Find 2020 Spring Break Camps & Classes here.
It’s that time of year, time to plan for spring break, which runs from Friday, March 9 through Friday, March 16 for most Des Moines area public school kids in 2018. Whether your kid wants to spend his or her break performing center stage or honing sports skills, is obsessed with all things STEM, or all of the above, Des Moines has a camp for almost every interest.
Here’s a sampling of spring break camps available around Des Moines. It’s also worth checking with your local local Community Education Departments, Parks & Recreation Departments and Youth Organizations to see what they offer. Be sure to click through to the camps’ official sites for more details, including hours, pricing and to register.
Here’s 19 Spring Break Camps in Des Moines:
Academic Enrichment Camps
Spring Break Day Camps with Sylvan Learning Center
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 STEM camps. There’s nothing quite like them! Kids imagine, collaborate, explore and create, all while learning super cool STEM skills that will help them in school and in life. Camps are offered from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, March 12-15, 2018.
Spring Break at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Road • 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) on the 1900 Farm. Camp hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Bulldog Soccer Academy
Drake Men and Women’s Soccer Teams •1420 27th Street • Des Moines, Iowa 50311
The Bulldog Soccer Academy Spring Break Camp is designed for boys and girls ages 8-13 and will be offered March 11-16, 2018. Campers will be taught proper technique through small-sided games and contests. All activities will be arranged in a fun, safe and skill appropriate environment. Each day campers will play, go swimming, and compete for prizes. Lunch will be provided for full-day campers. A half-day camp option is available from 9:00 -11:30 am. Half-day campers will leave camp each day before lunch.
Spring Break Camps at Climb Iowa
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 12-13 and Session 2 is March 15-16, 2018. Camp times for each session is 9:00 am to 4:30pm.
Courage League Sports Spring Break Camp
4405 121st Street • Urbandale, IA 50323 • (515) 421-4021
Join CLS Urbandale for a fun and energetic spring break camp offering a variety of large movement activities for toddlers to teenagers with or without special needs! Attend their 3-day camp to keep everyone from going stir crazy over break! Courage Cubs Camp (2 – 6 year olds) March 13th, 14th & 15th – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9:00-10:00 am; Courage Tigers Camp (7 -12 year olds) March 12th, 14th & 16th – Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00-11:30 am; and Courage Lions & Panthers Camp (13 years +) March 12th, 14th & 16th – Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10-11:30 am.
Springbreak Baseball Camp Grand Slam USA
4137 120th Street • Urbandale IA 50323 • (515) 278-1070
Be sure to spend your spring break with Grand Slam U.S.A. The 22nd 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 12th through 16th. 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.
Youth Volleyball Skills and Scramble by Ankeny Parks and Recreation
Prairie Ridge Middle School • (515) 963-3570
Kids in 5th – 8th grade can stay off the couch during spring break and keep in the game at Ankeny Park and Recreation’s Volleyball Scramble! Ankeny High School Volleyball coach Joe Morton will lead this spring break camp to sharpen both your skills and your competitive spirit. March 12-15, 2018.
Performing & Visual Arts Camps
Spring Break Camps at Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, Iowa 50312 • (515) 277-4405
Put on your thinking caps, it’s time to create! 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 four to 17 March 12 – 16, 2018. Choose either half day from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon or full days from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Spring Break Camps at Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-6261
It’s a Whole New World for kids in grades 1-2 this spring break at the Playhouse. Jump on your magic flying carpets and fly all over the world! There will be fairy tales in Europe, tall tales in the United States, folk tales in Africa and more! You’ll explore these and other stories through creative drama, role playing and lots of hands-on activities. March 14-16 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Kids in grades 3-8 will have the opportunity to participate in Performacne Academy: Aladdin Kids, March 12-15, 2018 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enrollment guarantees a part in the play. Auditions will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, March 9, to determine role assignment. All students enrolled must attend auditions. Performances are 5:00 PM, Friday, March 16, and 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 17.
Magicamp! Urbandale Parks & Recreation
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. Drop off an ordinary child and pick up Harry Potter/Hermione! Monday, March 12 and Wednesday March 14th, 1:00 to 3:45pm. registration deadline is March 5th.
Spring Break at Pinot’s Palette
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 or all days! Crafts and snacks will be included! Kids ages 5+ are welcome to register. March 12 – 16, 2018 at 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
Spring Break Audition Camp with Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre
Des Moines Onstage • 2124 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50312
Students in this camp will work with local theater professionals on skills ranging from building acting resumes and completing audition forms, to more intensive focuses on the acting, singing and dancing skills needed for real world auditions. Throughout the week, students will work on preparing a monologue and musical number for a mock audition on the last day of camp. March 12-16, 2018: AM Session is for Ages 8-12 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or PM Session for Ages 13-17 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Spring Break Camp with Curtain Calls Kids
Grimes Community Complex • 410 SE Main Street • Grimes, IA 50111
Campers will learn and perform “The Mystery of Tollhome Manor”. This is a “Who dunnit” for all ages. The ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cookies go missing and all of the suppliers meet at Chip Tollhome’s Manor to find out who the culprit is. Can Inspector Don Whoit solve this mystery? There are wildly fun parts for boys and girls of all ages. March 12 – 16, 2018 with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm.
Spring Break Mini Camp
Michael’s • 1404 22nd Street • West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Jellybean Street Iowa will be hosting Spring Break Mini Camp March 14 – 16, 2018. Kids will explore great artists and create their own masterpieces during these three sessions held from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cost is $30 per session or $75 for all three.
Spring Break at Painting with a Twist
3753 86th Street • Urbandale, Iowa 50322
Looking for something fun for the kiddos to do during Spring Break? Painting with a Twist in Urbandale will be hosting several paint parties for kids throughout the week. They’ll be able to create an original masterpiece and take the art home. Visit their calendar for exact days, times and cost.
General Interest Camps
Spring Break at Camp Sunnyside
401 NE 66th Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50313 • (515) 289-1933
Spring Break Camp at Camp Sunnyside is March 12-16, 2018. They’re planning a lot fun, with daily themes including Mission Possible Monday, Tie Dye Tuesday, Wilderness Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and Fear Factor Friday. Camp runs daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, for ages 4+.
Youth Day Camp Spring Break at Jester Park Equestrian Center
11171 NW 103 Court • Granger, IA 50109 • (515) 999-2818
Spring Break Day camp is a great option for kids who are absolutely horse crazy! Spring Break Day Camp offers a variety of activities that may include safety training, horsemanship skills, a riding lesson, a wagon ride, and a nature hike. Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Spring Break Camp with Chasing Laurels – CHA Certified Riding Instruction, Boarding & Training
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 14th – 16th, 2018; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Spring Rescuers Camp at ARL
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 12 (3-4 grade); March 13 (5-6 grade) and March 14 (7-8 grade) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Spring Break Archery with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation
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? You will have the opportunity to practice your archery skills and possibly learn some new ones in this spring break day camp. March 15 and 16 at 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Survivor Camp with Polk County Conservation
Jester Park Equestrian Center • 11171 NW 103 Court Granger, IA 50109 • (515) 999-2818
Spend a day having fun and staying active. Campers will try archery, geocaching, and fire building! Activities will take place indoors and outdoors. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 6. For kids ages: 10-12.
Whew! What do you have planned for your kiddo’s Spring Break?