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Summer Day Camps for Kids in Sioux City

*Now updated for 2022! If 2022 details are available, those are included, and if not, I tried to include info from previous years so you know kind of ballpark of what to expect for camps and prices from a particular organization! *

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Ready to plan your 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 2022 as new day camps in the Sioux City area are announced, but I also encourage you to contact your favorite camps directly for 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. Dance camps cost varies, but 2021 summer camps at the Arena cost around $50-75 depending on the session chosen and all camps included 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 camps page on the Arena website

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 vary depending on camp and options chosen, but in 2021 were in the $75-125 range. You can sign up or find more details on the Arena website's camps page!. 

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

According to their website, Contemporary Dance Studio is offering dance and acro summer sessions, and full details and registration will be available in April 2022. For summer 2021, Contemporary Dance Studio offered a 12-week summer camp for kids 4-12 years olds, 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 2022 camp details!
For more information, visit the Woodbury County Conservation day camp page!

Evolve Yoga

Evolve Yoga and Wellness and Lumin Therapy are offered two yoga camps in summer 2021, one for elementary-school-age kids and one for tweens and teens. Each camp lasted about a week with 2 hours of camp each day, and cost $100. I will update when 2022 camp details are available!

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 like cooking, fishing, scrapbooking, canning, robotics, painting, and babysitting! Most 2021 camps were $15 or $25, and babysitting certification was $40. I'll update soon with 2022 details!
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 usually offers several summer sessions of LAMB Ewe-university, which include working on theatrical pieces from well-known plays and musicals, as well as indie productions, and sometimes includes a new original piece just for camp! The final showcase is definitely a night to look forward to, for campers and audience alike!

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! 2022 camps are for ages 5+ and each costs $40 for LaunchPad Members or $50 for non-members.  Themes for 2022 summer camps at LaunchPad include:
  • In the Dirt, June 6th through 9th
  • Tech Takeover, June 20th through 23rd
  • Sloppy Science, July 5th through 8th 
  • Animal Planet, July 18th through 21st
  • Crazy Art, August 1st through 4th
  • H2O Woah, August 14th through 18th

To sign up or for more information, visit the LaunchPad website.

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is holding their summer "Discovery Camp" every Wednesday, at 10am for grades 1-3 and at 1pm for grades 4-6, from June 8th through July 13th. The classes are free, but registration is required, and kids can attend as few or as many as they'd like.. You can sign your kids up on their website

Mid-American Museum of Aviation & Transportation

Junior Pilot camp is scheduled for July 14th and 15th, 2022 for tweens and teens in grades 6-12! both groups will learn about aviation and flight, and the high school group get to actually fly in a 172!
Full details and sign-up are on the museum website.

Pickled Palette

Pickled Palette hosts fun themed summer art camp, usually releasing their details and opening registration in early March.

For more information, visit the Pickled Palette camps page

Sioux City Art Center

The Sioux City Art Center usually holds several two-week long art camps for kids 7-12, where kids explore a variety of artistic mediums like sculpture and drawing. Camp sessions in 2021 cost $300 for full-day or $150 for halfday, with significant discounts available to Sioux City Art Center members. 

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 2022 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 2022 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! I'll update with 2022 details when they're available.
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 their 2022 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 2022 camps. For more information, check out the Adams Nature Preserve Facebook page.

Summer Camps in South Sioux City, Nebraska 

Summer Day Camp 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 6th to July 29th, 2022 at 3 different locations in Siouxland (Dakota Valley School, Cone Park, and the Norm Waitt Sr YMCA)
YMCA summer camp cost for 2022 is $160 per week. Need based scholarships are available. 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 YMCA  summer camps in Siouxland is May 23rd, 2022, but they will continue to accept late registrations throughout summer if space remains.
Registration and more details available here.

Preschool Camp at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA

Preschool summer camp at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA is open to kids 3-5 who have not yet gone to kindergarten, from June 6th through July 29th, 2022 for $160 per week or $1240 for the entire 8-week session. Campers will enjoy a wide variety of academic and fun activities!
Registration and more details available here

New Stage Players

The New Stage Players offer theater camps in June and July at Koffie Knechtion, with both daytime and evening options and performances of full-length kids' stage productions to end each camp! 
2022 camps announced include:
  • Frozen Kids Performance Camps
    • June camp/practice sessions from 6/13-6/16 and 6/20-23 with performances 6/24-6/27
    • July camp/practice sessions from 7/11-7/14 and 7/18-7/21 with performances 7/22-7/25
For more information or to sign up, visit the New Stage Players website.

Other Summer Camps in Siouxland

Dickinson County Conservation

Dickinson County Conservation offers nature themed camps for kids in preschool through fourth grade, plus special themed camps with 2022 themes TBA. Nature Camps run from 9-11:30am, and include t-shirt, snacks, and a take-home craft. Registration opens in early April. 
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 preschoolers through sixth graders, plus an overnight camp for teens who have completed 7th or 8th grade. Day camp prices in 2021 ranged from $15-30, and the overnight camp was $40. 
2022 sessions include:
  • Caterpillars & Butterflies for preschoolers plus an adult, 6/7/22 through 6/9/22 from 9-11:30am
  • Water Bugs- TK & K grads, 6/7/22 through 6/9/22, from 1-4pm
  • Tadpoles- 1st & 2nd grade grads, 6/21/22 through 6/23/22 from 9am to 4pm
  • Frogs- 3rd & 4th grade grads, 6/28/22 through 6/30/22 from 9am to 4pm
  • River Ramblers- 7th & 8th grade grads, 7/12/22 through 7/14/22 including overnights!
  • Wild Wonders- 1st through 5th grade grads, 7/19/22 through 7/21/22 from 9am to 4pm
For more information or to sign up, contact Plymouth County Conservation.  

Sac County Conservation

Sac County Conservation holds several fun nature themed summer camps for kids 2-10 years old. Each camp was $10 per child per week in 2021.
For more information check out the Sac County Conservation Board on Facebook.

Sioux County Conservation

Sioux County Conservation offers camps in June and July 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 in 2021 were $5 per child, and a parent or other adult caregiver must attend with the child. Camps for school age kids were $10 per child in 2021, 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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