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

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.. 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. New this year, an annual family scholarship to the Creative Adventure Lab is also included with every Leisure Services scholarship. Complete and return the Income Verification form, available both online and 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 can be submitted either online or 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 online April 21, at With more than 50 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 and youth programs at the Multicultural Family Center. For up-to-date information on programs, events, and services, follow City of Dubuque Leisure Services on Facebook (@CityofDubuqueLeisureServices) 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 ground-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 “Find Your Voice @ the Library” from Monday, June 5 to Saturday, Aug. 12, 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. For now, here’s a teaser of the fun that awaits your youngsters this summer.


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

Toddler Time

Age: 18–35 months
Mon: June 12–Aug 14 @ 9:15, 10 & 10:40 AM

Baby Rhyme Time

Age: Birth–18 months
Tue: June 13–Aug 15 @ 9:30 & 10:30 AM

Preschool Storytime

Age: 3–6
Wed: June 14–Aug 16 @ 9:30 & 10:30 AM

Stories, sing-alongs, movement activities, and lots of fun.

Grab & Go Activity Bags

Age: 2–17
Stop in every month for a fun, crafty activity. 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.


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.

Summer Library Program Highlights at Dubuque Arboretum

3800 Arboretum Dr

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 sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates. Registration not required

Tom Pease Musical Concert

Age: All Ages
June 16 @ 10 AM

Musician, storyteller, and humorist, Tom Pease, will be giving everyone “a big musical hug” with a participatory musical concert. This wildly popular performer celebrates a variety of themes such as reading and books, the environment, family stories, and the peace and joy of movement, laughter, and song. Be prepared to enjoy Tom’s brand of infectious fun!

Jay & Leslie’s Laughing Matters

Age: All Ages
June 30 @ 10 AM

Do you enjoy watching jugglers? So do we! Do you enjoy stories told with humor and heart? So do we! Do you like having fun at the library? So do we! Join Jay and Leslie for their 2023 summer reading program “United We Laugh” a show full of juggling, mime, hat tricks, stories, magic, and other nonsense.

Beaux the T-Rex: An Interactive Dinosaur Event

Age: All Ages
July 7 @ 10 AM

Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Feller Express will be bringing the dinosaurs out to play. Come prepared to meet, pet, and have a roaring good time with Beaux the T-Rex and friends. The dinosaur trainers will blend dinosaur facts and prehistoric fun with songs, games, and stories. If temperatures are too high, an alternative location will be announced.

Will Stuck: Choose Your Own M.E.S.S.

Age: All Ages
July 21 @ 10 AM

This show will have everyone sharing their voices and working together to help Will create his usual high energy and hilarious M.E.S.S. (Music, Education, Stories and Science) experience. A unique and one-of-a-kind performance!

Special Programs

Karen Land: Iditarod

Age: 5+
June 15 @ 10 AM

An introduction to dog sledding with writer and Iditarod Racer, Karen Land, and her Alaskan husky, Noggin. Karen will talk about her experiences racing in the Iditarod (the annual long-distance dog sled race run in early March, from Anchorage to Nome), and tell us all about her adventures as a musher. Registration Required

Avoid the Summer Slide: Brain Quest Fun

Age: entering grades 1–3
June 20 @ 5:30 PM

Help your kids succeed in school next year by fostering summer success! Register your children for a free Summer Brain Quest book, attend the parent cafe on June 20 while your kids attend a fun storytime, and get the intel on how to support your kids’ school skills retention in as little as 10 minutes per day. Optional kids’ check-in support program on June 30 at 3:30 p.m. and completion party on July 14 at 3:30 p.m. Registration required by June 1.

Tiny Art Show

Age: All Ages
June 24 @ 9–11 AM

Pick up supplies beginning June 1 and show off your artistic talents in Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s second annual Tiny Art Show! There are two ways to participate: either stop by the library to pick up a kit with everything you need to create a mini masterpiece at home, and then return it to Carnegie-Stout Public Library by June 30; or register for a spot to gather and create in the library’s auditorium on June 24 at 9–11 a.m. Patrons of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Artwork will be on display during the month of July. Registration required.

Create Your Own Cartoon Characters

Age: 8–14
July 21 @ 3 PM

Do you love drawing? Are you doodling all the time? Is cartooning and animation your thing? Join Will Stuck for basic instruction on how to create your own cartoon characters. Registration required

Butterfly Encounter Tent

Age: All Ages
July 28 @ 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. Hand-held butterfly feeders will be available for a close encounter while still remaining free from touching any of the butterflies. Come appreciate the beauty, strength, and fragility of butterflies. Small groups will be allowed in every half hour. Register in advance.


Teen Summer Volunteer Orientation

Age: 13–17
May 22 @ 4 PM

The library is seeking student volunteers to assist with the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Those age 13 (or those that will enter 8th grade in the fall) to 17 who are interested in volunteering this summer should pick up an application from the Children’s Help Desk by June 1. Make sure the application is signed by a parent or guardian and returned at orientation. Registration not required.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Age: 13–18
Last Tue @ 4 PM

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a way for you to have a voice at the library, participate in programs with other teens, and help others in your community. When you attend a meeting, you will receive a small prize. This is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to earn volunteer credit for school. Registration not required.

2023 Teen All Iowa Reads Book Club: Angeline Boulley Virtual Author Visit!

Age: 12–18
June 15 @ 4 PM

The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to create a sense of unity through reading. The 2023 All Iowa Reads selection for teens is Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Read the title and attend the book discussion with the author. The State Library will be hosting the virtual visit. Register and pick up books at the Children’s Help Desk.

Does it Waffle?

Age: 13–17
Aug 4 @ 2 PM

Waffling food other than waffles is not just a novelty but an innovation, as well as an opportunity for experimentation, developing and testing hypotheses, trial and failure, and sampling new and unusual foods. Put foods other than waffle batter into a waffle iron and find out what happens. Donuts, mac and cheese, hash browns, eggs, Snickers bars, and more—will they waffle? Find out at this exciting event. Registration required

Hydro-Dipped Coffee Mug

Age: 12–18
Aug 8 @ 4 PM

Dip a coffee mug in nail polish paint to create a stunning marble effect. This craft would also make a great homemade gift. Registration required.

Dubuque County Library


Below is a sampling of the larger events and programs held across the Dubuque County Library branches this summer, but by no means is it even close to all of the opportunities available. Be sure to visit them online to stay up to date with the full slate of DCLD summer offerings as they are announced.

Summer Reading Kick-off

Age: All Ages
Farley: June 3 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Asbury: June 3 @ 1:30–2:30 PM

Drop by to get registered for Summer Reading 2023 “Find Your Voice” and start reading to earn prizes! Crafts, snacks, and activities will be available for the whole family.

Farm Bureau

Age: Grades K–5
Asbury: June 7 @ 10:30–11 AM
Holy Cross: July 11 @ 10:30–11 AM
Epworth: Aug 2 @ 10:30–11 AM

Join Rachel from the Dubuque County Farm Bureau for an agricultural topic and hands-on activity or game each month. June: Animals and Their Offspring. July: Wonderful World of Pollinators. August: Agricultural Career Charades.

Farm Bureau

Age: Grades 6–12
Asbury: June 7 @ 10:30–11 AM
Holy Cross: July 11 @ 10:30–11 AM
Epworth: Aug 2 @ 10:30–11 AM

Join Rachel from the Dubuque County Farm Bureau for an agricultural topic and hands-on activity or game each month. June: Brazilian Armadillo Challenge. July: Iowa Hog Lift. August: Career Trek.

Baby Sign

Age: 0–2 and Caregivers
Asbury: June 12, July 10 @ 10:30–11 AM
Epworth: June 16, July 24 @ 10:30–11 AM

Baby sign helps your baby or toddler communicate what they need and want before they can use spoken language. Sign language also promotes small motor learning. Come and learn basic signs to help your little ones express themselves!


Age: 10+
Location TBA: June 12 @ 5–6 PM or 6:30–7:30 PM

Join Jenn and the Dubuque County Conservation Board for a lovely beginners’ kayaking trip on a full moon evening! Spaces limited, so register early. Adult required for children under 16. Registration required.

Cartoons with Tim Read

Age: All Ages
Peosta: June 13 @ 1–2 PM

Laugh out loud with author and illustrator Tim Read. In his “My Silly Monster” program, kids will help him illustrate silly monster cartoons and more.

Makerspace Open House

Age: All Ages
Farley: June 24 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Asbury: June 24 @ 1:30–2:30 PM
Epworth: June 27 @ 5:30–6:30 PM
Peosta: June 28 @ 5:30–6:30 PM
Holy Cross: June 29 @ 6–7 PM

Explore the makerspace with 3D Pens, perler beads, Picasso Tiles, button maker, and other STEAM kits and tools.

Grout Museum: Combustion!

Age: All Ages
Farley: June 26 @ 1–2 PM
Peosta: June 26 @ 3–4 PM

Be amazed by this explosive demonstration while watching amazing effects like flash powder, flash paper, and hydrogen balloons. Fire safety is stressed throughout.

Alice in Wonderland Escape Room

Age: 8+
Asbury: July 15 @ 9:30–3:30 PM
Epworth: July 17 @ 1–3 PM

Alice spent most of her time in Wonderland solving riddles and puzzles! Search for clues, crack codes, and use a little nonsense to solve the mystery before your time runs out. Suggested groups of 3–6 people with at least one adult. Register for a half-hour time slots after May 1.

End Party Talent Show

Age: All Ages
Asbury: Aug 5 @ 10:30–11:30 AM

Do you have a special talent or a work of art to show off? Maybe something you made or learned during the summer? End SRP 2023 “Find Your Voice” with a blast.

Holy Family Catholic Schools

2005 Kane St
563-582-5456 x289

Summer Camps

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. If a camp you are interested in is full, please register for the waitlist, and if spots become available, you will be contacted to register. Camps are open to all Dubuque area youth! 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

Art Explosion, Captured on Canvas Art Academy, Children’s Acting, Kids in the Kitchen, Theatre STEM

Athletic Camps

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

Language And Literacy Camps

Harry Potter Camp, Introductory Spanish Language Camp, Literacy Camp with Clarke University, OLG Spanish Language Refresher, Shhh. It’s a Secret: Tricky Letters Camp

Preschool/Pre-K Camps

Little Eagle Story Hour, Nature Scavenger Hunt

STEM Camps

3D Printing Workshop, Amusement Park, Code Awayyy, Finch Bot Workshop, Fun with Bots, Growing up Wild, Robotics Programming Camp – Basic, Robotics Programming Camp – FTC, Theater STEM

Eagles Day Camp

Age: Grades 3–5
1-Week Sessions: June 5–Aug 11
Standard Camp: Mon–Fri @ 8 AM–3:30 PM
Extended Camp: Mon–Fri @ 7 AM–5:30 PM
Cost: $220/week Standard; $245/week Extended

Eagles Day Camp at the Holy Family Central Campus is a summer care option for Dubuque families offered by Holy Family Early Childhood at Resurrection Elementary School.

At Eagles Day Camp, students of various ages will enjoy weekly themed programming, hands-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.

Age-appropriate programming and activities will be offered for children age 3 through grade 5:

Discovery Eagles: Ages 3–5 (Children must turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 15; Limited to 24 participants.)

Explorer Eagles: Incoming Kindergarten–grade 5 (limited to 60 participants).

Weekly themes include: Educational activities Outdoor play, Library time, Social/emotional friendship and skill-building time, Club time (to explore individual interests), Lunch and snacks, Structured and unstructured game time, Creation stations, Gym time, A field trip or enrichment activity hosted by guest instructors.

Rising Star Theatre Company

Clarke University Terence Donaghoe Hall
1550 Clarke Dr

Rising Star Theatre returns in 2023 with five amazing opportunities for budding performers in the Dubuque area. The primary purpose of Rising Star Theatre 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. Each participant will receive a T-shirt.

Heroes & Villains

Age: GRADES 2–5
June 12–16, 19–23 @ 9 AM–Noon & June 23 @ 11 AM (Invited Guest Performance)
Cost: $175

Heroes & Villains is a mini musical that brings you the very best of Broadway’s favorite heroes and villains! This original production will showcase music and scenes from Aladdin, Big Fish, Annie, and Seussical, among many other Broadway favorites. Students will explore the good and the bad guy’s point of view as they incorporate acting, singing, dancing, and animal movement in this one of a kind show. Limited to 30 students. Instructed by Megan Schumacher, Natalie LoBianco, Maria LoBianco, and Terry Slade.

Zombies Attack

Age: Grades 6–8
June 12–16, 19–23 @ 1–4 PM & June 23 @ 3 PM (Invited Guest Performance)
Cost: $175

Join other students as you take on a zombie apocalypse and live to tell the tale through acting! Throughout the week, students will be rehearsing and staging a one-act play production complete with set, props, costumes, and makeup. Students will participate in fun activities, learn acting and movement skills, and work together to create a performance to be shared at the end of the final week… if they survive it! Limited to 20 students. Instructed by Megan Schumacher, Natalie LoBianco, and Maria LoBianco.

Ghostlight Improv

Age: Grades 6–8
June 19–23 @ 6–8 PM & June 30 @ 7 PM (Invited Showcase)
Cost: $100

If you like making things up on the spot, this workshop is for you! Students and staff will engage in a series of improvisational games to keep you on your toes. Get ready to jump right into this unscripted fun. Limited to 15 students. Taught by RSTC Adult Ghostlight Improv members: Megan Schumacher, Mike Grant, and Hannah Burke.

Under the Big Top

Age: Grades K–2
June 26–30 @ 9–11 AM & June 30 @ 10:30 AM (Invited Showcase)
Cost: $100

Come one, come all, to the greatest show on Earth! Spend a week under the big top learning to let your wacky side shine and building confidence in front of a crowd. Using games, props, and imagination, your little ones will bring their very own circus to the stage. From the set to the script, the participants make the decisions around here; so grab your popcorn and prepare for fun. Limited to 20 students. Instructed by Traci Yeo, Natalie LoBianco, and Maria LoBianco.

Audition Workshop

Age: Grades 6–12
June 26–30 @ 1–4 PM & June 30 @ 3:15 PM (Invited Showcase)
Cost: $100

Got an audition coming up? Whether auditioning for a community theatre production or your school musical, auditions require a lot of preparation, and RSTC is here to get you ready. In this workshop, students will learn the basic skills to be ready for their next audition and will gain confidence along the way. This workshop will include group sessions as well as break out one-on-one instruction to make sure your student is ready to get that role. Limited to 15 students. Instructed by Megan Schumacher, Natalie LoBianco, Maria LoBianco, and Katie Galliart.

The Grand Opera House

135 W 8th St

Rising Star Theater and The Grand Opera House team up once again for two big youth-based shows for summer 2023, and you can be a part of it all! Anyone may audition for a Rising Star Theatre Company production. All the performers are volunteers. Some come to RSTC with a lot of experience, and others come as first timers. No experience is required to participate. For details on how auditions are conducted and what you need to be prepared for or bring with you, see the full audition details on The Grand and RSTC websites. And don’t forget Into the Woods which is also casting actors as young as 15.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Age: 6+ & Adults
June 9–10, 15–17 @ 7:30 PM
June 11, 18 @ 2 PM
Auditions: April 23 @ 3–6 PM

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice) is a reimagining of the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers, and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph as he faces adversity and ultimately triumphs when he is reunited with his family. Filled with great music, laughter, joy, and heart, this sparkling show is sure to leave audiences wanting more. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Really Useful Group. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for ages under 18.

Auditions are in the Grand’s Rehearsal Space at the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., suites 222 and 228. In addition to youth auditions on April 23, adults can audition on April 24 and 25 at 6–9 p.m.

Into the Woods

Age: 15+ & Adults
July 14–15, 20–22 @ 7:30 PM
July 16, 23 @ 2 PM
Auditions: April 23 @ 3–6 PM

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Auditions are in the Grand’s Rehearsal Space at the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., suites 222 and 228. In addition to youth auditions on April 23, adults can audition on April 24 and 25 at 6–9 p.m.

Peter Pan

Age: Currently in Grades 2–12
Aug 9–10 @ 10 AM
Aug 9–12 @ 7:30 PM
Aug 12–13 @ 2 PM
Auditions: June 3 @ 9 AM–Noon & 1–4 PM
June 4 @ 4–7 PM

Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying, Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. This production is appropriate for the whole family. Yes, there will be flying! Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for ages under 18.

Auditions are at Clarke University’s Terence Donaghoe Hall.

Dubuque Esports League 2023 Sports Camps

3220 Dodge St, Ste 109

Age: 7–16
Cost: $249

Does your tween or teen love to play video games? If so, this is the perfect camp for them! Let your children immerse themselves into the exciting world of competitive gaming at Dubuque Esports League’s (DEL) esports and coding camp designed for all skill levels.

Campers will make new friends, have a blast, and be a part of DEL’s safe, supportive, and social gaming community. Coaches and instructors will guide and train campers through individual and group games and coding activities. Players looking to hone their competitive gaming skills will walk away with several tactics and tools to achieve their goals.

Those looking for a more casual gaming and STEM experience will have a blast playing group games and tournaments with new friends. Everyone will walk away with important life skills learned through team gaming, STEM education, and socialization.

Morning and afternoon weekly camps are available all summer long. Campers are grouped by similar ages and interests. Limit of 20 kids per camp. Scholarships are available and are based on household income. $100 deposit is due at registration. Balance due by May 12.

Campers will receive use of professional gaming PCs and peripherals; access to large-screen streaming and high-speed fiber internet; exciting competitions and prizes; official camp T-shirt; and games include but are not limited to Fortnite, Valorant, Minecraft, Rocket League, Fall Guys, Roblox, Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, TF2, Overwatch, LOL, CS:GO, COD, War Thunder, Among Us, Crab Game, and many more favorites.

Camp Wyoming

9106 42nd Ave, Wyoming, IA

Age: Grades 1–12
Partial & week-long camps: June 18–July 28
Cost: $515–$710 Week-long; $175–$365 partial-week

For Camp Wyoming, summer camp means two things above all else: sacred space and growing faith. Camp Wyoming has been and continues to be a sacred space where kids and youth can grow in a cooperative environment set apart from the distractions of life. Their summer camp experience affords all guests a chance to learn more about who they are and want to become as each individual grows in their faith in Jesus Christ. They invite you to spend some time learning about the programs, philosophy, schedule, and much more. The adventure waits today for the child in your life!

Tired pricing gives you the ability to choose the tier that is most affordable for your family. No matter which price is selected, all campers receive the same camp experience.

Programs for campers entering grades 1–7: You & Me (grades 1–3, partial week), Explorer (grades 1–3, partial week), Discovery (grades 3–4), Pirates (grades 3–5), Sports I (grades 4–5), Music, Arts, & Drama (grades 4–6), and Pioneers (grades 5–6).

Programs for campers entering grades 6–12 and 2023 high school graduates: Sports II (grades 6–8), Night Owls (grades 7–8), Middlers (grades 7–9), Thrill Seekers (grades 8–10), Water Adventures (grades 8–10), High School Night Owls (grades 9–11), Seniors (grades 10–12), Extreme Adventure (grades 10–12), and Counselors in Training (grade 12 and 2023 graduates).

St. Mark Youth Enrichment

563-582-6211 x108

Heroes Summer Camp

Age: Entering Grades K–5
June 20–July 22
Cost: $500

Join St. Mark for an energetic program centered on building better learners, readers, kids, and heroes. The program includes field trips in conjunction with literacy, STEAM, and various social-emotional quality learning curriculums. Programs are offered both in the city of Dubuque and in western Dubuque county.

Expect your child to work heavily on their reading and math skills while learning how to be a great kid. Field trips will round out their enrichment, exploring the community and the surrounding areas, meeting new heroes, and growing to be their own.

Full-day options may be available in Dubuque through St. Mark’s community partners, the Boys & Girls Club and City of Dubuque Leisure Services. These services are subject to change based on provider availability.

You will be required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $25 per family. This is different from the tuition fee, which is income based. All families must pay the non-refundable registration fee when they complete their registration form. Scholarships are available). $30 fee if choosing Boys & Girls Club aftercare (eligible to Dubuque campers going into grades 1–5). After the registration fee is received and the online form is completed, you will be contacted by the St. Mark staff regarding the status of your application. Although you may be approved for registration, a mandatory parent information session is still required before your child can begin attending the program.

Themed Classes for Dubuque

Age: Entering Grades 3–5


This class will have a stronger focus on food, cooking, and the science behind it.

Nature Navigators

This class will have a stronger focus on nature and exploration.

Project STEAM

This class will have a stronger focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math and will have a specialized curriculum and enrichment to dive deeper into the five components of STEAM.

Themed Classes for Western Dubuque Students

Project STEAM

Age: Entering Grades 2–3
This class will have a stronger focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math and will have a specialized curriculum and enrichment to dive deeper into the five components of STEAM.

Nature Navigators

Age: Entering Grades 4–5
This class will have a stronger focus on nature and exploration.

Clarke University Camps

1550 Clarke Dr

Clarke University is eager to provide opportunities for young people to engage in activities that will enhance their academic and personal growth. With a commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, Clarke University looks forward to welcoming students to participate in these camps and benefit from the enriching experiences that they offer.

Clarke Pride Cheer & Dance Kids Day Camp

Age: Grades Pre-K–7
April 22 @ 10 AM–3 PM
Cost: $45

Participants will have the opportunity to learn age-appropriate cheer and dance techniques as well as a special cheer created by the Clarke University Cheer & Dance Team. Don’t miss out on this chance to improve your skills and have some fun! Register by April 4.

Game Development with Virtual Reality Scholarly Camp

Age: Grades 9–12
July 10–14 @ Noon–4 PM
Cost: FREE

Clarke’s Game Development with Virtual Reality Scholarly Camp 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. Up to six high school students will be chosen. Register by April 21.

Iowa State Extension and Outreach Dubuque County 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 at the Dubuque County Extension Office and Dyersville Social Center. Bring a sack lunch and a drink.

Fun with Bots

Age: Entering grades 1–3
Dubuque: June 12
Dyersville: June 13
Cost: $25

Code your way through challenges using Dash & Dot robots, Bee Bots, Hex Bugs, and more. Compete in robot races, create sound with circuits, topple towers, and build problem solving and creativity skills while having a blast with robots.

Art Explosion

Age: Entering grades 1–3
Dubuque: June 19
Dyersville: June 20

Get in touch with your creative side by learning about the five elements of design in a day filled with colorful and fun art projects. Wear washable play clothes.

Kids in the Kitchen

Age: Entering grades 1–3
Dubuque: June 26
Dyersville: June 27

Calling all junior chefs! Get comfortable in the kitchen. Campers will learn how to prepare some simple snacks while learning how to use some basic kitchen tools and appliances. There will be plenty of taste testing along the way!

Amusement Park

Age: Entering grades 1–3
Dubuque: July 10
Dyersville: July 11

Have you ever been to a fair, festival, or amusement park with rides? Step right up and try your hand at midway games, roller coaster challenges, and more during this fun-filled amusement park-themed day camp.

Summer School’s Out Day Camps
Sign up opens on April 3 at 8 a.m.

Multicultural Family Center

157 Central Ave

Summer Teen Nights

Age: Grades 6–12
Mon–Thu: June 12–July 27 @ 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 consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Registration is not required.

STEP-Summer Teen Empowerment Program

Age: Entering Grades 9–12
Mon–Thu: June 12–July 27

Morning and afternoon program. Teens can earn a stipend of up to $500. Visit the website for details and to apply.

Centrally Rooted

2230 Central Ave

Mindful Musicians

Age: 0–6
Mon @ 9:30 AM or 5:30 PM
Tue @ 10:30 AM or 5 PM
Wed @ 5:30 PM
Thu @ 9:30 AM
Fri @ 10:30 AM
Sat @ 8:30 AM
Age: 7–10
Mon @ 4 PM
Thu @ 2 PM
June 12–July 29
Cost: $100 (2nd Child $75)

This 6-week programmatic experience promotes musical competence, developmental milestones, and social and emotional learning that supports positive brain health and coping skills for times of future distress. The program stems from the idea that self love is the answer to a successful life. Includes CD, digital music, and child’s T-shirt. Ages 0–6 must have a caregiver present. No classes 4th of July week.

Songwriting Series

Age: 14+
Wed: July 12–Aug 16 @ 6–7 PM
Cost: $100

Join songwriter-composer Danny Zanger in this 6-week series that will dive into the art of songwriting. The course will cover concepts that have been utilized by songwriters over the decades to create meaningful, unique, and effective songs. Basics of harmony will be covered, and stock chord progressions will be available for anyone who may struggle with the music composition portion of songwriting. A basic proficiency of an instrument is encouraged. Discover what makes a “good” song, and learn how to explore and implement these concepts in your own writing. The course will conclude with an open mic night for anyone who is interested in sharing what they have created over the first five weeks.

UD for Kids

University of Dubuque
2000 University Ave

Age: Completed Grades 1–2
June 19–23
Age: Completed Grades 3–4
June 26–June 30
Age: Completed Grades 5–7
July 10–14

Now in its 31st 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, technology, engineering, visual and performing arts, and aviation. Apply in advance. Registration begins on April 1.

Classes for grades 1–2 include All Things Harry Potter!; Buggly, Wuggly Poof—It’s Magic!; Cookie Crazy; Over, In, and Under the Rainbow; I’m Lovin’ It, Art That Is!; Ratatouille’s French Café; Ready, Set… Paint!; Games of the World; and Spheros, Bee-bots, and Indis – OH My!

Grades 3–4 can select from Acting: On and Off Stage; All Things Harry Potter!; Over, In, and Under the Rainbow; Cupcake Bake-off; I’m Lovin’ It, Art That Is!; Magical Imagination; Ratatouille’s French Café; Games of the World; Ready, Set… Paint!; Yoga and You; and Spheros, Bee-bots, and Indis – OH My!

Kids in grades 5–7 choose from All Things Harry Potter!; Acting: On-Stage and Off; Aviation; Dream Weaver; X-Treme Math Plus You; Hocus Pocus, It’s Magic; Painting… Express Yourself!; Pasta Perfection; Intro to Law and Order; Yoga for Tweens; and Spheros, Bee-Bots, and Indis – OH My!

Loras All-Sports Camp

Loras College
1450 Alta Vista St

Age: 7–14
Session 1: June 18–23
Session 2: June 25–June 30
Session 3: July 9–14
Session 4: July 16–21
Cost: $745 (2nd child $720) Resident; $575 (2nd Child $550) Day Camper

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. $40 Care packages are also available. At the end of each session on Friday, the Camp Olympics are held

Forty two sports are available in the camp and 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. Registration is now open. Some camps are full and have a waiting list. Contact the camp office for available activities. The website is detailed and very informative.

Spotlight Sporting Events

Senior High School
1800 Clarke Dr

Football Fundamentals Camps

Age: Grades 1–8
June 25, July 15 @ 9–11:30 AM
Cost: $30 one camp; $50 both camps

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. The staff and coaches can’t wait to get the athletes out on the field and have some fun. The camp will have special guests from Iowa State University Football Program (Jim Bonifas, Center, Dubuque Senior Alumni) and University of Tulsa Football Program (Seth Bullock, Linebacker, Dubuque Senior Alumni).

Four Mounds Adventure Day Camp

4900 Peru Rd

1-Week Sessions: Mon–Fri: June 12–July 14 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Cost: $180; 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 hiking, creek-stomping, team-building exercises, arts and crafts, and outdoor games.

Before-and after-care camp hours extend to 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 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 maintains 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 in early to mid May.

Dubuque County Conservation


Environmental education is so popular at Dubuque County Conservation that we’re sorry to say many of their summer camps are already full in just a month of release. However, they are offering new Family Friday programs as noted below.

Summer Camps

The camps take place throughout all of Dubuque County for varying ages and topics that highlight what is special about the place we call home. You can see all of the camps online and can join the waitlist by calling Dubuque County Conservation. All camps include a snack. Only overnight camps will include a full meal(s).

Overnight Heritage Trail Biking

Age: 8–12
June 13–14
Cost: $50

Bike the 26 miles of the Heritage Trail and learn about Dubuque County, bike maintenance, and camping Must provide own bike and helmet. Dyersville drop off, Heritage Pond pick up. Bring a tent or request a tent.

Overnight Astronomy

Age: 8–12
Aug 9–10
Cost: $50
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve & Park

Camp under the night sky while hearing stories of the stars, creatures of the dark, and enjoy sitting around a campfire. Drop off at Swiss Valley. Bring a tent or request a tent.

Ice Age Trail Backpacking Trip

Age: 12–17
July 11–13
Cost: $50
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve

Explore the trails on a hike from campsite to campsite with everything on your back as you figure out how to filter water, create a campfire, and set up camp. Planned in partnership with Jackson and Clinton County Conservation. Mandatory pre-trip meeting July 7. Register: 563-652-3783 or This camp is not on the Eventbrite site and may still have openings.

Family Friday Programs

Join Dubuque County Conservation and bring everyone in the family for the Family Friday programs. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, babysitters—all are welcome!

Family Friday programs are designed for everyone in the family to experience the beautiful outdoors in Dubuque County. Kayak the Mines of Spain, explore the caves of Whitewater Canyon, learn the basics of archery, and more. Registration is required. Create a “ticket” for each child that will be attending.


June 9 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Whitewater Canyon

Come prepared with a flashlight or headlamp to explore caves right here in Dubuque County. While Whitewater Canyon is known for its great prairies, trails, and canyon, it also has a valley of 13 caves. Explore caves large enough to fit 30 people, to caves that require crawling and getting a little muddy.

Mountain Biking

June 23 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Proving Grounds

Get those tires rolling and discover the thrill of mountain biking. Bring your own bike and helmet.


July 7 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Mines of Spain Catfish Creek Foot Trail parking lot

Learn to safely enter and exit a canoe or kayak as well as paddling skills and techniques on the Catfish Creek. Take your time paddling up the creek in order to explore the scenery from the water of the Mines of Spain Recreation Area. With little current and an accessible boat launch, this is the perfect area to learn to paddle. Kayaks are for use by participants 10 years or older with one person allowed per boat. Child not old enough? No big deal, reserve a canoe instead!

Stream Study

July 21 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve

Get your toes wet and explore what lives in the strip of Catfish Creek that meanders through Swiss Valley Nature Preserve. From dragonfly larvae, to crayfish, up to a full-size trout, see what you can catch! Fishing poles, bait, dip nets, and buckets will be available for use. Guardians are required to stay with their participants.


August 4 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve

Try the challenge of shooting a bow and arrow. Staff will give instruction on shooting technique and safety with plenty of time to practice. Compound bows will be provided and are suitable for different sizes and strength of archers. All necessary equipment is provided.

Nature Hike

August 18 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
John Deere Marsh

Explore the trails of John Deere Marsh on this guided hike and learn about the flora and fauna in the area. Bring what you want to make the hike enjoyable. Suggested items include water, binoculars, camera for photo ops, and a small pack to hold your gear.

NICC Kids on Campus

NICC Peosta Campus
8342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA
844-642-2338 x1399

Age: Entering Grades 2–7
July 17–21 @ 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Cost: $275

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 choose four classes to attend throughout the week.

Drop off starts at 8 a.m. with pick up ending at 4:45 p.m. Camp cost includes class supplies, snacks, and lunch for the week. Partial scholarships are available.

For grades 2–4, class sessions include Archery, Beautiful You Inside and Out, Chalk Art, Fitness and Fun, To the Rescue, Dancing, Insect Safari, The Trendsetter, Capoeira, Cool Chemistry, Dungeons and Dragons, Upcycling, Animal Care, Soccer, Take the Stage, and Sing, Strum, and then Some.

For grades 5–7, class sessions include 3D Printing, Archery, The Trendsetter, Dancing, Lego Robotics, Fitness and Fun, Beautiful You Inside and Out, 3D Animation, Dungeons and Dragons, Animal Care, Minecraft, Soccer, Cool Chemistry 2, Magic, Guilty or Not Guilty, and Upcycling.

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. Dozens of courses are available throughout the summer. Here are just a couple of the classes.

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.

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!

The class Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite Style Game 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

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. Tuition discounts and scholarships are available.

String Camp

Age: Entering Grades 7–12
June 19–25
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.

The camp will culminate in a performance for more than 2,000 people at the DSO’s Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum. Register by May 31.

Chamber Music Camp

Age: Entering Grades 10–12
June 19–25
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 chamber 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.

The camp will end in a public recital performance, presented in Clarke University’s beautiful Jansen Music Hall. Register by May 1.

YMCA Day Camp at Union Park

Union Park
11767 John F Kennedy Rd

The YMCA Day Camp at Union Park places 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.

The camps include busing to camp and back to the Y each day (through RTA, if transportation is needed), lunch, and two snacks daily.

Traditional Day Camp

Age: 6–12 (Must have completed Kindergarten)
1-Week sessions: June 6–Aug 18
Union Park
Cost: $169 member; $199 non-member

Campers are assigned to groups based on age to ensure age and skill level appropriate activities. Age groups include Challengers (6–7), Adventurers (8–10), and Explorers (11–12). Special themes will be held at each week-long session.

Mountain Bike Camp

Age: 6–12 (Must have completed Kindergarten)
June 12–June 16
Union Park
Cost: $189 Member; $219 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.

Horse Camp Adventure Training

Age: 6–12 (Must have completed Kindergarten)
1-week sessions: July 10–Aug 4
Union Park
Cost: $259 member; $289 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.

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

4–6 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 youth sports and recreational 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 group swimming 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. They offer seven different levels of swim lessons starting as young as 6 months. Saturday offerings are available as well through an eight-week session.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 E 3rd St
563-557-9545 x222

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: Museum Tunes

Age: Entering Grade K
June 19–23 @ 9 AM–Noon
Cost: $100 Member; $125 Non-Member

Do you like music and singing? From boats to the otters, every day learn a new song as you explore the museum and its animals. Clap your hands and stomp your feet to the rhythm of the beat. Then, at the end of the week, families and friends are invited to join in on the fun as campers perform all of the songs.

Road Trip U.S.A.

Age: Entering Grades 1–5
June 26–June 30 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
Cost: $200 Member; $240 Non-Member

Pack your bag for an adventure. Using the Rivers to the Sea exhibit, you will take a weeklong trip, without even leaving the area, to different regions of the United States. From lobsters and jellyfish in the North Atlantic to octopus within the North Pacific, you will learn how the Mississippi River impacts other bodies of water.

What’s on the Menu?

Age: Entering grades 1–5
July 10–12 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
Cost: $120 Member; $144 Non-Member

Herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores…oh my! Do you know the difference? Learn what various species eat and take a peek inside the kitchen where food is prepped for the wildlife living on campus. Then, put on your apron as you make something yummy to eat.

We are Family

Age: Entering grades 1–5
July 13–14 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
Cost: $80 Member; $96 Non-Member

Did you know the northern river otter (Lontra canadensis) and the American badger (Taxidea taxus) belong to the same family? You will discover other species that are related within the United States, or even the world, and how they are connected to the Mississippi River.

Seasonal Differences

Age: Entering grades 3–5
July 17–21 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
Cost: $200 Member; $240 Non-Member

Throw on a winter coat over your swimsuit and grab an umbrella. It may be summer, but this week you will explore all four seasons. Discover the changes plants and wildlife in the Mississippi River watershed experience throughout the year including the availability of food and where they live.

Past, Present, & Future

Age: Entering Grades 1–5
July 24–28 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
Cost: $200 Member; $240 Non-Member

What do the words technology, pop culture, and futurist have in common? Using the POPnology exhibit, you will see how technology changes over time and new inventions emerge. Try your hand at predicting what the future holds by creating something new that might very well become part of pop culture. POPnology is distributed by Exhibits Development Group and produced by Stage Nine Exhibit Designs. Supported locally by Dubuque County.

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

4242 Chavenelle Rd

One-Day C.A.R.E. Camp

Age: Grades 1–4 @ 9 AM–Noon
Age: Grades 5–8 @ 1–4 PM
June 23, July 7, July 14, Aug 4
Cost: $50

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. Includes a T-shirt, snack, and supplies.

Vet Shadow

Age: Grades 6–9
June 14 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Age: Grades 10–12
Aug 2 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Cost: $80

The four-hour session provides 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. Includes a T-shirt, boxed lunch, and supplies.

Boy Scouts of America Northeast Iowa Council American West Camps

Howdy, partner! Get ready to have a rootin’ tootin’ good time at Camp C.S. Klaus this summer. Note that Caravan Stop Day Camps are open to all kids while the others are for Scouts only. Find a pack near you at

Caravan Stop Day Camps

Age: Entering Grades 1–5
Camp 1: June 17 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Camp C.S. Klaus
Camp 2: July 22 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Grandview United Methodist
Cost: $40 youth; Free parents/guardians

Train in the Old West! From Olde Tyme crafting and panning for gold, water, to sharp shooting archery and bb guns, you will be kept busy the entire day. These one-day camps for all youths (not just Scouts) include a day camp T-shirt, event patch, and lots of memories. All youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Cub Scout Ranger Overnight Camps

Age: Scouts Entering Grades 1–5
Camp 1: June 24 @ 10 AM–June 25 @ 9 AM
Camp 2: July 15 @ 10 AM–July 16 @ 9 AM
Camp C.S. Klaus
Cost: $105 ($125 after May 15)

Put your cowboy and cowgirl skills to the test! Choose your ideal adventure schedule. Maybe you’ll explore animals of the plains, a native art piece, train as a deputy, and learn to wrangle cattle. Or perhaps you will take Marshall Training on the range, climb the Rockies at our climbing tower, or splash on the log roll at Lake John Deere. All youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Wild West Webelos Weekend

Age: Scouts Entering Grades 4–5
July 7–9
Camp C.S. Klaus
Cost: $140 ($160 after May 15); $55 registered adult registration

Will you accept the challenges of Wild West? Take control of your adventure by choosing your classes. Consider going into the west and explore plants and trees. Or maybe create native art, train as a trail medic, and learn constellations of the big sky. Of course, you’ll want to save some time for climbing the Rockies, swimming in Lake John Deere, and Marshall Training at the range!

Frogwarts School of Wizardry

Camp Little Cloud
21700 Girl Scout Rd, Epworth, IA

Session 1: July 9–15
Session 2: July 16–22
Cost: $595/session (2nd child $495; 3rd child $395)

Now in its 20th year, Frogwarts is a roleplay, 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 roleplaying wizard persona. This year’s theme is “Time Traveling.”

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 roleplay 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.

Berning Acres Farm Camp

8850 North Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL

Age: 7–12
2-Day Sessions: June 8 & 9; 12 & 14; 13 & 15; 19 & 21; 20 & 22; 26 & 27 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Cost: $130

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 farm dog, Lacey, too. Plus, meet the chocolate lab puppy, sweet Hazel. Take part in an organized activity each day such as making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts, seek n finds, pony rides, and hay rides to boot! A tasty dairy treat will be provided each day for a snack. Bring a sack lunch each day.

Hoof It Goat Camp

616 S Devil’s Ladder Rd, Galena, IL

Age: 5–12
Session 1: June 27–29 @ 1–4:30 PM & June 30 @ 7 PM (Family bonfire)
Session 2: July 11–13 @ 1–4:30 PM & July 14 @ 7 PM (Family bonfire)
Cost: $250

Children will learn about goats from daily care to chores plus enjoy 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 will vary but may include making animal track molds, best goat selfies, wooden jewelry and key chain making, goat painting (actually paint on a goat!), and, of course, goat trekking. As a conclusion to Goat Camp, campers and their families are invited for a bonfire with s’mores. Bring a refillable water bottle, snack, change of weather-appropriate clothes that can get dirty (optional), and closed-toed shoes that can get dirty and wet. More dates may be added based on demand.

Challenge to Change Yoga Studio

3337 Hillcrest Rd

4-Day Kids Summer YogArt Camps

Age: 6–12
You Are a Masterpiece: June 19–22, July 10–13 @ 10:30 AM–2:30 PM
Fun in the Sun: Aug 7–10 @ 10:30 AM–2:30 PM
Cost: $140

Join for a fun week of yoga, music and art. Challenge to Change Yoga Studio’s 4-Day Kids Summer YogArt Camps combines the creative, calming practices of yoga, music, fun, and creative activities into one amazing event. At camp, children will breathe, stretch, and imagine as they receive instruction in yoga and mindful art. Children will build self confidence and enhance their creativity and problem-solving skills all in a fun and collaborative environment.

Captured on Canvas

555 John F Kennedy Rd, Ste 670

Age: 6–13
Captured on Canvas offers a Little Artist Program all year round. Young artists 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. Also, check out their Crafty Summer Camps!

Dubuque AYSO Youth Soccer

Dubuque Soccer Complex
12896 John F Kennedy Rd

Age: 4+ & Adults
May 22–Aug 3
Cost: $65+

The Dubuque Region 419 of the American Youth Soccer Organization’s Outdoor Summer Program features 10 games at the Dubuque Soccer Complex. Available for all kids of all abilities, high schools students, and adults too! No try outs or experience is needed. Everyone plays! Register: log into your account, choose the program appropriate for your child, e-sign the form, and pay directly online via a new mobile-friendly registration. Registration by April 15 is appreciated. 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.

Bell Tower Theater

2728 Asbury Rd

Find an audition or crew form on the website and see what you need to have ready. Crew only fills out a form.

Free Summer Musicals

10th Annual High School Show: Godspell—2012 Revised Version

Age: Grades 8–12
June 15–17, 21, 23–24 @ 7:30 PM
June 18, 25 @ 2 PM
Auditions & Crew Sign Up: March 31 @ 2:30–6 PM
April 1 @ 1–4 PM

Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew, Godspell follows the last days of Jesus and includes musical versions of several well-known parables. This immensely successful rock opera is a demonstration of joy and a celebration of the family of man. This new version by Stephen Schwartz is a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. The performance features high school students from throughout the area. There is no fee to participate in this program.

16th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Age: 7–18
July 13-15, 20–22 7 PM
July 14, 21 @ 10:30 AM
July 15–16, 22-23 @ 2 PM
Auditions and Crew Sign Up:
May 19 @ 3–7 PM
May 20 @ 9 AM–Noon & 1–3 PM

A classic fairy tale comes to life on stage through the beautiful music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Kids and adults alike will marvel as Cinderella transforms from scullery maid to princess. The performers are kids ages 7 to 18 from throughout the area. The show will feature two casts and a crew. There is no fee to participate in this program.

Belden Boy Writing Camp
Age: 8+
July 11–13 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Cost: $325

Children will write and illustrate their own hardcover book in three days under the guidance of literacy educator and author P.J. HarteNaus. Based on the anti-bullying series for children, Belden Boy, children will imagine sitting at the same wooden desks as the characters did in the one-room Belden School in the 1800s. Budding authors will also experience picnic lunches, camp T-shirt and supplies, play stickball, and meet new friends. Scholarships are available. Applications accepted April 3rd. Limited to 12 kids.

AntiGravity Kids Summer Camp

Float and Fly Wellness Studio
1344 Locust St

Age: 7–12
Camp 1: June 13, 15–17
Camp 2: June 20, 22–24
Camp 3: July 11, 13–15
Cost: $175

Due to popular demand, the AntiGravity® Kids is back for its third year. The aerial program is 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. Limited to six campers.

Ohnward Fine Arts Center

1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR.

Aug 6–7
Auditions: June 29 @ 10 AM & 1 PM
Cost: Free

The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Lacoma Jr. Golf Program

8080 Timmerman Dr, East Dubuque, IL

June 8–July 20
Beginner @ 8–9:30 AM
Intermediate/Advanced @ 9:45–11:45 AM

Lacoma’s Jr. Golf Instruction program includes seven weeks of instruction provided on a weekly basis by their LPGA Professional Paula Ketchum. Students will also receive an individual pass to the par 3 course for the season. Payment due with registration. No class swapping or make ups for missed classes. No make up dates for rain outs.

Best Franciscan Friends (BFF) Day Camp

Sisters of St. Francis
3390 Windsor Ave

Age: Girls Completed Grades 3–5
June 7–9 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Cost: $40

At Best Franciscan Friends Day Camp, girls learn about the lives and ministries of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters as well as Saint Francis. Get ready to make crafts, play games, sing songs, and be paired up with a sister as their “BFF.” Register by May 12.

Capri Camp

Capri College
395 Main St

Age: Completed Grades 3–6
July 10–14 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Cost: $175

Capri Camp encourages self-esteem, promotes self-recognition, and enhances personal growth. The camp provides education on hair care, skin care, exercise, fashion, and communication. Campers will also learn about theatrical makeup, nail care, facials, and so much more! Includes daily snack, camp shirt, and one lunch.

2023 Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival

Clarke University
1550 Clarke Dr

Age: All ages
April 20 @ 4–7 PM
Cost: Free

Organized like a street festival or county fair, visitors stroll from activity to activity at their leisure. 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.

Iowa Wildlife Camps at State Parks

Age: Entering Grades 3–7
Cost: $150–$300

Enjoy full summer of learning, exploration, and fun at state parks. Pay special attention to the location and date of each camp. The state parks in our region include Maquoketa Caves and Backbone. Tiered pricing available.

UW-Platteville 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 Power! STEM at Bat

Age: Grades 8–12
April 14–15 @ 3–6:30 PM
2nd Floor Lobby, Sesquicentennial Hall
Cost: $100

For two days and one night, you will explore how STEM fields apply to softball and other sports and what types of careers are available. You will get to watch a UW-Platteville softball practice, participate in a panel discussion with the team and coaches, and attend a game.

STEM Power! Animals + Medicine = Cool Careers

Age: Grades 9–12
April 21 @ 8:30 AM–4 PM
Pioneer Farm

This camp will provide high school students an opportunity to learn about careers in which animals and medicine interact including the utilization of dogs and horses in police work, equine chiropractic and acupuncture, animal prosthetics for small animals, guide dogs, nutrition, and chemistry.


April 27 @ 10 AM–2 PM
Current college students and faculty will share their projects and open their lab spaces and classrooms to the public for interactive demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, and contests. Each participant under the age of 18 must bring a signed consent form.

STEM Power! Strength in Numbers

July 17–19 @ 9 AM–5 PM
Do you want to explore mathematics and data science in STEM? Participants should have successfully completed courses in Algebra II and Geometry. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Dan Wackwitz.

For three days and two nights, you will explore mathematics different from what you have experienced, discover what problems professional mathematicians and data scientists solve, identify top jobs available to mathematicians and data scientists, and collaborate with others who have similar interests.

Stem Power! Computer Science Workshops

Learn more about computer games programming or cyber defense in two-day long workshops that will be a fun and engaging way to learn from computer science, cybersecurity, and software engineering experts.

Computer Games Programming

Age: Grades 9–12
June 26–30 @ 9 AM–4 PM

Cyber Defense

Age: Grades 9–12
Aug 7–11 @ 9 AM–4 PM

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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