School holidays seem to pile up this time of the year. You’ve just gotten back into your routine and its already time to plan for spring break, which runs from March 18-22, 2019 for public school kids in the Des Moines area.
So, whether you’re entertaining a budding scientist, an aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there’s a camp or class to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break ideas, be sure to check out our Calendar and our round up of spring break activities.
Here’s 20 Spring Break Camps & Classes in Des Moines:
Science and Nature Camps & Classes
5452 NE 22nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50313 • (515) 473-9101
Campers will learn about pet care and responsibility, respect for animals and careers with animals while enjoying animal related activities, special guest presentations, animal interactions, crafts, games and more! Campers will show their compassionate side by completing service projects to help the ARL’s shelter animals. March 19 (3-4 grade); March 20 (5-6 grade) and March 21 (7-8 grade) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
7401 SW 9th Street • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 974-2590
This fun-packed camp will consist of hands-on lessons, games, art, zoo exploration, and live animal encounters. Take a look at “Zoo Clues” and you can find signs of animals everywhere outside! From scat to tracks, animals leave clues all around that we can use to figure out what they have been up to. Monday through Wednesday, March 18-20, 2019. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
11121 Hickman Roard • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-5286
Experience Spring Break without the hassles of traveling and weather. Sign your child up for a 1-day or 5-day camp full of hands-on, interactive activities, or sign up for a family experience (one child and one adult). Camp hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center • 12130 NW 128th Street • Granger, IA 50109 • (515) 999-2818
Spend a day having fun and staying active. Kids ages 10-12 will be able to try archery, geocaching, and fire building! Activities will take place indoors and outdoors. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 6.
Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge• 2500 Grand Avenue • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 222-3444
Looking for something fun to do during your spring break? How about spending some time at the Raccoon River Park Archery Facility? Kids ages 9-12 will have the opportunity to practice their archery skills and possibly learn some new ones in this spring break day camp. March 21 and 22 at 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Sports Camps & Classes
Drake Men and Women’s Soccer Teams • 1420 27th Street • Des Moines, IA 50311
The Bulldog Soccer Academy Spring Break Camp is designed for boys and girls ages 8-13 and will be offered March 18-22, 2019. Campers will be taught proper technique through small-sided games and contests. Each day campers will play, go swimming, and compete for prizes. Lunch will be provided for full-day campers. Half-day and full day camp options available.
33434 Ute Avenue • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 447-6866
Camp activities include fun both on and off horseback. There will be, daily riding (weather permitting), horsemanship lessons, playing games, a cookout, horsey arts and crafts, treasure hunt, and more. March 21 – 23, 2019; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
3605 SE Miehe Drive • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-2565
Send your kids on a rock climbing adventure! Climb Iowa’s unique camps will engage your child’s mind and body while keeping them active and teaching them new skills. Climb Iowa camps will introduce young adventurers to rock climbing, but they won’t stop there. Children will learn about trust, teamwork and problem solving while developing their rock climbing skills through interactive games and activities. Session 1 is March 18-19 and Session 2 is March 21-22, 2019. Camp times for each session is 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For ages: 8 – 13.
4137 120th Street • Urbandale IA 50323 • (515) 278-1070
Be sure to spend your spring break with Grand Slam U.S.A. The 23rd Annual Grand Slam U.S.A. Springbreak Baseball Camp will consist of instruction in hitting, pitching, bunting, baserunning, fielding, and other playing skills. The camp will be conducted the week of March 18-22, 2019. The camp is designed for youth ages 7-12 years of age interested in improving his or her skills. Players will be grouped by age and/or skill level. Camp hours are 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, they also offer an extended care option.
Location TBD • (515) 963-3570
Kids in 3rd – 4th grade can stay off the couch during spring break and keep in the game at Ankeny Park and Recreation’s Volleyball Clinic. This four-day clinic is instructed by Ankeny Centennial High School Volleyball coach Jessica Rinehart. Serving, passing, bumping and setting drills will be the focal points of this clinic. Athletic attire and tennis shoes are required. March 25-28, 2019. Beginners 5:30 to 6:30 pm or Intermediate/Advanced at 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Theater & Arts Camps & Classes
Valley West Mall • 1551 Valley West Drive • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (833) 278-3855
Artful! will be hosting half-day camps during Spring Break. Morning sessions for K-2nd graders and afternoons for 3rd-5th graders. The week’s theme is “Creative Galaxy” with a different ‘planet’ and guest artist each day.
4700 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-4405
Explore a variety of art making techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture to build, design, and create unique art inventions. Discover curious objects in the museum to investigate and study for inspiration. Extended care is available. Classes are offered to kids ages five to eleven. Choose either half day from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon or full days from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Grimes Community Complex • 410 SE Main Street • Grimes, IA 50111
Campers will learn and perform “Beyond the Mirror”. There are fun parts for boys and girls of all ages. When kids aren’t working onstage, they will be working on small group character work, brushing up on their acting skills in theater game sessions and working on music and simple choreography. March 18 – 22, 2019 with a performance on Friday at 7:00 pm.
Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre • 4801 Franklin Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50310
Sign up to spend your spring break with Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre. Students grades 2-9 can spend the week working alongside their professional directors & teaching staff creating one of the first productions of Disney’s Frozen Jr., a 60 minute adaptation of the blockbuster movie and Broadway musical! The week ends with three public performances where they campers show their stuff, belt it out and let it go!
831 42nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-6261
Kids in grades 1-2 can participate in “Savannah Safari”. The camp runs from March 20-22, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Students should bring a lunch and a snack to full-day camps. Extended care is available for Spring Break camp.
900 42nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-7651
Take a walk on the wild side painting amazing creatures at Pinot’s Palette over spring break. Paint one day or all days! Crafts and snacks will be included! Kids ages 5+ are welcome to register. March 18 – 21, 2019 at 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
Giovenetti Shelter Walker Johnston Park • 9000 Douglas Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3900
Magicamp is for kids ages 8-15 who like to have fun. You’ll spend two days learning from professional magician Lee Cole on how to entertain and amaze your friends, family and classmates. You’ll learn stuff that you can do anywhere, at anytime and for the rest of your life. All magic materials are provided. Monday, March 18 and Wednesday March 20th, 1:00 to 3:45pm. registration deadline is March 11th.
Academics & Technology Camps & Classes
15920 Hickman Road #200 • Clive, IA 50325 • (515) 393-4283
Code Ninja in Clive will host this fun and rewarding spring break camp for kids ages 7-14. Kids will build their own customizations into Minecraft. Zombies, Purple trees, and flying pigs… oh my! (Requires a Minecraft account). The camp is offered March 18-22. Half-day from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon or full day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
8707 Northpark Court • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 867-8000
If you’re looking for ways to engage your child in new and exciting experiences over spring break, you’ve got to check out Sylvan’s camps and classes. Kids imagine, collaborate, explore and create, all while learning super cool STEM skills that will help them in school and in life. Full day and half-day camps are offered, March 18-22, 2019.
5525 Mills Civic Parkway Suite 105 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 612-6012
Join Tiger Lily STEM for some beach and ocean inspired STEM fun & learning this spring break. Students will be exploring marine biology, chemistry, engineering design and construction, art, beach sports, games and more. All camps are led by amazing instructors with STEM degrees or majors who have a passion for inspiring students through STEM education. March 18 – 22, 2019 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Early drop off and late pick up available.
Valley Junction Activity Center • 217 5th Street • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 222-3444
This course offers hands-on opportunities to build and program robots. Working in small teams, students will design robotics systems to compete in fun real-world activities. Each day will bring a new challenge, and your team’s robot will have to morph to better adapt and compete. Students will compete in the battle bots competition at the end of the camp to prove their robot is the best. This class is perfect for the student who has a big imagination and likes to build things. March 18-22, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. For ages 9-15.
Will your kids be attending a camp or class in Des Moines over spring break? If so, which one?