Guide to Summer Camps in Kansas City (2021)

Everyone looks forward to summer camps – even parents! So we gathered our favorite KC camps for kids across the city.

If you’re looking for kids camps of every kind — you’ve come to the right place. You can find art camp, drama & theater, sports camps, overnight camps, day camps and fun, educational activities.

Check out local summer camps and day camps all over KC to fill your summer schedule! You can find up-to-date information for most camps in KC – we are updating as info becomes available. 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!

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

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

   

Overnight Summer Camps:

Youthfront Camp

** Get $15 OFF with code IFKC21 at registration.

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

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

STEM & Coding Summer Camps for Kids:

Girls summer camp for coding in kansas city

Girl Power Camp at Code Ninjas

In partnership with the Girl Scouts!

This is the first time they’re offering a girls week camp, so don’t miss out! We’d like to see more girls try out coding & STEM opportunities and these two camps are a perfect opportunity. 

“These camps will encourage girls to use their creativity and allow them to participate in new skills promoting problem-solving and critical thinking. Girls will have a blast as they learn to code, gain confidence, and make new friends!  No experience necessary.”

Each camp will be available in-person at our Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Lee’s Summit centers, as well as virtual.  Check out the full list of summer camps on their website- you can even register online!

Code Ninjas Summer Camps

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

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.

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.

Camp Invention

This kids camp has locations all over the metro, so your child care explore STEM wherever you are. 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.

Cooking Camps in KC:

Tastebuds Kitchen Summer Camps

Your kids can learn to cook at these fun cooking summer camps. Summer Camps begin end of May to Mid-August  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. 🙂

Art Camps for Kids:

Paint, Glaze & Fire: Camp ARTrageous

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 – 3:30. Sign your child up for individual classes, full days, or full weeks. Sign up EARLY 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

Ceramic Cafe has added new camps for kids this year, so be sure to explore all your options available! There is something for every child’s interests…

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! 🙂

Drama & Theater Camps:

Kansas City Young Audiences Summer Camp

KCYA offers theater, music, visual arts, dance, and drama camps for ages 2 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!

Summit Theatre Group

This theater program in Lee’s Summit is perfect for any age and camps run all summer long! There are 3 week-long sessions for different age groups:

  • 5-9 years old
  • 9-14 years old
  • 14-18 years old

There are camp options for different age levels to work together creating a production of MANY different shows.

Each weeks is a new production so children can attend every week or just one, whatever works with your schedule. Check out the different theatre programs during their camps!

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.

Act! Sing! Dance! Make movies! There are one-week camps & two-week camp options available. Camps are for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade and themes for theater camps include warriors, unicorns, frozen princesses & singing zombies! Located in Overland Park.

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:

Soccer Summer Camps in Kansas City

Soccer Summer Camp with Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots Camps provide children with an opportunity to develop their soccer skills, their character, and their creativity. Centered around a theme (Carry the Torch), children are provided with fun activities that include soccer games as well as a variety of other ages appropriate options such as crafts, team building exercises, snack time, or even literature. Children will be encouraged to participate in daily themes, each camp will include a celebration of the children’s hard work.”

EVERY CAMPER RECEIVES: Soccer Shots T-Shirt | Special End-of-Camp Prize | Summer Camp Certificate | Player Evaluation

  • June 14-18: Prairie Village @ Meadowbrook Park
  • June 21-25: Shawnee @ Shawnee-Mission Park
  • June 28- July 2: Leawood @ Roe Park
  • July 5-9 Leawood: @Ironwoods Park
  • July 12-16 Overland Park: @ Stoll Park
  • July19-23: Olathe @ Heritage Soccer Park

Sunset Trails Summer Riding Camp

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.

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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

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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 at KC Water Sports

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

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 begin at the end of May.  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.

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, from basketball, soccer, volleyball, fencing, softball, baseball & many other options.

Martial Arts Summer Camp

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!

Dance Camps:

Kansas City Ballet Summer Camp

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.

Crescendo Conservatory

Calling all princesses and hip hop lovers, Crescendo Conservatory is getting ready for their Summer Camps starting June 1st. Choose from “The Twelve Dancing Princesses Camp”, “Ice Princess Camp”, or “Hip Hop Safari Camp.

Music Camps:

Lori’s School Of Music Summer Camp Sessions

** Update: Private sessions and programs are 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

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. 

General Summer Camps:

Sky Zone Summer Camp

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

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

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. 😊

Jacomo Summer Camp

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

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.

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…

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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!

Other Summer Camps & Programs

School of Rock Summer Camp

Stageworx Summer Camps

The Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art Summer Classes & Camps

OakHill Summer Camps

Brookridge Day School Camps

Belger Arts Summer Art Camp

V Camp at Vineyard Community Church

Vineyard Youth Camp

Diamond Academy Summer Camp

Dave’s Gymnastic Factory Summer Camp

Inspire Basketball Camps (NIKE Summer Camp)

Coach Rocky Lamar’s Fundamentally Driven Basketball Camp

Top Golf Summer Camp

Horizon Academy Summer School

Boy Scout Camps

IBEX Rock Climbing Camp

Lenexa Summer Camps

Girls on Fire Camp- Blue Springs PD

Blue Spring Summer Day Camp

Raymore Summer Quest Camp

IdTech Summer Camps

Mesner Puppet Theater Summer Camps

Mahaffie Stagecoach Summer Camp

Mattie Rhodes Art Camps

Heart of America Shakespeare Camp

Challenger Soccer Summer Camp

Champions Gymnastics Academy

Potter’s Haven Summer Clay Classes

Dr. Deb’s Center for Child & Family Development

Emerald City Gym

Summer Activities for Kids at Ironwoods Park

Camp Summit

Kansas City Zoo Camps

Kids On Campus KCKCC

Gage Center Summer Camps

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3 Responses

  1. Kim DeForest says:

    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:

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