Camp Kaleidoscope is offered each summer by Grandview Parks & Recreation. Photo by:

School’s Getting Out Soon. What Will Your Kids Do?

You probably don’t have to be told that summer is around the corner and the kids will be out of school. You may appreciate that there are still spots available at a variety of summer camps in the area. We’ve put together a very brief list of camps you might want to check out.

Summer Camp campfire
Camp Fire Heartland offers summer camps for all ages and genders. Photo courtesy Camp Fire Heartland Facebook.

Summer Camps

You probably don’t have to be told that summer is around the corner and the kids will be out of school. You may appreciate that there are still spots available at a variety of summer camps in the area. We’ve put together a very brief list of camps you might want to check out.

Adventure Camps

Camp Kaleidoscope – Grandview Parks & Recreation Center, 13500 Byars Rd. Weekly field trips, swimming, sports, games, crafts, rock wall, special guests. All just $100 a week as needed. Extra charge for swimming lessons. 816-316-4888., click on Parks and Recreation and then Programs.

Campfire Heartland – Held at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park or Maple Wood Community College. Campfire is not just for girls anymore. It welcomes everyone with every interest. Each week has a theme and can include fire building, archery, swimming, camp songs, crafts, etc. 816-285-9441
Red Bridge YMCA, Indian Creek Elementary School, 9801 Grand Ave. Youth Day Camp. Theme weeks with field trips, swimming, arts & crafts, nature, science. 816-942-2020.

St. Theresa’s Summer Camp, 5600 Main St. Specifically for girls who want to attend specialized sessions for various sports, STEAM, the arts, or acquiring credited courses during the summer. 816-501-0011

Sports Camps

Rockhurst Hawklet Soccer Camp – Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Rd. The Hawklets have won many state championships and now their coach can make your child a champion player. Four sessions will cover the basics of playing soccer for children K-9th grade in the fall. or call 816-392-5158.

Eagles Gymnastics, 209 W 135 St. In addition to letting kids jump off the walls, they do cooking, science experiments and Thursday water play. Special pricing on unlimited classes for 10 weeks. 816-941-9529
Martin City Golf Center, 1 E 135 St. Classes at all levels for kids and families. 816-941-9000.

Integrity Martial Arts Academy – Red Bridge Shopping Center. Two 5-day sessions filled with intense, high level training. No martial arts experience necessary. 816-761-0143.

Mac-n-Seitz Baseball, 13705 Holmes Rd. A total of 12 hours of baseball practice with an expert instructor per session. Sessions run May 30-June 1 and June 12-14. 816-942-9992.

Bill Waris Blue Jays Basketball Camp – Bishop O’Hare High School, 9001 James A. Reed Rd. Improve on basketball skills. Open to boys and girls. July 10-13. Other locations and times as well. 816-536-9895

KC Blue Lion Lacrosse – Rockhurst University and various locations.  The the oldest lacrosse club in the Kansas City area offers camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 6-18 the opportunity to learn the game as a beginner or advanced skill training as an experienced player. For more information check out the Blue Lion website at or email us at Summer programs begin the first week of June.

Arts Camps

Cartoon Camp – 9818 Summit. Aspiring artists meet at cartoonist Ron Wheeler’s studio to learn to draw cartoons with personality, model clay, create comic strips and draw online. Free t-shirt. Three sessions in July. 816-941-9221

Musical Theater Heritage Camp – Crown Center, 2450 Grand. Some of Kansas City’s most sought-after professional actors lead a variety of musical summer camps for all skill levels. Camp Hamilton, Camp Hogwarts, Super Hero and Auditioning camps are just a few of fun-sounding themes. 816-221-6987

The Martin City Melodrama Komedy Kidstitute Comedy Camps – Blue Ridge Blvd (130th St) near Martin City. Have fun learning how to tell a joke, perform slapstick, throw a cream pie and more. Three sessions: Komedy Kidstitute, Grades K-12, June 5-17, 9 am – 4:30 pm; Calling All Comediennes, for girls Grades 7-12, July 17-21, 9 am – noon; Komedy for Kiddies, ages 4-8, July 24-28, 9 am – noon. 913-642-7576.

The Pulse – 11141 Locust St. Dance classes during a 7-week session beginning June 19 for recreational and competitive dancing for all ages. 816-941-2278

Danceworks Conservatory – 13149 State Line Rd. Fairy Princess, American Girl, Hip Hop Flip Flop and Music Video summer camps for the little ones. Older girls ages 9-18 can participate in Four-Day Dance Intensive. 816-941-7903

Christian Youth Theater, acting workshops and camps held throughout metro area, including the Christ Community Church at 14200 Kenneth Rd. 913-681-3318

Theater for Young America – Goppert Theater on Avila campus for the summer camp Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. July 24-August 4. 7th – 12th Grade. Other productions for younger ages at Union Station and Wonderscope. or call 816-460-2000.
Vacation Bible Schools

Red Bridge United Methodist – 636 E 117th St. Kids participate in Hero Central theme. July 10 – 13. 5:30 – 8 pm. Register online at or call 941-0112.

First Church of the Nazarene – 11811 State Line Rd. Kanakuk Kamp-Out. July 5-7. 8:40 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ages 5-12. This traveling Christian day camp experience from Kanakuk includes ziplines, a climbing wall, incredible inflatables, and crazy skits! Enroll at

Holmeswood Baptist Church – 9700 Holmes Rd. Crafts and Bible lessons at Maker Fun Factory. July 18-20. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free. Kindergarten – 5th grade. Register online at

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – 5901 East 135th Street, Grandview. July 24-28. 9 a.m. – noon. Free. Age 3 (potty-trained) – completion of 5th grade. Register online at or call the church office at 816-763-3211.

John Knox Kirk – 11430 Wornall Rd. Heartland Camps Traveling Day Camp. July 31 – August 4. Mon-Thur, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. , Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. K-6th Grade. Register online at

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