2021 Kansas City Summer Camp and Enrichment Guide

By Melissa Basgall, Macaroni Kid Kansas City/Johnson County 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! 

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Thank you to our guide sponsor, YMCA of Greater Kansas City, for making this resource possible to our readers, as well as all the other local businesses featured!

Location: Metro Wide!
Phone: 816.360.3390

Summer memories begin at Y summer day camps. Make this a summer to remember for all the right reasons. At the Y, campers have a summer full of learning, adventure, active play and friendship while they explore a variety of activities. The focus is on achievement, relationships and belonging – to keep kids learning and growing all summer long, and build lifelong memories along the way. The Y follows the latest public health guidelines to ensure a safe environment, with requirements for face coverings, temperature checks, small groups and physical distancing, and more. Camps are available across the metro. Sign up for the weeks that fit your schedule. Learn more and register at

Location: 5801 W 115th St, Suite 101, Overland Park, KS
Ages: 2 years-8th grade
Phone: 913-327-8079

J Camp has two summer day camp options open to all from June 7 – August 6. Exciting summer activities for children entering 1st – 8th grade include: swimming, sports, crafts, drama, archery, swim lessons, field trips and special events. Specialty camps: Sports, Theatre, Art, Dance, Culinary, LEGO, STEM and Triathlon Camp. Our J Child Development Center Camp provides activities for children 2 -5 years old.  

Conveniently located at 117th and Nall, our unparalleled facilities include an on-site pool! Campers learn new skills with structured recreational and educational activities while enjoying art, sports, swimming, archery and more. 

Youth do not have to be members of The J to attend. Extended care is available.  J Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and the CDC is accredited by NAEYC. 

Location: 8502 W. 133rd st Overland Park 66212
Ages: 2.5-10 years, must be potty independent
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 and pay-by-day options make My Gym camp an awesome, affordable, no-stress option. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:45-3:45pm Starting June 8th until August 5th. $45 per day with the option to save when you purchase 10, 20 or 30 days of camp all at once.

Space is limited and goes fast.

Location: 12345 College Blvd.Overland Park, KS 66210
Ages: 5-14
Phone: 913-469-8500 

Classes take place weekdays in the summer, June 8-July 30, and Saturday studio classes for youth ages 5-11 are scheduled March - May and September-December. The two hour classes are only $15 each!

Interactive art appreciation tours are offered by appointment for groups of 5 to 50, kindergarten and older, all year round when the college is open. Private studio workshops for scout groups and other community groups are scheduled by appointment. The museum’s nationally recognized outdoor sculpture and hallway focus areas with art from the museum's collection are available for tours 7 days a week, so families can enjoy our collection beyond museum gallery hours.

Location: 5336 W. 151st Street Leawood, KS. 66224
Ages: 5-14
Phone: 913-257-5667

Every day we make two to three recipes – always one savory and one sweet – while whipping up batches of fun. Younger chefs focus on the basics along with kitchen games while older campers tackle advanced techniques and culinary challenges. Culinary Instructors and kid experts lead the way for a camp your budding chef won’t soon forget! Flexible drop-off from 8:30-9:00am and late pick-up are available for a small fee. 


Location: 21667 Spoon Creek Rd, Edgerton KS 66021 and 22626 E 2400 Rd, LaCygne KS 66040
Ages: Grades 1-12
Phone: 913-262-3900

Bring on the fun! Youthfront Camp is excited to welcome campers and families this summer. Overnight and Day Camp sessions are available for students entering grades 1-12. 

Camps feature splash parks, theme nights, zip-lines and more. At Youthfront, kids can grow in their relationship with God and make friendships that last a lifetime! Family Day Passes will also be available for a limited time.

Location: 2848 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103
Ages: 0-99
Phone: (816) 656-8600

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 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: 8305 Hedge Lane Terrace  Shawnee, KS 66227
Ages: 0
Phone: 913-422-0601

3-Day Camps (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9am-11am) 

Monday FUNday (9am-11am) 

6-Week Summer Session (June 29-Aug 5)

Additional summer camps and enrichment:

Johnson County Museum

Atomic Blast Summer Enrichment Program

Hillman Horsemanship/All About Horses

Camp Shakespeare

Kansas City Football and Cheerleading

Great American Basketball League

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