19+ Spectacular Summer Camps in Springfield MO Area 2022 

 May 25, 2022

By  417 Local Editorial Team

Help your child pass the long days of summer while giving them magical memories at any of these amazing summer camps around the area.

Whatever their interest, there is definitely a great option for them. Here you will find wonderful camps for your athlete, artist, dancer, tech wiz, actor, animal lover, scientist, crafter, and more! 

AR Workshop

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Looking for some artsy crafty fun?

Anders Ruff®, a popular graphic design, party fashion, DIY blog, and online store, was founded in 2010 by Maureen (Anders) and Adria (Ruff).

In 2016 they had a desire to begin teaching locally and birthed the AR Workshop at 1550 E. Battlefield in Springfield MO.

They offer multiple Summer Camp options in tie-dye, abstract photo frame, rock cactus pot, mini plank tray, canvas pillow, and paint and string art, chunky yarn wreath, mini plank tray, canvas wall hanging.

You can check out the AR Workshops Springfield schedule here or call (417) 429-0803.

Cost: $185

Code Ninjas

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Does your child have a natural talent for using technology?

Code Ninjas teaches children modern coding skills in an entertaining, rigorous way. Yup – you read that correctly! 

Their mission is to provide your kids with critical life and job skills while also teaching them the importance of teamwork and problem solving. All of this happens while learning how to program video games, create stop motion movies, becoming a Roblox developer, learn YouTubing, and more!

Code Ninja is close to Republic and Kansas in Springfield and has over 30 week-long summer camps to choose from in all things techy!

Click the link above or call (417) 319-7996 to learn more.

Cost: $189 (half day classes), $229 (full day classes)

Cub Creek Science Camp

If you are looking for science, animal, or a traditional overnight summer camp for your adventurer, Cub Creek Science Camp is the place for you!

Their camp is full of fun, including hundreds of animals and activity choices like rope courses, survival skills, and so much more!

Jam-packed with enjoyable activities your camper age 7-17 is sure to have the time of their life!

Cost: $1095

Dance Mission

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Do you have a little one full of expressive energy? 

Dance Mission near Fremont and Republic Rd in Springfield believes in teaching students not only how to be a phenomenal dancer, acrobat and aerialist. But they also teach their students perspective on life, building character and the ability to give back. 

These special 2-day camps at Dance Mission will empower your children beyond the studio floor learning about motivation, responsibility, and being a phenomenal individual who displays their brilliant confidence.

Choose from 3 different summer camps with different skills emphasis:

  • Dance and plant for ages 4-7 and 8-13 
  • Dance and paint for ages 3-6 and 7-12
  • Circus for ages 7-9 and 10-13

Each class has an ending performance for family and friends and you can learn more from their website above or by calling (417) 894-1187.

Cost: $55 (sibling discount $30)

Day Camps and More at the War Zone

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Did you know that Springfield has a full-blown Nerf Arena?!?

Their summer camp options include awakening your inner Jedi, collabs with Princesses of the 417 (discussed below), days of fun and inspiration with Nerf Gun coaching, and more.

Whether you kids want to learn how to be a Jedi, or just get their hands on some of the coolest Nerf guns in town, The War Zone has got it all!

They offer a variety of options that will keep them engaged all summer long. Plus, Vanessa and her team are on a mission to help 417 kids gain life success skills! You won’t regret it!

Check out the upcoming camps available on the War Zone’s Facebook events page by clicking here.

Dickerson Park Zoo

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Dickerson Park Zoo has the perfect summer events for your zoologist, from toddlers to teenagers.

Although they don’t have technical camps, they host fun and educational classes for your kids all summer!

Kids will be awakened to new levels of wonder and appreciation through all sorts of hands-on experiences and, of course, animals!

Cost (member/non-member): Varies from $10-$75 according to the classes

Discovery Center

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Bring your young scientist or adventurer to one of these awesome week-long summer camps at Discovery Center of Springfield!

There are so many cool options, you may want to try them all!

Solve crimes, hunt dinosaurs, fly to space, explore oceans, practice your wizarding skills, and more!

You can contact the Discovery Center at (417) 862-9910 or check out their camps at the above link.

Cost (members/non-members): $200/$250

Discovery Garden Montessori School

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Built on the principles of Maria Montessori’s philosophy, Discovery Garden Summer Camps offer activities specifically chosen to nurture your child academically, spiritually, creatively and socially. 

Your child will have a fun week of hands-on learning at Discovery Garden Montessori School, located at 1515 S National Ave, in the National Avenue Christian Church.

From weather to olympics, music to the universe, and more, your 16 month to 10 year old is sure to have a week they will LOVE!

Check out their camp options at the link above or call at (417) 631-4590.

Cost: Toddler and Primary – $180 (half day)/ $200 (full day), Elementary – $160 (full day)

The OC

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The Ozark Community Center has sooooo many fun activities planned for their full summer camps for kids from finishing K all the way through 10th grade.

Each camp will have a different activity schedule, but all will include exciting field trips, swimming, crafts, games for the younger crowd to the older ones ziplining, canoeing, and more!

No doubt about it, this will be a summer full of adventure and learning!

You can call (417) 581-7002 for more info or click on the summer camp link above.

Cost (member/non-member): 

Finishing K – 2nd grade, 3rd-6th – $130/$120(5 days/week), $95/$110(3 days/week)

Finishing 7th through 8th – $80/$95 per week

Ages 14 and 15 – $60/$65 per week

Ozark Dance Academy

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Bring your 3-10 year old to one of these 3 day cute themed dance camps at Ozark Dance Academy!

Let your little one play Mary Poppins, jam out to Encanto, or fling to Frozen!

Ozark Dance is located at 517 E South St in south Ozark.

Give them a call at (417) 581-7101.

Cost: $75 (sibling discount $30)

Sac River Stables

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Horses and good-hearted people, need we say more?!

Sac River Stables, located at 5798 N Farm Rd 125, is a Christian-owned and operated equestrian facility serving the Ozarks area.

Contact Sac River Stables to find out about their wonderful summer day camps!

Hurry to take advantage of early bird discount!

Call at (417) 742-4200.

Southern Missouri Arts Connection

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The SMAC “Something for Everyone” Art Camp offers multiple camp options for ages 6-17 to help kids expand their creativity while making unique and inspiring pieces!

The hands-on workshops include classes to learn explore stained glass, sculpture, comic classics, popart and more.

The camps are offered in June and July and are mostly held at the Southern Missouri Arts Connection in Hollister MO.

Get more information about their abundance or options at the link above or call (417)598-1568.

Cost: $78.75 – $180


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The Springfield Parkboard truly has a summer camp for everyone!

Everything from outdoor adventures like bicycling and kayaking, to hockey, figure skating, golf, skating, equestrian, and zoo programs! 

There is soooo much to do in 417!

Check out the brochure of camps here.

Cost: varies 

Springfield Ballet

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Springfield Ballet, located in the Creamery arts center at 411 N Sherman Pkwy,  is offering a number of dance camps for your kiddo ages 3-14. 

For the youngest, find cute themed classes where they’ll dance, craft, have story time, and a nutritious snack.

For the olders, they are offering a plie camp that also teaches nutrition, dance history, musical theatre, and more.

Cost: 3-5 $165, 6-9 $190, 7-14 $295. For more info contact Springfield Ballet at 417-862-1343.

Springfield Little Theatre

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Ready for a summer full of remarkable fun??

Springfield Little Theatre has programs all summer from one-day through 6-week summer camps, preschool through highschool aged kids, ranging from beginning to advanced.

Acting, dance, tech, administration, and much more!

Find all the camps available at the link above or call (417) 869-1334.

Cost: varies (sibling discounts available)

Springfield Warrior Sports

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Who wants to be a ninja warrior?

Come to one of these week-long morning session summer camps offered at Springfield Warrior Sports!

Let a ninja warrior trainer help your child increase in strength and agility while learning to conquer some fun obstacles as seen on America Ninja Warrior!

Check out the options above or call 417-894-7319 for more info or to register.

Cost: $150 (sibling and member discounts available)


The Summit Camp Raven

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Have a blast while learning tons, from art, music, to exploring STEM, and more!!

The Summit Preparatory School‘s goal is to provide a progressive education with a broad curriculum in a supportive atmosphere in order to prepare students for success.

Through their summer camps, your child cultivate curiosity, imagination, and critical-thinking abilities, laying a solid academic and social-emotional base.

The Summit is offering many specific themed camps for prek-k, 1st-5th, and 6th+ grades, ranging from single day to a week long.

For more info call (417) 869-8077.

Cost: $25-30 (half-day sessions), $90-130 (week-long sessions)

Village Pottery Cafe

Village Pottery Cafe is the perfect place to spend your summer. They offer many different camps and workshops that will keep your kids busy all day long. You can come out and explore painting on canvases or pottery, or even learn how to throw your cares away at the pottery wheel! It’s always a fun time at Village Pottery Cafe.

Whether it’s just one child or an entire group of kids, Village Pottery Cafe has a summer camp for you.  And don’t forget – they offer plenty of classes that are great for adults as well! So what are you waiting for?

You can check out Village Pottery Cafe by clicking here, and see their schedule of upcoming summer camps here.

Wonders of Wildlife

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Give your child an inspiring summer through one of the many week-long Wonders of Wildlife summer camps!

 The excellent educators at Wonders of Wildlife focus on providing a safe and fun environment for children while broadening their knowledge and teaching them about biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, fishing, hunting, and survival skills.

Cost: $110+ (scholarships available)


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Nothing says summer camp fun like the YMCA!

Come to one of the 12 week-long day camps, all with different unique themes.

Enjoy lots of physical activity and have some new experiences with some new friends!

Camps offered at two YMCA locations, downtown and south Springfield.

Cost (member/non-member): $110/$150

YMCA Camp Wakonda 

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Camp Wakonda, located in Ash Grove, MO is offering dozens of week-long summer camp options, for kids 3rd-6th grade, 7th-10th grade, and 11th-12th grade.

Each session is a different exciting theme!

Give your child the opportunity to get outdoors and develop friendships, grow in self-confidence, and learn new skills, all while increasing in strong values for health in Spirit, Mind, and Body that will last a lifetime! 

Cost: $450 (financial assistance available)


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