UPDATED 2020 Summer Camps Guide for Kansas City: In-Person & Virtual Camps

NOTE: WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO UPDATE BUT PLEASE CONTACT EACH ENTITY DIRECTLY IN CASE THERE ARE ANY SCHEDULE CHANGES OR OTHER UPDATES. Explore our VIRTUAL CAMP INFO if you’re looking to stay home!

My kids have been talking about summer camp since last Summer Break…literally.

We got lucky last summer, but now we have to find a new “best summer camp” for 2020. I want my child to have a fun summer break but, let’s face it, being a parent is a lot of work. What parent has time to scour the web for the perfect summer camp?

If you’re looking for camps of every kind — you’ve come to the right place.

Summer Camps: Day Camps, Outdoor Camps, Overnight Camps, & Everything in Between:

Check out the top summer camps and day camps all over KC to fill your summer schedule! Or, if you’re looking for summer activities you can switch up day to day, check out our Summer Activities Guide for Kids.

Looking for things you can do this summer together? Explore the Best Things to Do with Kids in KC, play indoors at Open Gyms & Indoor Play Places or have a picnic together at a local park…there’s so many beautiful options!

If you know special needs children, pass along our Special Needs Summer Camp Guide so they can enjoy summer break too!

The Best (& Most Awesome) Summer Camps:

Art | Drama & Theater | STEM, Coding & Educational | Sports | Music | Dance | Cooking | Overnight | General Camps | Other Things to Do

YMCA summer camps for kids in Kansas City

YMCA – Greater KC

Kids can have the Best Summer Ever™ at Y Summer Day Camps!

The focus is on achievement, relationships and belonging. Experiences include field trips, swimming, arts, STEM, outdoor education and so much more. Locations are available throughout the metro. Visit online for local YMCA summer camps in your area.

Starting May 26th – August 14th, YMCA camps run different schedules depending on location.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers TONS of summer programs and camps for your kids including Youth Day Camps & Camp Wood Overnight Camp. Day camps are offered for ages 5-12, or up to age 17 with the Camp Wood summer programs.  Check out the details for Youth Day Camps below.

BLUE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Summer day camp will be offered at multiple Blue Valley district locations from June 1-July 31, 2020 (no camp July 3), including an Encore Week, August 3-7, 2020.

AGES: 5-12
TIME: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: $195 / week

CENTER SCHOOL DISTRICT
Summer day camp will be offered at Center High School May 26-August 14, 2020. (No camp July 3)

AGES: 5-12
TIME: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: $145 / week

NORTH KANSAS CITY

Summer day camp will be offered at the North Kansas City Y, May 26-August 14, 2020. (No camp July 3)
AGES: 5-12
TIME: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: $155 / week

OLATHE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Summer day camp will be offered at the Olathe Family Y (with additional locations coming soon) from May 26-August 7, 2020. (No camp July 3)

AGES: 5-12
TIME: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: $185 / week

PIPER SCHOOL DISTRICT
Summer day camp will be offered in the Piper District May 26-August 7, 2020. (No camp July 3)

AGES: 5-12
TIME: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: $145 / week

PLATTE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Summer day camp will be available in the Platte County district May 26 – August 14, 2020. (No camp July 3.)
AGES: 5-12
TIME: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: $160 / week

SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Summer day camp will be offered in the SMSD from May 26-July 31, 2020. (No camp July 3.)

AGES: 5-12
TIME: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: $145 / week

SPRING HILL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Summer day camp will be offered in Spring Hill District May 26-August 7, 2020. (No camp July 3.)
AGES: 5-12

TIME: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: $185 / week

Virtual & Online Summer Camps for Kids

Because summer camp 2020 edition looks a little different this year, we updated our summer camp guide to include virtual summer camps. They can be a great way to keep your kids active and learning if you’re looking to stay home this summer!

With the current state of everything, many camps around Kansas City have updated their offerings to include online programs for kids. No matter your reasons for staying home, many camps in Kansas City’s metro have adjusted their programming to fit the needs of families.

> Code Ninjas

There will be both virtual and in-person options available at all Code Ninjas locations. You can find details about both options below and what each includes.

Each option is available as a 2-day per week camp.

In-Center Camps

  • Small classes of no more than 10 students
  • 2 Staff per class
  • All technology provided and sanitized after each use
  • Health department recommended cleaning between camps
  • 1 student per table and laptop
  • Morning and afternoon camps can combine to full day camps
  • Early and late drop off available for purchase

Virtual Camps

  • Small class sizes
  • 2 Staff online at all times to teach and help
  • Virtual remote desktop will all technology needed
  • Very limited parent help needed
  • Laptops available for local weekly rental

> Tastebuds Kitchen Virtual Camps

There will be 2 online camps are available – Baking 101 & Cupcake Camp. These camps will be led by an instructor online, so children and families can follow along to make the recipes together.

> ID Tech 

You can register for virtual summer camps that include coding together through online instruction. There are multiple programs based on skill and age, so be sure to check out their different options.

Use code TOGETHER to save $100!

> Paint, Glaze & Fire To-Go Kits

While many art studios are not doing virtual camps that lead children through projects, there are places you can pick up a project kit to-go. Then, complete the project at home together! All orders can be placed fully online, then picked up at their Overland Park store.

To-Go Canvas Painting Kit

This take home kit provides you with a canvas that already has a template drawn on, palette, brushes & paint. It also includes instructions and a painting guide if you  want to follow along.

Pottery To-Go Kit

There are TONS of different ceramic pieces you can choose from online. Once you’re done painting the piece, you will return it to the store to be fired in the kiln. The kit includes all materials needed to complete the project.

> Ceramic Cafe Creative Story Time to Go

These take-home kits include a story that you can watch on Facebook live and then a craft to go along with it. You can find the schedule below – each week has a different theme!

5/1 – “Pig the Stinker” – Pug Figurine
5/8. – “A Pig is Moving in!” – Mini Piggy Bank
5/15 – “Baa! Moo! What Will We Do? – Horse Figurine
5/22 – “Over in the Garden” – Butterfly Hanger
5/29. – “Charlie the Ranch Dag Rock Star” – Sitting Dog Figurine
6/6. – “Do You Know Your Colors?” – Tiny Rainbow Cloud Pal
6/13 – “Commotion in the Ocean” – Fish Figurine

> Kemper Museum Exploring

Even though the museum is closed, you can still explore A LOT online! Check out virtual playdates, artist chats, scavenger hunts & more fun.

> MCPL Summer Programs

All in-person library events and summer reading activities have been cancelled, but there are many virtual events to attend!

> Engineering for Kids South Kansas City

There will be many different summer camps and programs held virtually through Zoom. This gives children the ability to follow along & interact with their instructor and fellow students!

> Camp Invention

There will be virtual camps available for kids of all ages. You can find more info about the online camp options online.

> Kansas City Young Audiences Summer Camp

There will be some virtual camps and classes hosted online. You can find more info on their website.

> Theater of the Imagination

Virtually-led camps will not be offered. However, there are online drama clubs that have new sessions beginning every 2 weeks.

> Camp Fire

Camp Fire will be offering camp in a box for children to have an enriching experience at home. Details have not been finalized, but check their website for updates.

> Martial Arts of Overland Park

Martial Arts Summer Camp is offering a virtual training for free – must register online.

> School of Rock

Check out remote programs that you can do from your home!


> Art Camps for Kids:

Paint, Glaze & Fire: Camp ARTrageous

** Update: some in-person camps will be happening with limited capacity. They also offer take-home projects you can pick up at the store. To-go kits include all needed materials.

Children will create ceramic, clay, canvas, and glass fusion projects throughout Camp ARTrageous. The morning session is from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and the afternoon session from 1:30 ‚Äď 3:30. Sign your child up for individual classes, full days, or full weeks. Sign up before 5/15 to get early bird pricing! 

Camp ARTrageous has 5 camp sessions per summer (4 classes per session).

Summer camps are for children ages 6-12, but exceptions can be made in special circumstances. Class sizes are limited to 16 kids, so sign up early! Give them a call for more info (913) 661-CLAY or sign-up for summer camp sessions online.

Ceramic Cafe

** Update: Take-home art project kits are available to create at home. Each week is a different theme that includes a story that you can watch on Facebook live. There will also be some in-person camps with limited availability, but check online for updated info.

This year, Ceramic Cafe is hosting an advanced clay camp in addition to their usual summer camps. Families can choose from 2 different clay camps – Creative Clay Camp for 6th graders & up or Creative Clay Camp for Youngsters (ages 8-11, 3rd to 6th grade).

The Creative Clay Camp for older children will run 11 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday with 2 week-long sessions to choose from. First session begins June 1st.

The Creative Clay Camp for Youngsters runs 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. First session begins June 8th.

Camp session begin in June, with unique programs each week. Their program provides instruction in ceramic art techniques including glass fusing, pottery painting, and hand building with clay. This year has new Summer Camp themes like Mythical Magic & Snack Attack. There is also a camp dedicated to glass projects!

Check out the full details on creative summer programs. They even have advanced summer camp classes for kids who are super artistic! ūüôā

The Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art

** Update: All camps cancelled

Who said camp was only for kids? The Nelson Atkins Museum of art offers summer art classes for kids 3 years & older, as well as adults!

Check out a full list of summer classes on the Nelson Atkins website. There are full day camps for children or one-day workshops…whatever works for your family!

Belger Arts Summer Art Camp

** Update: Currently on wait list.

These 4, one-week-session art camps are perfect for kids ages 7-12. Your child will learn new techniques, complete challenges and try new materials during the weekly themed camps.

They offer full day, morning and afternoon camps as well as extended care hours. Camp dates are July 6th-10th, July 13th-17th, July 20th-24th and July 27th- 31st.

> Drama & Theater Camps:

Kansas City Young Audiences Summer Camp

** Update\: In-person camps will not be held this summer. There are some virtual camps & classes available. You can find more info online.

KCYA offers theater, music, visual arts, dance, and drama camps for ages 4 through 18, with camps running June 1st- August 8th.

There are full day, half day, & week-long summer camp options, so you can find something that fits your schedule!

You can find summer schedules/class descriptions are available online, with programs running throughout the summer. Summer camp sessions include: Broadway Bound Camp, Fairytale Mash-up, Music Makers, Improv Adventure & more.

Find more on enrollment here. Scholarships & payment plans are available if needed. KCYA also offers discounts for multi-week summer camp sign-ups!

summer camps for kids

Theater of the Imagination

** Update: Virtually-led camps will not be offered. However, there are online drama clubs that have new sessions beginning every 2 weeks.

Mention iFamilyKC for $20 OFF Summer Camps!

Act! Sing! Dance! Make movies! There are one-week camps & two-week camp options available. There will be FREE costumes & shows at the end of the camp as well!

Camps are for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade and starts May 26th, running through August 7th. Themes for theater camps include warriors, unicorns, frozen princesses & singing zombies! Located in Overland Park.

Stageworx Summer Camps

** Update: All camps cancelled.

Stageworx summer camps run from June 1st to 21st, helping children grow their interest in music & theater with certified educators!

Open to Pre-K through High School age. Children will participate in a show at the end of camp too!

CYT

CYT will be offering 3 full show camps this summer. You can find their most recent update online to see how they will be updating their policies to fit our current environment.

** Because of the nature of things, space is extremely limited and spots are going fast. Sign-up ASAP if you would like to participate.

> Sports Camps:

Sunset Trails Summer Riding Camp

** Update: Will still be offering summer riding camps as they are naturally socially distant.

Sunset Trails camp fun includes horseback riding, care for animals, outdoor activities, barn games, gardening, fun crafts, and more! Available for kids ages 6 and up!

Campers will participate in a “Fun Show” at the end of camp, where riders decorate horses and showcase their skills they learned. This camp will also help to prepare students for weekly riding lessons also offered at Sunset Trails Stables should their interest extend beyond the camp session. Call (816) 554-7699 for more details or register online now.

Bonus: Save $10 With Our Exclusive Coupon!

Riding Camp Sessions are multiple days with 13 weeks to choose from. Some are 4 days, while some are 5, but you can explore all options online.

i9 Sports of Johnson County

** Update: Summer camps will not be doing summer programs. You can sign-up for Fall & Winter programs online.

Save $10 with code iFamilyKCRocks!

i9 Sports announced the first i9 Sports summer camps in the Northland. There are multi-sport summer camps and the basketball summer camp. Both camps are located at Shoal Creek Elementary School, 9000 NE Flintlock Rd., Kansas City. You can also find summer sports camps in Independence, Northland and Liberty, MO.

Register for one or both today!

Wakeboarding Summer Camp

** Update: ONLY the full size cable lake is in operation for now. Check website for updates.

Your children can learn to wakeboard or practice their wakeboarding skills at KC Water Sports summer camps! No matter your child’s skill level, their facilities and staff makes sure that every camper, can come out and learn something new.

Day camps run Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3 pm. You can purchase different amounts of day camps, which can be used consecutively OR spread out over different weeks so your children can enjoy water sports all summer long.

Campers must be at least 7 years old. See below for camp options & pricing.

  • 1 Day Camp for $35
  • 5 Day Camps for $299

Learning 2 Fly – Chakra Circus of Health Camp

** Update: Offering 3 online yoga classes through Zoom. Camps are not offered online. Some kids aerial silks classes will still be held in-person. You can find more info online.

Learning 2 Fly is the place to be for curious minds and energetic bodies. Their Chakra Circus of Health summer camps are a fun way to enjoy aerial fitness and while learning about health and wellness!

Camps begins on May 26th.  There are parent/kids camps offered too so you can have TONS of fun with your kiddos! Call (913) 262-2600 for more details or check out their youth programs online.

Coach Rocky Lamar’s Fundamentally Driven Basketball Camp

** Update: Session 1 is cancelled, but 2 & 3 are tentative, based on guidelines. Check back often.

Three basketball summer camp sessions will be offered in June & July for boys wanting to improve their basketball skills. This camp is open to boys grades 1st to 10th grade.

Each session is 4 full days of fundamental basketball skills & professional instruction. The sports summer camp will run Monday through Thursday 8 am to 3 pm. You can call 913-522-2339 for more information.

Save $20 on Top Golf Summer Camp

** No updated info online.

Are your kids looking to golf more or learn to play? Top Golf offers a golf summer camp for kids!

It’s a 5-day summer camp for kids 6 to 12 years old that is $199 per child. Camps run Monday to Friday, June to August. It’s 9 am to 12 pm each day, with lunch also included in camp fees.

Blue Valley Recreation Sports Camps

** Update: Many June camps cancelled, but others are still happening. Check online for each camp’s specific details.

There are a variety of sports camps available, so children have many options for fun things to do in the summer! Children can choose from basketball, soccer, volleyball, fencing, softball, baseball & many other options.

Diamond Academy Summer Camp

** Update: Open June 1st. You can find updated policies here.

These summer gymnastics and dance camps are open to children 3 years & older.

Camp options run in June & July, so you have flexibility on camp dates. Activities include gymnastics, games, crafts, dancing, singing & more.

Dave’s Gymnastic Factory Summer Camp

** No updates online.

Kids ages 5-11 years old can come get active at fun gymnastics summer camps. Half-day and full-day camp options are available. Full camp hours are Monday to Friday 7 am to 6 pm.

Inspire Basketball Camps (NIKE Summer Camp)

** No updates for 2020.

There are 2 basketball summer camps offered; the Kids Basketball Camp or the Boys Basketball Camp. The Kids Basketball Camp is for boys 6-10. The camp runs from June 6th to the 10th at the Concord Cultural Center and will teach them the fundamentals of basketball. The Boys Basketball camp runs July 30th to August 3rd at Rockhurst University. Boys ages 10-17 are welcome to register online for this fun & educational summer camp.

Martial Arts Summer Camp

** Update: Offering a virtual training for free – must register online.

Your children will love summer camps at Martial Arts Institute! In addition to martial arts, kids go on daily field trips including swimming 2x per week. Kids will get to do tons of fun activities while on Summer Break.

Camps run weekly from 7:30 am to 6 pm, so you don’t have to rush after work!

> STEM & Coding Summer Camps for Kids:

Code Ninjas Summer Camps

** Update: Each camp offering is available in virtual options and in-person. You can find details at the link above.

Your child can explore the techy world of coding & gaming at Code Ninjas Leawood Summer Camps. Check out the full list of summer camps on their website- you can even register online!

Summer camps include Minecraft Create, Game Builders Club, and Beginning JavaScript. These camps are designed for children 7-14, with both full day or half day options.

Cub Creek Science Camp

** Update: Camps will be occurring as usual.

Learn, explore and experience animal adventures at science summer camps! Science camps have over 100 activities that change daily & unique programs/classes for your child to choose from.

Choices include Adopt an Animal, Animal Adventure, & Jr. Vet! This summer camp is sleep away camp, located in Rolla Mo. Check them out, enroll here or call them at 573-458-2125.

Engineering for Kids South Kansas City

** Update: Virtual classes are available through zoom

Introduce your child (ages 4 to 13) to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through project based learning! Engineering for Kids summer camps include many fun camps for your kids to explore.

You can register online for any of these fun summer camps or check out the detailed descriptions of each camp.

Camps run in June & July at different locations, but check each individual listing for specific dates & locations.

Science City Summer Camps

** Update: All summer camps have been cancelled and refunds are being issued.

Children 6 to 12 years old can participate in hands-on activities & innovative programs through STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art and math) at Science City! Their activities will be interactive, educational and fun. Sign your children up for hands-on camps now! They will learn about life science, physical science, art & more.

Camps run weekly from June 3rd to August 2nd – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm . Union Station members can also get a discount on weekly summer camps for kids!

Space is limited to sign up quickly…they also have FREE Early/Late Care: 7:30 am ‚Äď 5:30 pm.

Kids can create, explore, and experiment at Science City’s STEM learning camps! Each week the programs are different, check out a full list of summer camp programs on their website or Register online now.

IdTech Summer Camps

** Update: You can register for virtual summer camps that include coding together through online instruction. There are multiple programs based on skill and age, so be sure to check out their different options.

Children ages 7-17 years old can engage in summer STEM education!

Camps run June 15th – July 24th and are held at The University of Missouri – Kansas City.

iD Tech is the leader in summer STEM education, with 400,000 alumni and 150 prestigious locations. Coding, game development, robotics, design! There are only 5-10 students per instructor, so camp sizes are small.

Your children will get individualized attention throughout the camp! Email: [email protected] for more info.

Camp Invention

** Update: In-person camps are still happening and they have included virtual camps as well.

This kids camp has locations all over the metro, so your child care explore STEM wherever you are. You can find all the different programs online.

Find options for preschoolers to college students and educators. There are 9 options for you to choose from, with accelerated options available too to accommodate more children advanced for their age.

Teachers instruct during the camps and programs, so you can be sure your children are getting a good education this summer!

Summer LEGO Camps (Sponsored by Play-Well TEKnologies)

** No Updated info.

LEGO Summer Camps are happening ALL OVER Kansas City! The City of Leawood is hosting LEGO Camp at the Leawood Community Center, but find other LEGO camp locations around KC closest to you! Camp programs include Intro to STEM, STEM Challenge, and more fun options for your child to explore with LEGOS.

> Cooking Camps in KC:

Tastebuds Kitchen Summer Camps

** Update: 2 online camps are available are Baking 101 & Cupcake Camps

Your kids can learn to cook at these fun cooking summer camps. Summer Camps begin May 26th -August 12th in 4-5 day sessions.

There is a new & unique program each week of these fun summer camps for kids.

Tastebuds Kitchen offers a wide variety of classes including Chef Challenge Camp, Culinary Cocoa Camp,Baking Championship Camp, Cupcake and Cookie Challenge,Baking Techniques, Secret Swaps Camp, Secret Ingredient Camp, Chocolate Lovers Camp, Baking 101, Junior Chef Cook Off Camp, Future Celebrity Chef Camp, Tasty Tales, and Restaurant Week. Check out the FULL list of camps online…you can even register online too!

Your kids will be cooking dinner for you in no time. ūüôā

The Cooking Station Camps

** Update: Virtual competitions instead of in-person camps

Your children can learn to cook this summer at cooking camps from The Cooking Station in Lee’s Summit, MO!

Their summer camp programs are 4 days (Monday to Thursday), filled with cooking, learning, & eating. Each session is 3 hours/day with both morning & afternoon options. Kids are welcome to attend both sessions in the day & are welcome to stay during lunch.

Before & after camp care also available.

> Dance Camps:

Kansas City Ballet Summer Camp

** Update: There is no update online.

Give your child the gift of dance this summer as they learn that movement can be FUN! Performers will enjoy classes, workshops, and ballet camps at Kansas City Ballet this summer for ages 2-18.

These four Summer day camps are an excellent way for your child to learn poise, balance, rhythm, taking instruction, and working with others, all under the guidance of our professional, year-round dance faculty.  Space is limited, so make your reservation now.

Summer classes available for children ages 2-18.

Camps begin June 3rd & run through July 26th! Space is limited so be sure to reserve your space soon or call (816) 931-2299 for more info. You may download the summer regist-ration form online.

Crescendo Conservatory

** Update: All summer camps are cancelled.

Calling all princesses and hip hop lovers, Crescendo Conservatory is getting ready for their Summer Camps starting June 1st.

Choose from ‚ÄúThe Twelve Dancing Princesses Camp‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúIce Princess Camp‚ÄĚ, or ‚ÄúHip Hop Safari Camp.

Summer Dance Camps for kids in Kansas City

> Music Camps:

Lori’s School Of Music Summer Camp Sessions

** Update: Private sessions and programs are beginning to open. Contact for more details.

Give your child a taste of Music with Lori’s School of Music. Group summer classes are only $12.50 per week and a great way to introduce your kids to music. Call for more details (816) 478-4838.

Jazz Camp

** Update: Camp is cancelled

Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Kansas City Community College and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra present Jazz Camp, a summer program for people ages 13 and up. The KC Jazz Summer Camp blends an academic perspective with hands-on activities like improvisation for your child to explore. Camp fees include lunch and a t-shirt. Call (913) 228-7503 for more details. Visit the Jazz Camp Photo Gallery

School of Rock Summer Camp

** Update: No specific details, but check out remote programs.

Summer camps run 4 days and are open to students ages 7-17. Students will learn the nuts and bolts of a successful performance and even perform a show for family & friends. There are full-day and half-day options available. Check out the website for more details.

> Overnight Summer Camps:

Youthfront Camp

** Update: You can find their health & safety policy online.

Squeeze the most out of summer with Youthfront Camps! You have many options on dates, length of camp & age groups, so there is a fit for every family. If you have questions, check out their FAQ for all the answers…

Kids will enjoy splash parks, ropes courses, a fun community, faith-building activities, & TONS of other fun things to do during summer. Choose from day camps & overnight camps throughout the summer, as well as high school ministry programs!

  • Day Camps: Grades 1st to 5th
  • Kids Overnight Camps: Grades 3rd to 6th
  • Middle School Camps: Grades 6th to 9th
  • Middle & High School Camps: Grades 6th to 12th

Camp Fire

** Update: All camps cancelled for 2020.

There are overnight camps & summer day camps offered in Kansas City this year. Young kids will explore the different regions of the world each week, expanding their curiosity for the world. Register your kids now for a summer full of fun at Camp Fire! Camps begin June 15th and vary by program.

Camp Lake of the Woods- 7310 Oakwood Drive Kansas City MO 64132

> General Summer Camps:

Sky Zone Summer Camp

**  Update: Locations no open yet, but check back for details about when parks will open.

Drop the kids off for spring & summer fun at Sky Camp! Ninja Warrior, Rock Climb, Trampolines & More! Lunch & Snacks included. Full & Half Day Options Available.

Visit our website for more details or check out the summer camp themes online.

Camp Urbie at Urban Air

** Update: Not open yet, but if pre-book you get 30% off.

Urban Air has tons of fun attractions! Their activities are perfect for all ages – kids AND adults – so head to Urban Air for a fun summer experience. You can even defy gravity at Urban Air!

MCPL Summer Programs

** Update: Virtual library and curbside pickup are available at nearly all locations.  All in-person events have been cancelled, but there are many virtual events to attend!

Check out Mid-Continent Public Library locations across the metro for TONS of summer programs for kids of all ages and interests.

There are summer reading programs, art activities, classes & other fun things to do. (most for free!) Programs run from May through July 2020. You can fill your summer with things to do at the library. 😊

OakHill Summer Camps

** Update: Summer camps delayed for 2020. Check website for updates.

Located in Gladstone, MO this summer camp is fully charged with fun & educational activities for kids. OakHill Fully Charged is a summer day cap in the Northland for children ages 2-13 years old. Kids will spend the day swimming, crafting, having fun, & going on fieldtrips.

There are tons of activities planned for the summer! You can find more detailed info online or call 816-436-6228.

Jacomo Summer Camp

** Updated: Camps cancelled for 2020.

Your kids can spend their summer, swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing and more! There are 10 weeks of summer camp programs, each with a unique theme.

Jacomo Summer Camp welcomes kids 6-13 and is located at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Jackson County, Missouri. Register online now, or learn more about their camps on the Jacomo website.

Johnson County Parks & Rec Summer Camps

** No updates online.

Your kids will learn while having fun at the variety of summer camps offered at Ernie Miller Nature Center. There are full and half-day options available for kids ages 4-15. Check out the complete list of camps including, Photography Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Biking Camp, and Climbing & Repelling Camp.

Brookridge Day School Camps

** Update: Summer programs still happening, with more limited capacities so sign-up fast!

Children ages 2.5 years old to 4th grade can attend this educational camp. Summer programs run from June 1st to August 5th in Overland Park, KS.

Activities include pool trips & other fun field trips, science experiments, sprinkler parties, an academic “Summer Smarts” program & more to keep your children engaged this summer.

City of Leawood Nature & Adventure Summer Camps

** Update: Check calendar for updated event info.

Check out the half-day and full-day summer camps hosted by the City of Leawood. They offer Half-Day Summer Camps, Outdoor Camp, Half-Day Nature Camp, and Challenge Adventure Camp. Check them out now!

> Other Things to Do this Summer:

Need Last Minute Childcare? Drop-In Day Care at KidsPark!

** Update: OPEN for you to bring your children if you are in need of childcare.

KidsPark will host summer camps all summer long, but it is hourly care, so you can drop in & out. There are weekly themes for your children to explore different activities & you can pick the days! They are perfect for last-minute needs, or affordable options for busy families around OP & Olathe.

There will be Summer programs running each month, where you can drop off your children for a few hours last-minute, or have all day programming while you’re at work!

Flexibility and fun are Kids Park’s main priorities, so head in whenever you need…

Save 50% off Family Registration with our exclusive coupon!

last minute child care in Kansas City

Kemper Museum Summer Activities

** Update: Closed and activities cancelled until further notice.

There are monthly summer programs for kids to explore Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. These summer activities are all free! If you are an educator, you can also schedule a free tour for your class/group to tour the museum.

Fine Art Fridays are for kids ages 6-12 years old. These summer activities are the 2nd Friday of each month from 1 to 2:30 pm.

Tots on Tuesday is the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Children 3 to 5 years old can participate in these activities.

Scavenger Saturdays are for children of all ages! This event is the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm.

Gallery Tours are for all ages, children & adults. You can take these tours every Saturday from 1 to 2 pm. This is a great way to explore art with your children…for free!

Play at Paradise Park!

** Update: They will be closed until further notice.

Get $5 Off the Unlimited Adventure Attractions at Paradise Park with this coupon! Your kids can enjoy the Adventure Day Pass, which includes all 6 Adventure Attractions: Bumper Cars, Rock Wall, Foam Factory, Go Karts, Mini Golf, Laser Tag Maze. That is our standard day pass.

This will fill your day with tons of fun things to do with kids!

Gymboree Summer Programs

Toddlers & children 0 to 5 years old can come get active this summer at Gymboree. There are a wide variety of summer programs for your young kids to enjoy!

Check them out online for a full list of program openings. (Parents get to participate too, which makes it awesome for the whole family.)

> Other Summer Camps & Programs

V Camp at Vineyard Community Church

** Update: Find their updates online. They continue to update regularly.

This is a week of safe, stimulating and fantastic fun for children (entering grades K-4) for only $40. Vcamp will run June 22nd – 25th, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Before and after care are available at no additional charge. Snacks will be provided for campers, however each child will need to bring a sack lunch.

Registration is EASY- You can fill out the summer camp registration form online.

Vineyard Youth Camp

** Update: 3 day camp still listed on their website.

Campers (entering grades 6-9) will enjoy a week full of adventure! Kids will explore the water park, awesomely fun events, bandanna hunts, games, & more. Youth Camp runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm each day for 3 full days of camp.

Before & After Camp Care is available for FREE, but you must register for it. (Before care from 7 am and After Care is until 6 pm) You can even register online for youth camp! ūüôā

Horizon Academy Summer School

** Update: Summer school programs have been moved to July (July 6 ‚Äď 30)

Horizon Academy offers academic tutoring & full-day summer camps for students with Add/Adhd, dyslexia and specific learning disorders. Check out all the details of their summer programs here!

Accelerated Schools of Overland Park

** Update: Online summer school will be offered starting June 8th.

Students enjoy 90 minutes of creative expression as well as 2 1/4 hours of individualized academic instruction at Accelerated Schools of Overland Park. Open to 4th-8th graders June 8th- July 24th. Call for more info (913) 341-6666.

Boy Scout Camps

** Update: Camps appear to be happening as usual.

The Boy Scouts offer day camps, overnight camps and family camp outs. There are also STEM camps where kids can explore Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.

If you are looking for a short camp for your little one, Bear Camp is a great option! It’s 2 days & one night, so your children won’t be away for too long.

Heartland Summer Camps

** Update: Working to open more spots.

Parkville Summer Day Camps & Olathe Summer Day Camps are offered from May 29th to August 10th. Camps are 5 days long & vary in price. Days are jam packed full of fun activities where campers can live out their faith.  With our The Christian-centered program campers can connect with their faith on a deeper level. In addition to activities, they include morning Bible study and afternoon worship. Register now for their summer camps.

Overnight Camp is also offered throughout the summer!

IBEX Rock Climbing Camp

** Update: You can find their response online. They are limited in capacity so not open yet.

Kansas City’s premier summer climbing experience is holding summer camps for your kiddos. There are 2 camps for kids ages 4-13: Kinder Camp (4-7) & Kids Camp (8-13). Kinder Camp runs Monday to Wednesday and Kids Camp runs Thursday and Friday. Kids Camp is FULL day and Kinder Camp runs until noon each day. Highly trained staff will supervise and participate in all activities and climbing experiences.

Kids Discovery Ranch Summer Camps

** Update: Still happening as socially distant events and programs.

Camp runs from June 4th to June 8th in Raymore, MO. All campers receive hands on experience with a variety of farm animals through learning the care and behavior as well as feeding the animals.

Summer Camp- Escorted by Farm Professor & Assistants
‚ÄĘ Monday ‚Äď Friday from 8:00 ‚Äď 3:30
‚ÄĘ Prize for the top cowboy/cowgirl.

Horsemanship 101 Training Camps.
‚ÄĘ Monday ‚Äď Friday from 8:00 ‚Äď 12:00

Lenexa Summer Camps

** Update: Community Center is open, but no updates about camps.

These summer camps are for kids ages K-15 and will run June 1st – July 31st.

Each week your child will enjoy swimming, field trips,indoor and outdoor activities and team building. (there is currently a wait list for summer 2020, but you can join the list in case of any cancellations)

St. Thomas Aquinas Summer Camps

** Update: Camp information removed from website, so camp may not be happening. Hard to find updated info.

Now enrolling grade school kids from grade K- 8th for summer camp. At the St. Thomas Aquinas Summer Camp, your child will participate in a variety of sports,cooking, dance,science,cheer and chess.

Check out their different sessions and enroll your child today.

Apple Camp

**No Updates online.

Have a kiddo that loves Apple, coding and art & design? Then they will LOVE Apple Camp. This FREE summer camp is for ages 8-12.

Each camp consists of 3, 90 minute camp sessions that teach your child how to code, program all while using Apple products. The location, dates and times vary for each camp, however they will be held at your local Apple store. Sign up to get notified when registration is open.

Girls on Fire Camp- Blue Springs PD

** No specific updates. Check online often.

This week-long, half-day camp is FREE! Girls learn beginning first aid/cpr, self defense, internet crimes, suicide prevention, confidence and life skills, anti-bullying and healthy lifestyle. Contact Detective Kelly Caster at 816-655-0350

Both girls summer camps run from 8:30 am- 2:30 pm. The 2 date options are below:

  • June 22nd-26th
  • August 10th-14th

Blue Spring Summer Day Camp

** Update: 2020 camps still happening with changes to procedures to accommodate new guidelines. Parent packets will be updated with new info.

The day camp runs weekly from May 29th to August 10th for children ages 5-12. Your kids will have tons of fun at each week’s unique camp theme. Campers will enjoy games, crafts, field trips, swimming, & much more! Before and After care is also available.

Camps run May 26th- August 21st, with a required parent orientation is Monday, May 18th or Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 pm at the Blue Springs Field house.

Raymore Summer Quest Camp

** Update: Camp delayed start until June 8th

Kids will enjoy a variety of activities including swimming, field trips, and more. The day camp is open to kids 5-12 and runs 6:30 am to 6 pm, starting May 26th. Dates depend on Ray-Pec School School District Schedule. Check out the website for further info.

There will be a Parent Meeting prior on May 4th at 7:00 pm.

Summer Camps Not Verified or Updated for 2020 Yet:

Mesner Puppet Theater Summer Camps

Your kids will enjoy MANY different summer camps & classes at Mesner Puppets.  Including My Puppet World, Spectacular STEM Puppets, Fantastic and Beastly, Puppet Power & more!

Check out their full list of summer class offerings now! You can even sign-up online.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Summer Camp

Mahaffie offers a variety of camps throughout the summer with different themes. Hands-on activities are included in all camps so kids are engaged throughout the camp. They recommended their summer camps for ages 7-12 and limit each to 15 participants. Summer registration for each camp is due the Fri. before camp begins. No on site registration accepted, so register beforehand! You can register online for any summer camp too.

Camps start June 13th and run through July 31st, including day camps & full-week camps. Summer camp offerings include Rootin’ Tootin’ Cowboy Camp, Can We Build It Camp, & Young Ladies Academy. Check out the detailed explanation of each summer camp now!

Mattie Rhodes Art Camps

Explore art camps for kids of all ages! Summer programs run throughout June, July & August, so there are many options available.

Find summer camps from Itty Biity Programs to Teen Art Camps online now. Kids ages 5 years old to 12 years old can participate in making hands-on projects.

Heart of America Shakespeare Camp

This theater camp runs from June to August of 2019 for children 5-18 years old.

Campers will improve their understanding of literature and the Renaissance period while creating their own Shakespearean classic!

Challenger Soccer Summer Camp

Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is one of the most popular soccer camps for kids. The experienced international staff uses innovative approaches to coach your child. Players will improve fundamental skills and development more confidence around the sport. The soccer camp runs July 16th to the 20th, with half-day and full-day camps for kids up to age 16.

Campers play World Cup style games each day, competing for their country.  Most camps will include a free soccer ball, t-shirt, poster and certificate. Learn more about the Challenger soccer camp on the City of Leawood website.

Champions Gymnastics Academy

Monday through Friday, your kids can enjoy Summer Day Camps at Champions Gymnastics! Drop in by the hour ($5/hour) or pay $150/week. Call their location in Raytown at (816) 360-9879 to sign up!

Potter’s Haven Summer Clay Classes

These artsy Summer Clay Classes will give children the opportunity to build a unique project each week during the scheduled class, then you can come back & glaze the piece later – after it has been fired.

Classes are held on Thursdays (1 -2:30 pm) and Fridays (6 -7:30 pm) each week in June & July.

You can find detailed projects & info for each week on their Facebook page. This camp is located in Lee’s Summit, MO & available to all ages – kids AND adults!

So, you can go to summer camp with your child…

Dr. Deb’s Center for Child & Family Development

A variety of camp options available for kids 2 years old to High School age in June & July, Monday to Friday. Register online now! The Fun Factory Gym is also open with play times for Summer fun! Plus, there are workshops & summer classes in picky eating/trying new foods (creatively) tasting, body language, messy play, handwriting, music, kids yoga & more.

Emerald City Gym

Emerald City Gym offers summer camps for children ages 3-12 years old. There are 5 sessions available, each 5 days long. You can sign up for just one, or participate all summer long! Kids will play games, climb rock walls, gymnastics, trampolines, arts & crafts, foam pit and more.

Session 1: June 10th to 14th

Session 2: June 24th to 28th

Session 3: July 8th to 12th

Session 4: July 22nd to 26th

Session 5: August 5th to 9th

Sessions 1, 3, & 5 also include the option for kids 3-5 years old, so you can bring siblings to summer camp those weeks!

Call 913-438-444 or email [email protected] for more info.

Summer Activities for Kids at Ironwoods Park

Kids can enjoy shows on Tuesdays at 9:30 am for FREE at Ironwoods Amphitheater.

There will also be Old Time Stories & Fun on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am. This is $3 per child, per session and includes a story of historical fiction, kids activities, games, & crafts. This program is for children 5 -10 years old.

Dates run through June & July.

Camp Summit

This recreational program for ages 5-11 years old provides a wide variety of activities including: swimming, bowling, skating, field trips, movies, organized games and more! The camp is located at the Harris Park Community Center & runs May 28th to August 10th. Check out more on details in the Summer Camp Parent Guide.

Kansas City Zoo Camps

Zoofari Adventures and Junior Zoologist Camps are now enrolling at the Kansas City Zoo! These camps are an excellent way for your animal enthusiasts to get the inside scoop about the Zoo’s amazing creatures for children between the ages of 4 and 14.

Camps include a WIDE variety of subjects & offerings. Each week is something different. Register online for any summer day camp – one day, three day & five day camp sessions available. They also have morning summer camps for preschoolers!

Also check out the new Variety KC Inclusive Play Experience, where all kids can play together! It is the first inclusive play ground in the U.S. ūüôā

This activity is included in The POGO Pass Kansas City 16 kids activities for less than $40! …only $39.95 with code ifamilykcThis is a steal. 

Kids On Campus KCKCC

KCKCC’s Kids On Campus program provides sports, STEM enrichment, arts, field trips, life skills, and more during their day camps, running June 4th to July 27th. There are many different camp lengths available, ranging from a week to all summer.  Grab more info online and register for your child’s spot now before space fills up.

Gage Center Summer Camps

There are full day and half day summer camp options. Kids can play at the indoor play land, ninja warrior challenges, gymnastics/tumbling classes, swimming ‚Äď heated pool, team building activities, arts & crafts, and more. Here is a complete list of their summer camp dates and themes to find the perfect fit for your kids.

We hope you found the perfect summer camp for your kids this summer! If we missed an awesome camp, drop it in the comments below so we can add it to our camp list. Happy camping! ūüôā

Even if your family can’t afford full summer camps, you can find open gyms in KC or purchase The POGO Pass Kansas City – 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykcThis is a steal. 

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2 Responses

  1. Hello – I wonder if we could add our Kids Riding Camp to your listing for upccoming events?

    Northridge Farm is excited to announce our Summer Kids Camp – July 17-21st! $325 for the week. Daily 9a-2pm. Great for beginner or intermediate riders aged 8-16. Visit our website for more details and to register!

    http://www.northridgefarmkcmo.com/camp.html

  2. WKFairfax says:

    Definitely the best summer camps in Kansas City. We are also conducting a karate summer camp for kids in Virginia. I hope this could help your readers in Virginia.

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