Summer Camp Information

Beginning Friday, March 29, 2019, the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will begin accepting registration forms for summer camp. Camp offerings this year include sports camps, as well as camps focused around the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), cooking, art, writing, theatre, and more. Activities in these areas will take place in the mornings, and afternoons will be filled with games, field trips, special guests, and swimming. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; however, supervised open play is available at no extra cost for families to drop off children as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m.

New this year - we are excited to offer two different tracks for each week of summer camp. Parents will have the opportunity to choose which track their child participates in each week. Not every child is the same, so why should our camp options be? We hope the different track options provide campers with a more personal experience and allow them to do activities they truly enjoy.

Parent guide available online
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? Please contact Recreation Program Supervisor Joyce Carroll at or 319-356-5223.

Youth Activities

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

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

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. 

Nature Awareness, Outdoor Education & Conservation

Getting to Know Endangered Species (Ages 5-12)


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!