9
July 25–26 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $20
Learn about the Trufflia Forrest and the importance of trees with the Oncler and Lorax, while wearing your thneed!

Wilderness & Survival Camp

Age: 7–14
July 28–29 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $30
Learn about the wilderness and how to survive in it. Discover everything from shelter building, fire making, orienteering, and first aid.

Reptile Safari

Age: 5–6
Aug 1–3 @ 8:30–11:30 AM
Cost: $25
Discover the different reptiles from snakes to turtles that are lurking about in these different habitats.

Junior Naturalist

Age: 10–14
Aug 4–5 @ 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
Cost: $30
Learn what being a naturalist is all about. Learn more about plants, animals, and the environment around you. Hiking, geocaching, archery, and more!

Challenge Camp

Age: 8–12
Aug 8–10 @ 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
Cost: $45
Fishing, knot tying, orienteering, and kayaking are just a few of the possible challenges that could come up at this adventurous camp!

Wild Kratts

Age: 3–4
Aug 8–9 @ 9–11 AM
Cost: $10
Help the Wild Kratt Brothers as they protect the land against Zach Bots and others. An adult must stay with child.

Magic School Bus

Age: 5–6
Aug 11–12 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: $15
Join on this journey with a chance to discover locations, creatures, time periods, and more!

Driftless Discoveries

Age: 7–9
Aug 15–17 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $25
Learn about the cool plants and animals found nowhere else in the world as a result!

Becoming an Outdoor Girl (BOG)

Age: 8–12
Aug 18–19 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $45
Become confident girls in exploring the outdoors. Learn how to cook outside, identify plants, and much more!

Swiss Valley Nature Center Camps

13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA

Wild Kratts

Age: 3–4
June 8–9 @ 9–11 AM
Cost: $10
Help the Wild Kratt Brothers as they protect the land against Zach Bots and others. An adult must stay with child.

Bike Heritage Trail

Age: 7–14
June 13 @ 9 AM–June 14 @ 2 PM
Cost: $50
Bike the whole Heritage Trail, Dyersville to Heritage Pond, in two days! Camp overnight and learn proper bike maintenance and trail etiquette. Please pack your own bike and helmet.

The Lorax

Age: 7–9
June 15–16 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $20
Learn about the Trufflia Forrest and the importance of trees with the Oncler and Lorax, while wearing your thneed!

Compass & Maps

Age: 12–16
June 17 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $25
Join for a true wilderness experience at White Pine Hallow on the Northwest side of Dubuque County. At this camp, you will learn how to read a compass and maps to make your way through this undeveloped wooded area.

Buzz Like A Bee

Age: 8–12
Session 1: June 21–22 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Session 2: June 29–30 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $35
Talk to a real beekeeper for a chance to see a hive up close.

Mountain Biking and Adventures

Age: 10–14
Session 1: June 23 @ 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
Session 2: July 15 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $15
Along with enjoying the ride, you will also get to explore all the fun activities there are at different Dubuque County Conservation Parks.

Mountain Biking Adventure

Age: 7–9
June 24 @ 8:30–11:30 AM
Cost: $15
Along with enjoying the ride, you will also get to explore all the fun activities there are at Proving Grounds. Please pack your own bike and helmet.

Explore Your Rivers

Age: 10–14
Session 1: June 27–28 @ 8 AM–3 PM
Session 2: July 28–29 @ 8 AM–3 PM
Cost: $50
Join Naturalists on beginner-friendly rivers. Learn how to navigate rivers and kayaking techniques!

Forage & Feed

Age: 10–14
July 6–8 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $50
Learn what tasty treats nature has to offer and participate in harvesting, preparing, and cooking wild edibles. Also, practice archery and learn about the wild games found here in Iowa.

Hunters Safety Camp

Age: 11+
July 12–14 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $50
Join Dubuque County Hunters Safety instructors and Conservation Officers from the Iowa DNR for a multi-day hunter’s safety experience. Hands-on instruction on firearms, fishing, and many other outdoor skills including camouflage, gun-carrying techniques, shot sizes, decoys, archery, animal calls, and more! Participants will shoot a .22 rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun. They will also earn their Iowa DNR Firearms Safety Certificate.

Magic School Bus

Age: 5–6
July 18–19 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: $15
Join on this journey with a chance to discover locations, creatures, time periods, and more!

Out of this World

Age: 7–14
July 21 @ 9 AM–July 22 @ Noon
Cost: $50
Take the chance to camp overnight and discover the mysteries of the starry night sky. You will also get to cook your own food over a fire.

Winnie the Pooh

Age: 3–4
Aug 1–2 @ 9–11 AM
Cost: $10
Explore the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and his friends. An adult must stay with child.

Cave Exploring

Age: 7–14
Aug 3–4 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $30
Learn about the formation of caves and their hidden secrets of the dark.

Critter Connection

Age: 7–9
Aug 9–11 @ 9:30 AM–2:30 PM
Cost: $25
Learn how to care for the educational animals at Swiss Valley Nature Center.

Creepy Crawlies

Age: 5–6
Aug 17–18 @ 8:30–11:30 AM
Cost: $15
If you enjoy getting down and dirty with the creepy crawlies that roam these areas, then this camp is for you!

Out-Of-County Overnight Camps

Yellow River State Forest Backpacking

Age: 14–17
June 28–30
Cost: $50
A three-day, two-night backpacking trip exploring the stunning woodland views and meandering trout streams of the Yellow River State Forest.

Kickapoo Backpacking

Age: 12–17
July 12–14
Cost: $50
A three-day, two-night backpacking trip to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve!

Dubuque Regional Humane Society Animal C.A.R.E Humane Education

Dubuque Regional Humane Society
4242 Chavenelle Rd

This summer, count on the Dubuque Regional Humane Society (DRHS) to safely provide students of all ages with new ideas on animal careers, care, safety, exercise, and enrichment. Their Animal C.A.R.E. Summer Programs offer engaging humane education curriculum, building capable, successful learners filled with knowledge, self-determination, and empathy towards all things, living and non-living. Students will work together learning cooperation strategies during character-building games, crafts, and of course, animal socialization. Students are encouraged to register for multiple sessions as the activities, friends, and animals are ever-changing! Scholarships are available.

Critter C.A.R.E.

Age: Entering Grades 1–3
June 6 @ 1–4 PM
Age: Entering Grades 4–6
June 7 @ 1–4 PM
Age: Entering Grades 6–8
June 8 @ 1–4 PM
Cost: $50
Includes a t-shirt, snack, and supplies.

Weeklong C.A.R.E.

Age: Entering Grades 1–3
June 11–15 or Aug 1–5 @ 9 AM–Noon
Age: Entering Grades 4–6
June 11–15 or Aug 1–5 @ 1–4 PM
Cost: $200
The three-hour sessions include a t-shirt, snack each day, and supplies.

Vet Shadow

June 14, July 5, Aug 9 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Cost: $80
The four-hour sessions provide students with a unique learning experience, shining a light on what it takes to be a licensed veterinarian or veterinarian technician. Not for the faint of heart, this session dives deep into the career of veterinary medicine as campers will learn about animal ailments, assist during exams and laboratory diagnostics, and will even observe surgeries performed by the on-staff veterinarian. For more information, call the Humane Society at 563-239-9232 or email Includes a t-shirt, boxed lunch, and supplies.

Dog C.A.R.E.

Age: Entering Grades 4–6
June 21 @ 1–4 PM
Age: Entering Grades 1–3
June 22 @ 1–4 PM
Age: Entering Grades 6–8
June 23 @ 1–4 PM
Cost: $50
Includes a t-shirt, snack, and supplies.

Cat C.A.R.E.

Age: Entering Grades 1–3
June 28 @ 1–4 PM
Age: Entering Grades 6–8
June 29 @ 1–4 PM
Age: Entering Grades 4–6
June 30 @ 1–4 PM
Cost: $50
Includes a t-shirt, snack, and supplies.

Northeast Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America Jedi Training Camps


Age: Entering Grades k–5
Camp C.S. Klaus (Greeley, IA): June 18 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Grandview United Methodist Church: July 23 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $35
Campers are invited to train in the ways of the Force! From Jedi crafting and Wookie games, water to sharpshooting archery and bb guns, campers will be kept busy the entire day. Local Padawan Day Camps are single-day adventures for all youth. You do not need to be a current Scout to participate. Parents and guardians attend for free. Includes a Day Camp t-shirt, event patch, and lots of memories.

Frogwarts School of Wizardry

Camp Little Cloud
21700 Girl Scout Rd, Epworth, IA

Session 1: July 3–9
Session 2: July 10–16
Cost: $595/session (2nd child $495; 3rd child $395)
Now in its 20th year, Frogwarts is a role-play creativity overnight camp originally inspired by the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. With a richly creative and social-emotional learning 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 “Creative Courage and Daring Determination.”

A magical aspect of Frogwarts that sets it apart from other summer camps is the development of a story, dramatized in real-time by campers, staff, and guest artists. Students use their critical thinking, imagination, and role-play skills in the drama, which is designed to guide them through a process of questioning good versus evil and right versus wrong, to the triumph of compassion, creativity, courage, justice, and fun! Frogwarts enriches the lives of youth by providing a memorable experience that cultivates their creative, emotional, and imaginative intelligences. In addition to critical thinking and literacy skills, the program provides experiential training in empathy and compassion through drama.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due with registration. Scholarships are available. Wizards who were seniors last summer and would otherwise have “aged out” will be allowed to participate as campers in 2022.

Berning Acres Farm Camp

8850 North Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL

2-Day Sessions: June 9 & 10; 13 & 15; 14 & 16; 20 & 22; 21 & 23; 27 & 28 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Cost: $120
At the two-day Berning Acres Farm Camps, campers will have a few morning chores to attend to like feeding the animals or collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. There will be structured time each day to interact with and learn about the animals on the farm including the cows, calves, goats, sheep, and the farm dog, Lacey. They will also have an organized activity each day such as making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts, and seek n finds. New for 2022: pony rides and a hayride! A tasty dairy treat (probably ice cream) will be provided each day for a snack. Pack a lunch. Includes a Farm Camp t-shirt.

Hoof It Goat Camp

616 S Devil’s Ladder Rd, Galena, IL

Age: 5–12
Session 1: June 21–23 @ 1–4:30 pm & June 24 @ 7 PM (Family bonfire)
Session 2: July 5–7 @ 1–4:30 pm & July 8 @ 7 PM (Family bonfire)
Cost: $250
Children 5–12 years of age will explore and learn about goats from daily care and chores, scavenger hunts, fun activities, and arts and crafts. Explore and learn about the surrounding land, what animals inhabit it, and learn to tell the difference between animal tracks. Activities and crafting projects vary but may include making animal track molds, best goat selfies, wooden jewelry/key chain making, goat painting (actually paint on a goat!), scavenger hunts, and of course, goat trekking. As a conclusion to GOAT camp, campers and their families are invited for a bonfire with s’mores. More dates may be added based on demand.

Xtreme Dance

1075 Cedar Cross Dr

Xtreme Dance’s mission is to inspire youth through the art of dance. With elite dance instruction, they create opportunities for creative expression while building lifelong skills including self-confidence, determination, and teamwork. They strive to create a dance culture that promotes positivity and kindness.

Dancing in the Dark Camp

Age: 6–8
Aug 4 @ 1:30–4 PM
Age: 9–12
Aug 5 @ 1:30–4 PM
Cost: $30
Dance in the dark, play games, do fun obstacle courses, use glow sticks, and, of course, have tons of fun! Dress in neon and bright colors.

TikTok Camp

Age 6–8
Aug 11 @ 1:30–4 PM
Age 9–12
Aug 13 @ 1:30–4 PM
Cost: $30
Learn some fun new TikTok dances with your friends. Show some of your own favorites and create your very own new TikToks at camp!

YogART Camps

Challenge to Change
3337 Hillcrest Rd, Suite B

Kid’s Summer YogART Camp

Age: 7–14
June 13–16 or July 18–21 @ 10:30 AM–2:30 PM
Cost: $125

Mini’s Summer YogART Camp

Age: 3–6
July 11–12 or July 13–14 @ 12:30–3 PM
Cost: $50
Challenge to Change’s Rock N’ Roll-themed YogART camps combine the creative, calming practices of yoga and art into one amazing event. At camp, children will breathe, stretch, and imagine as they receive instruction in yoga and mindful art. This summer we will learn that we’re all rockstars who have the power to inspire the world!

Dubuque AYSO Youth Soccer

Dubuque Soccer Complex
12896 John F Kennedy Rd

May 23–Aug 6

The Dubuque Region 4019 of the American Youth Soccer Organization’s Outdoor Summer Program runs May 23 through the first week of August, featuring 10 games at the Dubuque Soccer Complex. Everyone plays! To participate, log into your existing account, choose the program appropriate for your child, e-sign the form, and pay directly online via a new mobile-friendly registration. Uniforms can be used for up to four years and are usable in all Dubuque AYSO programs. New players must buy a set of uniforms for $35.

Captured on Canvas

555 John F Kennedy Rd, Suite 670

Age: 6–13

Captured on Canvas offers a Little Artist Program all year round! Young artists from 6 to 13 years of age can express their creativity and discover new painting techniques. Classes take place once a week. Join at any time for a month or get the best rate with a 3-month subscription. The program now offers more studio time at no extra cost and great discounts on ceramic items to paint.

The Grand Opera House

135 W 8th St

The Sound of Music

Age: 7–17 & Adults
June 17–18, 23–25 @ 7:30 PM & June 19, 26 @ 2 PM
Auditions: April 9 @ 9 AM–Noon & 1–4 PM
Auditions are held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building (880 Locust St, Suites 222 and 228). More information and an audition form are available on the Grand’s website. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

The Grand Opera House & Rising Star Theatre Company

135 W 8th St

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Age: Currently in Grades 2–12
Aug 11–14
Auditions: June 4 @ 9 AM–Noon & 1–4 PM
June 5 @ 6–9 PM
The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company collaborate on an upcoming youth production building upon both companies’ current summer youth programming to create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will replace the previously announced production titles from each respected company. All students currently in 2nd–12th grades are eligible to audition and will be cast in this production. Rehearsals begin in early July with performances taking place Aug. 11–14 at the Grand Opera House. This collaboration will be led by the Grand’s executive and artistic director Nick Halder and Rising Star Theatre Company’s education director Megan Schumacher. Schumacher will also serve as the director for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and work alongside theatre teaching artists and professionals from both organizations.

Bell Tower Theater

2728 Asbury Rd

Kids Take the Stage

Four times each year Bell Tower Theater offers theater classes for kids. These classes teach theater skills such as acting, singing, pantomime, improvisation, and stage makeup, but equally as important, they help kids develop real-life skills like confidence, reading, teamwork, self-esteem, and communication. A six-week spring session starts in March and April, week-long summer camps begin in July and August, and a six-week fall session is set for October. Financial assistance is available for qualified families.

Let’s Pretend

Age: Grades K–1
Mondays: April 4–May 9 @ 4:30–5:30 PM
Cost: $70
Take a trip to the wonderful world of make-believe. This enchanting class uses kids’ imagination and self-expression to build concentration, confidence, and communication skills. The goal is to have fun discovering the world of theater! Space is limited to 16 kids.

Creative Theatrics

Age: Grades 2–3
Wednesdays: April 6–May 11 @ 4:30–5:30 PM
Cost: $70
Using stories and short plays as a foundation, this class uses beginning acting techniques and cultivates skills that help kids be comfortable and confident on stage. Each day, participants will focus on creating believable characters using props, costumes, pantomime, and dialogue. Space is limited to 16 kids.

Musical Mashups

Age: Grades 3–6
Summer 2022
Cost: $65
Everyone loves a musical! In this class, kids will learn well-known songs from Broadway musicals and combine them into a single story. Acting and singing skills go hand-in-hand on this musical journey! Space is limited to 8 kids.

Acting (SOLD OUT)

Age: Grades 4–6

Music & Acting for Pre-Schoolers (SOLD-OUT)

Age: 3–5

Fractured Fairy Tales (SOLD OUT)

Age: grades 3–5

Summer Musicals

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical

Age: Completed Grades 8–12
June 16–18, 22 & 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
June 19 & 26 @ 2 PM
Auditions & Crew Sign Up: April 1 @ 2:30–6 PM
April 2 @ 1–4 PM
There will be one cast of approximately 24 kids and a crew of 5-8. Auditioners will be asked to sing and read from Shrek the Musical. Songs and script cuttings are available on the Bell Tower Theater website.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical

Age 7–18
July 14–16 & 21–23 @ 7 PM
July 15–17 & 22–24 @ 2 PM
Auditions & Crew Sign Up: May 20–23
Kids ages 7 to 18 make up two casts of approximately 30–40 kids and a crew of 70–100. Due to the cancellation of the program in 2020 and 2021, kids 7–18 can audition for the cast and sign up for the crew. Auditioners will be asked to sing and read from The SpongeBob Musical. Songs and script cuttings are available on the Bell Tower Theater website. There is no fee to participate in this program.

AntiGravity Kids Summer Camp

Float and Fly Wellness Studio
1344 Locust St

Age: 7–13
Camp 1: June 14 & 16–18
Camp 2: June 21 & 23–25
Camp 3: July 5 & 7–9
Camp 4: July 12 & 14–16
Cost: $175
Due to how much fun kids had last summer, Float and Fly is excited to offer camps again in 2022! AntiGravity® Kids is an aerial program specifically designed for children. Each AntiGravity® Kid discovers the fun of exercise while developing greater courage and self-confidence as they explore all dimensions of open space supported by silk hammocks. Call to reserve your child’s spot. Each camp group is limited to six campers to allow for a safe and fun experience.

Asbury Just Sports Camp

Asbury Park
5505 Asbury Rd, Asbury, IA

Age: 7–10
June 29 & July 6 @ 1:30–4 PM
Cost: $24/Resident; $29/Non-Resident
Kids participate in an afternoon of just sports! This activity-oriented camp explores several different sports, practicing movement skills, sports skills, and team building activities in fun and engaging games, sports, and activities. Please bring a water bottle each day. Instructed by Susan Stoppelmoor. Sign up May 1. Information will be on the City of Asbury website on April 18. Also, check the Dubuque Leisure Services Summer Catalog for additional summer programming at Asbury Park.

Sinsinawa Mound— No Child Left Inside

585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI
608-748-4411 x811

Age: 7–11
Aug 18–19 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $60
Sinsinawa Mound is sponsoring a two-day summer camp designed to connect children with the living world and cultivate a sense of deep respect and wonder for one another and the Earth. Play games and explore, sneak and crawl, take on animal forms, and track who else has been spending time in the forests and gardens of Sinsinawa Mound. We’ll sit. We’ll notice. We’ll sing and share gratitude. Participants should be ready to learn about themselves and nature, get some exercise, and have lots of fun! Please bring your own lunch and snack. Campers will spend the entirety of both days outdoors. Space is limited to 10 children.

Sisters of St. Francis

3390 Windsor Ave

Surfin’ the C’s Overnight Leadership Camp

Age: Girls Completed Grades 6–8
June 3 @ 7 PM–June 5 @ 1 PM
Cost: Free
Surfin’ the Cs (Compassionate, Confident, Courageous, Christian!) is a two-night leadership camp. Girls join the sisters for spiritual and creative activities highlighting leadership and the four Cs. The camp fees for Surfin’ the Cs are waived in 2022. Register by May 20.

Best Franciscan Friends (BFF) Day Camp

Age: Girls Completed Grades 3–5
June 8–10 @ 9 AM–5:30 PM
Cost: Free
At Best Franciscan Friends Day Camp, girls learn about the lives and ministries of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters as well as Saints Francis and Clare and make crafts, play games, sing songs, and are paired up with a sister as their “BFF.” The camp fees for BFF Camp are waived in 2022. Register by May 20.

2022 Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival

University of Dubuque Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
2000 University Ave

April 7 @ 4–7 PM
Cost: Free
Organized like a street festival or county fair, visitors stroll from activity to activity at their leisure. All ages are welcome to attend. Exhibits feature interactive STEM activities for students and their families. Attendees may conduct amazing science experiments, observe a variety of fascinating animals, perform surgery with a Laparoscopic Surgical Trainer, test their skills on a welding simulator, measure the electricity usage of common electronic devices, and much more. The goals of the STEM festival are to promote, inspire, and engage youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities and to introduce students and parents to STEM careers in the community. Exhibits present hands-on STEM activities. The festival is free and open to the public.

Iowa Wildlife Camps at State Parks

Cost: $160
Iowa Wildlife Camps is offering a full summer of learning, exploration, and fun in the Wild at Iowa Wildlife Camps at State Parks. Please pay special attention to the location and date of each camp. If you have any questions, please contact Iowa Wildlife Camps Director, Ellen Carman at Camp locations in our region include Mines of Spain, Maquoketa Caves, Backbone State Park, Pikes Peak State Park, Wapsipinicon State Park, and Volga River State Recreation Area.

UW-Plattville Youth Programs

1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to reaching people of all ages inside and outside of the classroom. Their programs provide youth of all ages transformative learning experiences in academic and recreational areas of interest. Enriching programs can be found on site at UW-Platteville and online, and they are proud to offer these programs for youth to learn and grow.

STEM Discovery

Age: Grades 9–12
June 19–25
STEM Discovery is a one-week residential summer program in which students are provided hands-on opportunities to explore and discover a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Students will also have a daily college readiness session. STEM Discovery is designed for those who self-identify as one or more of the following: low income, African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian American, Chicano/a, Puerto Rican, or Latinx.

Pioneer Summer Band Camp

Age: Entering Grades 7–12
July 10–16
Cost: $525 Resident; $425 Commuter
For questions regarding registration, please contact Matt Gregg at

PreCollege Academy

Age: Grades 9–12
July 10–22
Pre-College Academy is a two-week camp that is college preparatory in nature. Students attend a variety of sessions that enhance their academic and cultural awareness. Sessions focus on college readiness, math and English enrichment, financial literacy, networking, and personal development. Students will be exposed to a variety of major and career options and will have an opportunity to explore cultural enrichments in workshops during the program in the arts, technology, and athletics. PreCollege Academy is for students with academic potential who self-identify as one or more of the following: low income, African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian American, Chicano/a, Puerto Rican, or Latinx.

Centrally Rooted

2230 Central Ave

Centrally Rooted is an interactive growth space that supports the development of positive mental health in creative ways and sees an opportunity to build resilience during formative growth years to serve as inner pillars to lean on as we move through challenges of life to come. The goal is to provide a safe and nourished space for creative expression that is available to all, regardless of socioeconomic status. Scholarships available.

Mindful Musicians & Mindful Musicians Big Kids

Age: 0–6 & 7–10
June 13–July 29
Cost: $125 ($75/additional sibling age 6 months+)
Mindful Musicians summer series is a 6-week programmatic experience that promotes the foundational pillars of musical competence that reach into the realms of verbal, physical, and cognitive development, while simultaneously implanting core beliefs that support positive mental health and coping skills for times of future distress. Stemming from the idea that a positive development of self love is the answer to a successful life, Centrally Rooted is proudly committed to sharing their vision. Six 45-minute classes include take-home music. Ages 0-6 include a caregiver.

Circus Camp

Age: Grades 1–4
July 5–7 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: $125
Create, imagine, invent, and play! In this three-day summer camp, kids will enjoy several theater games, crafts, dancing, and more. Students will have a chance to learn different circus-related activities and step into the middle of the circus ring for an informal performance on the final day of camp.

Musical Theater Dance

Age: Grades 7–12
July 5–7 or July 19–21 @ 1–3 PM
Cost: $125
5, 6, 7, 8! In these three-day summer camps, individuals will learn dance combinations from a range of different musicals. Students may also have the chance to create their own choreography and teach it to the other members of the class. On the final day, students will present an informal performance of the dances they learned throughout the week. Everyone is welcome; no prior dance experience is required.

Creative Camping

Age: Grades 1–4
July 19–21 @ 9 am–Noon
Cost: $125
“We’re goin’ on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one!” Students will use their imagination by exploring different theater-related activities such as pantomime, improv, dancing, and more. Students will use these theater activities to create an adventurous camping trip. An informal performance will be presented on the final day of camp to showcase the students’ work

Rooted Private Lessons

Cost: $25/30 min lesson
Weekly music lessons with an emphasis on the process rather than the product. Students learn music techniques while exploring confidence building, goal setting, and coping skills within opportunities for performance. Current offerings include voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, flute, saxophone, and percussion.

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, campfires, 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.

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