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 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 a fee. Space is limited. All Park Board Camps will follow CDC guidelines and work closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

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. Early drop-off and late pick-up available. Spaces are limited, so register early. Details, dates, and prices online. (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 through Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., for kids ages 7-17. It is 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. Space is limited. All Park Board Camps will follow CDC guidelines and work closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

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 19-23 or July 26-30. Morning sessions are 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon sessions are 2-5 p.m. Availability is limited.

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
springfieldlittletheatre.org
Heralded as one of the top youth theatre programs in the nation, Springfield Little Theatre offers many one- and two-week summer workshops from May through August. Serving beginning to advanced students ages 4-18, SLT proudly provides an enriching, entertaining, and exciting summer theatre camp experiences in acting, musical theatre, dance, performance, technical theatre, film, or theatre administration for every camper who participates. Programs are housed in the historic Landers Theatre and The Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts. 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.

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.
417-862-2949 • bgclubspringfield.org
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield provides education and recreation programming for youth ages 6-18, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (hours subject to change). 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 and 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.

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 summer camps for ages 2-6. Pet Parade is June 21-24; Oceans of Fun is July 26-29. These camps provide a preview of the play-based curriculum and schedule used by the preschool during the school year. Camps include free
admission to Itty Bitty City for the enrolled child during the week of camp. More details and online registration at ittybitty.city/events. 

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 through Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., May 24-Aug. 13, for ages 5-14. Camps include games, crafts, sports, nature activities, and team building. Day camps offer a safe and affordable opportunity for kids to have a fun summer. All Park Board Camps will follow CDC guidelines and work closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. Drop-off/pick-up at Disney or Bowerman Elementary Schools or Glendale High School. 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. SPARC offers a specialty sports camp called smALL Stars Aug. 9-13 at Cherokee Middle School. Register early.

Sylvan Learning Center
1830 E. Independence St. • Springfield
417-268-9392 • locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/springfield-mo
Erase some of the stress of the academic year, continue your student’s learning, and avoid the summer slip with Sylvan Learning Center’s extensive list of summer educational options and camps, including personalized instruction for students K-12 and ACT/SAT preparation for high schoolers. Tutoring assistance is available in reading, writing, math, algebra, and study skills, as well as homework support. Sylvan is open year-round; during June, July, and August, the center schedules morning and evening tutoring opportunities, as well as midday Fun Facts & Math Practice and Spelling & Vocabulary camps.

The Summit Preparatory School
202 E. Walnut Lawn St. • Springfield
417-869-8077 • thesummitprep.org
Spend your summer at The Summit with Camp Raven. These camps provide students with a fun and stimulating way to continue learning over the summer break. Each camp focuses on a central theme from STEM and art to music and movement. Summers camps are available for all grade levels beginning with pre-K Early Learners.

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.

Ozarks Regional YMCA
Day camp: orymca.org/springfield-summer-day-camp

Sleep-away camp: campwakonda.org/summercamp
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.

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 include Junior Golf Clinics at the Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course, the weeks of June 14-18 and July 19-23, outdoor exploration adventures and a kayaking camp with Outdoor Initiatives, and a special sports camp called smALL Stars with SPARC at Cherokee Middle School from Aug. 9-13. Dickerson Park Zoo offers camps and education programs this summer. All Park Board Camps will follow CDC guidelines and work closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.