Summer Camp Information

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is accepting summer camp registration. 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 joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5223.


Art and S.T.E.A.M. Camps 

Half-day camps for students who have completed Kindergarten and up

Space Showcase
June 17-21, 2019; 9 a.m. to noon
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
3,2,1, Blast Off! This week we will focus on everything space and astronomy. Artists will make their own moon rocks, discuss the constellations, create galaxy jars, and much more. This class will be very hands-on and we might get a little dirty while we orbit space together.
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Everything Accessory!
June 17-21, 2019; 1 to 4 p.m.
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
This week is all about DIY accessories! Using clay, wood, and mixed-metals, to name a few, this class will be enjoyable to anyone who has a flare for the dramatic and loves to make things with their own hands.
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Cooking Art Class: Round 1
June 24-28, 2019; 9 a.m. to noon
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Last year's cooking art class was such a hit that we're back at it again! This class is 100% DIY with all homemade art recipes that any age will be sure to love. There will be all-new recipes this year with art projects to accompany them. Plus, a cookbook with all the recipes for your child to take home.
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Cooking Art Class: Round 2
June 24-28, 2019; 1 to 4 p.m.
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Last year's cooking art class was such a hit that we're back at it again! This class is 100% DIY with all homemade art recipes that any age will be sure to love. There will be all-new recipes this year with art projects to accompany them. Plus, a cookbook with all the recipes for your child to take home.
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

The Colors of Independence
July 1-5, 2019 (no class Thursday, July 4); 9 a.m. to noon
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
This week will be all about the 4th of July festivities! In 1776, the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson.While learning the history behind our country's creation, we will engage in fun activities and crafts. Time to learn in red, white, and blue!
Cost: $72 for residents, $77 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Monster Puppets
July 1-5, 2019 (no class Thursday, July 4); 1 to 4 p.m.
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Create wild and hilarious monsters! Using different materials and your imagination make all different kinds of interactive and fun monsters for your very own puppet shows. Get ready for a big show at the very end of the camp
Cost: $72 for residents, $77 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Exploring Natural Shapes
July 8-12, 2019; 9 a.m. to noon
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
What kind of patterns do we see in nature and why? This week we will learn about the shapes of plants, animals, fungi, and even natural features like rivers and mountains! We will discover why sometimes the clouds look like ripples in a river, and why sand dunes look like waves in the ocean. Fractals, spirals, symmetry, tessellation, spots, and stripes-stripes-all these natural shapes have their roots in physics and chemistry!
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Animated Animals
June 8-12, 2019; 1 to 4 p.m.
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Are you an animal lover? Have any pets or want to make your own? In this class, be creative and create fun pets that you can take home with you. Create new ones and mini versions of yours at home, (parents: they won't shed)!
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Wonderful World of Arachnids
July 15-19, 2019; 9 a.m. to noon
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Spiders are some of the most diverse organisms on the planet and are found on every continent but Antarctica! Did you know that spiders are not insects, but are more closely related to crabs? Arachnids shouldn't be scary-we will learn all about spiders and their humble lives with exciting crafts and colorful art!
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Watercolor Wonderland
June 15-19, 2019; 1 to 4 p.m.
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Learn how to paint with watercolors and different kinds of liquid paints. We?ll learn how to paint nature, people, and everything around us!
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Iowa's Wild Birds
July 22-26, 2019; 9 a.m. to noon
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
The best way to learn about animals is to draw them! We will explore basic bird anatomy, and practice drawing all kinds of birds to see how they are different. How are the wings of birds similar to our own arms? How come some birds eat seeds and others eat worms, and how are their beaks different as a result? How do eagles catch fish with their feet? Let's find out!
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Creating Kooky Characters
June 22-26, 2019; 1 to 4 p.m.
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Do you like stories? Books? Movies? Learn how to make your own characters and bring them to life in this class using both 2D materials like paper, cardboard, and felt and 3D materials like clay, model magic, foam, and more! 
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

America's National Parks
July 29- August 2, 2019; 9 a.m. to noon
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
This week we are going to explore our country's national parks from Acadia to Zion! What makes these parks unique and why are they important to protect? We will model their ecosystems to learn about what kind of animals live in each park and how they fit together in food webs.
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online

Cool Ceramics
July 29-August 2, 2019; 1 to 4 p.m.
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Do you like using clay? Learn how to make bowls, plates, cups, and more in this fun summer class about working with clay and making meaningful things. Create, decorate, fire, use!
Cost: $90 for residents, $95 for nonresidents. Registration available online