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! 

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 age 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 Center4007 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.-5:30 p.m., for kids ages 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/camps
Dive in this summer with an Edventure at Wonders of Wildlife and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Experience the wonder, weekdays from June through mid-August, discovering the wild side with four- or five-day summer camps. Your camper will learn about many of the creatures and habitats while testing their survival skills, encountering live animals, exploring nature and creating memories. From pre-K to high school (ages 4-18), your camper will learn through games, crafts, and experiments for an unforgettable summer experience. Ages 4-6: 9 a.m.-noon; ages 6-18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. with Stay and Play available from 3-5:30 p.m. For information, contact the Education Office, 417-225-1162; to register, visit the website listed above

B-Sew Inn Sewing and Software Center
3046 S. Kimbrough Ave. • 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 receive printed instructions, fabric kits, and supplies. Plus, upon completion of camp each participant receives a sewing machine valued at $299. Camps run 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.

Point Performing Arts
3322 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-885-8010 • pointperformingarts.com
Point Performing Arts offers classes beginning with 2-year-old children through adults. You’ll find a full range of offerings — from ballet, tap, and jazz, to hip-hop, acro/tumbling, modern, and musical theater. Point Performing Arts has a place for everyone from the recreational dancer to aspiring professionals. Beginning through advanced levels of ballet classes available, including pre-pointe and pointe. The Superstars class is specifically for students with Down syndrome, Autism, and other disabilities–helping them with motor skills, confidence, and socialization. Summer classes enrolling now.

Springfield Art Museum
1111 E. Brookside Dr. • Springfield
417-837-5700 • www.sgfmuseum.org
Kids get inspired at Art Camp!  All sessions include an array of projects that encourage experimentation and expression as kids draw, build, collage, paint, sculpt, and weave their ideas into works of art.  In addition to hands-on art-making, campers explore the Springfield Art Museum’s exhibits and collection through games and activities. Art Camp runs Tuesday through Friday. Full- and half-day options are available for kids ages 5-10. Look for special Pre-K sessions for ages 4-5.  Schedule, pricing information, and options for older kids can be found on the museum’s website.

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 1 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 30 and the registration fee is only $10.

Springfield Little Theatre
311 E. Walnut St. • 417-869-1334
SLT Education Department
237 S. Florence Ave. • 417-413-2287
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, and theatre management. Programs are housed in the historic Landers Theatre and The Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts. Involvement at SLT fosters creativity, teamwork, and a whole lot of fun. 2020 themes include “Grease” and “Godspell, Jr.”

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.
Fremont Unit: 1630 N. Weller Ave. (Weller Elementary site for Fremont and Weller Explore students only)
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.

Code Ninjas
3202 W. Republic Rd. • Springfield
417-319-7996 • Facebook: CodeNinjasSpringfield
Computer and game coding is the language of the future. Kids ages 7-14 will immerse themselves in technology to learn, play, and create during Code Ninjas’ one-week summer camps. Camp themes include Minecraft, Python, Roblox, drones, game builders. Half-day and full-day options available. Register by calling the Springfield center or visiting kidscode1.com/spcamps.

Explore with Springfield Public Schools
417-523-4747 • sps.org/explore
Explore is an exciting opportunity for students to participate in fun and engaging learning experiences. Led by professional educators and enriched by immersive field experiences and hands-on activities, Explore offers something for every child from kindergarten to high school — and it’s all free. Explore sessions are June 3-30 and July 6-31. More than 80 Artworks classes are also offered in June for grades 3-8. High school students may choose from a wide variety of seated and online classes. Free meals are served at most schools and bus transportation is available for eligible students. Visit sps.org/explore to enroll or learn more.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
210 S. Ingram Mill Rd. • Springfield
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.

Parents Cooperative Preschool at Itty Bitty City
3640 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-202-2025 • parentscoopspringfield.com
Join us at Itty Bitty City for three exciting summer camps for ages 2-6. June 22-25 features Pet Parade, July 27-30 is Oceans of Fun, and August 3-6 is Super STEAM! 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.

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/or Thursdays in June and July, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the center for 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 in nature and build forts and play in the creek at Ritter Springs. Summer Quest day camps are 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 in August. Register early.

Sylvan Learning Center
1830 E. Independence St. • Springfield
417-268-9392 • locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/springfield-mo
Take away some of the stress of the academic year, continue your student’s learning, and avoid the summer slip with Sylvan Learning Center’s extensive menu of summer camps, tutoring for students K-12, and ACT/SAT preparation for high schoolers. Tutoring assistance is available in reading, math and algebra, writing, and study skills and homework support. From June through August, the center schedules morning and evening tutoring opportunities. Midday camps focus on Fun Facts & Math Practice and Spelling & Vocabulary.

TheraCare Outpatient Services
3023-B S. Fort Ave. • Springfield
417-890-4656 • theracareozarks.com
Announcing TheraCare’s summer intensive program. This 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.

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 sessions are $115 and are offered during morning camps (8:30-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon camps (12:30-3:30 p.m.) in June and July.

University Child Care Center
500 South Avenue • Springfield
417-866-0980 • universitychildcarecenter.org
University Child Care Center is a nonprofit licensed and accredited preschool for ages 2-6. Limited spots for school-age children up to age 12 may be available during the summer months. UCCC has been helping children spread their wings for more than 45 years.

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 are 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. 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 conducted 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, archery camps, beginner and advanced ice hockey and figure skating camps at Jordan Valley Ice Park, outdoor exploration adventures with Outdoor Initiatives, and bike and skateboarding camps at Springfield Skate Park. SPARC offers a specialty sports camp called smALL Stars in August. Dickerson Park Zoo offers camps and education programming throughout the summer.