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Whether it’s the performing arts, therapeutic programs, fitness and sports, or science and nature, there is no lack of summer activities for kids in our area. We know parents and grandparents are already searching for camps and programs, 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 just for YOU! It’s never too early to start planning your child’s summer, and remember to tell our advertisers you saw them in Kids Directory! 

Animals & Nature

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

Cub Creek Science Camp has more than 300 animals including lemurs, foxes, porcupines, wallabies, parrots, sloths, and lizards in a hands-on, interactive zoo. When you hear “Science Camp,” don’t think it’s all about classrooms and books. Cub Creek is about friendship, fun, curiosity, guided learning, building self-confidence, learning problem solving skills, and creating memories to last a lifetime. Campers choose two week-long activity courses and two daily classes from 100 engaging options to round out their days. Each day is balanced with a little open time, evening activities, and options for those who are “early birds” and “night owls.”

Dickerson Park Zoo
1401 W. Norton Road • Springfield
417-864-1800 • dickersonparkzoo.org

Learning comes to life at Dickerson Park Zoo. Classes and camps at Dickerson Park Zoo introduce children from tots to teens to science, nature, conservation, geography, and, of course, animals! With the world as a classroom, Dickerson Park Zoo’s camps and classes instill a lifelong love of learning, as well as demonstrate how everyone can help protect and care for animals. If you know a young person interested in science, art, crafts, exploring, wild adventures, animals, and more then check out what’s happening at Dickerson Park Zoo.

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 • Springfield
417-837-5949 • ParkBoard.org/Camps

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 full-day camps for ages 6-12, and half-day camps for 4- and 5-year-olds. Childcare before and after camp available for an additional fee.

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

Sac River Stables’ Wrangler Worship Day Camps promote spiritual growth and horsemanship for students ages 5 and older. Camps are supervised by CHA-certified riding instructors at a CHA-accredited indoor/outdoor riding facility using well-trained horses. Campers are instructed in safety while working around and riding horses and 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. Discounts for siblings available. Early drop-off and late pick-up available. Spaces are limited, so register early. Details, dates, and prices are at sacriverstables.com. (See Wrangler Worship Day Camps under “Services.”)

Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center
4007 N. Farm Rd. 171 • Springfield
417-833-3291 • ParkBoard.org/Camps

If your child loves horses, sign up early for horse camps at Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center! Beginner, intermediate and advanced camps run Monday-Friday, 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 • wondersofwildlife.org

Dive in with a Summer Camp Edventure at Wonders of Wildlife. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of some of the wildest places on earth and learn about the many creatures that call Wonders of Wildlife home. Campers will test out their survival skills, encounter live animals, explore nature, and create lasting memories.  From pre-K to high school, your campers will learn through games, crafts, experiments, and more. It will be a summer they will never forget. For information and to register, visit

Education & Enrichment

Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield
Henderson Unit: 835 W. Calhoun St.
Musgrave Unit: 720 S. Park Ave.
Stalnaker Unit: 1410 N. Fremont Ave.
Sertoma Unit: 2524 S. Golden Ave. (for
Sherwood and Jeffries Elementary students only, available after Memorial Day)
417-862-2949 • bgclubspringfield.org

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. Weekly field trips require extra fees. Summer programming focuses on academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield’s mission for more than 80 years is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Dynamic Strides Therapy
2673 E. Sawyer Rd. • Republic
417-324-7646 • dstherapy.org

Children ages birth to 18 are welcome to be part of the Dynamic Strides Therapy family in occupational, physical, speech and hippotherapy. Also, Dynamic Strides is searching for adult volunteers and donors to help fulfill the mission of getting every child the therapy they need. Enjoy working with kids or horses? Learn more about volunteer opportunities and donation needs on the organization’s Facebook page or website.

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

Fun and summer camp are synonymous. This summer local Girl Scouts will have plenty of fun with hiking, canoeing, and archery. Our summer camps offer girls opportunities to have exciting outdoor adventures while learning important skills like self-reliance, leadership, and perseverance. More importantly, girls take the lead. Girl Scout camps provide an all-girl safe space where they’re free to explore, learn, and have fun being themselves. Being a Girl Scout isn’t required. Plenty of girls come with no previous Girl Scout experience. They leave with new friendships, leadership skills, and tons of fun memories. 

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

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. Monthly memberships and multi-visit discount punch cards are also available. Calendar at ittybitty.city/events for summer camps, classes, and special events.

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Springfield
4127 S. Kansas Expressway • 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 800-ABC-MATH or the number above.

Musical Bridges Music Therapy
417-459-2737 • musicalbridgesmt.com

Summer is the perfect time to get your child involved in musical play and learning. Musical Bridges Music Therapy has a variety of classes planned this summer including Musical Moments Mommy & Me classes and Sing & Sign With Me ASL classes. And, the eight-week Summer Strummers Ukulele Camp returns. Your child will learn to play the ukulele and practice important non-musical and social skills: properly interacting with peers, taking turns, listening and following directions, and developing finger dexterity. Children of all abilities ages 4 and older are welcome. If your child does have a ukulele, no worries! Through a generous donation, ukuleles are provided to students to keep at no additional cost.

Parents Cooperative Preschool at Itty Bitty City
3640 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-202-2025 • parentscoopspringfield.com

Join us at Itty Bitty City for two exciting summer camps for ages 2-6. June 24-27 features Oceans of Fun, and July 22-25 is the STEM-tastic Creation Station camp. These camps will also provide a preview to the play-based curriculum and schedule used by the preschool during the regular school year. Camps also include free admission to Itty Bitty City for the enrolled child anytime throughout the week of camp. Read more details and register online at ittybitty.city/events.

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

Invest in your child’s education this summer to keep them ahead of the class. The summer session offers preschool, K/1 prep, classes for grades 4-6, enrichment classes, and private tutoring for a range of ages taught by the 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 • secondbaptist.org

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 and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board
Ritter Springs Park and various Springfield school sites
417-837-5737 • ParkBoard.org/Camps

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. Camps include field trips, swimming, games, crafts, sports, nature activities, and team building. Most importantly, day camps offer a safe and affordable opportunity for kids to have a memorable summer. Choose from several SPARC school sites or get into the woods and the creek at Ritter Springs. Summer Quest day camps especially for ages 11-14 include fun field trips to amusement parks, state parks, and other adventure destinations. SPARC offers a specialty sports camp called smALL Stars, which includes visits to sports facilities the first week of August. Register early.

The Summit Preparatory School
202 E. Walnut Lawn St. • Springfield
417-869-8077 • thesummitprep.org

Spend your summer at The Summit Prep with Camp Raven. These camps provide a fun and stimulating way for your child to continue learning over the summer break. Each camp is themed to a different topic and encompasses several subject areas, from STEM and art to botany and Spanish. Camps are for incoming 1st- through 5th-grade students. Junior Camps are available for incoming PreK and Kindergarten students. Week-long camps are $115 and are offered during morning sessions (8:30-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon sessions (12:30-3:30 p.m.) in June and July.

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

Announcing TheraCare’s summer intensive program. This new program will allow you to cater a therapy program to meet your child’s various needs. Speech, occupational, physical, and music therapies available. You pick the number of sessions per week, and TheraCare provides the opportunities for your child to thrive in their speech, language, fine motor, gross motor, and other developmental skills. Discounted rates available for 6-week, 8-week, and 10-week sessions.

Fine Arts

B-Sew Inn Sewing & Software Center
1602-A E. Republic Rd. • Springfield
417-882-7171 • bsewinn.com

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. With the camp fee of $199, attendees will get printed instructions, fabric kits and supplies plus, upon completion of camp, each participant will receive a sewing machine (valued at $299). Camps are five days: July 22-25 or July 29-Aug. 2.
Morning sessions are 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon sessions are 2-5 p.m. Availability is limited.

Springfield Art Museum
1111 E. Brookside Dr. • Springfield
417-837-5700 • www.sgfmuseum.org

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 and expression, and bring the joy of creating original art. In addition to hands-on art-making, 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. Full- and half-day options are available for kids ages 5-10. Schedule, pricing information, and options for older kids can be found on the museum’s website.

Music, Dance & Drama

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

Summer is an excellent time to develop dance technique, and Springfield Ballet offers summer camps, intensives, and evening classes which allow students to start or continue their ballet training. Daytime camps and intensives offer learning experiences far beyond the barre including music, drama, nutrition, and anatomy. A special demonstration at the end of the week showcases the dancers’ hard work. Register before May 10 and receive a 10-percent discount. During a six-week session, classes are offered in creative movement, ballet, pointe, and modern. Register for classes by May 31 and the registration fee is only $10.

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

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 beginner to advanced students ages 4-18, SLT provides summer theatre camp experiences in acting, musical theatre, dance, performance, technical theatre, or theatre management. Housed in the historic Landers Theatre, involvement at SLT fosters creativity, teamwork, and a whole lot of fun. 2019 themes include “Wizard of Oz,” “Greatest Showman,” “Spongebob,” and “Godspell, Jr.”

Science & Robotics

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

Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged™, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate, and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations.  Campers in grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets, and exploring radio frequencies. Local educators will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles, and embrace failure. Visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10).

Sports & Fitness Fun

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

All Star Summer Camps are back! Campers will enjoy the large private facility while learning gymnastics or cheerleading skills in a fun, safe, and encouraging environment. Camps are always staffed with fully trained and experienced coaches.  Campers will engage in themed open gym, obstacle courses, crafts, and other activities. Snacks provided every day. Morning sessions are 9 a.m.–noon, Tuesday through Thursday, to keep your afternoons free for other summer activities. No registration fee or membership fee for camps. Sign up early to take advantage of early-bird pricing!

Martial Arts USA
4560 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-886-3331 • MartialArtsUSA.net

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.

Ozarks Regional YMCA

The Ozarks Regional YMCA offers summer day and resident (sleep-away) camps to give kids and teens in our community an adventurous, active, and healthy summer—one they will surely be described as “the best summer ever” for years to come. YMCA camp programs offer fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories that last a lifetime. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. Attending one of the Ozarks Regional YMCA summer camps is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

Rick Grayson Golf
Betty Allison Family Golf Center at Rivercut
2846 W. Farm Road 190 • Springfield
417-823-7888 • rickgraysongolf.com

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 Family Golf Centers at Rivercut and 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 Specialty Camps
1923 N. Weller • Springfield
417-864-1049 • ParkBoard.org/Camps

The Park Board offers seasonal day camps at special facilities including Junior Golf Clinics at the Park Board golf courses, gardening camps at Springfield Botanical Gardens, advanced ice hockey and figure skating camps at Jordan Valley Ice Park, and hike and paddling adventures with Outdoor Initiatives. SPARC offers a specialty sports camp called smALL Stars, which includes visits to several sports facilities the first week of August. Dickerson Park Zoo offers camps and education programming throughout the summer.

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