Spring Break Camp Offerings

Destination Exploration Spring Break Camp

Dream, explore, and create with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department's Destination Exploration Spring Break Camp for grades K-6!  Afternoons will be filled with field trips and swimming. In addition to day-long camps, morning robotics sessions will be offered with Sylvan Learning. 

Destination Exploration Spring Break Camp runs March 18-22, 2019. Register for one day or many. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; however, supervised open play is available at no extra cost for families to drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. and to pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. 

Registration forms available online.  

Paper copies of registration forms available at:

  • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. 
  • Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr. 

Questions? Contact Joyce Carroll at 319-356-5100. 

Teen S.T.E.A.M. University

The Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce a new spring break experience for teens: Teen S.T.E.A.M. University. Teen S.T.E.A.M. University is designed to help youth grades 6-8 build character, develop positive social skills, and practice responsibility. Teens will unplug, explore their creativity, learn, laugh, and make memories that last a lifetime. 

Teen S.T.E.A.M. University runs March 20-22, 2019. Register for one day or many. Program runs 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Drive.

Registration forms available online.

Paper copies of registration forms available at:

  • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. 
  • Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr. 

Questions? Contact RaQuishia Harrington at 319-356-5100. 


Youth Activities

Stay busy and active this season with these fun programs. View all activities and sessions in our activity guide at www.icgov.org/activityregistration

All classes held at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

Be A "Maker" - Make Fun Things! (Ages 3-5)

Silly Slimy Science: Get ready to slip, splash, and splat as you do fun experiments! Learn the silly part of science in this messy class. Parents, please dress kids in clothes that can get dirty. 
Class offered Mondays from 10 to10:45 a.m. Jan. 21 through Feb. 11, 2019. More information available online

Rockets, Robots, and Race Cars: Design and build rockets, robots and race cars - all while discovering the power of the imagination along the way!
Class offered Saturdays from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 26 through Feb. 16, 2019. More information available online

Clay Arts Classes & Workshops

Wheel and Handbuilding: Students will throw on the wheel, experiment with tools, and decorate their objects. This class fosters an atmosphere of creativity for all levels. 

  • Ages 10-12: Class offered Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 through Feb. 15, 2019. More information available online. Additional sessions available through May 3, 2019. 
  • Ages 12-15: Class offered Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 through Feb. 17, 2019. More information available online. Additional sessions available through May 12, 2019. 

Explore clay with these one-time workshops.
Clay Workshops (Ages 5-10)

Clay Workshops (Ages 11-14)

Dance & Movement

Get Moving with Games and Action Songs: One and a two, and a one two three four! It might be too cold to go outside, but in this class we can still shake, rattle and roll with fun games and songs! For ages 3-5. 
Class offered Fridays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Jan. 25 through Feb. 15. More information available online

Kids Yoga: Children will practice yoga in a fun way through different poses, flows, and yoga games. Through these practices children will improve their body awareness, coordination, strength, and flexibility. We will explore mindfulness, breath work, and meditation in an accessible way designed for kids to learn to relax and ease stress. Bring a mat and wear clothes you can get bendy in!

  • Ages 5-7: Sundays from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Jan. 20 through Mar. 10
  • Ages 8-10: Sundays from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 20 through Mar. 10

Additional dance classes are offered at Mercer Park Aquatic Center. For more information, visit www.icgov.org/youthsportinfo

Nature Awareness, Outdoor Education & Conservation

Itsy Bitsy Spider (ages 3-5): The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout.... but where did it go afterwards? In this class, you will learn more about these crawly creatures with games, art, and activities.
Class offered Wednesdays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Jan. 23 through Feb. 13. More information available online

Getting to Know Endangered Species (Ages 5-12)

Upcycling Workshop (Ages 8 and up): Do you love art and want to help reduce waste? This is the class for you! We will make art out of found objects, repurpose old t-shirts into reusable bags, and find new ways to transform trash into treasure.
Workshop offered 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. 

S.T.E.A.M. 

S.T.E.A.M. Exploration - Invent. Create. Play. 
Outrageous Science Workshops (ages 5-12): Science is about learning more about the world around us and testing how we can affect it. While some people might think that's boring, we know that it's really an exciting adventure. Do science that is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS! 

S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Classes (grades K-4)

S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Classes (grades 5-8)