Educational

Hope Troupe Audition

Date
May 21 - 4:00 p.m.
Location
4801 Franklin Ave., Beaverdale, IA
Event For
grades 8-12
Cost
Free
Organization
Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre
Contact
David VanCleave
Information
HOPE! is a child abuse prevention peer education program. Each year, students conduct research, learn from professionals, write an original script, and perform across central Iowa educating audiences on the types of abuse and their impact.

Kayak Basics

Date
May 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Thomas Mitchell Park, pond
Cost
$10
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.

Des Moines Social Club Summer Camp

Date
June 3 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Social Club
Event For
grades K-8
Cost
$175-280
Organization
Des Moines Social Club
Contact
Monica Dreasher
Phone
515-369-3672
Information
We’re always coming up with new things at DMSC! Join us this summer for some old favorites and new experiences for either a full-day or half-day weekly summer camp. Once you’ve registered, please complete a 2019 Summer Camp Registration Packet and email it to monica@desmoinessocialcamp.org

Princess Adventures

Date
June 4 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Jester Park, Shelter #6
Event For
ages 4-6
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Girls ages 4-6 are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them). We will learn about a courageous woman from the past and participate in a nature activity, followed by a tea party with a snack.

Crime Scene Investigation Camp

Date
June 10 (all day)
Location
DMACC Ankeny Campus
Event For
students entering grades 6-9
Cost
$145
Organization
Des Moines Area Community College
Contact
Jill Whitson
Phone
515-256-4907
Information
This exciting, educational, hands-on, biotechnology CSI camp is filled with multiple exercises led by DMACC Criminal Justice and Biotechnology faculty. Students will immerse themselves in a world of forensic science, crime scene investigation, security, and intelligence.

Discoveries Summer Program

Date
June 10 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 7-8 (fall 2019)
Cost
$450
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-294-1772
Information
An exciting program designed with the needs of seventh- and eighth-graders in mind, students enroll in a course that is four full days of non-residential programming allowing them to dive deeper into their subject material. Campers in this program eat lunch on campus in a dining center with our team.

JA BizTown Summer Camp 2019

Date
June 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
6100 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA
Event For
ages 10-13
Organization
Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
Contact
Tracy Zimmerman
Phone
515-279-9602
Information
JA BizTown Summer Camp is an academic camp designed to educate and enhance the camper's financial literacy learning while infusing entrepreneurship, work, and career readiness, team work, marketing, philanthropy, and public speaking. Early Bird Special: $190 until Feb. 28, 2019, and then goes up to $220/camper.

Young Writers’ Workshop

Date
June 14 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines
Event For
grades 7-12
Cost
$150
Organization
State Historical Society of Iowa/Iowa Historical Foundation
Contact
Jeff Morgan
Phone
515-281-5111
Information
How does where you come from enrich your writing? Find out when you join award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill of Chicago for the Young Writers’ Workshop. Tour the museum’s archives, discover an artifact in the Visible Vault exhibit, and weave the past into fiction that reflects you as a writer.

Young Writers’ Workshop

Date
June 14 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines
Event For
grades 7-12
Cost
$150
Organization
State Historical Museum of Iowa
Contact
Jennifer Cooley
Phone
515-281-5111
Information
Join award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill of Chicago for the Young Writers' Workshop. You'll take a tour of the museum's archives, discover the story behind an artifact in the Visible Vault exhibition, and weave the past into fiction that reflects you as a writer.

Clive Fire Department Kid Academy

Date
June 15 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
8505 Harbach Boulevard, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
Clive residents ages 8-12
Cost
$25
Organization
Clive Fire Department
Contact
Clay Garcia
Phone
515-223-1595
Information
Kids can join the Clive Fire Department for a four-day program meeting three hours per day. The course gives participants a fun, highly interactive, and educational glimpse into the fire service and what firefighters do. Learn hands-on skills and classroom instruction on Fire and EMS operations.

Adventures Summer Program

Date
June 17 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 3-6 (fall 2019)
Cost
$200/course
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-295-1772
Information
Students in Adventures have the opportunity to learn about exciting subject areas in a fun-filled environment. The Adventures program for rising third- through sixth-grade students consists of half-day (non-residential) classes giving students an opportunity to take one to four classes during the two weeks.

Explorations Summer Program

Date
July 7 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 9-11 (fall 2019)
Cost
$1,500
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-294-1772
Information
Rising ninth- through 11th-grade students are invited to take advantage of the in-depth and exciting programming through a week-long Explorations program. Students have the opportunity to stay in a residence hall on Iowa State’s campus while spending their days in an engaging academic course.

Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp

Date
July 8 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
Rising Junior or Senior High School Students
Cost
$100.00
Organization
Grand View University
Contact
Ola Kelly
Phone
704-715-9062
Information
This five-day hands-on learning program will be developed and taught by experienced instructors from the Wells Fargo technical community. The program will provide a one-week introduction to: programming in Python, data exploration and visualization, and statistical modeling and machine learning.

SummerSongs! Choir Camp

Date
July 12 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
grades 4-8
Cost
$325
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades 4-8 for a week of music and fun in SummerSongs! Choir Camp July 7-12, 2019. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

SummerTunes! Choir Camp

Date
July 12 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
grades K-3
Cost
$125
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades K-3 for a week of music and fun in SummerTunes! Choir Camp July 8-12, 2019. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

Camp Invention Summer STEM Camp

Date
July 15 (all day)
Location
Cowles Montessori School, 6401 College Ave, Des Moines, IA 50324
Event For
all ages
Cost
$235
Organization
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Contact
Jesse Wilcox
Phone
515-450-2759
Information
Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program Supercharged. Children transform their imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will code robots, unearth fossils, build boats, and use collaboration and problem solving during hands-on, STEM activities. Camp runs July 15-19.

Des Moines Performing Arts Summer Camps

Date
August 2 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Des Moines Civic Center
Event For
entering grades 3-12 or entering college in fall 2019
Cost
$250-495
Organization
Des Moines Performing Arts
Contact
Lynnae Lathrop, Education Program Coordinator – Camps
Phone
515-246-2360
Information
Young people will sharpen their skills, stretch their imaginations, and create unique memories through a variety of Des Moines Performing Arts education opportunities with theater professionals as the instructors.

Back-to-School Health Fair

Date
August 3 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
2190 NW 82nd St., Suite A, Clive
Organization
Clive Community Services
Contact
Stephanie Horak
Phone
515-257-8550
Information
Clive Community Services Back-to-School Health Fair provides school and sport physicals, vision and dental screenings, immunizations, haircuts, and school forms assistance.

Des Moines Art Center Programing

Date
August 16 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Art Center 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50312
Event For
all ages
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Mia Farrell
Phone
515-271-0316
Information
Summer will be here before you know if. Don’t settle for anything less than amazing. Enroll the entire family in summer classes at the Art Center. Check out our #entirelyunexpected course offerings!

Summer Art Explorers (AUGUST 2019)

Date
August 16 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
grades K-5
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Kara Fedje
Phone
515-271-0349
Information
Summer Art Explorers is a great way for kids to build their visual literacy and cultural proficiency by participating in a tour of the Des Moines Art Center and creating a related art project. Sign up for a variety of two-hour learning programs at the Art Center.

Living History Farms Summer Day Camp

Date
August 16 (all day)
Location
Living History Farms
Event For
grades K-8
Cost
$260
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Abby Hoffman-Carlson
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Kids connect to history, science, and nature through fun and engaging outdoor experiences, hands-on activities, games, crafts, and visits to Living History Farms’ historic sites. The fun and learning never stops at Living History Farms’ Summer Day Camp!

Living History Farms Summer Barnyard Readers

Date
October 12 - 10:30 a.m.
Location
Living History Farms
Event For
ages 3-5
Cost
$22
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Abby Hoffman-Carlson
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Together with your 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old, listen to a story or two about a farm animal and participate in a special activity in the Visitor Center. Then, take a ride on our tractor-drawn cart out to the farm to see the animal of the day, and take a look around the barnyard!