Des Moines Summer Camps


Welcome to the 2024 ultimate guide to Des Moines summer camps, programs, and activities for kids!

Summer camps are a great way to keep kids busy and engaged during break. From week-long educational camps to day camps exploring nature, there is a camp for every interest and budget.  Use this guide to help you plan a fun and stress-free summer for the kids.

Plus download our Summer Planner to plan out all your summer adventures.

The 2024 Summer Camp Guide is sponsored by our featured programs, but it is a comprehensive guide to all summer camps in Des Moines. We so appreciate the support of the community and the opportunity to present our readers with valuable resources.

Climb Iowa

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Climb Iowa is Iowa’s largest climbing and training center. With two locations in the Des Moines metro, everyone can find the right fit for them. Send your kids on a climbing adventure. Climb Iowa Grimes camps introduce young adventurers to climbing, but they won’t stop there. Children will learn about trust, teamwork, and problem solving while developing their rock-climbing skills through our interactive activities. Climb Iowa offers kids and families the opportunity to explore new horizons, find an engaging form of fitness, and discover an engaged and close-knit community. 


3605 SE Miehe Drive, Grimes, IA 50111

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Premiere Dance Project

Premiere Summer Camp

At Premiere, we offer a variety of summer camps and classes to fit your child’s interests. Join us in the dance studio to develop their self-confidence, social skills, and creativity this summer! We are passionate about dance education, instilling confidence, and empowering students to achieve their goals. Our Premiere Family creates an environment where dancers can develop themselves individually, physically, and artistically. We can’t wait to dance with you!

Des Moines Playhouse


The Playhouse creates extraordinary shared experiences through live theatre. In addition to a full season of shows, the theatre offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage. Theatre arts education at The Playhouse provides students with the opportunity to explore, create, imagine, and express themselves, all within a safe, nurturing environment.

Little White Schoolhouse

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Avoid Summer Slump and sign your kids up for a Jump Start Program! 

Jump Start is a small-group class taught and designed by licensed teachers at The Little White Schoolhouse. The hands-on curriculum focuses on helping your student get a “jump” on all the new learning they will be experiencing in their new grade levels this Fall 2024.
Jump Start Class offered include: K-5 Reading, K-5 Math, K-5 Advanced
Registration opens Monday, March 4 for all grade levels. 
Register before May 29 for 50% off the entire summer tuition! 

Steve & Kate's Camp

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Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge. Campers aged 4–12 choose from a variety of activities in real-time, including sewing, coding, maker crafts, sports, and more! 
Families can buy any number of days, to use at any time. If your plans change, we’ll automatically refund any unused Passes in full. Lunch, snacks & all hours (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) included.

Inspiring Dance

Inspiring Dance Summer Camps

Looking for exciting and active summer fun? Registration is now open for all summer classes and summer camps at Inspiring Dance! Inspiring Dance is a premiere dance studio recently moved into a brand-new, state of the art dance building in Grimes, Iowa. They strive to inspire dancers of all ages to fulfill their creative potential and offer classes in many ages, styles and levels.

This summer, come dance like Taylor Swift in our iD Era Camp, Party like Bluey in Bluey Dance Party and other fun themes including Paw Patrol, Broadway and more! Call 515-986-0007 or email [email protected] for more details!


Artfull Des Moines Summer Camps
Artfull is a family focused maker space with a mission to connect kids, families and adults through arts, crafts and creative experiences. Drop in during our open studio hours and create with us! No appointment needed. Projects include canvas, wood, paint and take ceramics, our Splatter Room, and more! You don’t have to be a professional artist to be creative or enjoy the benefits of making artArtfull makes creativity accessible for all ages and skill levels. 
We love to celebrate and create! Birthday Parties, Corporate Team building, camps, fundraisers, or adult gatherings the Artfull team can help make your next event a creative success. Contact us to find out more.


Easterseals Iowa Camp Sunnyside offers both day camp and traditional overnight camping experiences that provide an integrated setting where children and young adults with and without disabilities learn and grow together.  Activities include fishing, swimming, pony rides, rock wall climbing, arts and crafts, nature hikes, campouts and more!

Ankeny Art Center

Discover your inner artist at the Ankeny Art Center, a non-profit arts organization located in Ankeny, Iowa. With a wide range of classes, workshops, summer camps, exhibitions, and MORE, the center offers endless opportunities to explore your creativity. Join us throughout the year, and let your artistic journey begin!

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Kara Knaack
Kara originally hails from northwest Iowa where she met her husband, Lance, through a 4-H fashion show. After a decade of living in central Iowa, Kara is still figuring out which way is north. Wearing the hat of “wife, mommy, employee, chef, ribbon tie-er and family calendar organizer,” Kara knows a bit about juggling life and work. Kara became a boy-mom in June of 2011 to Lucan and a girl-mom to Gracelyn in December of 2014. Most days you can find her mixing up metaphors and oversharing life’s moments via social media. Kara enjoys yoga, reading, gardening, cooking, sewing in straight lines and singing along to musicals. A spender by nature, but thrifty by necessity, Kara is always in hunt of a bargain. She’s an active member of Northpoint Church and a resident of Grimes. Her vision for life includes “doing the best we can with what God gives us.”


  1. Hi! My name is Jessie Schnack and I am opening a nonprofit youth dance theatre. I would love to get my summer camps listed if possible and help get the word out about my studio!

    Thanks so much!


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