20 Exciting Summer Camps in the Omaha Area This Year | Art, Science, Sports + More

May 5, 2017Add a CommentPosted By

Growing up with midwest summers is an opportunity our children are blessed to experience, especially in the Omaha area. We have access to southwestern Iowa destinations like Loess Hills State Forest and educational institutions like Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and Lauritzen Gardens.

But you don’t have to take time off work for your children to enjoy everything the region has to offer — though we do recommend getting outside more than a few times! When you’re not exploring Zorinsky Lake as a family or celebrating at a nearby festival, we suggest signing your children up for a local summer camp. That way, they can learn, play and experience Omaha all summer long. And the best part is, they’ll go back to school having learned even more over the long break!


The Durham Museum

Who: Kids in grades 1-6
When: One-week sessions May 29-August 3

The Durham Museum is celebrating the summer with 19 different themed camps. Find the perfect camp for your family — from detective mysteries and Harry Potter adventures to local history, film production and everything in between!

Outside of the camps, the museum is offering Summer Fun Days to provide you some flexibility during the holiday weeks. Available the weeks of Memorial Day and Independence Day, you can choose from eight different themes and days, and choose to attend for the whole week, several days or even just one day.

All camps include a before and after care option to fit your schedule. Find the full details on age ranges, themes and dates here.


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Who: Kids ages 3-14 (divided by age group)
When: One-week sessions in June and July


The Omaha zoo has five different camp options to choose from with 38 themes and even more dates throughout the season! Find out more about their Kinder Safari Camps for children ages 3 and 4, One Day Camps and Two Day Camps for children 5-11, Overnight Camps, and Five Day Camps with options for children ages 5-14. If your kids would an enjoy an overnight stay inside the Lied Jungle building, this is a must!


Camp Legacy

Who: Kids ages 3-11
When: One-week sessions May 29 to August 24

Camp Legacy has been consistently named in the Best of Omaha rankings as one of the area’s best youth summer camps since 2015. Beginning May 29, your children can participate in Lower Camp for ages 3-5 or Upper Camp for Kindergarten through 6th grade. With Mini-Camp, Full-Day Camp and extended care options, it’s the perfect choice for varying schedules, and your kids can be safe, be active and learn all season long! One of our favorite parts about Camp Legacy is that registration never closes as long as there are spaces available. So there’s no deadline to register!


UNO Summer Camps

Who: Kids from grades 1-12 (depending on camp)
When: Dates vary depending on camp (information here)

In Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha 2014 rankings, UNO was ranked second amongst youth summer camps offered in the Omaha metro area! With 16 different camps — from sports to tech to jazz — you can’t go wrong choosing one of these camps for your children. Camp ages range from elementary through high school based on the program.

If you want to keep your kids moving all season, the UNO sports camps include basketball, soccer, volleyball and swimming!


Omaha Children’s Museum

Who: Kids ages 4-8
When: One-week sessions in June and July

Omaha Children's Museum Summer Camps

Photos courtesy of Omaha Children’s Museum

On top its daily programming and exhibits for you and your kids to enjoy, Omaha Children’s Museum is offering 26 themed day camps this summer with multiple sessions and dates. Register your four year old for Mini Jedi Training, or get your budding Harry Potter fan involved in the Wizardry Academy (new this year)! There’s something for every child between 4 and 8-years-old — from science and art to animals and even a dinosaur safari.


Creighton Jr. Jays Day Camps

Who: Kids ages 5-18
When: Four-day sessions from May 29-June 29

This summer, Creighton’s soccer programs for men and women will be offering various summer camps for your budding soccer players aged 5 to 18. Most of the programs are targeted for younger kids, and these include basic skill development and fun competition. Check out the list of the 2017 Creighton Boy’s Summer Camps for complete details on five different options. Or, peruse the 2017 Bluejay Girl’s Soccer Academy listings to find Jr. Jays Day Camp details as well as Forward and Goalkeeper programs, high school options and an overnight camp!


SAC Aerospace Museum

Who: Kids in grades 1-8
When: One-week sessions June 4-July 27

If you’re child has ever wanted to be an astronaut, now’s the time to practice! The SAC Aerospace Museum is celebrating summer, space and education with one, three and five-day camps. Whether the camp has a robotics, flight or military theme, your kids can learn and experience everything there is to love about air and space. Grades range from 1st to 8th depending on the camp, and children will be divided based on their age.


City of Omaha Parks

Who: Kids in grades 1-7
When: One-week sessions in June and July

If your child has a love for the outdoors and a rambunctious sense of adventure, register today for a City of Omaha Parks summer camp. Hummel Day Camp is an outdoor nature-based program that has remained a symbol of summer fun for Omaha’s children for over 65 years. And just recently, the department has added camps at Hanscom and Zorinsky! Any one of the programs are perfect for anyone hoping to learn more about nature while being immersed in it.


Lauritzen Gardens

Who: Kids ages 4-12
When: One-week sessions May 28-July 27

The Summer Adventure Day Camps at Lauritzen Gardens provide a unique learning experience for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Throughout the camps children learn science concepts and interact with nature through hands-on activities, arts and crafts, and more. Choose a single day or week-long program with both half-day and full-day options! You can also add extended hours so the camp meets your family’s specific needs.


Metropolitan Community College: College for Kids

Who: Kids ages 3-11
When: One-week sessions June 4-July 27

College for Kids is a popular summer camp option offered by Metropolitan Community College. With locations in Blair, Millard, Bennington, Gretna, Papillion, Fremont and West Omaha throughout the season, there’s a perfect match for your kids and your schedule. For older kids, check out College for Teens options.


YMCA of Greater Omaha

Who: Kids ages 5-12
When: One-week sessions May 29 to August 10

Omaha YMCA Summer Camps

Photo courtesy of YMCA of Greater Omaha

The camps at YMCA of Greater Omaha offer kids a fun, safe and engaging environment where they can find friends, a sense of belonging and accomplishment — all while learning! Parents can rest easy knowing your child is learning every day. And they’ve been named the best youth summer camp in Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha rankings in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017! This year, they’re offering summer day camp, specialty camps, full and half day camps and even camps for preschoolers and teenagers, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your family. Check out the full guide and schedule here.


Joslyn Art Museum

Who: Kids ages 4-18 (Divided by age group)
When: One-week sessions in June and July

Spend the summer making art with Joslyn Art Museum! There are options for every age from four-year-olds to teens and even day camps during the week of July 4th. With more than 35 camp options and themes, your child can color, draw, sculpt and even try their hand at printmaking! See the full list here.


The Rose Theater

Who: Aspiring actors and actresses ages 4-18 (depending on program)
When: Dates vary throughout the summer

Regardless of your child’s interests, your young performer can find their place in the spotlight at Omaha’s Rose Theater. Rose teachers include professional actors, accomplished dancers, award-winning playwrights, highly-decorated directors and renowned choreographers so you can rest assured your child is learning from the best. Check the website for the full line-up of over 50 themes and programs!


Jewish Community Center

Who: Ages vary depending on camp
When: One-week sessions June 5-August 10

In the spring of 1926, the Jewish Community Center of Omaha opened its doors, immediately offering a safe place for every child and family in our community. Now, thousands of campers later, the Jewish Community Center of Omaha Summer Camp has evolved into one of the premiere programs in the city. The center’s staff completes over 25 hours of training, including American Red Cross Safety, CPR and First Aid workshops so you know your child will be safe all summer.

Check the website to find out all your day camp options! And remember, everyone is welcome at the Jewish Community Center!


Camp Fun-Plex

Who: Kids ages 7-13
When: June 18-22 or July 16-20

Camp Fun Plex

Photo courtesy of Camp Fun-Plex

Omaha’s Fun-Plex is Nebraska’s premier ride and water park. Who wouldn’t want to spend the summer there?! Your children will enjoy access to waterslides, motion ocean, the lazy river, go-karts and mini golf — including behind the scenes tours so they can learn how everything works, including how to be a lifeguard! Other activities include crafts, scavenger hunts and field games. A low camper-to-staff ratio and controlled environment ensure safety and plenty of fun!


Fine Lines: Camp for Creative Writers

Who: Kids in grades 4-12 (and options for college students and adults!)
When: July 16-20

Since 1991, Fine Lines has provided a place where creative writers can share their written ideas. Fine Lines’ Camp for Creative Writers, held June 19-23 this year, invites students of all ages to join in the fun. From sentences to poems to stories and more, your elementary, high school and college aged students can all have fun this summer and learn from one another.


Summer Day Camp at Gifford Farm

Who: Kids ages 4-12
When: One-week sessions from June 18 to July 27 (check brochure for details)

Enroll your child in summer day camp at Bellevue’s Gifford Farm, and it is bound to be the highlight of his or her summer! Campers will enjoy a full week of indoor and outdoor activities including crafts, stories, games and more — and plenty of interacting with the resident animals. Check the brochure to figure out which camp is right for you!


Henry Fonda Theatre Academy

Who: Ages vary depending on camp (see brochure)
When: June 4-July 26

Henry Fonda Theatre Academy Summer Camps

Photo courtesy of Henry Fonda Theatre Academy

Henry Fonda Theatre Academy is the educational wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse. By cultivating creativity and personal growth, each program will increase your child’s confidence, knowledge and, most importantly, their sense of adventure. There are four themes offered for youth classes this summer with multiple dates and age ranges.

In addition to those camps, the academy is hosting their annual Player’s Production from July 17 through July 28. Formerly known as First Stage Theatre Academy, Player’s Production is a two-week intensive that immerses students in the art of theatre — from directing to dancing and singing. The program ends with a full length production for the whole family to see what the kids have been working on!


Oxbow Animal Health: Veterinarian Camps

Who: Kids completing 2nd through 5th Grades
When: Four-day sessions June 4 through August 2

Oxbow is a small mammal health food company located in the Omaha area. As one of the premier educators in small animal care, they offer the perfect opportunity for your children to dabble in veterinarian work. The four-day camp includes many hands-on activities involving live animals, games and unique crafts, and culminates with a mock surgery on the last day! Campers even get their very own set of scrubs and a stethoscope to take home.

They still have a few dates open in Bellevue, Lincoln and Elmwood so sign up today!


Expedition Omaha

Who: Kids ages 6-12
When: One-week sessions beginning June 11, June 18, July 16 and July 30

For the local adventurers, Expedition Omaha is our go-to choice this summer! It’s a full week of outdoor and indoor fun hosted by Approach Climbing Gym. There will be rock climbing, outdoor education, guided hikes, trips to the raptor refuge, stand up paddle boarding, ice skating, slack lining and much more! The camp is offered once in each summer month — June, July and August — so register today.


How do your kids celebrate summer?

Share your favorite Omaha area camps and summertime activities with us in the comments!

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