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Kansas City Summer Camp and Enrichment Guide

By Melissa Basgall, Editor and Publisher March 1, 2021

Summer is coming, and it's time to make a plan for the kids! Summer camps are a great time for KC kids to try new things, nurture unique interests, meet new friends, stretch their creativity, and have tons of summer fun! You're guaranteed to find something on this list of Kansas City area summer camps that your kid will be excited about! 


Want to see your camp featured in the 2022 Macaroni Kid Kansas City Summer Camp Guide? Email us today!


Thank you to title sponsor, aSTEAM VIllage, for making this guide possible.



Location: 1600 The Paseo Blvd. | Royals Urban Youth Academy | Gregg Klice Community Center | W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center
Ages: Grades 3-12
Phone: (816) 656-8600

The 9th Annual aSTEAM Village Summer STEaM Experience II for Kids is a fun, action packed immersion in 21st Century Hands-On Learning. 

Students will not be stuck in front of a computer in our camp and they will learn from some amazing collegiate leaders pursuing degrees in Engineering, Architecture, Math, Science and more! 

This 8-week summer STEaM camp for kids grades 3 - 12 enables learners to explore the world of robotics, video game design, rocketry, race car engineering, alternative energy and many more science, technology, energy, arts and math challenges. 

In its 9th year, this summer camp has been an on-ramp for year round STEaM learning for many students who have gone on to lead championship robotics and race teams. 

The camp includes hands-on activities, fun instruction, competitions, virtual field trips, and interaction with industry professionals.  

The camp design is to be educational, explorative and fun!




Location: Available at all 5 five Resurrection locations!
Ages: Grades K-5
Phone: (816) 656-8600

Save the date now to have your Kindergarten through 5th grade kiddo join us for a week at HERO University where children will experience Super-HERO lessons from the greatest HERO of all – Jesus! 


Join us across any of our five Resurrection locations as we watch, know, and become….like Jesus! Registration opens March 1st for volunteer leaders and April 1st for all. More information at www.cor.org/vbc






Location: 6800 Zoo Drive Kansas City, MO 64132
Ages: Grades K-5
Phone: (816) 656-8600

Our summer camp curriculums are designed to be age appropriate and are properly chaperoned at all times. Activities may include, but are not limited to: educational games, physical games like tag, crafts, on grounds tours, zoo shows, zoo rides, playgrounds, science experiments, and educational movies.






Location: Westwood and Leawood, KS
Ages: 0+
Phone: (816) 656-8600 & (913) 451-7946

To be successful at teaching your child the proper skills they need to accomplish the goals of the swim levels, we employ a proven semester-based, year-round approach that integrates child development best practices. By providing your child with consistent opportunities to apply their skills, and positive reinforcement to encourage accomplishment, your child will become a safer swimmer.

Visit Emler Swim School of Westwood or Leawood for a free, one-on-one swim skills evaluation, and we’ll help you choose the right class level at a day and time that fits your schedule.

Emler Swim School facilities are state-of-the-art, with high end UV water purification systems designed to help your child feel warm, comforted and safe! We also follow strict Covid guidelines! 





Location: We have camp locations across the Kansas City metro. Visit our website for details!
Ages: 11-13
Phone: 816-885-9174

Madam President Camp, a week-long day camp for girls ages 11 to 13, provides girls an opportunity to gain confidence and leadership skills in an interactive camp experience. We focus on learning the foundational skills necessary for girls to lead our future communities. Girls begin the week gaining a clear understanding of leadership and civic engagement to outline their civic goals and align themselves with areas of activism relevant in their community. They practice how to communicate those goals and topics and lastly, through self-discovery, create a path to their own personal action.





Location: 1290 Eisenhower Rd, Leavenworth, KS 66048
Ages: 3-10
Phone:  (913) 727-1025

Kindermusik Camps!

Music and movement meets child development in Kindermusik’s award winning curricula.  Wiggling, giggling and a whole lot of musical instruments-come see what it’s all about in each of these 3 day ADVENTURE CAMPS!  (Ages 18 mo.-4 yrs.)

June 28, 29, 30  (Tuesday-Thursday)  10:00-11:00am  ($36 camp + $30kit)


Dance, Cheer and Fun Camps! 3-Day Summer Camps:

(T,W,TH) $62 per child per camp. (ages differ for each camp, range is 3-10yrs)

Themes Include:

Princess Pizzazz , Underwater Mermaid Adventure , *New* At the Beach, All American Cheer, Mini Cheer Camp, **NEW**Rock Star/Dancing Divas , Glitter, Bows & Pointed Toes/JoJo, **New**Circus Fun, and Unicorn Magic.


Fun 1-Day Camps: 

(Saturday) 9:00-11:00 $30 per child per camp

Themes Include: 

Princess Pizzazz, Hip Hop Happenin’s, Glitter, Bows & Pointed Toes/JoJo , *New* At the Beach, *New!* Clogging Camp 








Martial Arts Summer Camp

Location: 11130 Holmes Rd
Ages: 5-14
Phone: (816) 656-8600

Exciting full day camp for youth ages 5-14. We utilize martial arts to create an inclusive environment for learners of all experience levels. Each day is action packed w/: Martial Arts training, strength and conditioning, team building, fun games, youth friendly movies and more!







Location: 6100 W. 127th St, Overland Park, KS 66209


Acting! Singing! Dancing! Movie Making! Fun & flexible week-long camps. 1st-8th, no previous experience needed.  No auditions, no leads and small class sizes.  Free shows & free costumes. Unicorns, Space Warriors, Larry Spotter, Robot Sharks, Ninjas, Fairy Tale Princesses, Rock Stars and more!  Mention Macaroni Kid & get $30 off, (some restrictions apply). www.DramaKC.com







Location: Edgerton, KS and LaCygne KS
Phone: 913-647-2416

Happy starts here! Youthfront Camp provides a fun and faith-building camp experience full of outdoor adventure. We offer day camp for younger campers and overnight stays for elementary, middle and high school students. Camp features include our splash park on the lake, theme nights, sport courts and more. At Youthfront, kids can grow in their relationship with God and make friendships that last a lifetime! 







Location: 12778 189th Street  Linwood, Kansas 66052 

Ages: 8-18

Camp Encourage offers a quality experience involving relationship development, recreation, and relaxation and is specifically designed to meet the needs of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.





Location: 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045
Ages: 8-11
Phone: 785-864-4173 

The KU Natural History Museum offers three one-day intensive science summer camp programs for youth aged 8 to 11. Get ready to explore marine biology, blast off for a space adventure, and become a field geologist in this year’s camps: Sea Science (Monday, June 6), Space Odyssey (Wednesday, June 8), and a field camp, Geology Explorations (Friday, June 10). Participants interested in camps must register (starting March 1). Scholarships are available. Registration forms, scholarship applications and more can be found on the museum’s website at http://biodiversity.ku.edu/summer-camps Questions? Contact Colleen MacGilvray, Museum Education Coordinator: macgilvrc@ku.edu





Location: TBA
Ages: Grades 2nd-9th
Phone: (816) 656-8600

Kids who love to write and will enter grades 2-9 explore the creative writing process without worrying about grades! This camp includes free writing and fun activities, along with tips and techniques to help their writing come alive. We’ll cover story, poetry, news, advertising, personal essay, opinion, and more! 

Two sessions:  Mon. – Thurs., June 6-9, and June 13-16. (Both sessions are the same.) 10 a.m. to Noon at a Blue Valley middle school (TBA). See www.kansascitywriters.com for more information. Cost $125 ($25 discount for additional siblings). Partial and full scholarships available. Contact: Mary-Lane Kamberg, MLKwriter@yahoo.com.



Location: 8502 W. 133rd st Overland Park 66212
Ages: 2yrs 6mos to 9yrs
Phone: 913-685-9005


At My Gym camp, we activate the fun every single day – SO LET THE FUN BEGIN! Energizing games, exciting gymnastics, cool arts and crafts, and music that guarantees to keep them moving and engaged. And they can kiss boredom goodbye with themes and programs that constantly change, so no two days of camp are ever the same!

Our drop-off program, pay-by-day options, and multi-day discounts make My Gym camp an awesome, affordable, and no-stress option.







Location: MidAmerica Nazarene University, Cook Center, Olathe, KS
Ages: Grades 1st through 10th


Coach Rocky Lamar's summer basketball camps were created to give young players in the area a chance to build a solid fundamental base for the game. We will work with each camper as an individual, stressing what he needs to improve and to develop his skills.
The camps are for boys in grades 1-10. Each camper receives a camp t-shirt, a personal evaluation, a camp basketball and a Bible. Each session is from 8:00-3:00 Monday-Thursday.







Location: Wonderscope Children's Museum: 433 E Red Bridge Rd, Kansas City, MO, 64131 
Phone: 816-643-6700

Wonder Campers will meet new friends and enjoy stimulating, themed learning in the museum exhibits. With indoor and outdoor activities, group games, art projects, and exploration playtime, your children are sure to have a memorable time at Wonder Camp!





Location: Virtual!
Ages: 4 and up

Sketch here, sculpt there, paint anywhere! Inspire their love of art with an incredible virtual experience designed to inspire creativity and foster learning with an all-access pass from Young Art.

Young Art offers live classes 7 days per week, both after school and on weekends. Each class, led by an engaging live art instructor, guides a variety of skill-building lessons with step-by-step instructions and encourages students to interact with each other and ask questions.