School ends soon–check out these summer day camps

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Programs for your kids in South Kansas City

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

Barstow Summer Camp – 11511 State Line Rd. Choose between 4- and 6-week day camps on academics, arts, sports and enrichment for children ages 3–14 beginning May 29. Extended care options are available. 816-277-0445 or

Camp Kaleidoscope – Grandview Parks & Recreation at The View Community 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,

Campfire Heartland– Held at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park or Maple Wood Community College or Hollis Renewal Center. 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,

Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Rd. Day camp for ages 6-13 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 4-Aug. 10. Activities include art projects, games and sports, swimming and field trips. Cost is $80 per week with lunch a snack.  Scholarships are available. 816-513-8560.

KC Police Department and the city sponsor a free five-day youth academy at the South Patrol Campus, 9701 Marion Park Dr. for ages 12-15 on police operations and law enforcement careers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23-27. Includes lunch and field trips. Limited to 30 youth. 816-234-5404.

Notre Dame de Sion—10631 Wornall Rd. Sports camps, academic courses and college prep workshops for grades 8-12 plus arts, STEM, world languages and wellness/fitness for preK-8 grades beginning June 4. 816-942-3282 or

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

St. Thomas More, 118th & Holmes Rd. Summer Cyclones, May 30-August 3, for K-6th Grade. The theme Travel the World will focus on skill building, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, nature and more. Contact

Sports Camps

Riding Camp at the Riding Club at Clanton Performance Horses, 21622 S. Harper Rd., Peculiar, MO. A fun filled week of horses. Learn basic horsemanship, horseback riding, grooming, crafts and games. Two sessions: June 12 – 18 and July 31 – August 3. Hours are from 10 am to 3 pm. Open to ages 5+. 816-709-9054.

Rockhurst Hawklet Soccer Camp  at 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. 816-392- 5158, (click summer camps link on left side).

Eagles Gymnastics, 209 W. 135 St. Kids learn gymnastics, make obstacle courses, create crafts, take cooking lessons, get crazy with science experiments and more. Lunch and snacks included. 816-941- 9529,

Martin City Golf Center, 1 E. 135 St. Classes at all levels for kids ages 5-16 and families. 816-941- 9000,

Integrity Martial Arts Academy, Red Bridge Shopping Center. Two 5-day sessions in June 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. 816-942- 9992,

Arts Camps

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

Musical Theater Heritage Camp at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd. Some of Kansas City’s most sought-after professional actors lead a variety of musical summer camps for all skill levels for k-12th graders. Camp Hamilton, Camp Hogwarts, The Jedi and Auditioning camps are just a few of fun-sounding themes. 816-221- 6987,  

The Martin City Melodrama Komedy Kidstitute Comedy Camps, 702 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Grandview. Have fun learning how to tell a joke, perform slapstick, throw a cream pie, improvise and more. Three sessions in June. 913-642- 7576,

The Pulse, 11141 Locust St., Red Bridge Shopping Center. Dance classes begin June 11 for recreational and competitive dancing for all ages. 816-941- 2278,

Danceworks Conservatory, 13149 State Line Rd. Ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop and more. 816-941- 7903,

Christian Youth Theater. Half-day, full-day and overnight camps are held throughout the metro area, including the Christ Community Church at 14200Kenneth Rd. in Leawood. 913-681- 3318,

Theater for Young America. Goppert Theater on Avila campus for the summer camp Dracula on July 30-Aug. 4, 7th-12th grades. Other productions for younger ages at Union Station and Wonderscope. 816-460- 2000,

Vacation Bible Schools

Many churches are still in the process of planning their Vacation Bible Schools at time of publication.

First Church of the Nazarene – 11811 State Line Rd. Kanakuk Kamp-Out, July 23-27, for ages 5-12. This traveling Christian day camp experience from Kanakuk includes ziplines, a climbing wall, incredible inflatables and crazy skits. 417-266- 3000, For ages 3-5, Tumbleweed Gulch Vacation Bible School run June 18-21, 6:15 – 8 pm.

John Knox Kirk, 11430 Wornall Rd. Heartland Camps Traveling Day Camp, July 30-Aug. 3 for grades K-6, $90 per week. 816-942- 3637,


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