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Summer Day Camps for Kids in Sioux City

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Ready to plan your 2021 summer fun? Here are all the summer day camp opportunities I have found in the Sioux City area for this year, in alphabetical order. I'll put the basic info here and link to the host's website or Facebook page where you can find more details.

This page will be updated throughout spring and summer 2021 as new day camps in the Sioux City area are announced. If covid-19 related closures are extended, I will try to reach out to as many of the hosting organizations as I can for an update on their plans, but I also encourage you to ask them directly if it is a concern for you as they will have the most up-to-date information.

Summer Camps in Sioux City, Iowa

Arena Sports Academy

The Arena Sports Academy hosts creative and fun dance camps for kids from preschool to intermediate and advanced dance levels. Summer 2021 dance camps at the Arena cost $50-65 depending on the session chosen and all camps include a T-shirt. Prior dance experience is not required except where noted for the higher level camps. For more information or to sign up, visit the dance camps page on the Arena website
graphic listing the summer dance camps at the Arena Sports Academy in Sioux City
a casette tape and neon colors accent details about the Arena's retro dance camp July 7th 2021

pastel florals provide a background for details on the Arena's tea party dance camp for preschoolers

in background, young dancers face a ballet barre. In foreground, details on the Arena pre ballet and pre tap class for preschoolers in July 2021

And the Arena also hosts basketball camps! Their basketball camps are for girls and boys going into 3rd to 8th grades and include traditional basketball camp sessions as well as a specialty NBA skills camp and a shooting camp! Prices range from $75 to $115 depending on camp and options chosen. You can sign up or find more details on the Arena website's basketball camp page!. 

information about basketball camps at the Arena in Sioux City

Camp High Hopes

Camp High Hopes offers all-day camp for all ages and abilities, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. This inclusive camp is welcoming of kids with special needs and has high staff to camper ratios and adaptive equipment on camp to let everyone participate in lots of classic summer camp activities like crafts, canoeing, campfires and swimming! Sleep-away camp sessions also available. 
For more information, visit Camp High Hopes.

Contemporary Dance Studio

For summer 2021, Contemporary Dance Studio is offering a 12-week summer camp for kids 4-12 years old from 6/1 to 8/20, running from 7:30am to 5:30pm every weekday!
For more information or to register, visit the Contemporary Dance Studio website

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Woodbury County Conservation typically offers a variety of science and nature based summer camp options with the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center as their home base. I will update soon with their 2021 camp details!
For more information, visit the Woodbury County Conservation day camp page!

Evolve Yoga

Evolve Yoga and Wellness and Lumin Therapy are offering two yoga camps this summer, one for elementary-school-age kids and one for tweens and teens:

  • Yoga for Young People
    • July 12th through July 16th
    • 1:30-3:30pm
    • $100 per participant
    • Limited to 15 kids
    • Will focus on "the 4 Bs" of brain, breath, body, and balance and include fun games, stories, activities, and teamwork
  • Yoga for Pre-Teens & Teens
    • July 19th through July 23rd
    • 1:30-3:30pm
    • $100 per participant
    • Limited to 15 participants
    • Will also include games, and creative expression like art and writing
For more information or to sign up, check out the Evolve Yoga and Wellness page on Mind Body Online

Iowa State Extension

Woodbury's county's Iowa State extension office (think 4-H! But you don't have to be in 4-H to enjoy these great camps!) offers a wide variety of summer camps on topics including cooking, fishing, scrapbooking, canning, robotics, painting, and babysitting! Most camps are $15 or $25, and babysitting certification is $40. 
To sign up or for more information, visit the Woodbury County camps page on the Iowa State extension website. 

LAMB Performing Arts

Lamb Regional Theatre is offering two sessions of LAMB Ewe-university for summer 2021, featuring pieces from Hamilton, Grease, and Once On This Island, plus Mary's Little LAMBS from the middle school students and an original production from the high school students! Will include a June 30th performance, which may be live or may be streamed on YouTube. 

  • Session 1: 6/14-7/01 for grades 1-12, $180 per student
  • Session 2: 7/7-7/22 for grades 1-12, $180 per student
  • Or choose all summer, 6/14-7/22 for $310!
For more information or to sign up, go here

LaunchPad Children's Museum

LaunchPad Children's Museum  holds summer camp sessions for kids with lots of STEM learning and fun! 2021 sessions are $70 each and include:
  • Top Secret (spy theme) 6/7 & 6/9 or 6/8 & 6/10
  • LaunchPad Voyager (space theme) 6/21 & 6/23 or 6/22 & 6/23
  • Sloppy Science (science lab theme) 7/5 & 7/7 or 7/6 & 7/8
  • Camp Champs (sports theme) 7/19 & 7/21 or 7/20 & 7/22
  • DIY Art (craft theme) 8/2 & 8/4 or 8/3 & 8/5
  • Camp Prehistoric (dinosaur theme) 8/16 & 8/18 or 8/17 & 8/19
To sign up or for more information, visit the LaunchPad website.

Pickled Palette

Pickled Palette has announced they will be holding a summer art camp, with registration and details available Friday, March 5th, 2021. For more information, visit the Pickled Palette camps page

pickled palette art camp themes

Sioux City Art Center

The Sioux City Art Center is holding five two-week long art camps in 2021 for kids 7-12, where kids will explore a variety of artistic mediums like sculpture and drawing. Each camp runs from 9am to 4pm on Tuesday through Thursday, but parents can also choose to send their kids just from 9 to noon or 1 to 4pm. Each camp costs $300 for full-day or $150 for halfday, with significant discounts available to Sioux City Art Center members. 

Camp dates include:
  • June 1st-10th
  • June 15th-24th
  • July 13th-22nd
  • July 27th- August 5th
  • August 10th-19th
For more information or to sign up, visit the camps page on the Sioux City Art Center website

Sioux City Public Museum

The Sioux City Public Museum usually hosts 1-3 day camps with a variety of fun and educational themes. I'll update with 2021 details when available. For more information, check out the Sioux City Public Museum website.

Sioux City Railroad Museum

The Sioux City Railroad Museum usually offers STEAM based summer camps for kids but has not yet announced their 2021 camps. Please check out the Sioux City Railroad Museum website for the latest information.

V.I.P. Gymnastics

Camp V.I.P. offers all day fun including crafts, games, and gymnastics and ninja training! Camp V.I.P. is 5 days a week, for kids 5-12 from 7:45am to 3:30pm, and for preschoolers in the mornings, from June 1st to August 20th. To register or for more information, visit the Camp V.I.P. page on the V.I.P. Gymnastics site!

Western Iowa Tech

WIT usually offers camps for tweens and teens, but has not yet announced any 2021 camps. You can visit the WIT website for more information.

Summer Camps in North Sioux City, South Dakota

Adams Nature Preserve

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve usually holds a variety of nature themed camps for kids. I will update soon with details on their 2021 camps. For more information, check out the Adams Nature Preserve Facebook page.

Summer Camps in South Sioux City, Nebraska 

Best Summer Ever at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA

The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA in South Sioux City is offering full day (7:30am to 5:30pm) camp sessions for ages 5-12 from June 7th to July 30th, 2021 at 4 different locations in Siouxland, costing $1,200 per child for the whole summer. Need based scholarships are available, with an application deadline of May 1st, 2021. Shirts and snacks are included, as well as academic opportunities in the morning and fun activities and field trips in the afternoon, including swimming, crafts, and much more. Registration deadline for the Best Summer Ever camps in Siouxland is May 26th, 2021.
More details available here.

New Stage Players

The New Stage Players are offering theater camps in June and July at Koffie Knechtion, with both daytime and evening options! 
  • Jungle Book Kids, camp 6/7-6/24, Mon-Thurs, with performances on 6/26 & 6/27
  • The Aristocats Kids, camp 7/5-7/22, Mon-Thurs, with peformances on 7/24 & 7/25
For more information or to sign up, visit the New Stage Players website.

Other Summer Camps in Siouxland

Dickinson County Conservation

Dickinson County Conservation is offering Dr. Seusse & Nature themed camps for kids in preschool through fourth grade, plus a special camp with Kindermusik & their Art center, and an ISU Space Camp! Nature Camps will run from 9-11:30am, and include t-shirt, snacks, and a take-home craft. Registration opens April 1st, 2021. 
For more information, visit the Dickinson County Conservation Board

Plymouth County Conservation

Plymouth County Conservation is offering a variety of nature themed summer day camps for kids who have completed preschool through sixth grade, plus an overnight camp for teens who have completed 7th or 8th grade. Day camp prices range from $15-30, and the overnight camp is $40. 
For more information or to sign up, contact Plymouth County Conservation.  

Sac County Conservation

Sac County Conservation is holding several fun nature themed summer camps for kids in summer 2021 for kids from 2-10 years old. Each camp will be held for 2 hours per day, with a limit of 5 kids per camp, and all activities taking place outdoors except bathroom breaks! $10 per child per week.
For more information check out the Sac County Conservation Board on Facebook.

Sioux County Conservation

Sioux County Conservation is offering camps in June and July 2021 for kids ages 3-15 (each session is for a specific age range) at Oak Grove Park in Hawarden with lots of hikes and hands-on science fun! Preschool sessions are $5 per child, and a parent or other adult caregiver must attend with the child. Camps for school age kids are $10 per child, with session themes exploring archaelogy and geology, Iowa's wetlands, outdoor survival skills, and nature in general.  
For more information, visit the summer camp page on the Sioux County Conservation website.

If you hear of a summer day camp in the Sioux City area that I missed please e-mail me so I can add it to this post!


  1. Are there any "camps" that are free or fairly cheap?

    1. Good question! I don't know of any free ones for 2021 yet, but I think in general the camps hosted by the county conservation boards are usually amongst the most affordable, and I know the YMCA has some different options for helping families financially. But if there is a camp you are interested in that doesn't work in your budget, I always encourage reaching out to the hosts to see if there are scholarships available.

      There are also lots of free programs that are just one time events, so watch for those too. The Lewis and Clark Center and Sioux City Parks and Rec both host lots of free events over the summer usually and I will definitely make sure those are in my monthly event posts!


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