Ultimate Summer Camp Guide 2020
The Complete Guide to Summer Camps in the Lincoln AreaIn-person and virtual summer programs for kids in preschool, elementary, and middle school
Updates and new camps will be made frequently all summer long. Do you have a camp you want listed? Listings are free to support local businesses in the wake of the pandemic and to provide a comprehensive guide for parents. Email Karla to add your summer program here!
Summer Camps • Virtual Programming • Summer Workshops • Vacation Bible School
VIRTUAL • Ages 5+
Description: Exciting News! Nebraska 4-H Camps in partnership with UNL faculty and staff will be offering a variety of themed virtual camps this summer for youth ages 8-18! Also available is the Calibraska Arts Initiative camps for ages 5–adult! Additional camp themes and dates will be added in the coming weeks. Check out the full camp descriptions and register online!
Engineering • Mobile content creation • Teaching • Ag & natural resources & more!
Cost: 4-H + UNL camps: $75/week (3 hrs/day for 5 days) • Calibraska costs vary, see website for info.
Contact / Locations: 4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/virtual-camps
Virtually at home! • [email protected] • 402-472-2805
IN-PERSON • Ages 5-12
Description: AACDC offers summer programs designed to excite children and encourage fun summer learning and friendship. Weekly themes with games, fun events, sports, arts/crafts, science, reading, math, & more! AACDC summer program is offered all summer long now at four Lincoln locations!
Cost: Varies, please contact for program rates
Contact / Locations: www.aacdc.com
82nd & Northwoods • 402-465-4769
15th & Pine Lake • 402-421-7301
56th & Old Cheney • 402-420-5440
80th & Yankee Woods • 402-420-5440
Blue Raven Music Studios
IN-PERSON • Grades 4-9 (entering)
Description: Music-based summer day camps. Learn to jam with Acoustic Band Camp and channel your muse in Songwriter Camp. Embrace your inner rock star with Rock Camp and learn how to play in a rock band setting. Space is limited for all camps. $25 reserves your spot!
June 29-31 Rock Band Camp • Grades 6-9 • $145
July 13-15 Acoustic Band Camp • Grades 4-8 • 145
July 21-23, 25 Song Writer Camp • Grades 4-8 • $125
Contact / Location: www.blueravenmusic.com
3835 S. 48th St • 402-486-0599
Blue Stem Montessori Take-Home Camp Kits
AT-HOME CAMP ALTERNATIVE • Grades K-6
Description: In light of COVID-19, Bluestem Montessori made the difficult decision to cancel our regular in-person camps, but we knew we wanted to provide our students and other children a fun camp alternative. We're creating Camp Kits for your children to complete at home. As of late May, we are producing a fun dinosaur-themed box. Please contact us to preorder your camp kit for kids!
Cost: Currently in production. Please contact us for options & cost.
Contact / Location: www.bluestemmontessori.com
At home, but available for pick-up from 6300 A St • 402-735-0987
Bright Lights on the Flipside (FREE)
VIRTUAL • Grades K-8 (completed)
Description: FREE online STEAM-based summer learning held via Zoom. Some camps last for just one day while others may offer several sessions during the week. Each session is unique with themes and fun projects. Read the descriptions and register online!
Contact / Location: www.brightlights.org
From your living room via Zoom!
Camp Fontanelle Family Escapes
IN-PERSON • Family/All Ages
Description: Family Escapes is an option for the entire family to experience camp this summer. Camp Fontanelle is opening up our grounds (our 180 acres) for families to come out and stay ‘socially distant’ while enjoying the many things to do at camp. Each family will be assigned a separate sleeping space, private bathroom and activities to do while here. We will also be offering evening worships around the campfire while keeping apart with plenty of space. Some of our programming options are open and included! You can find information about dates and pricing on our website.
Cost: Varies, please see website
Contact / Location: www.campfontanelle.com
Located just north of Fremont at 9677 County Road 3 • 402-478-4296
Camp Fontanelle Virtual Camp (FREE)
Virtual • Grades PreK-12th
Description: Virtual Camp at Camp Fontanelle is a faith-based program focused on Colossians 3:10 – “Putting on A New Self”. The program talks about God meeting us where we are, helping to change us and giving us a New Identity. The program is free for anyone to register and there are programs for kids in Pre-K through 12th grade. The virtual camp experience will not have your kids sitting in front of a screen for the entire week. There will be activities to do apart from the screen, but there will be a time daily to connect with counselors, their peers and the Deans of our camp. It’s a creative way for us to share camp while we have to all be apart. You can get more information about this experience and register through our website.
Contact / Location: www.campfontanelle.com
At your home • 402-478-4296
Camp Solaris Overnight Camp
IN-PERSON • Grades 3-12 (entering)
Description: Camp Solaris overnight camps offer programs for 3rd–12th grade at various lengths of stay based on age group (3 nights–5 nights). Activities include Aerial Park, archery tag, stand up paddle boards, go-karts, water activities, nature, challenge course & field trips!
Cost: Varies, please see website
Contact / Location: www.campsonshinememories.org
Located just south of Firth at 2349 State Hwy Spur 34b • 402-423-8746
IN-PERSON • Grades K-6 (entering)
Description: Camp Sonshine summer day camps for K-6 grade & Leadership training for 7-9th grade. Go-karts, archery, nature, crafts, cooking, swimming, inflatables & more! Optional evening program on Friday night ending at 9pm!
Cost: Varies, please see website
Contact / Location: www.campsonshinememories.org
Located in Roca at 13440 S. 25th St • 402-423-8746
CES Wresting Center
IN-PERSON • Children Ages 4-18
Description: An assortment of wrestling camps for beginners at the age of 4 all the way to Seniors in High School training to be a State Champion. Day camps offered Monday through Friday. Check out the schedule to see which camp best suits your wrestler’s needs. We have a camp for everyone!
Cost: Varies per camp, ranging between $185-$199 (plus tax); Please visit website for details.
Contact / Location: www.lincolnedge.com
3515 North 25th Street, Ste 1 • (402) 858-3023
Christ Academy Preschool & Child Care
IN-PERSON • School-aged
Description: We're looking to expand our summer program this year! Care will be provided Mon-Fri from 7am - 5:30pm. Due to COVID-19, our field trips schedule will be different, but under normal circumstances kids will go on 2 or 3 field trips a week! Kids LOVE our breakfasts lunches, and snacks. This program is uniquely designed to expand their learning for the next school grade.
Cost: Please contact Kirsten for information [email protected]
Contact / Location: www.christumclinc.org
4530 A St • 402-671-5017
Dimensions Education Programs
IN-PERSON • Ages Infant-1st grade (completed)
Description: Dimensions' summer session incorporate active learning in areas of science, nature, math, language and literacy, creative arts and visual/spatial thinking based on the age and interest of children. Sessions available from 7:30-5:30 with full and part-time schedules available. June sessions are full, please inquire about July and follow
Cost: Varies, see website for program rates
Contact / Locations: www.dimensionsed.org
First-Plymouth (21th & E)• 402-476-8304
A Street (77th & A) • 402-476-8304
Family Service Lincoln
IN-PERSON • Grades K-5 (completed)
Description: And exciting summer learning program filled with fun! Rotating weekly themes with Art, Wellness, and STEM. No field trips this year, space limited. Weekly sign-ups with no minimum. Camps offered at City Impact and First Evangelical Free Church. 7:30am-5:30pm. Please bring a sack lunch. Snacks provided!
Contact / Location: www.familyservicelincoln.org/youth-development-program (click on “New Parent Registration”
City Impact • 1035 N. 33rd St
First Free Church • 3280 S. 84th St
Fundamental Athletics Academy
IN-PERSON • Grades 1-5
Description: Sport-specific day camps, free play, and field trips make our program the FUN and healthy option for supervised summer FUN. Register by week or for the whole summer. Grades 1-5. Before & after care available. Sibling discounts!
Cost: Costs vary, please see website
Contact / Location: www.faalincoln.com
8400 Cody Dr • 402-975-8237
Genesis Health Clubs Might Kids
IN-PERSON • Ages 5-12
Description: At Mighty Camps, we create an enriching summer camp experience for kids ages 5–12 packed with active, fun-filled days that your child will be stoked to be a part of! Sport workshops, field trips, STEAM programming, improv classes, swimming, & character programming fill our days at Mighty Camp. Our full day weekly day camps run 7:30am-5:30pm, M-F, available 2, 3, & 5 days per week. Avoid a long, boring summer at home & join the Mighty Camp family in 2020!
Cost: Various rates based on number of days & membership (nonmembers welcome!) Please see brochure online to view options.
Contact / Location: www.genesishealthclubs.com/camps
Genesis Racquet Club • 5300 Old Cheney Rd • 402-413-1085
Intermix Dance Company
IN-PERSON • Ages 2 years – high school
Description: Sparkle & Shine, It’s Summer Time at Intermix Dance! Space is limited—please register online today!
UPDATED summer dates:
Summer sessions: June 22-26, July 13-17, July 27-31
Cutie Camps: July 20-23
Cost: Please call or email for information
Contact / Location: www.intermixdance.com
2755 Jamie Ln • 402-904-6753 • [email protected]
Kidspark of Lincoln
IN-PERSON • Ages 1.5-12
Description: Flexible camps that works with your schedule—whenever school is out! Fun weekly themes. Pick your days & pay as you go. Never pay for days when you are gone & all activities are included in our hourly rates! Come as little or as much as you’d like. As always, no reservation required! Drop in for a tour & hourly childcare—nights, evenings, & weekends as you need it!
Cost: All included in our regular hourly rates! Must be a registered family with KidsPark ($40 one-time fee if family remains active each calendar year) Use code LNKKIDS for half off registration + first hour FREE for up to three kids!
1 child: $8.50/hr or $59.50/day • Toddler fee is +$1/hour (not potty-trained)
2 siblings: $13/hr or $91/day • Each additional sibling is +$3/hour
Contact / Location: www.kidspark.com/lincoln
14th & Old Cheney • 402-413-8849
VIRTUAL • Grades 6-12 (entering)
Description: Launch Leadership's Homeshop (July 5-18, 2020) will engage students online in Launch’s signature experiential learning activities, created and developed specifically for Homeshop. There will be co-op time as well as large group time for some of our classic programs like Morning Jam and the Talent Show. There will also be built-in downtime so students can take a break from screens and engage in our content with their families and friends, both in real life and through social media. Registration open now through June 23.
Cost: $225 (scholarships may be available)
Contact / Location: https://www.launchleadership.org/about/services/homeshop-2020.html
Lincoln Children’s Museum
IN-PERSON • Ages 4 through 4th Grade
Description: UPDATE: LCM Summer camps will be 8am-5pm, full day, full week only. Space is limited to only 15 children per day—register now!
Kids explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math through the power of play! Includes playtime in the museum and exclusive programming on the top secret 3rd floor designed for making messes, friends, & memories.
Cost: $200/week members, $234/week nonmembers
Contact / Location: www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org
1420 P St • 402-477-4000
Lincoln Children's Zoo
Summer Camp Update: Yes, the Zoo is hosting in-person camps this summer, but at this point the registration is full in response to COVID-19. It is unlikely that enrollment will reopen, however, we recommend following them on social media to stay in the loop on camps, events, and other announcements this summer.
Contact / Location: www.LincolnZoo.org
https://www.facebook.com/lincolnchildrenszoo/ • 402-475-6741
IN-PERSON • Ages 4–teen
Description: Golf is a game that lasts a lifetime and provides benefits ranging from fitness, time outdoors, networking and more. Lincoln City Golf's Junior Golf Summer Programs welcome kids of all skill level from preK through high school. Programs are taught by expert PGA professionals for students to learn skills, sportsmanship, equipment use, and more. Programs are available across the city at all Lincoln City Golf f
Contact / Location: www.lincolncitygolf.org/programs/youth
[email protected] • 402-441-8963
Lincoln Lutheran Discovery camps
IN-PERSON • Grades 3-8 (entering)
Description: We offer engaging camps that inspire incoming 3rd-8th grade campers to discover and develop their God-given talents! From Science to Arts & Crafts to Baking Camp, we offer a variety of half-day camps at our Lincoln Lutheran campus. This summer we will take necessary health precautions to keep our campers safe. Multiple camp discounts available.
Cost: Half-Day camp $120.
Contact / Location: www.lincolnlutherancamps.com
1100 N. 56th St • 402-467-5404
Lincoln Parks & Recreations Summer Day Camps
IN-PERSON • Grades K-5
Description: As of June 1, Lincoln Parks & Recreation has not made a formal announcement about their summer programs regarding COVID-19, but given how important this camp opportunity is for the community, I encourage you to follow their page on Facebook to stay in-the-loop on information and announcements which are sure to be made soon. These camps are super fun day camps all about exploring, being outside, making friends, and being a kid.
Contact / Location: www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/programs/daycamps
[email protected] • 402-441-7952
LUX Center for the Arts Private Summer Program
IN-PERSON • Grades K-12 (completed) + Adult
Description: Due to COVID-19, LUX Center for the Arts has canceled many group classes and camps. However, creativity doesn’t stop in the wake of a pandemic—if anything it ramps up! So, we’ve redesigned our private art lessons for your safety and to allow parents and adult students to sign up online and keep the creativity flowing. Individual private lessons for grades K+, discounted sibling/family rate. Individual adult options, too. Masks will be required, so children must be comfortable wearing a fabric mask for one hour.
Cost: $35/hr one person • $45/hr two people • $55/hour three people (group attendees must reside in same home)
Contact / Location: www.luxcenter.org/lessons
2601 N. 48th St • 402-466-8692
Makit Takit Makit At Home Kit! Big Box
AT-HOME CAMP ALTERNATIVE • Grades 1-8
Description: In lieu of our regular in-person camps, this summer we are offering something new and awesome—the Makit at Home Big Box! Each box includes EVERYTHING you'd need to make 20+ crafts at home, keeping your kids busy at home all summer long! The kits are designed for school-age kids and contain so many crafts that we know they'll love, all for them to do at their own pace and on their own time. Kits include a huge list of supplies, special instructions, helpful video tutorials, and the password to our exclusive weekly show & tell Zoom meet-up, where we'll check in each week, help crafters, and show off all the creations! There are two options: Big Box for 2 (kit contains at least enough supplies to make 2x of each project) and Big Box for 4 (4x of each project). Remember—there are over 20 projects in each box! These sell out fast, please order/pre-order online and follow us on FB for in-stock announcements.
Cost: Box for 2: $100 • Box for 4: $150
Contact / Location: www.makittakit.com
4720 Prescott for pickup • 402-483-4232
Description: Morrill Hall is bringing Camp Archie to you this summer. Our virtual camp programs will explore natural history and science topics. Virtual camps are held via Zoom video call. Kids will interact with other campers and their instructors. Some camps may receive mailed supply kits if registration is completed 1 week in advance. This year’s topics include: bugs and worms, space, and fossils. Camps for grades 1-6. Register online at museum.unl.edu/camps. All camp dates are in July.
Cost: $40/member or $50/nonmember for 3-day camps. Insect camps are 1-day camps and can you can register for one or all four at $10/member/camp or $12.50/nonmember/camp.
Contact / Location: www.museum.unl.edu
Your home via Zoom • 402-472-2637
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
IN-PERSON • Ages 2.5-10
Description: My Gym’s Summer Camps provide nonstop fun all summer long! Half day camps either AM or PM on M/W/F, priced per day, discounts for multi-day sign-ups! Children play energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts & crafts, music, and more! Ages 2.5-10 (potty trained). Expanded options to accommodate smaller class sizes. Offered to members & nonmembers! Details & registration online.
Cost: Rate varies on number of days registered. SAVE 15% when you mention our ad in Lincoln Kids Magazine! Rates per child cost:
1-4 days $28/30 per day (member/nonmember) • 5-9 days $24/26 • 10+ days $22/24
Contact / Location: www.mygym.com/lincoln
2755 Jamie Ln • 402-802-9982
Paint Yourself Silly
IN-PERSON • Grades 1-6
Description: During LPS summer vacation, Paint Yourself Silly hosts fabulous evening summer art camps featuring unique projects guided by our expert Silly staff. Camps are held 5:30-7pm each night. Tuesdays at our Pine Lake location and Wednesdays at our Pioneer Woods location, all summer long! Parents are encouraged to drop off their children. Space limited. Register day by day online or by phone! Follow us on online to see all the options!
Cost: $30/camp, includes all supplies and firing!
Contact / Location: www.paintyourselfsilly.net
1501 Pine Lake Rd • 402-423-1030
4101 Pioneer Woods Dr • 402-486-1010
PIONEERS PARK NATURE CAMPS
IN-PERSON • Ages 3-6, 6-13
Description: Pioneers Park Nature Center day camp programs are designed to inspire curiosity and build understanding of others and of their surroundings through guidance of caring staff, featuring the outdoors and natural wonders. Come prepared to be outdoors, get dirty, and enjoy fun, themed day camps in nature.
*Under normal circumstances, Nature Camps are open to ages 3-17. This summer, PPNC summer camp options are subject to change due to COVID-19. Please contact the Nature Center for the most up-to-date availability.
Cost: Ages 3-6: $90/week (AM only); Ages 6-13: $190/week (full days)
Contact / Location: www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/park/naturecenter/camps
[email protected] • 402-441-7895
SAC Aerospace Museum
IN-PERSON • Grades 1-8 (entering)
Description: Over 10 themes including Military Adventure Camp, Aviation, Aerospace, Robotics, Drones and more in 1 and 3 day options. All camps are led by the Museum’s education staff and include hands-on fun activities to create safe and engaging camp experiences. Camps run 9am-4pm, before care (7:30am) and after care (5:30pm) available for $8 daily fee. Additional fee applies for pick-up after 5:30pm.
Cost: $50/65 one day camp (member/nonmember) • $150/180 three day camp
Contact / Location: www.sacmuseum.org
VIRTUAL • Grades K-1 (entering)
Description: Exciting educational Zoom camps for incoming K & 1st grade students to prepare them for their elementary years. Multisensory literact instruction, multisensory math instruction, social emotional skills.
Tue / Wed / Thu two-week sessions (six days) • $160
June 2-11; June 16-11; July 7-16; July 21-30
Contact / Location: Virtual via Zoom! www.simplisticsolutions-ne.com
IN-PERSON • Grades PreK-8
Description: Skyview Learning Academy is thrilled to be offering a dynamic summer filled with S.T.E.A.M-based, hands-on and challenge-inspired day camps. From exploring the Amazon Rainforest all the way to adventuring in the Artic, students will be actively engaged in learning all about our amazing world as well as having fun in the sun exploring our nature filled campus and splashing down the giant slip and slide into our new mud pit! Get your passport ready for our WORLD TOUR Day Camps! Transportation available to and from Lincoln and Waverly each day.
Contact / Location: www.skyviewlearningacademy.org
1066 S. 4th Rd • 402-890-5640
SPARK Summer Learning
IN-PERSON • Grades K-5 (completed)
Description: Camps run M-F June 22-July 31, full days 9am-4pm & half days 9am-noon. FREE extended care 7am–6pm. Explore. Play. Create. Spark days are packed full of summer camp fun with STEAM programming to spark curiosity about the world we live in. The program also includes plenty of outdoor time and all meals for full-time students. Open to kids that have completed K-5. Extended care hours before and after available for FREE. Scholarships available. Registration only takes 15 minutes, send yours today—spots are filling quickly.
6-week session $199/week + $30 one-time activates fee
Weekly Half day $130/week + $10 activities fee
Weekly Full day $235/week + $10 activities fee
Contact / Location: www.sparksummer.org
5905 O St • 402-436-1612
St. Paul UMC Virtual Summer Adventure
VIRTUAL • PreK through 5th grade
Description: Since we are not yet able to meet in person for VBS, we still have some FUN planned this summer! Join us virtually every Wednesday evening at 6:30, June 17–July 8. "SPK Academy" is looking for new recruits to help investigate the truths of Jesus. Agent recruits will be trained to answer an important question…Who is Jesus? Agents will report each week for worship briefing, have access to case files that contain evidence, clues, and eye witness accounts. Registration includes one case file per child available via drive-thru pick-up. Please register by June 5th for supplies; registration officially closes on June 15th.
Contact / Location: https://www.facebook.com/events/178182376904534/
Virtual/your home • 402-477-6951
Theatre Arts for Kids
VIRTUAL • Ages 6 – high school
Description: Join the TAFK family for an summer of exciting musical theatre camps from the safety of your home! Options include half or full day theatre camps in a wide range of themes, like Elmo, Broadway, Total Theatre, Scriptwriting, and more. Also available are 45-minute, 1-week voice lessons, and our biggest summer experience, a full day, 2-week musical theatrical production: Disney’s Frozen Jr. Classes are grouped by age. Visit our website for the lineup!
Cost: Various costs depending on programs selected. Scholarships available! Please see flyer on page 46 in Lincoln Kids Magazine or visit online for the lineup.
Contact / Location: Virtual via Zoom! www.tafk.org
True Dance & Company
VIRTUAL • Ages 2-6
Description: Sail Away with TDC’s Online Summer Dance Camps! Camps have transitioned to virtual options. We’ll deliver an exclusive camp kit to your front door! Our camps are a magical highlight of the summer! Space limited, register online today.
Mermaids & Pirates June 1-5 • Ages 3-6, 10-11:30
Princess Camp June 15-19 • Ages 2-3, 3-4:30pm • Ages 4-6, 5-6:30pm
Tutti Fruitti Luau July 20-24 • Ages 2-3, 9-10:30am • Ages 4-6, 11am-12:30pm
Contact / Location: Virtual via Zoom! www.truedancelincoln.com
VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON • Ages 3-6
Description: Register now for True Knowledge Preschool’s Fairytale Summer Camp! Space extremely limited and first-come, first-serve for in-person camps. The rest of campers will join in via Zoom. Ages 3-6, June 15-19 from 9-11am and 12-2pm. Enchanting fun with hands-on activities, crafts, music, and more!
Cost: Cost varies, please call to register!
Contact / Location: www.trueknowledgelincoln.com
5445 Red Rock Ln • 402-570-1252
Wee Wisdom Preschool & Academy
IN-PERSON • Ages 3-6
Description: Fun & educational Summer Camps offered at Wee Wisdom Christian Preschool & Academy, a ministry of Citylight Church. Themed art, stories, & fun! Children will play, learn, create, and make friends & memories.
June 15-19 Let’s All Go Camping • June 22-26 Jungle Jam | 9-11:30am
Contact / Location: www.weewisdompreschool.org
5201 Old Cheney Rd • 402-420-7111
YMCA Lincoln Day Camps • YMCA Lincoln Sports Camps
Summer Camp Update: Due to COVID-19 and the safety measures in place at the Y, YMCA youth camps are only offered at 2 of their 5 locations. With early enrollment, those camp spots are nearly full. We recommend following them on Social Media to stay in the loop on Y happenings this summer!
Contact / Location: www.ymcalincoln.org • www.facebook.com/YMCALincolnNE
YOUNG NEBRASKA SCIENTISTS
IN-PERSON + VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES • Grades 6-12 (entering)
Description: Middle & high school #STEM camps across Nebraska at UNL, Wesleyan, Bellevue, UNK, Creighton & more. At YNS camps, Nebraska students learn through engaging, active-learning style experiences and experience life on a college campus. Some camps have cancelled, some have gone virtual. The best way to keep informed is to follow our YNS Facebook page and Twitter account @NebraskaEPSCoR.
YNS also sponsors paid summer research internships in university laboratories for high school students. Requirements: 16 years old, incoming Junior or Senior, and live in the Lincoln area.
Cost: Please see website. Need-based scholarships readily available.
Contact / Location: www.yns.nebraska.edu/camps
Multiple sites + home/virtual • 402-472-8946
*VIRTUAL // NOT LOCAL*
Opera Theatre of St. Louis
VIRTUAL • Grades 4-7 (entering)
Description: An introduction to the magic of opera! Singing, writing, composing and making instruments, virtually instructed by OTSL professionals and leading music educators! Campers will also learn about costuming, stage makeup, lighting, and set design. Campers will finish the week with their own video production of an opera scene inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Cost: $85/week per student
Contact / Location: Virtual! https://www.opera-stl.org/explore-and-learn/for-students/2020-opera-camp-for-kids
Want to add your program? It's FREE. Send the following info to [email protected].
In-person or virtual? • Ages range/grades
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Contact / Location: Website, Address, Phone