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.

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.

2020 Camps:

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

How to register for camp:

Registration is required for all day camps and drop off programs. The instructions below describe how to navigate our registration portal. Once you have an account in our system, you can use it for all future registrations.

If you are a museum member...

You’ll need to set up a new member log-in so that you can receive your 10% discount on camp registrations. When you’re ready to register for a camp…

Click “Register.”

Click “Logon”

Click “Need help logging on?”

Enter the email address associated with your ICM membership.

Click “Continue.”

You’ll receive an email with your log-in information. Check your spam folder if you do not see the reset email. As soon as you log in, you’ll be prompted to create your new password.

If you're not a museum member...

We recommend setting up a user profile so that you can log-in to register easily and more quickly in the future. When you’re ready to register for a camp…

Click “Register.”

Click “Create New User Profile.”

Follow the instructions and fill in the form fields to create a new user profile.

If you prefer to check out as a guest...

f you’re not a member and do not want to set up a user profile, you can register and check out as a guest.

Click “Register.”

Click “Continue” to continue as a guest.

Follow the instructions to register and check out as a guest.