Camps at The Iowa Children’s Museum

Get the most out of no-school days with Camps at The Iowa Children’s Museum! Whether it’s a one-day camp during the school year or a week-long camp during the summer, campers participate in exciting educational activities, explore the museum’s exceptional exhibits, and experience just how fun active learning can be!

Register early for these unique educational experiences led by skilled museum PLAYologist Educators.

Camp Information

Each camp is designed to appeal to kids of diverse skill levels and a wide range of ages. Choose between the AM Session, PM Session or all-day option, as well as extended care opportunities.

Who Can Attend?

Kinder Camps (green boxes) are for children ages 4 – 5.

Day Camps (purple boxes) are for children that are currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

What’s the Schedule?

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 hours are available for $7/hour per child

What is Extended Care?

Extended care consists of supervised play experiences for the children scheduled to stay before or after regular camp hours and is available from 8-9 AM, and 4-5:30 PM. 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 available upon request.  Please email Aimee at to schedule.

What is the cost?

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

$105 per Session Summer Camp (week long)
$210 per Full Summer Camp (week long)

$7/hour per child for Extended Care
– 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 each day. The Museum will provide an afternoon snack.

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.

Is there financial aid available for camps?

A scholarship program is coordinated through the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties and the Community Foundation of Johnson County.

The 2016 Summership Program applications are available for summer camps, programs and activities.  K-12 students from Johnson and Washington County who are eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch can apply for the 84 available scholarships. Click here to access an application.

How to Register?

Register online by scrolling over the products below.  Click on  the arrow to select options and add the camp to your cart.  Registrations are processed on a first come, first serve basis in the order they are received.   If you have additional questions, contact Aimee at or call 319.625.6255 x216.

Upcoming Camps 

Winter Break 2016 Day Camp registration will be available soon for the following dates…

Thursday, December 22

Friday, December 23

Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 28

Thursday, December 29

Tuesday, January 3

Wednesday, January 4