Register Now for Summer Enrichment Camps and Activities
Explore a wide range of summer enrichment camps and activities by visiting any of the Summer Enrichment links below. Whether it’s a cooking class, learning about horses, arts, reading, or sports, there are a variety of options for children of different ages and interests.
|Career Exploration Opportunities||We have a wide range of career exploration opportunities to help you find your passion and prepare for your dream job. Our career exploration programs include internships, job shadowing, mentorship programs, informational interviews with professionals in various fields, career fairs, and networking events. Whether you’re a high school student or in middle school, we have programs and resources to help you explore different careers, gain valuable experience, and connect with industry professionals. Let us help you take the first step towards a fulfilling and rewarding career.||Career Exploration website|
|Reading Activities to help prevent Summer Slide||Suggestions to encourage children to open books even after school doors close. Have some fun and avoid the summer reading slide.||10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures
2023 Summer Library Program for all ages – Find Your Voice
Scholastic Article: KIDS & FAMILY READING REPORT THE SUMMER READING IMPERATIVE
|ACSD Summer Classes||Ankeny Community Engagement is proud to offer quality continuing education courses for students and adults in the Ankeny community and surrounding areas. Whether it’s an adult fitness class, evening or weekend enrichment for kids, or a class to keep your finances in check, you’ll find a wide variety of courses. View our Summer Course Catalog.
|DMACC Kids College Youth Camps||Youth Tech Inc. in cooperation with Des Moines Area Community College West Campus’s Celebrate! Innovation program is an interactive computer camp that focuses on providing enrichment opportunities to students in the world of computers. Classes offered at DMACC’s West Des Moines Campus or virtually. Various courses offered. Age range: 6-17. Registration fee.||DMACC Kids College website|
|Blank Park Zoo Summer Safari Camps||Explore the world of animals and nature. Week-long half-day or full day camp options that consist of hands-on lessons, games, art, zoo explorations and live animal encounters. Age range: 3 years through 7th grade. Registration discount for zoo members. Registration fee.||Blank Park Zoo Safari Camps website|
|Climb Iowa Summer Youth Camps||Climb Iowa camps introduce young adventurers to climbing. Children will learn about trust, teamwork and problem solving while developing their rock climbing skills through interactive games and activities. Ages 8-12. Registration fee.||Climb Iowa Youth Camps website|
|Jester Park Equestrian Camps||Four fun-filled mornings of summer camp at Jester Park Equestrian Center. Enjoy learning all about horses and spending plenty of time riding, along with participating in other fun camp activities like games and crafts. Ages 5-12. Registration fee.||Jester Park Equestrian website|
|Living History Farms Day Camps||Half-day and full day camps offered for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Registration fee.||Living History Farms Camps website|
|Polk County Conservation Day Camps||Variety of day camps offered for ages 6+. These day camps are designed to encourage hands-on learning through outdoor explorations, activities, games, crafts, and more. Camps will be led by naturalists. Campers are asked to bring a water bottle and sack lunch for day long camps. Prepackaged snacks will be provided. Registration fee.||Polk Country Conservation Camps website|
|Love Lunches||Love Lunches is served every weekday all summer long to kids and families in Ankeny that have need. Hot and cold lunches served daily at Ankeny Presbyterian Church, 317 SE Trilein Drive in Ankeny from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Monday-Friday and at Sunset Park, 1320 SW 3rd Street in Ankeny, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday-Thursday.||Love Lunches facebook page
Mary Kohlsdorf, 515-965-1737, ext. 224.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Sunset Park location – Holy Trinity Lutheran Church)
|Ankeny Park & Recreation Department||The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of leagues and activities for children ages toddler to 18. Click link for full listing of leagues, camps and courses.||Ankeny Parks and Recreation Activity website|
|Des Moines Performing Arts Summer Camps||Young people sharpen their skills, stretch their imaginations, and create unique memories through a variety of Des Moines Performing Arts education opportunities. With theater professionals as the instructors, students gain a deeper understanding of the process, build confidence, and benefit from a fresh jolt of creative energy. Grades 3-12.||Des Moines Performing Arts Summer Camps website|
|Des Moines Community Playhouse Summer Camps||Variety of Camps held for grades K-12.||Des Moines Community Playhouse Summer Camps website|
|Real Food 4 Kids||Hands on cooking camp for kids and teens, ages 6+. Three options offered for 4 –day sessions.||Cooking Class website|
|Elementary Math Activities and Games||Have fun this summer incorporating math into each day. You and your child can play dice and card games, engage in conversations about a picture, or solve a problem together. You will find FREE resources to help you and your child develop a love of mathematics.||Math Summer Resources|
|Des Moines Y Camps||Overnight and day camp options for ages 6-13 (daycamp) and ages 9-12 (overnight camp). What better place for your child to spend their summer days than at the Des Moines Y Camp located in Boone?
Under the supervision of trained staff your child will spend their summer enjoying the outdoors through various program activities all while building new friendships and growing in the four Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Daily traditional activities may include: climbing, hiking, archery, fishing, canoeing, field games, Imagineering, crafts, swimming, gaga ball, horseback riding (additional fee), and so much more!
VIP Program for ages 14 – 17
|Des Moines Y Camps website|