2018 Summer Camps Guide for Kansas City: Find the Best Camp for Your Kids

My kids have been talking about summer camp since last year…literally. We got lucky last summer, but now we have to find an awesome camp for 2018.

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.

KC Kids Summer Camps Guide

Day Camps, Outdoor Camps, Overnight Camps, & Every Summer Camp 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.

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. 

Looking for Swim Lessons? Prepare your kiddos for Summer (& the rest of their lives) at KC’s premier swim school, Aqua-Tots. Rainy today? Explore the best indoor pools in KC or go out to eat with your kids at these places where kids eat free!

The Best (& Most Awesome) Summer Camps:

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! Camp is sleep away camp and is located in Rolla Mo. Check them out, enroll here or call them at 573-458-2125.

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. Use code iFamily20 for a special discount! Visit our website for more details.

Messner Puppet Theater Summer Camps

Your kids will enjoy MANY different summer camps & classes at Messner Puppets including Finger Fun, A Fairy-Tale Vision Show, Where the Wild Things Are, Mask & Movement, YouTube & YOU!, & more classes. Check out their full list of summer class offerings now! You can even sign-up online.

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 before 5/15 to get early bird pricing! Camp ARTrageous has 4 camp sessions per summer (6 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) 645-1966 or sign-up for summer camp sessions online.

Above All Trampoline Park Summer Camps

Summer camps will be hosted at Above All Trampoline Park from 8 am to Noon, Monday to Friday, for kids ages 6-12 years old. 

Camps are offered week-long, with 3 date options to choose from: 

  • July 8-12
  • July 22-26
  • August 5-9

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!

i9 Sports of Johnson County

i9 Sports announced the first i9 Sports summer camps in the Northland. The multi-sport summer camp is July 9th-13th and the basketball summer camp is July 16th-20th. Both camps are located at Shoal Creek Elementary School, 9000 NE Flintlock Rd., Kansas City.

Register for one or both today!

Kansas City Ballet Summer Camp

Give your child the gift of dance this summer as they learn that movement can be FUN!

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.

You may download the summer regist-ration form here.

Kansas City Ballet Summer Camps

Engineering for Kids South Kansas City

Introduce your child to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through project based learning! Engineering for Kids summer camps include, Amazing Race, Survivor, Junior Aerospace Engineering Camp, Robotics Missions & Battles, and many more 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 June 18th to July 27th, but check each individual listing for specific dates & locations.

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.

Camp Fire

There are 3 summer day camps offered in 3 different Kansas City locations 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 11th and vary by location. Below are the 3 locations:

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

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

Hollis Renewal Center- 11414 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66111

Horizon Academy

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!

Lori’s School Of Music Summer Camp Sessions

Give your child a taste of Music with Lori’s School of Music. Group summer classes are only $12 per week and a great way to introduce your kids to music. Call for more details (816) 478-4838.

Theater of the Imagination Drama Camps

Your kids will learn to act, sing and make movies in a flexible summer camp environment! Plus when you enroll, mention iFamilyKC for $10 OFF! 

Camp 1: May 29-June 1

Camp 2: June 4-15

Camp 3: June 18-29

Camp 4: July 2-13

Camp 5: July 16-27

Camp 6: July 30-Aug. 10

Jazz Camp

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

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

Crescendo Conservatory

Calling all fairy princesses and rock stars! Join Crescendo Conservatory this year for fairy princess camp and rock star camp. Twirling in tutus though a magical forest or dancing under a mirror ball are all in store for your dancers this summer.

Crescendo Conservatory Fairy Princess Camp 

June 18th – 22rd | 9:30am-12:00pm | Ages 3-7

Come all Fairy Princesses for 5 mornings of dancing with unicorns, singing with magic flutes and dressing in sparkling tutus with glittering wings!  We will weave crowns of delicate flowers and create scenes of a magic forest!  Each day’s activities will include dance class, fairy themed music, and a fine art activity!

Crescendo Conservatory Rockstar Summer Camp

June 25th– 29th | 9:30 am-12:00 pm |  Ages 4-8

Come dressed up like your favorite pop star every day to rock out your favorite dance moves. Each rock star will be blinged out while singing today’s most popular songs & artists. Dancers will create a rock star music video during the camp, where they will use the dance moves they learned! Each day includes rock star parties, dance lessons (jazz &  hip hop), singing activities, craft projects and more.

Sion Summer Spectacular at Notre Dame de Sion School

Your kids can participate in Art, STEM, Fitness, health, & more camps throughout the summer. Summer Camps are open to kids in Pre-K through 8th grade. The Summer Spectacular includes many summer camps at Sion: Camelot Academy, Superhero Party Planners, Photography, World Sports, & more. Check out the complete list of class & camps online.

Jacomo Summer Camp

Your kids can spend their summer, swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing and more! Camp runs June 4th to August 10th with 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.

Kansas City Zoo 

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 run May 29th to August 10th with a WIDE variety of subjects & offerings. Each week is something different. Register online for any summer day camp!

They also have the new Variety KC Inclusive Play Experience, where all kids can play together! It is the first inclusive play ground in the U.S. πŸ™‚

This activity is included in 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. 

V Camp at Vineyard Community Church

This is a week of safe, stimulating and fantastic fun for children (entering grades K-4) for only $40. Vcamp will run from 10:00am to 4:30pm each day. 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

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 June 4th to 8th, 10:00am to 4:30pm each day. Before & After Camp Care is available for FREE, but you must register for it. (Before care from 7am and After Care is until 6pm) You can even register online for youth camp! πŸ™‚

Science City Summer Camp

From June 4th to August 3rd, your kids can create, explore, and experiment at Science City’s STEM learning camps! Space is limited to sign up quickly! Kids ages 6-12 can explore science through hands-on activities & innovative programs. Each week the programs are different, check out a full list of summer camp programs on their website or Register online now.

The Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art

Who said camp was only for kids? The Nelson Atkins Museum of art offers summer art classes for kids and adults! Check out a full list of summer classes on the Nelson Atkins website.

Learning 2 Fly – Chakra Circus of Health Camp

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

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, camp sessions run from May 29th to August 10th. 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!

Kids Discovery Ranch Summer Camps

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
β€’ Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 3:30
β€’ Prize for the top cowboy/cowgirl.

Horsemanship 101 Training Camps.
β€’ Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 12:00

Kansas City Young Audiences Summer Camp

KCYA offers theater, music, visual arts, dance, and drama camps for ages 4 through 18. There are full day, half day, & week-long summer camp options, so you can find something that fits your schedule!

Camp sessions begin Monday, June 4th with summer schedules/class descriptions are available online. 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!

Tastebuds Kitchen Summer Camps

Your kids can learn to cook at these fun cooking summer camps. Summer Camps run from May 29th to August 10th in 4-5 day sessions.

Tastebuds Kitchen offers a wide variety of classes including Baking 101, Plant to Plate Camp, Cooking Science Camp, Cooking Show Favorites Camp, Around the World Camp, Secret Ingredient Camp, Culinary Passport, Secret Foodies, Chocolate Lovers Camp & more! 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. πŸ™‚

Accelerated Schools of Overland Park 

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 5th- July 28th. Call for more info (913) 341-6666.

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.

Gymboree Summer Programs

Toddlers to 5 years old kids 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.)

Ceramic Cafe

Camp session begin on June 18th, with unique programs each week. Their program provides instruction in ceramic art techniques including glass fusing, pottery painting, and hand building with clay. Summer Camp themes include: Under the Sea, A Place in Space, Move Night Camp, Magical Unicorn Camp & more!

Check out the full details on summer camps now!

Whether your child is an aspiring artist or a creative genius, these summer camps are right for your kiddos! They even have advanced summer camp classes for kids who are super artistic! πŸ™‚

Summer LEGO Camps (Sponsored by Play-Well TEKnologies)

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.

City of Leawood Nature & Adventure Summer Camps

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!

YMCA – Greater KC 

May 29th – August 3rd

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers TONS of summer programs and camps for your kids including Youth Day Camps, Sports Camps, Summer of Service, & Camp Wood Overnight Camp. Camps are offered for ages 5-12. Check out the details for Youth Day Camps below:

Blue Valley School District Day Camp: M-F, 7 am – 6 pm

Cottonwood Point
10521 W 129th St, Overland Park, KS 66213

Valley Park
12301 Lamar Ave, Leawood, KS 66209

YMCA Sports Camp is also offered from 7 am – 6 pm at Indian Valley
11600 Knox, Overland Park, KS 66210

North Kansas City YMCA: M-F, 6:30 am – 6 pm

North Kansas City YMCA location
1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116

Olathe School District Day Camp: M-F, 7 am – 6 pm

Bentwood Elementary
13000 Bond, Olathe, KS 66062

Fairview Elementary
600 North Marion, Olathe, KS 66061

Madison Place Elementary
16651 S Warwick, Olathe, KS 66062

Ravenwood Elementary
12211 S Clinton, Olathe, KS 66061

YMCA Sports Camp is also offered from 7 am – 6 pm at Heritage Elementary
1700 E Pawnee, Olathe, KS 66062

Piper School District Day Camp: M-F, 7 am – 6 pm

Before and after care will be available at this site during the district’s summer school program July 2-27.

Piper Middle School
4420 N 107th St, Kansas City, KS 66109

Platte County R-3 School District Day Camp: M-F, 6:30 am – 6 pm (Up to 14 yrs old)

Camp will be available at the following site June 4-29:

Barry Middle School
2001 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64154

Note: Campers will be dropped off at Barry and picked up at Pathfinder after 12 p.m.

Camp will be held at the following sites May-29-June 1 and July 2-August 10.

Compass Elementary
410 Kentucky Avenue, Platte City, MO 64079

Pathfinder Elementary
1951 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64154

Shawnee Mission School District Day Camp: M-F, 7 am – 6 pm

Comanche Elementary
8200 Grant, Overland Park, KS 66204

Nieman Elementary
10917 W 67th St, Shawnee, KS 66203

Riverside Day Camp: M-F, 6:30 am – 6 pm

Riverside Community Center
4498 NW High Drive, Riverside, MO 64150

Heartland Summer Camps

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!

Inspire Basketball Camps (NIKE Summer Camp)

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.

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.

IBEX Rock Climbing Camp

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.

Summit Lanes Lee’s Summit 

Kids bowl FREE all Summer long at Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit! Children ages 15 and under can bowl two free games every day in the summer. Pre-register online or call (816) 524-3322 for more info.

J Camp at the Jewish Community Center

Weekly sessions run June 4th to August 3rd. Their day camps have a wide variety of activities for your child including swimming, drama, sports, culinary, tennis and more! Check out the details below.

CDC Camp: Age 2 – Entering Kindergarten: Extraordinary experiences for young children. Weekly themed lessons include art, outdoor play, storytelling, swimming and special events.

Barney Goodman Camp: Entering 1st-4th Grades: Experience a little bit of everything at J Camp! Barney Goodman includes crafts, sports, science, songs, swimming, swim lessons, archery and Israeli and Jewish activities.

Sports Camp: Entering 1st – 7th Grades: Enjoy playing sports, practicing skills and participating in games, archery, tennis, swimming, swim lessons and special events. Check out the theme weeks!

BOOM: Entering 5th – 7th Grades: Designed for older campers, with a variety of Camp activities including games, art, swimming, theme projects and special events.

Ma’asim Tovim: Entering 7th – 8th Grades: Campers are encouraged to be mensches – good and ethical people. In the morning, they’ll help others through community service. In the afternoon, they’ll participate in recreational activities, swimming and special events.

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!

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.

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 to 14. Check out the complete list of camps including, Photography Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Biking Camp, and Climbing & Repelling Camp.

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.


Kansas City Ballet Summer Programs 

Your performers will enjoy classes, workshops, and ballet camps at Kansas City Ballet this summer for ages 3-18. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your space soon! (816) 931-2299

Blue Spring Summer Day Camp

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.

Girls on Fire Camp- Blue Springs PD

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

  • 1st Session:  June 4 – June 8
  • 2nd Session:  July 30 – August 3

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 – 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.

School of Rock Summer Camp

Summer camps run 5 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.

Dave’s Gymnastic Factory Summer Camp

Kids ages 5-11 years old can come get active at fun gymnastics summer camps. Half-day and full-day camp options are available.

Raymore Summer Quest Camp

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. Dates depend on Ray-Pec School School District Schedule. Check out the website for further info.

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! πŸ™‚

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