Camp Information

SCHOOL-AGE CAMPS:
• $105/week (AM or PM)
• $210/week (full days*)
• $50/week to add AM or PM extended care
*To register for a full day, register for AM and PM sessions. Full days include a lunch hour and children will need to bring a sack lunch.

KINDER CAMPS:
• $105/week (AM or PM)
• No full day sessions.
Children cannot sign up for both AM and PM sessions as the curriculum is repeated and there’s no lunch hour care.
Extended care is not available for Kinder Camps.

Who can attend?

School-age Camps are for children who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Kinder Camps are for 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds

What's the schedule?

School-age 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

Kinder Camps:
Choose either the AM or PM Session
AM Session: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PM Session: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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 7:45-9 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 included with the price of a Full Day registration. For those children that are registered for only the AM or PM Session, 12-1 PM extended care is available upon request. Please email Aimee at reservations@theicm.org to schedule.

*There is no extended care for Kinder Camps.

What is the cost?

$105 per session (am or pm)
$210 for full-day
$50 for extended care block 7:45-9 AM or 4-5:30 PM (fee includes supplies 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.

What is the class size?

Maximum of 24 students for school-age camps.

Maximum of 12 students for Kinder Camps.

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 2020 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 do I register?

Registration instructions are located at right (under How to register in our new portal). To get started on registration, click the button beneath the camp. Registrations are processed on a first come, first serve basis in the order they are received. If you have additional questions, contact Aimee at reservations@theicm.org or call 319.625.6255 x216.

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.

Summer Camps at The ICM

Everyone can learn and play during summer break at The Iowa Children’s Museum! Our interactive summer camps provide hands-on opportunities to learn about music, science, art, cooking, and so much more.

Kids learn best when they can interact and play, and there’s no better place to do that than The Iowa Children’s Museum. Our PLAYologists are experts in creating silly, fun, and engaging activities for children of all ages. Campers will play in our one-of-a-kind space and experience just how fun active learning can be!

2020 Summer Camps

Registration is now open! Camps are available for children who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade as well as those getting ready to start school (4- and 5-year-olds). See below for more details. Don’t forget to register early!

Session Details

Grossest Camp Ever

Do you like weird science? Are you a fan of the disgusting? Come spend a week at The Iowa Children’s Museum learning about the science of grossology! This camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade.

Curious Cooking Kinder Camp

Who says you can’t play with your food?! During this hands-on camp, we will introduce kitchen tools, techniques and fun. Kinders will mix, measure and drizzle their way to learning math, art and pre-literacy concepts. This camp is just for children ages 4-5. Kinders can only sign up for an AM or PM session (no full day option).

Spy Training Camp

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to complete our spy training challenges. Discover clues and decipher messages to become a certified ICM spy! This camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade.

Cardboard Creators

Let’s turn summertime cardBORED kids into Cardboard Creators! Campers will become a city planner in a cardboard city, create a personal avatar, and engineer things that move. We will make animals!  We will make catapults! We will make instruments! Our only limit is our imaginations during this creative camp. This camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade.

Play That Music! Show Choir Camp

Does music make you move? Come explore your inner performer and discover your strengths on stage as we spend the week singing and dancing. This camp crescendos towards a final performance on Friday for friends and family! This camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade.

Play it Forward Camp

Make random acts of kindness a reality! Campers will use different art techniques to create projects for different non-profit organizations in our community. This camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade.

Wondrous Wizarding World

Come join our summer session of The Iowa Children’s Museum school of wizardry. Discover your strengths as you are sorted into a house, learn about the ancient science of astronomy, explore the history of magical beasts, and carefully concoct powerful potions. Sign up before openings… disappear! This camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade.

Splish Splash Kinder Camp

Let’s get messy as we explore the wonders of water! Preschoolers will strengthen their problem-solving skills by playing, splashing, dripping and even singing in the rain. This camp is just for children ages 4-5. Kinders can only sign up for an AM or PM session (no full day option).

Future Trailblazers

Have you ever heard the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” If so, join us at the Iowa Children’s Museum as we discover all the world has to offer. Explore fun new ways to look into your future! This camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade.

How to register:

To register for a camp, click on the desired camp session button above and follow these instructions:

If you're a 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 they 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 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...

If 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.