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!
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.
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!
Click the link above or call (417) 319-7996 to learn more.
Cost: $129 (half day classes), $229 (full day classes)
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
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
Dickerson Park Zoo has the perfect summer camp for your zoologist, from toddlers to teenagers.
They will be awakened to new levels of wonder and appreciation through all sorts of hands-on experiences and, of course, animals!
Visit the link above or call for more info at (417) 833-1570.
Cost (member/non-member): $30/$45 (half day class), $50/$65 (full day class), $120/$150 (two day class), $180/$225 (three day class)
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
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 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 – $155 (half day)/ $195 (full day), Primary – $140 (half day)/$180 (full day), Elementary – $150 (full day)
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.
Finishing K – 2nd grade, 3rd-6th – $125/$115(5 days/week), $105/$90(3 days/week)
Finishing 7th through 8th – $90/$75 per week
Finishing 9th and 10th – $60/$55 per week
Ozark Dance Academy
Bring your 3-5 or 5-9 year old to one of these 3 day cute themed dance camps at Ozark Dance Academy!
Let your little one play Angelina Ballerina, jam out with Trolls, Moana, or Frozen!
Ozark Dance is located at 517 E South St in south Ozark.
Give them a call at (417) 581-7101.
Cost: $50 (sibling discount $30)
The Princesses of 417’s Royal Academies
Interested in creating a magical summer for your 3-12 year old? The Royal Academy programs lead by Princesses of the 417 will make your little one’s experience unlike any other.
There is truly something for everyone with a variety of activities, including science experiments, arts and crafts, physical education, theatrical performances, and more. The adventures will take place at the War Zone in Springfield.
Click here to learn about each of the Royal Academy programs presented by the Princess of the 417 at the War Zone in Springfield.
Sac River Stables
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 registration.
Call at (417) 742-4200.
Southern Missouri Arts Connection
The SMAC “Something for Everyone” Art Camp is a 5-day art camp offered for ages 11-17 to come and get dirty creating truly unique inspiring pieces!
They will explore stained glass, making jewelry, and mosaic/cement creation with local art educator, Julie Zetina.
The camp is to be held July 8–12, from 9 a.m. to noon, at The Branson Community Center.
Get more information at the link above or call (417)598-1568.
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.
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: contact Springfield Ballet for info at 417-862-1343.
Springfield Little Theatre
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
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)
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School – Camp Invention: Recharge
Let your child have lots of fun while developing confidence and creativity at this imaginative hands-on week long summer camp at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School!
This is for children grades K-6 or LIT grades 7-9.
The school is located at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2200 W Republic Rd, at the corner of Republic Rd. and Cox Rd. (Farm Rd 141).
See camp at the link above.
The Summit Camp Raven
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 (half-day sessions), $50 (full-day sessions), $115 (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?
Wonders of Wildlife
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)
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): $100/$135
YMCA Camp Wakonda
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: $575 (financial assistance available)