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There is an abundance of summer activities for kids in our area, and our advertisers offer a TON of wonderful summer camps and programs. We’ve collected the best of the best right here, in one convenient place. It’s never too early to start planning your child’s summer, and remember to tell our advertisers you saw them in Kids Directory!  

Fun with Animals & Nature

Cub Creek Science Camp
16795 State Route E • Rolla • 573-458 2125

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 (using fruit as the “patient”) and watch a surgery performed by a veterinarian at camp! Classes in archery, pottery, culinary science, survival skills, and digital photography and on the ropes course 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 • 417-864-1800

Dickerson Park Zoo’s camps and classes are available throughout the summer and provide unique learning opportunities for tots to teens. From animal inspired art classes to veterinary medicine, the world is the classroom at Dickerson Park 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.

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 • Springfield • 417-837-5949

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- to 12-year-olds and half-day camps for 4- and 5-year-olds. Childcare before and after camp available for an additional fee. Visit ParkBoard.org/camps for dates, camp themes, and more info!

Sac River Stables, LLC
5798 N. Farm Rd. 125 • Springfield • 417-742-4200

2018 Wrangler Worship Day Camps at Sac River Stables promote spiritual growth, horsemanship, and educational fun for ages students from kindergarten 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, any equipment needed for riding, and Bible class materials provided. Family discounts available. Spaces are limited. Wrangler Worship Day Camps start Tuesday, May 29, and continue through Friday, July 13. 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 • 417-833-3291

If your child loves horses, sign up early for horse camps at Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center! There’s beginner, intermediate and advanced camps that run Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., for kids age 7-17. It’s a hands-on, interactive experience. Your child will care for an assigned horse for the week and participate in lessons and performances based on skill level.

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
600 West Sunshine • Springfield • 888-222-6060 x2

Dive in this summer with an Edventure at Wonders of Wildlife. Experience the wonder, from June through August, discovering the wild side with summer camps. Your camper will learn about many of the creatures and habitats at Wonders of Wildlife, while testing their survival skills, encountering live animals, exploring nature, and creating memories. From ages pre-K to high school, campers will learn through games, crafts, experiments, and more during a summer they will never forget! For information and to register your camper visit www.wondersofwildlife.org/education/edventure-programs.

Education & Enrichment

Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield • 417-862-2949

• Henderson Unit: 835 W. Calhoun St.
• Musgrave Unit: 720 S. Park Ave.
• Stalnaker Unit: 1410 N. Fremont Ave.
• Sertoma Unit: 2524 S. Golden Ave. (Sertoma Unit for Sherwood Elementary students only, available starting in June)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield provides education and recreation programming for youth ages 6-18, 7 a.m.-5:45 p.m., Monday-Friday. Online registration required by visiting bgclubspringfield.org/register.

Lunch and snack included. Scholarships available for qualifying families. Field trips take place each week but require extra fees. Summer programming focuses on academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield is in its 80th year of enabling young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Developmental Center of the Ozarks
1545 E. Pythian St. • Springfield • 417-829-0800

DCO offers creative-play and hands-on learning experiences in its center-based child care program for children ages 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 information and a referral for Vocational Rehabilitation to be part of this program.

Discovery Garden Montessori School
1515 S. National Ave. • Springfield • 417-631-4590

Experience Farm to Fun at Discovery Garden Montessori School this summer! Campers will  experience and explore the process of growing what we eat, from the farm or garden to our table. Children will learn different gardening techniques and collaborate with local growers. Your child will prepare and cook simple meals with the produce picked or grown, all in our child-friendly environment. Campers can join for a week or for the entire session. Space is limited.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
210 S Ingram Mill Rd. • Springfield MO • 877-312-4764

Are you ready to lead like a Girl Scout? At Girl Scouts we combine life skills, STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship with civic engagement to deliver crucial, life-changing, girl-led programming. Our program gives girls the opportunities to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader), prepare for a lifetime of leadership, and change the world. Whoa! Here, the possibilities are absolutely endless. Because once your inner leader takes center stage, anything—and we mean anything—is possible. Visit our website for more information, or call us to get started today!

The Goddard School
2238 W. Kingsley St. • Springfield • 417-886-6565

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. Our summer camp is offered for children ages 6 weeks to 10 years, Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with flexible schedules. To discover how The Goddard School located in Springfield will make this summer your child’s best learning experience yet, contact them today!

Itty Bitty City
3640 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield • 417-202-2025

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 $11 per child age 1-12, $4 for infants under age 1 (or free with an older sibling), and $4 per adult. Calendar at ittybitty.city/events for workshops, classes, and special events.

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Springfield
4127 S. Kansas Expressway • Springfield • 417-987-3895

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. We strive to make your smart kid even smarter! For a free placement test and more information about Kumon, call 1-800-ABC-MATH or the number above.

Robert Jason Grant AutPlay Therapy Clinic
2407 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield • 417-755-9042

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an autism and neuro-developmental disorders therapy incorporating play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. Robert works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. His experience and specialization involve working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, mood disorders, Bipolar Disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and adjustment disorders (divorce, grief and transition issues).

Schoolie*gigs Accelerated Preschool, Tutoring & Gifted Enrichment
1936 E Sunshine • Springfield • 417-576-2743

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 4th-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 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 • 417-887-3111

Second Baptist Child Development Center’s goal is to give children a quality Christian education in a loving environment. They desire to meet each child’s needs–spiritually, emotionally, socially, and intellectually–to prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges. They provide activities for intellectual stimulation at the child’s 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 old through Pre-K. Summer session days are Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the center for more information.

SPARC / Springfield-Greene County Park Board
Ritter Springs & various Springfield school sites • 417-837-5737

Sign up for summer-long SPARC day camps, Monday-Friday from 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 importantly – 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, for kids ages 11-14, include fun field trips to amusement parks, state parks, and other high adventure destinations. Register early. Call 417-837-5737 or visit ParkBoard.org/camps for information.

TheraCare Outpatient Services
3023 S. Fort Ave., Ste. B • Springfield • 417-890-4656 •

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! Your kids will have too much fun playing to realize they’re learning! A certified speech-language pathologist or occupational therapist facilitates all programs. Check out our website, theracareozarks.com for information, or call us to sign up today!

• Stay and Play Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness Camp for ages 3-6
• Handwriting Camp for students in grades 1-4
• Music Therapy Groups for all ages
• Executive Function Camps for students for 3rd grade and up
• Sensory-Motor Lab for ages 3 & up
• Fine Arts

University Child Care Center
500 South Ave. • Springfield • 417-866-0980

University Child Care Center is a nonprofit, licensed and accredited preschool. UCCC has been helping children spread their wings for more than 40 years.

Fine Arts

B-Sew Inn Sewing and Software Center
1602 E. Republic Rd., Ste. A • Springfield • 417-882-7171

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 five days: June 11-15 or July 9-13. Morning sessions are 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon sessions are 2-5 p.m. For information or to sign up, contact the store. Availability is limited!

Creava School For The Arts
1667 E. St. Louis St. • Springfield • 417-880-3531

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, and each camper receives plenty of individual instruction and has fun! Creava Arts provides all art supplies and snacks.

Springfield Art Museum
1111 E. Brookside Dr. • Springfield • 0-417-837-5700

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 over 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

Petra Ballet Company and School of the Arts
1711 W. Battlefield, Suite U • Springfield • 417-425-9891

Summer Dance Workshops and evening summer classes for all ages. Dance Intensive for intermediate and advanced dancers, June 18-22. Budding Ballerinas Workshop for ages 3-6, July 9-12. Petra Ballet Company & School of the Arts presents "The Call," at the FOX Theatre, May 19, 6:30 p.m. PETRA Ballet School of the Arts is opening a program for dancers in the area to train under the Cecchetti Council of America Syllabus in addition to their existing instruction. Receive licensed training under Kristyn Paulos, CCA Licentiate, culminating with annual exam opportunities. Licensed teacher training is also available upon request.

Springfield Ballet
411 N. Sherman Pkwy. • Springfield • 417-862-1343

Springfield Ballet offers exciting day camps and evening classes this summer for the littlest ballerina to the serious dance student. Daytime camp, a Junior Intensive and a Senior Intensive offer learning experiences far beyond the barre. In addition to dance, students will enjoy music, drama, nutrition, anatomy and more. A special demonstration at the end of the week showcases the dancers’ hard work. Register for camps/each intensive before May 11 and receive a 10 percent discount. During a six-week session, classes will be offered in creative movement, ballet, pointe, modern and more!  Register for classes prior to May 31 and the registration fee is only $10.

Springfield Little Theatre
311 E. Walnut St. • Springfield • 417-869-1334

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 from May through August. Serving beginning to advanced students ages 4-18, 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! 2018 themes include “Trolls,” “Tangled,” “Star Wars,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Shrek,” and “Mary Poppins.”

Science & Robotics

Camp Invention at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
2200 W. Republic Rd. • Springfield

Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! A nonprofit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork – all while having FUN! Activities include challenges and achievements from the brightest thinkers around—National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees – to inspire children! This year, campers will bring their “smart” home to life with smart furniture and eco-smart energy; design a robotic dog and diagnose puppy problems; explore sensors by designing tracks for an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces; and build Cake Catapults. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up. Camp is July 9-13. Visit campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332 to register.

Discovery Center of Springfield
438 E. St. Louis St. • Springfield • 417-862-9910

With all-new topics and ways to see behind the scenes, there’s hands-on learning for every scientist this summer at the Discovery Center. All new this year, join DC for Two Day Camps for two full days of STEM fun or at Discovery Center VIP Days where you can jump the line to the most popular experiences like the VR goggles, 3D printer, and HighWire Bike, and go behind the scenes to see what most visitors never experience like the Resident Scientist Lab and our Exhibits Workshop. Specific topics, fees, all-new discounts, and registration details posted online.

Sports & Fitness Fun

All-Star Gymnastics & Cheer
1347 N. Ashley Dr. • Nixa • 417-725-1304

All camps include snacks and crafts, along with theme-based skills and activities. Early-bird pricing for Princess and older student Cheer camps when you register by May 1. Register early; space is limited.

• Pretty Princess Gymnastics Camp for ages 3-8:  June 12-14, 9 a.m.-noon. Fee: $75 ($5 off if registered by May 1).

• Cheerleading, Tumbling and Stunting Camp for ages 6-14: June 19-21, 9 a.m.-noon. Fee: $75 ($5 off if registered by May 1).

• Cheer Bears Clinic for ages 3-5: June 26, 9-11:30 a.m. Fee: $25
(No discount on this camp.)

Andy B’s Restaurant & Entertainment
1127 E Battlefield Rd. • Springfield • 417-883-1234

Kids Bowl Free! Get two free kids games of bowling a day ALL SUMMER! (May 1-Sept. 1, 2018). 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 www.kidsbowlfree.com/AndyBSpringfield.

Gold Medal Gyms
6840 W. Republic Road • Republic • 417-732-4100

Gold Medal Gyms offers programs for everyone and every ambition, from toddler motor development programs to competitive gymnastics, all lead by trained and certified instructors. Kids ages 5-14, from beginners to the very advanced, have a great experience in a 24,000 square-foot gym. Week-long camps are offered as half-days, from 7 a.m.-noon; all-day sessions are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Fees are $25 per day for the full-day session, $15 per day for the half-day session. Week-long registrations for the full-day program is $100 (discounted $25!). Camp sessions include gymnastics, open gym, activities, games, crafts and a snack. All-day campers should bring lunch. Camps fill quickly, so register today.

• Block Party, June 4-8
• Pirates & Princesses, June 11-15
• Calling all Superheroes, June 18-22
• Carnival, June 25-29
• Color Wars, July 9-13
• Mission Space, July 16-20
• Safari Adventure, July 23-27
• Once upon a Time, July 30-Aug. 3
• Sports Mania, Aug. 6-10

Martial Arts USA
4560 S. Campbell Ave., Ste. 132 • Springfield • 417-886-3331

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. Our camps fill up quickly so enroll now.

Rick Grayson Golf
Betty Allison Family Golf Center at Oscar Blom
1825 E. Norton Rd. • Springfield
• 417-823-7888

Rick Grayson Golf has great golf camps for children ages 5-17. Each camp is directed by Rick Grayson, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Member and Mid-West Section PGA Junior golf leader for the last seven years. Tri Golf (ages 5-10) is for boys and girls who have never played golf. The Tri Golf camp includes balls and clubs for the juniors. Another great camp is the USGA-LPGA Girls Camp (sorry, no boys) for ages 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 40 years. The Betty Allison at Rivercut and the Betty Allison at Oscar Blom are unique party places for summer birthdays. When you’re at the Betty Allison at Rivercut, check out the golf-themed playground at Betty’s Clubhouse.

Springfield-Greene County Park Board Sports Camps
1923 N. Weller • Springfield • 417-864-1049

The Park Board offers seasonal day camps at special facilities including Junior Golf Clinics, PGA Junior League Team at the Park Board Golf Courses. Mediacom Ice Park offers an Advanced Ice Hockey Camp and Figure Skating Camps. Dickerson Park Zoo has camps and education programming throughout the summer.

Zenith Climbing Center
3534 E Sunshine Street, Suite 3 • Springfield • 417-986-3869

Zenith Climbing Center offers programs for children ages 4-18 to learn the fundamentals of climbing technique and teamwork with experienced climbing coaches in a fun, positive environment.

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