2020 Ultimate Guide to Wichita Summer Camps & Programs

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Summer Camps in Wichita UPDATE: Due to the ever-evolving nature of COVID-19, please contact each camp individually to see how they are handling the changes and navigating the phases that our local government has implemented.

Wichita Mom is thrilled to be launching our 6th annual Guide to Summer Camps in Wichita – along with a myriad of other fun summer programs and activities for Wichita kids!

The options are endless and include programs for all ages, budgets, and interests – from nature and the arts to academics and athletics. Our goal is to help you plan a fun and stress-free summer for the kids! 

For a comprehensive list of Summer Camps in Wichita by category, click here

A special thank you to Exploration Place and all of the featured camps who helped us in the production of this guide. 

Exploration Place

Camp in a Box: NEW Virtual Camps from Exploration Place

Ages: Ages 6 and up
Dates: May 26 – August 7
Monday-Friday – two camp topics to choose from each week

Similar to the Exploration Place Stay at Home STEM Digital Programs, they are going next level with fun virtual camps! ​It’s an awesome mix of hands-on activities and some time online. ​Each camper gets a really cool kit bursting with a multitude of exciting activities. Pick up camp kit at Exploration Place during open hours OR ship kit to you – shipping fee is $20.

Topics: Backyard Takeover, Can You Dig it Dino Camp, Wild Weather, Spells/Science/Sorcery, Superhero Academy, Adventures of a Tomb Raider and more. 

Camp includes:
-1 camp kit with supplies for about 25 activities
-10 camp Zoom meet-ups
-5 Lunch and Learns – each featuring a special lunchtime guest 
-4 exhibit passes to Exploration Place

Prices: per camp/child
Member: $75
Nonmember: $90

Register at:exploration.org/campinabox or call ​316-660-0620.

Wichita Collegiate School

Collegiate Camp 2020

Wichita Collegiate School Summer Explorations
Ages: 2 – Adult
Dates:  May 26 – August 7
Location: East // 9115 E. 13th Street

Are you looking for a place where your child will continue learning, make lasting friendships, and explore hidden talents? Summer Explorations has over 195 classes spread over 9 weeks for every age, interest area, ability, and schedule need from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Offerings include academic classes, sports clinics, fine arts classes, drivers education, STEM classes, and much more. Experienced Collegiate teachers, distinguished guest faculty, and expert coaches, artists, and musicians look forward to helping your child reach their goals and develop new passions.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Tanganyika Camp 2020

Summer Safari Camp & Junior Keeper Camp/Academy
Ages: K-18 years
Location: West // 1000 S. Hawkins Ln., Goddard

Join Tanganyika Wildlife Park this summer for your chance to Connect & Preserve! They offer fun, outdoor, interactive camps and junior zoo keeper programs in the Wichita area. Each week summer camps at Tanganyika focus on a unique and exciting theme. Children participate in interactive learning experiences, hands-on science-based activities, Park tours, and the opportunity to meet some of their Animal Ambassadors up close! Learn more and register for any of their year-round educational opportunities by visiting their website.

Kansas Dance Academy

Summer Camp KDA

Ages: 4 and up
Dates:  June 10 – August 2
Location: East//6615 Central

Offering classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary and Hip Hop. Mini Camps offered in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and Music Theatre!  See their website www.kdadance.com for camp details!
 
Join us for a Superheroes Dance Camp on August 5th-7th from 9-12:00 p.m. 
Campers will participate in dance classes, themed crafts, and a pizza party on the last day of camp. Superhero capes, masks, and magic wands are all welcome at this fun dance camp! To register contact Diane Gans at 316-684-2848 or [email protected]. Cost of camp is $100.00 and for ages 3 and up. 

YMCA

YMCA Camp 2020

*camp enrollment paused*

Ages: 4-16
Dates:  May 26 – August 6
Location: Greater Wichita Area // 9 locations plus bus drops

Spend the entire summer exploring. Different themes and camp types – including Special Interests, Beginner or Competitive Sports, Horse, and Traditional – weekly. Swim lessons, field trips, overnights, and family camp available. Ask about member discounts and financial assistance.

Wichita Art Museum

Wichita Art Museum
Hot Art for Cool Kids
July 20, 2017
photo by Cary Conover
1-646-729-5008

Ages: 3 – 12
Dates:  June and July
Location: Downtown //1400 W Museum Blvd

Hot Art For Cool Kids (HACK) is an awesome art afternoon that youth ages 6 to 12 may take part in on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-4pm. Each HACK session is $10 per child.

Preschoolers 3 to 5 years old will enjoy Art Start Goes to Camp, an amazing performance and visual arts experience that’s sure to wow! Art Start sessions are on Tuesdays at 10 am and 1:30 pm (each session is 90 minutes) for children accompanied by an adult. Each Art Start session is $5 per child

Monart School of Art

Camp 2019 Monart

Ages: 3 – 12
Dates:  May 28 – August 8
Location: East // 7230 E 29th St. N.

Does your child like to draw, build, create, discover, engineer, cook or paint? Then these are the camps for them! Each week a new theme and medias are explored including science, creative writing, Lego, technology, popular cartoons. The Monart studio is different from any other art center in town – using a patented, time honored directed draw method called Monart. When they say “we can teach anyone how to draw,” they really mean it! Schedule a free trial class to Discover the Monart Difference!

Wichita Swim Club

Wichita Summer Camps WSC

Ages: 6 months to adult
Dates:  June 8 – August 13
Location: East//8323 E. Douglas

Learning to swim is a necessary lifesaving skill that doubles as a lifetime sport. The Wichita Swim School offers certified Swim America Coaches that instruct high quality lessons with a low swimmer to instructor ratio. They specialize in teaching proper swim techniques while participants also learn basic water safety in a fun, energetic atmosphere. It is their number one goal to teach your child to REALLY learn to swim-increasing their chance of surviving in the event of a water emergency. Enrolling now for Spring and Summer classes from ISR, Group Lessons, Private Swim Lessons and Adult classes available!

Kelcy's Dance Studio

Kelcy Camp 2020

Ages: Ages 3 and up
Dates:  Various June and July dates
Location: East //7230 E 29th St. N.

One-Day camps filled with dance routines, arts and crafts, and FUN! From Unicorn Dance Parties to freeze dance time with Elsa herself, Kelcy’s has fun themes for all of your little dancers who love to move and groove!

Wichita Riding Academy

Riding Camp 2020

Ages: 4 and up
Dates:  May – August
Location: South //10727 E. 39th St. South, Derby

Camps are designed for riders of all levels of experience. Riders will experience a menagerie of activities each day. Each week will have something new and exciting to learn. Students will ride for at least two hours each day. Students will be very hands-on in these camps. Our goals are safety and fun.

KU Wichita ADHD Summer Treatment Program

KU Wichita Camp 2020

*camp cancelled for 2020* 

The KU School of Medicine-Wichita Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Clinic is offering virtual appointments. Call 316-293-2647 and go to wichita.kumc.edu/psychclinic for more information

Ages: 6-10 years
Dates: June 1 – July 17
Location: North //5500 E 45th St N., Bel Aire

This seven-week, therapeutic day camp will utilize an award-winning comprehensive treatment tailored to each child’s behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties. Children will have the opportunity to build friendships, improve athletic skills and maintain academic skills through the summer.

Verbose Language Learning Center

Verbose Camp 2020

Ages: 5-12
Dates:  May 21 – August 19
Location: West// 7438 W 21st St N

A summer of active fun that will last for a life-time!  Verbose Kids learn another language while exploring the solar system, playing math and science games, seeing animals and insects in their habitats, singing, dancing, cooking and eating, doing arts and crafts, sports and water play, making friends and laughing the day away!  Multilingual learning that puts your child a step ahead by broadening their perspective of the world.
Drop-in for a day $35 or sign up for weekly themed camps $140.

 

Trinity Academy

Trinity Camp 2020

Summer Camps & Classes
Ages: Pre-K-8th grade
Dates:  Mid-May-July
Location: East //12345 E. 21st St. N.

Trinity offers summer camps and classes for pre-schoolers to 8th graders. From sports camps to art classes, there’s something for everyone! Students from any school are welcome!

Wichita Gymnastics

Gymnastics Camp 2020

Ages: 3 – 12
Dates:  June 1 – August 6
Location: East //9400 East 37th Street North

Your kids will enjoy the 12,000-square foot facility! It’s fully air-conditioned and packed with the latest gymnastics and recreational equipment for an active, healthy and fun-filled summer. They’ll keep your kids active and moving while at camp! Your children begin camp with an active warm-up and then split into smaller groups for swimming, gymnastics, games and arts and crafts.

Mark Arts

Mark Arts Camp 2020

Ages: 5 – 12
Dates: May 26 – August 7
Location: East //1307 N. Rock Road

Mark Arts summer camps emphasize creativity and innovation, linking art to concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. Special guests related to the theme visit each week, and camp concludes with an art show for parents and other guests. Camp runs 10 a.m. to noon for ages 5 to 8 and 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 9 to 12.

My Gym Wichita

My Gym Camp 2020

Ages: 3 – 10
Dates: June 1 – August 7
Location: East //2434 N Woodlawn St. Ste 370

My Gym camp is simply the best! Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, emphasizing physical development and personal success. Themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same. It is easy for parents with the drop-off program, pay-by-the day options, and multi-day and sibling discounts.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

Girl Scouts Camp 2020

Ages: K – 12
Dates:  May – August
Location: 80 Kansas Counties

Girl Scout camp is the perfect place for girls to try new things, overcome fears, gain confidence, and make new friends. All in an environment designed just for her. From archery to zip lining, there’s something for every girl at one of our summer camps.

Girls can visit the sprawling camp in the Flint Hills, Camp Four Winds, or stay a little closer to home at Starwoods Outdoor Center in Clearwater, just south of Wichita. Opportunities from Day Camps to week-long Resident Camps offer girls a variety of camping experiences to enjoy.

Riverside Music Together

Camp 2019 Riverside

Ages: birth – 8
Dates:  June and July
Location: Central //1103 Jefferson

Make musical memories this summer! Join flexible summer classes with the Kazoo Song Collection! You’ll be singing, dancing, playing, and learning, all while spending quality time with your child and the special RMT community. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Sedgwick County Zoo

Zoo Camp 2020

Ages: 3-17
Dates: begins in June
Location: West //5555 W Zoo Blvd

Your children will have an unforgettable time on their journey through the Zoo while seeing and learning about animals each day. Kids can dig a little deeper into the wonders of animals and nature. No experience required, just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and a desire to have tons of fun! Sessions are held Monday–Friday throughout the summer. 

Mighty Camp

Mighty Camp 2020

Ages: 5 – 12
Dates:  June 1 – Aug 7
Location: West //854 N Socora and East //1551 N Rock Road

Mighty Camp is a Summer Camp that maximizes FUN, builds PROBLEM-SOLVING skills, and leaves parents PROUD of their child’s growth. They are passionate about leveraging sports to teach life skills such as teamwork, communication and perseverance. Campers will also swim daily, explore their hometown on weekly field trips, participate in STEAM activities, engage in life skills and character-building lessons, learn about healthy cooking, and even try their hand at improv and yoga.

The Independent School

Independent Camp 2020

Ages: Pre-K – 12th grade
Dates:  June 8 – August 7
Location: East //8317 E. Douglas

The Independent School offers a wide array of fun summer learning opportunities and invites you to join them! They offer academic and enrichment courses, along with athletic, science, and art camps. There are classes and camps available for Pre-K – 12th grade, including a comprehensive all-day camp with before and after-hours care.

Camp Wood YMCA

Wood YMCA Camp 2020

Ages: 5 – 17 years
Dates:  June 7 – August 8
Location: Elmdale //1101 Camp Wood Rd

Your overnight Y camp in the Flint Hills.

There’s just something about Camp Wood YMCA. Maybe it’s the setting in the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills. Maybe it’s their history, more than 100 years strong. Maybe it’s the passionate staff and exciting programs. Maybe it’s all of these things and more.

Discover your reason to join the Camp Wood YMCA family today.
Camp Wood YMCA: Be You, Be Adventurous and Belong

Color Me Mine Wichita

Ages: 7-14
Dates:  June and July
Location: West// 2441 N. Maize Road #215

Four days of fun featuring a different theme each week! Each week will offer a variety of art: ceramics, clay, textiles, acrylics, and/or paper. Kids will make friends, learn new skills, and play games! $100 covers all materials, instruction, glazing and firing plus a snack each day. 10:30-12:30 Mon-Thurs. Age 7-14. Limited to 12 kids each week.

Senseney Music, Inc.

Senseney Camp 2020

Ages: All ages
Dates:  TBD
Location: East //Senseney Music at the Center, 9112 E Central Ave

Want to learn the music you love? Senseney Music is offering summer group classes for children and adults of all ages! We offer class lessons for ukulele, guitar, piano, composition and more. Their experienced instructors are accomplished musicians in their respective fields are patient, fun and creative in their approaches to teaching music.

Camp Invention

Invention Camp 2020

Ages: K – 6th
Dates: June and July
Location: Various

Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).

Botanica, the Wichita Gardens

Botanica Camp 2020

Ages: All Ages
Dates:  June 1 – July 31
Location: Central// 701 Amidon St

Keep summer fun on your radar! Head to Botanica this summer for daily drop-in activities. Every weekday from June 1-July 31, 9 am-noon, explore science and garden topics throughout the Downing Children’s Garden with a different theme each week. Free with admission or membership.

Cosmosphere Camps

Cosmosphere Camp 2020

Ages: 3rd – 12th
Dates:  May 31 – August 2
Location: Hutchinson// 1100 North Plum Street

Cosmosphere Camps: The Thrill of Space. The Fun of Camp.

Give your child something to look forward to this summer with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education and out of this world activities at Cosmosphere Camps! Whether it’s programming robots, or a mission to Mars, Cosmosphere Camp experiences all meet state and national educational standards. The learning and the fun are real…landing on the Moon is just a simulation.

The environment is safe, the staff are excellent, and the student learning experiences are truly out of this world. You can do it ALL at the Cosmosphere!

Paint the Towne

Paint Towne Camp 2020

Ages: 5 and up
Dates: June and July
Location: East //8037 E. Peachtree Ln

Every Thursday and Friday bring the kids to the studio to paint for $8. Or join them in the park on Mondays for an $8 Picnic and Paint. See calendar for locations. Bring your own blanket. Must RSVP to all classes.

MDM Summer Dance Camps

MDM Camp 2020

Ages: 3-18
Dates:  June – August, dates vary
Location: Central// 3805 N. Hydraulic

Come dance the summer away with one of MDM’s one-of-a-kind, all inclusive dance camps! This summer, dancers of all ages can create their own choreography, dance their way down the “yellow brick road” while learning Broadway classics from the Land of Oz, strengthen their dance and “acro” muscles as they compete in the MDM Dance Olympics, enjoy a Fancy Freeze dance party in the Frozen Forrest , or simply hone their technique. Whatever camp you choose, it’s guaranteed to be full of dancing, singing, crafting, performing and most importantly, making special memories!

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For other ways to have fun this summer, check out our summer articles and things to do in Wichita this summer!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Tanganyika sounds so fun! And I’ve never heard about the genesis camp before but I’ll be checking that out too!

  2. How do we add Reliance Community Preschool offering Mom’s Day Out for infant -2nd grade Wed or Thurs from 10-3 ?

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