Camp Information

Each camp is designed to appeal to kids of diverse skill levels and a wide range of ages. Choose between the AM and PM sessions or register for both as an all-day option. Extended care opportunities are available.

Who can attend?

Day Camps are for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade

What's the schedule?

Day Camps: Choose either the AM or PM Session, or stay for the Full Day.

AM Session: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PM Session: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Full-Day: 9:00 AM – 4:00PM

Extended Care available from 7:45-9 AM or 4-5:30 PM

When do camps take place?

Day camps typically occur when school is not in session. This means we have three times of year when camps are available: Spring Break (one day), Summer Break (week-long), and Winter Break (one day).

What is extended care?

Extended care consists of supervised play experiences for the children scheduled to stay before or after regular camp hours. It is available from 7:45-9 AM for morning sessions and 4-5:30 PM for afternoon sessions. Our staff to child ratio will be the same as in camp: 1 adult for every 6 children.  In order to ensure extended care for your child, pre-registration is required two weeks prior to the start of camp.  Typically, we cannot accept same-day registration for extended care.

12-1 PM extended care is included with Full Day registration.  For those children that are ONLY registered for a AM or PM Session and need 12-1 PM extended care, please email to schedule.

What is the cost?

$25 per Session (AM or PM)
$50 per Full-Day Camp

$10 per Extended Care Block, 7:45-9 AM or 4-5:30 PM
– Fee includes supplies and snack.

Available Discounts
Members of The Iowa Children’s Museum receive a 10% discount on camp fees.

What do full day campers do for lunch?

Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch if they are at the museum during the Noon to 1pm time period. The Museum will provide an afternoon snack.

What is the class size?

Maximum of 24 students

What is the ratio of adults to children?

Our ratio of adults to children is one adult per six children.

When does camp registration close?

Registration is closed when camp capacity is reached or 3 days prior to the start of camp.  We will maintain waiting lists for all camps at capacity.

What is the refund policy?

If you cancel your registration at least one week prior to the start of camp, we will refund your tuition less a $5 registration fee per camp day. If you cancel your registration with less than one week notice, no refund or credit will be given unless it is a medical emergency. If camp is cancelled by The Iowa Children’s Museum to address health and safety concerns (i.e., COVID-19 or other community health issues), your payment will be refunded in full.

The Iowa Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes if minimum enrollment (5 children) is not met. In this instance, The Iowa Children’s Museum will notify registrants of cancellations at least one week prior to the start of camp and issue a full refund.

Please note: Our new policies and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 limits our ability to provide all normal programs and events in our space. We will not be holding camps in spring or summer of 2021. We look forward to offering our hands-on camps again soon!

Camps at The ICM

Get the most out of “no school” days at The Iowa Children’s Museum!

When school is out, elementary-aged campers can participate in exciting learning activities led by skilled museum educators. We offer one-day camps during the school year and week-long camps over summer break.

Sign up for a morning session (9 am – noon), an afternoon session (1-4 pm) or both! Each session is unique and full of fun, hands-on learning experiences. Space is limited and camps fill up fast, so register early!

Members receive early notice when registration is open. This notification is sent to the email address associated with the membership account.

2021 Camps:

We will not be hosting Spring Break Camps or Summer Camps in 2021. We look forward to offering hands-on camps in our space again soon.

Click the links below to learn more about camps at The Iowa Children’s Museum. Registration typically opens in January for Spring Break, March for Summer Break, and October for Winter Break. Email with questions.