We know that finding summer camps in Indy is on the top of every parent’s list of things to figure out. While summer in Indianapolis can be truly magical we KNOW as parents that it can also be a frustrating time where you are struggling to piece together childcare and entertainment week by week and month by month. We hope that this guide to Indianapolis Summer Camps provides the insight that you need to plan a fun and stress free summer for all!
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Based out of the Skip and Alex Lange Innovation Center, Discovery Day Camp is open to the public and has four different Discovery Tracks to choose from throughout the Summer. Regardless of which Discovery Track you choose your camper will also participate in Camp Belzer favorites like obstacle courses, The Maze, BB guns, archery, swimming, science experiments, crafts, and much more. With shooting sports and pool time everyday Discovery Day Camp is your home for the entire summer.
Discovery Day Camp serves youth age five to ten years old in age specific groups of 5-6 year olds, 7-8 year olds and 9-10 year olds. Each group had two dedicated staff members.
Discovery Tracks: Outdoor Adventures (5-6 Year Olds)
Discover the Wild (7 – 8 Year Olds)
Tracks in the Woods (9 – 10 Year Olds)
Camp Cathedral is dedicated to providing every camper with a safe environment where he/she can learn, discover, and have lots of fun! They offer more than 50 enrichment camps, including theatre, music, art, civil air patrol, Minecraft, and community service. Their popular sports camps offer the opportunity to be coached by their state championship winning coaches. The camps are for Kindergarten through 9th graders, and both before-and after-camp care is available. Camps fill up quickly, so register today!
YMCA summer programs are full of life-changing experiences, unforgettable memories, and keep the health and safety of kids, their families, and their staff as the top priority. With 13 locations across Indianapolis and care for ages 3-15, they’re confident there’s a YMCA camp for your family!
Flat Rock River YMCA Camp provides a safe, fun, and transformational environment for campers to explore nature, find new talents, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. Whether campers have been coming for years or for the first time, the Flat Rock River YMCA Camp experience is an exciting way to spend part of your summer.
Campers live in cabins with air-conditioning and restroom facilities located in the cabin or nearby. Campers are grouped according to age and gender. Typically there are 10-12 campers per cabin with two or more counselors. Their campers are always under the supervision of staff and are able to choose their daily activities according to their interests.
The Children’s House summer camp offers a relaxed environment for campers ages 3-14. The pre-school group will generally follow and explore the same weekly activities as older campers. They offer an environment with a myriad of learning opportunities. Camp activities include art, music, games, drama, swimming, field trips, and many outdoor activities. Campers may also participate in the library’s summer reading program. The Children’s House Day Camp is limited to 30 campers.
Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity with our all-new Camp Invention® program, Illuminate! Campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From designing a light-up ball game to tackling global water challenges to starring in a prototyping game show, each experience adds up to an imagination-stretching, confidence-boosting summer. Visit invent.org/local to secure your spot! Use promo code LOCAL25 by 3/27 to save $25.
The Indianapolis Ballet is offering two different summer camps:
Ballet & Camp: For Girls & Boys | Ages 7-9
July 17 – 21, 2024 | 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
July 22-26, 2024 | 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
This summer, the Ballet & Camp will be themed around Carnival of the Animals. Located conveniently in downtown Indianapolis, campers will be immersed in ballet, tap, art, and music classes aimed to spark creativity, build confidence, and strengthen dance skills.
Each day is full of non-stop activities, including field trips to downtown cultural attractions. Students will learn the art of costume making, and even have the chance to make their own performance tutu. The week ends with a treasured studio performance wearing the costumes they have created.
Half Day Camp For Girls & Boys | Ages 5-6
July 15 – 19, 2024 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Campers will be immersed in a week-long camp centered around the delightful ballet, Carnival of the Animals. Each day includes an hour-long dance class with ballet and tap instruction, storytelling, craft projects, and a break for a snack. A treasured informal mini-performance is given at the week’s end, featuring choreography, props, and scenery created by the students.
The Sycamore Summer Programs are designed to help students discover and explore new topics and interests, build confidence and creativity, and keep their academic skills sharp. With the instruction of many Sycamore faculty and staff members, as well as a few of their trusted community partners, students will grow, learn, and have an awesome time during camps and classes that are not to be missed.
The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) is offering two Summer Music Camp sessions at the ICC Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis from June 3-6, 2024 or July 15-18, 2024. Summer Music Camp is a comprehensive music education experience that includes sessions about leadership, music theory, instruments, and of course, lots of singing!