Our advertisers offer a TON of wonderful summer camps and programs for your kids – and you can never start planning too early! We’ve done the legwork for you and collected the best of the best here in one convenient place. So get busy, plan your kids’ summer and tell them Kids Directory sent you!
Chick-fil-A on S. Glenstone
3700 S. Glenstone, Springfield
See their website for monthly FUN event details – cfarestaurant.com/glenstone/events. Also like Chick-fil-A South Glenstone on Facebook at facebook.com/cfasglenstone and watch for event postings there as well!
Fun with Animals & Nature
Cub Creek Science Camp
16795 State Route E• Rolla
Cub Creek Science Camp has more than 300 animals including lemurs, foxes, porcupines, wallabies, parrots, sloths, lizards and many more in our hands-on, interactive zoo! One of our popular activities is Adopt an Animal, where campers spend every day of the week learning how to take care of an animal of their choosing at camp! Campers also love our Junior Vet program where they learn how to suture and give injections (to fruit!) and watch a live surgery performed by a Veterinarian at camp! Classes in archery, ropes course, pottery, culinary science, survival skills and digital photography help to make for a wonderful time at camp! Make memories and friends that will last a lifetime!
Dickerson Park Zoo
1401 W. Norton Road, Springfield
Dickerson Park Zoo's camps and classes are available throughout the summer and provide unique learning opportunities for tots to teens. Children will enjoy classroom experiences as well as journeys through the zoo. Z.E.B.R.A. camps and classes are designed to instill a lifelong love of learning, as well as demonstrate how everyone can help protect and care for animals.
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
2038 West State Hwy 86 • Lampe
This 10,000 acre natural paradise allows guests to discover the Ozarks through the eyes of early settlers. The canyon can be explored on foot, bike, tram ride or horseback! Two and a half miles of paved trails along trout-filled streams make Dogwood Canyon the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and make memories to last a lifetime. In addition to countless outdoor adventures, the property also offers a restaurant and mill, education center and a treehouse built by Animal Planet’s, Treehouse Masters. For a full list of activities call or visit their website.
Hidden Hill Equestrian
711 Keystone Rd. • Reeds Spring
This summer Hidden Hill Equestrian will be offering week-long summer camps. Children from ages 4-16 can come experience a fun and educational environment while having hands on activities with the horses. Camps will be offered from June-August and are separated by ages. Call Samantha Bart for more information!
Libby Ferguson Training Center
3850 E. Applehill Lane • Springfield
417-894-8221 or 888-0845
Each summer and both winter and spring breaks, Libby offers riding camps for all ages and skill levels. Camps are designed to be a great first introduction to the world of horses. No prior horse experience is necessary! Campers take part in all aspects of horse care as well as two daily group riding sessions and have time for a little “horsey play,” too. Camps conclude with a mini horse show to show off campers’ riding improvements. Camps are designed for ages 5 years and older. Times: 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. For your convenience, early drop off and late pick up are available at no additional charge. Spring Break Camp is March 13-17. Go to Libby’s website for Summer Day Camp dates. Libby’s day camps promise to be a horse lovers dream come true!
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 • Springfield
Got a future farmer on your hands? Train them young at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park with hands-on, interactive experiences with farm animals and agriculture. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park offers several different week-long camps for 6-12 year olds and half-day camps for 4-5 year olds. New this year, before and after care for an additional fee. Visit website for dates, camp themes and more info!
Sac River Stables, LLC
5798 N. Farm Rd. 125 • Springfield
417-742-4200 • sacriverstables.com
2017 Wrangler Worship Day Camps at Sac River Stables promote spiritual growth, horsemanship and educational fun for ages kindergarten and up. Camps are supervised by CHA-certified riding instructors at a CHA-accredited indoor/outdoor riding facility using well-trained horses. Campers will be instructed on numerous equine topics, along with daily non-denominational devotions and praise songs. Horses, tack, helmets and any equipment needed for riding and Bible class materials are provided. Family discounts available. Spaces are limited. Wrangler Worship Day Camps start on Monday, June 12 and run through Friday, July 14. All details and prices can be found at sacriverstables.com. Please see wrangler worship day camps under "services." Call or email for registration details.
Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center
4007 N. Farm Rd 171 • Springfield
If your child loves horses, get signed up early for horse camps at Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center! Beginner, intermediate and advanced camps are available that run Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for kids 7-17. It’s a hands-on, interactive experience where your child will have their own horse for the week to care for – and depending on their riding level – participate in lessons and skill performances.
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
600 West Sunshine • Springfield
An amazing Edventure awaits you at Wonders of Wildlife! May through August, join our educators as they explore different topics from oceans to survival for grades Pre-K through 12. Each of our camps will include live animal encounters, activities, crafts and a sneak peak of the all new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium! For information, visit their website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education & Enrichment
Developmental Center of the Ozarks
1545 E. Pythian St. • Springfield
DCO offers creative-play and hands-on learning experiences in its center-based child care program (6 weeks to 6 years). An emphasis on Kindergarten-readiness and reaching developmental milestones guides curriculum. Summer youth work program is designed for high school students (with developmental disabilities) seeking a skill-building focused program. Contact your school counselor for info/referral for Vocational Rehabilitation to be part of this program.
Discovery Center of Springfield
438 E. St. Louis St. • Springfield
Summer of Science workshops give your future scientist a hands-on look at a STEM concept through experiments and activities. Your scientists can explore the physics of superheroes, get up close with a live predators, use science to solve mysteries, and much more at DCS this summer. With all new class times and schedules, there’s something for everyone! Visit their website for specific topics, cost and registration details.
Discovery Garden Montessori School
1515 S. National Ave. • Springfield
The sky’s the limit with Discovery Garden Montessori School this summer! Campers will “Tour Around the World.” Children will experience a day in a different country each day. Your child will love exploring different countries and cultures. On their journey, campers will learn about such topics as geography, science, gardening, dance, art, music, nature, cooking and more. All camps are conducted in a nurturing Montessori environment. Two-week camps for preschool children and one-week camps for school age children. Space is limited, so call the school or email email@example.com.
The Goddard School
2238 W. Kingsley St. • Springfield
The Goddard School’s summer camp curriculum incorporates STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) into exciting and fun experiences for your child every day! Goddard offers a broad range of programs and mini-camps like Rockin’ Robots; Star Performers; Goal; Paint. Draw. Sculpt.; Epic Explorers and more to pique the interest and curiosity of every child. Goddard’s summer camp is offered for children six-weeks to 10 years, Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. with flexible schedules. To discover how The Goddard School Springfield will make this summer your child’s best learning experience yet, contact them today!
Itty Bitty City
3640 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
Itty Bitty City is BIG on summer fun! Escape the heat for a day of creative play that's fun for all ages (and educational, too!). Day passes are $9 per child age 1-12, $3 for infants under age 1 (or free with an older sibling) and $3 per adult. Check out our website calendar at http://ittybitty.city/events for workshops, classes and special events!
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Springfield
4127 S. Kansas Expressway, Ste. 112 • Springfield
If you want a long-term program to help your children keep the information they have learned in school, come to see what Kumon provides! Kumon is a worksheet-based, enrichment program in math and reading, focusing on self-learning and independence. Summer is the perfect time to start when there is no other homework to be done! Kumon strives to make your smart kid even smarter! For a free placement test and more information about Kumon, call 1-800-ABC-MATH or the local number above.
Robert Jason Grant Ed.D AutPlay Therapy Clinic
2407 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
Sign up for one of Dr. Grant’s summer social skill groups designed for children and teens. Social skill groups begin in May and end in August. The clinic’s social skill groups are play-based for a fun, engaging and skill-development experience. Groups will focus on improving peer interactions, friendship skills, regulation ability and communication skills. Contact Dr. Grant today for a complete list of dates and times for the clinic’s summer social skill groups.
Safe Kids Springfield/Mercy Injury Prevention Center
1570 W. Battlefield, Ste. 110 • Springfield
Safe Kids Boot Camp is all about safety – but your elementary school campers will be having too much fun to realize it! Campers will learn through interactive games, speakers, videos and more with a different safety theme each day. Designed for kids 1st-3rd Grades, participants will learn the basics of a variety of important safety issues. Kids will leave camp with lots of safety goodies to take home, too! Camp will take place at Chesterfield Family Center, 2155 W. Republic Rd. Springfield. Go to their website to register or give them a call for more information.
Salvation Army Summer Day Camp
1707 West Chestnut Expressway • Springfield
417-862-5509, ext. 113
The Salvation Army Summer Day Camp provides a structured, safe and positive childcare program for families during the summer months. All meals and activities are included in the camp cost. Activities include swimming, guest speakers, arts and crafts and lots of organized play. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily. In addition, weekly field trips to area sites including: Discovery Center, Springfield Little Theatre, museums, Library Station, Dickerson Park Zoo and many more! Weekly and daily rates are available. Scholarship assistance available, too.
Schoolie*gigs Accelerated Preschool, Tutoring and Gifted Enrichment
1936 E Sunshine • Springfield
Invest in your child’s education this summer to keep them ahead of the class! Our summer session offers preschool, K/1 prep, classes for 4-6th graders, enrichment classes and private tutoring for a range of ages taught by our certified teaching staff. Whether you want your child to keep the momentum going on their reading, learn science and math through our interactive class activities or simply have fun while perfecting their music, Lego or crafting skills, Schoolie*gigs has something for everyone ages 2-12!
Second Baptist Child Development Center
3111 E. Battlefield • Springfield
At Second Baptist Child Development Center their goal is to give children a quality Christian education in a loving environment. Their desire is to meet the needs of each child spiritually, emotionally, socially and intellectually in order to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. For each child they provide: activities for intellectual stimulation at their level, opportunities for maximum social growth, assistance in sound emotional development and guidance in a Christian environment for basic spiritual development. Classes for children 6 months through Pre-K. Summer session days are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. in June and July. Call the center for more information.
SPARC - Springfield Park Board
Ritter Springs and various school sites in Springfield
Sign up for summer-long SPARC Day Camps, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., offered at various school/park sites, for ages 5-14. Programs include field trips, swimming, games, crafts, sports, nature activities and team building – and most important – a safe and affordable opportunity for kids to experience new adventures! Choose from various SPARC school sites or go off the grid and into the woods at Ritter Springs. Summer Quest Day Camps are for kids 11-14 and meet at Cherokee Middle School where they get to go on fun field trips to White Water, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, paintball and more! Register early. Call or visit the website for more info.
Springfield Catholic Schools
St. Agnes Cathedral School
531 South Jefferson • Springfield
Enroll now for camp! At St. Agnes, camp is May 30-June 8 from 8:30 am-Noon for Preschool-3rd grade. For more information, call number above.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
2200 W. Republic Rd. • Springfield
Enroll now for camp! At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, camp is June 5th-August 4th from 7a.m.-6 p.m. for ages Preschool-Kindergarten. For more information, call number above.
TheraCare Outpatient Services
3023 S. Fort Ave., Ste. B • Springfield
These summer programs will give your child a boost and enhance their budding skills in the areas of speech, language, handwriting, pre-academics, social skills, school readiness and more!
• Social Skills Groups (Limited to 5 children per class – Ages 3 and up)
• Stay and Play Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness Camp (Ages 3-6)
• Handwriting Camp (Grades 1-4)
• Music Therapy Groups (All ages)
• Executive Function Camps (Grades 3 and up)
• Make & Take Speech and Language Camps (ages 2 and up).
Your kids will be having too much fun playing to realize they’re learning! A certified speech-language pathologist or occupational therapist will facilitate all programs. Check out our website for more information or call to get your child signed up today!
Bon Bon's Candy House
3857 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
Join Bon Bon’s Candy House this summer for a themed candy making class! Learn candy-making techniques like chocolate dipping, mounding and piping. Each week has a different fun theme. Take and eat your creations! Check our online calendar for the summer schedule.
B-Sew Inn Sewing and Software Center
1602 E. Republic Rd., Ste. A • Springfield
B-Sew Inn Sewing and Software Center, the world’s largest Baby Lock sewing machine retailer, is once again offering “Project Sew Summer Camp.” Project Sew is open for girls and guys, ages 9-16. Attendees will learn the basics of sewing while stitching their own projects. Camps will run 5 days – June 12-16 and July 10-14. Morning sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon or afternoon sessions, 2-5 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact the store. Availability is limited!
Creava School For The Arts
1667 E. St. Louis St. • Springfield
Creava Arts’ Summer Art & Clay Camps provide children with art experiences unlike any other in the Springfield area! Children are given the opportunity to create meaningful works of art in professional art studios while engaging their imaginations through a rich curriculum of visual art activities. Each camp is taught by experienced artist-instructors. New themes each week allow campers ages 6-12 to work with clay and a variety of two-dimensional media. Teen campers ages 13 and older may explore hand building with clay or learn to throw on the potter’s wheel. Groups are small so that each camper receives plenty of individual instruction. Most of all, they will have fun! Creava Arts provides all art supplies, snacks and a free-t-shirt!
Springfield Art Museum
1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield
Looking for a little summertime inspiration for your creative child? Kids draw, build, collage, paint, sculpt and weave their ideas into masterpieces at Art Camp! All sessions include an array of projects that encourage experimentation, expression and the joy of creating original art. In addition to hands-on artmaking, campers explore the Springfield Art Museum's exhibits and its collection, which includes more than 10,000 objects, through games and activities. Art Camp runs Tuesday through Friday, and full and half-day options are available for kids ages 5-10. We offer one session exclusively for kids ages 10-14. Check website for schedule and pricing information.
Music, Dance & Drama
A&B Dance Center
1740 S Glenstone Suite C
Glenstone Square Center • Springfield
Looking for a way to help your child improve self-esteem, have fun and stay physically active this summer after school is out? A&B Dance Center is offering summer camps, workshops and intensives for summer 2017! There is a something for everybody during these summer sessions. What type of dance would your child like to try? Classes include preschool dance camps featuring creative movement for ages 3-5 years. Beginners or more experienced dancers may pick from ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap and musical theater. Adults are also included in the summer program! Call or email the studio for the schedule and fees.
Credo Dance Academy
931 S. Kickapoo Ave. • Springfield
Credo Dance Academy has excellent offerings in dance this summer! Growing Little Ladies: this week-long workshop teaches excellence, elegance and etiquette through ballet and timeless principles. Daily schedule is 9 a.m.-Noon. For ages 4-7 years and is available June 12-16. Steve Rooks Intensive Workshops: featuring Steve Rooks (former Principal Dancer with Martha Graham). Dates are June 5-9. Hone your skills in Modern Dance and Classical Ballet with these high energy workshops. The Junior Intensive is for ages 8 through 16 (who are not yet en pointe) The Full Intensive is for Intermediate level ballet students through Advanced. Summer Classes: a great way to try ballet or stay involved in dance this summer. Summer 2017 classes will be in June and July. Early registration deadline for all programs is May 6. Call for more info.
Petra Ballet Company and School of the Arts
1711 W. Battlefield, Ste. U • Springfield
Summer Dance Workshops and evening summer classes for all ages! Advanced Dance Intensive – July 10-14. Budding Ballerinas Workshop – July 17-21 (ages 3 and up).
411 N. Sherman Pkwy. • Springfield
Springfield Ballet offers exciting daytime camps and evening classes this summer for the littlest ballerina to the serious dance student. Daytime camps and the summer intensive offer learning experiences far beyond the barre. In addition to dance, students will enjoy music, drama, nutrition, anatomy and more. A special demonstration is held at the end of each week to showcase dancers’ hard work. Register for camps/the intensive before May 12 and receive a 10% discount. During a six-week session, classes will be offered in creative movement, ballet, pointe, modern and more! Register for classes prior to June 1 and the $15 registration fee is waived.
Springfield Little Theatre
311 E. Walnut St. • Springfield
Try something you’ve never tried before, or follow your passion and improve your craft at SLT! Springfield Little Theatre offers multiple, one-week and two-week summer workshop sessions during the months of May through August. Serving beginning to advanced students ages 4 to 18, SLT is proud to provide an enriching, entertaining and exciting summer theatre camp experience in acting, musical theatre, dance, performance, technical theatre or theatre management for every child who participates. Housed in the beautiful, historic Landers Theatre, youth involvement at Springfield Little Theatre encourages a love and respect for community, the arts and all aspects of theatricality; promotes discipline and the pursuit of excellence; and provides an outlet for friendship and fun! 2017 themes include Give My Regards to Broadway, Moana Madness, Brave: Merida and More, Beauty and The Beast and Other Tales as Old As Time, Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. and High School Musical Jr., just to name a few!
Science & Robotics
Camp Invention at Elizabeth Ann Seton
2200 W. Republic Rd..• Springfield
Children are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem-solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Camp Invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year. “Launch” is for children entering grades K through 6 and will be July 10-14. “Launch” features a different mission each of the four days. Day one your child will experience invention with a twist as they explore patents, hear how to launch a business and present their products to mock investors. Day two’s mission takes your child out of this world to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation. Day three your child will fling, fly and float through high-energy air battles while using physics to boost their advantage. Finally, day four participants will become electrical engineering super spys! Go to the Camp Invention website and follow the prompts to the Springfield camp.
Springfield’s Incredible Pizza hosts Whole Child Learning Company
2850 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
Choose from a two-day LEGO camp (June 29-30) or one of two science camps (June 5 and July 14). Lego Engineering Camp: This STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class gives students a fundamental understanding of simple machines, structures and mechanisms. Students will investigate the principles of simple machines, mechanisms and structures; experiment with balanced and unbalanced forces and friction; measure distance, time, speed, and weight; and much more. Science Camp: boom, splat, slime, ooze, fizz – have a blast and make a mess exploring the science behind chemical reactions in this kid-safe introduction to chemistry. Create a quicksand simulation, slime, flubber, a foam machine, a mad scientist bubble lab and more! Just go to camperregsecure.com/megaminds and choose your camp to sign up.
Sports & Fitness Fun
All-Star Gymnastics & Cheer
1347 N. Ashley Dr. • Nixa
All camps include snacks and crafts, along with theme-based skills and activities. Don’t miss Early Bird Pricing for Princess and older student Cheer camps. Register early space is limited!
Pretty Princess Gymnastics Camp: June 13-15 • 9 a.m.-Noon • Ages 3-8 years • $75
($10 off if registered by May 1st.)
Cheerleading, Tumbling and Stunting Camp: June 20-22 • 9 a.m.-Noon • Ages 6-14 years • $75 ($10 off if registered by May 1st.)
Cheer Bears Clinic: June 27 • 9-11:30 a.m. • Ages 3-5 years • $25 (No discount on this camp.)
Andy B's Restaurant & Entertainment
1127 E Battlefield Rd. • Springfield
Kids Bowl Free! Get two free kids games of bowling a day ALL SUMMER! (May 1-Sept. 1, 2017). It’s a great way to keep the kids active and busy during the long summer months and you can’t beat the price! Sign up at kidsbowlfree.com/AndyBSpringfield.
Martial Arts USA
4560 S. Campbell Ave., Ste. 132 • Springfield
Would you love for your child to learn how to have better focus, more self-control and better self-discipline – all while getting plenty of exercise, building lasting friendships and having FUN? Our full-time camps include sports, martial arts, guest speakers, arts and crafts, field trips and lots more. Early bird registration as low as $119 per week! Our camps fill up quickly, so enroll NOW!
Rick Grayson Golf
Betty Allison Family Golf Center at Oscar Blom
1825 E. Norton Rd. • Springfield
Rick Grayson Golf has great golf camps for children ages 5-17 years. Each camp is directed by Rick Grayson, who has been voted the Mid-West Section PGA Junior golf leader for the last seven years. Tri Golf (age 5-10) is for the junior who has never played. At Tri Golf, they provide the balls and clubs for the juniors. This is the best way to start your kids on golf! Another great camp is the USGA-LPGA Girls Camp (sorry, no boys). Ages are 7-17 years. If your junior golfer is playing and wants to improve, the Rick Grayson Youth Camp is a sure-fire way to improve his or her game. Rick has been conducting junior golf camps for more than 12 years. Don’t forget the birthday parties at the Betty Allison at Rivercut and the Betty Allison at Oscar Blom – they’re very unique party places. When you’re at the Betty Allison at Rivercut course, make sure the kids check out Betty’s Clubhouse. It’s awesome playground with a golf theme!
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
2765 S. Kansas Expressway Springfield
Don't become a couch potato this summer. Stay active at Sky Zone where you can fly high at Open Jump, play Ultimate Dodgeball, dunk at Sky Slam, and flip into Foam Zone. Toddler Time/Jr. Jump is on Wednesdays, 9:30 -11 a.m. for children 5 and under. For other summer programs, please check the website or give them a call!
Springfield-Greene County Park Board Sports Camps
1923 N. Weller • Springfield
The Park Board offers seasonal day camps at special facilities including Junior Golf Clinics and PGA Junior League Team at the Park Board golf courses. Mediacom Ice Park will offer an Advanced Ice Hockey Camp and Figure Skating Camps. The Dickerson Park Zoo will have camps and educational programming throughout the summer. And Outdoor Initiatives will have Adventure Days for 11-14 year olds on Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 15th & 29th, as well as July 6th & 13th that include caving, paddle boarding, rock climbing and floating.
Springfield Gymnastics & Aquatics Center
529 S. Cavalier • Springfield
Springfield Gymnastics & Aquatics Center vaults into summer with Super Summer Camps! SGAC offers full-day camps for your school-age child and half-day camps for your 3-6 year old child. All camps include gymnastics, horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, zipline, disco party and much, much more! Call or go to their website for more information and registration.
Awesome Adventure Camps for 3-6 years are $80 per camp.
Superhero Adventure Camp: June 5-8.
Around the World Adventure Camp: June 12-15.
Pirates & Mermaids Adventure Camp: June 26-29.
Dinosaur Adventure Camp:July 10-13.
Knights & Princess Adventure Camp: July 24-27.
Superhero Adventure Camp: July 31-August 3.
2017 Day Camps for 5-12 years are $125 per camp.
SGAC Ninja Warrior Camp: June 12-15.
Star Force Fitness Camp: June 26-29.
Extreme Sports Camp: July 24-27.
Have a happy, busy summer! And don’t forget to tell these businesses you found them in Kids Directory!