Our ultimate guide to Indianapolis summer camps has parent-to-parent recommendations for the best local camps around town!
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Beth Wood: Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Campers will explore with hands-on activities that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and curiosity.
Myart - Summer Camps
Single-day and 4-day sessions
$145/4-day session, $45/single-day session
Erin P.: Myart camps are full of fun and creativity! Campers will draw, paint and create amazing art centered around a specific theme.
Kaleidoscope of Art Studio - Summer Art Camps
Beth Wood: Children can enjoy creating their own masterpieces at Kaleidoscope of Art Studio's summer camps. Explore the world of art through clay, mixed media, acrylics, 3D art, recycled art, art journaling and more during their 2-hour long morning or afternoon camps.
Noblesville Parks and Recreation - Summer Camps
$170/week for nonresident
Beth Wood: Kids will have a ton of summer fun at the Noblesville Parks and Recreations Camps! Preschool and elementary aged kids will enjoy all sorts of activities and learn something new! Each week has a different theme with topics like transportation, the amazing race, sports, animals and more.
Indy Ski School - Summer Camp
Dawn Denning: Indy Ski School can teach your kid what it will take to get them up in the water and having fun behind a boat. Your kids will start instruction on dry land and will soon have the wind in their hair and water on their face!
Indianapolis Sailing Club - Sailing Camp
Dawn Denning: All levels of skill and experience are welcome at the ISC sailing camp. All campers are divided by age, weight and level of experience, so everyone is welcome to attend! The camp focuses on water safety and increasing skill levels for the novice and advanced sailor in your family.
Horizon Christian Fellowship - Camp Indy
Vanessa M.: Camp Indy is an outdoor adventure day camp and a ministry of Horizon Christian Fellowship. It is situated on a beautiful 98-acre campus that includes hiking/running trails, wooded areas, pool, zipline, climbing wall, soccer fields, and more. Campers will enjoy swimming, daily devotions, and games. Specialty camps are offered in a wide range of areas such as crafts, cooking, sports, music, fishing, horseback, frisbee, photography and more!
Mud Creek Theater - Barn R.A.T.S. Summer Camp
Erin P.: Acting, singing, communication, creativity, memorization, confidence and teamwork are all skills taught at the Mud Theatre's Barn R.A.T.S. Summer Camps. Each Friday, parents, relatives, and friends are invited to a showcase of everything learned during the week.
CYT Musical Theater Camps
Full & half day
Erin P.: CYT Summer Theatre Camps are day camps designed to create a hands-on theater experience, with a focus on building performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork. Camps include team competitions, drama, dance, music, and craft workshops. Every camper will get the opportunity to perform on stage and each session ends with a fun Friday performance for family and friends!
Topgolf - Summer Academy
Beth Wood: Top Golf's Summer Academy teaches young golfers the rules and etiquette of the game along with skills like chipping, putting, full swing, and more. The camp is taught by Top Golf Teaching Professionals in a low student-to-instructor ratio so each student gets hands-on attention.
Wishes Dance Studio - Summer Academies
4-day sessions, multiple weeks of camp offered
Full & half day
$260/full day, $130/half day
Beth Wood: Wishes Dance Studio offers four day long summer classes and intensives featuring different fun and creative themes each week. Themes include American Girl Academy, Beach Party with Moana & Ariel, Dance Tok Academy, and more.
Indiana Elite - Cheer & Tumbling Summer Camps
Beth Wood: Indiana Elite offers week-long summer camp sessions that feature cheer and tumbling instruction, free play, crafts, snacks, lunch and loads of fun! Held at Indiana Elite's 27,000 square foot indoor gymnastics and cheer facility, their summer camp programs are offered for girls and boys ages 4 and older. Each camper receives a camp t-shirt. There is an end of the week performance at the end of each week.
Conner Prairie - Adventure Camp
Dawn R: Conner Prairie's Adventure Camp is a week of outdoor fun! Choose from 5 different weekly themes offered throughout 10 weeks, and participate in activities like canoeing, hiking and archery.
Sprouts Cooking School - Culinary Camps
4 day sessions
Dawn Denning: This culinary camp helps kids learn to cook with hands-on instruction and a different menu every week! Kids will create 10 to 12 recipes per session, plus a few arts and crafts projects. At the end of the week, your kiddo gets to bring home new recipes for the family to enjoy.
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation - Summer Camp Series
Full and half day
Beth Wood: Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation's Summer Camp Series offers day camps. Each week has a different theme and fun activities for campers! Themes include art, theatre, sports, nature, and science.
Indiana Basketball Academy - Summer Camps
Full & half day
$325/week of full days, $185/week of half days
Erin P.: The Indiana Basketball Academy, launched by Tom Abernethy, offers weekly basketball camps teaching the fundamentals of the game and allowing kids to learn in game situations to improve their skills and have fun! Grouped by age and skill level, campers will work on fundamentals, play at least 2 full-court games and on Fridays, participate in championship day with fun contests and games!
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana - JA Biztown Summer Camp
Dawn Denning: At JABizTown Summer Camp, the day is centered around highlighting experiential learning opportunities, such as running a business. There will be activities centered around philanthropy and entrepreneurship.
Cool Creek Nature Center - Summer Camps
Full or half day
Dawn Denning: Cool Creek Nature Center is a favorite place for my kids to visit! Tons of animals, artifacts and information for my kids to learn, touch and enjoy during each visit. Luckily, they offer a summer camp for them to attend! Whether it's half days for the younger kids or full days for your tween, Cool Creek will keep them engaged and outdoors! Kids are only allowed to register for 1 week of camp.
The Center for the Performing Arts - Jungle Jams
Beth Wood: Jungle Jams at Carmel's Center for the Performing Arts uses music and animals to teach kids about positive character qualities while introducing rhythm and groove through percussion and rhythm activities. Your child will make music, play instruments, sing and actually make 3 instruments to bring home. The week long camp ends with a 30 minute Drum Circle Celebration.
Civic Theatre - Summer Camps
Full & half day
Erin P.: The Civic Theatre presents summer theatre camps for budding actors, singers and dancers! Campers will receive professional instruction in a fun and creative environment. Family and friends will be invited for an end of camp performance!
Kids Dance Outreach - Summer Program
Erin P.: Come join KDO’s Summer Dance Program! Students will learn a variety of dance styles while gaining confidence. This program allows students of all levels to succeed as dancers and performers. Accompanied by live music, students will learn original choreography and perform for parents and peers.
Central Indiana Academy of Dance - Summer Camps
Full & half day
Erin P.: Central Indiana Academy of Dance offers half-day, princess themed camps for the youngest ballerinas. For older campers, the full-day, week-long Youth Summer Ballet Intensive will allow boys and girls to hone their craft.
Young Actors Theatre - The Experiment Summer Camp
5-7 day sessions
Overnight camp options
Erin P.: The Young Actors Theatre Summer Camps offer a variety of theatre camps depending on your child's specific theatrical interests.
Indianapolis Art Center - Art Camp
Erin P.: Working with professional artists, campers will explore new media, improve their artistic skills, learn to express themselves creatively and gain a deeper appreciation for the visual arts. Each week campers work in professional-quality studios and have exclusive access to the Art Center’s galleries. Campers will also gain inspiration from the 9 ½-acre outdoor art garden, ArtsPark, which is filled with murals, installations and outdoor sculptures.
ComedySportz Indianapolis - Improv Summer Camps
Middle and High School
Erin P.: Gain confidence, build self-esteem, meet new people, and have fun at ComedySportz's Summer Improv Camp! Campers will laugh and learn through improv games and warm-ups and focus on creativity, confidence, listening skills, and teamwork. The week will end with an hour-long performance for friends and family.
Off the Wall Sports - Summer Camp
$52/day, Pay for the week, get Friday free!
Beth Wood: At Off the Wall Sports Summer Camp, campers are kept active with a wide variety of activities including soccer, basketball, volleyball, flag football, whiffle ball, kickball, tag, relay races, and much, much more! Sign up for one day or the whole summer!
Camp Little Red Door
Age 5-14/day camp, age 8-18/overnight camp
Kristy Pepping: Camp Little Red Door at Bradford Woods and also in the city has week-long camp opportunities for Indiana children who are in active cancer treatment or remission. It is a chance for children (and siblings) to have the same camp experience as any other child and to interact with other children facing similar experiences. Camp activities include swimming, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, zip lining, nature education, rock climbing, arts and crafts, campfires and more! They host day camp, overnight camp, and family camps.
Park Tudor School - Summer Experience
1- & 3-week sessions
Full & half day
$175-$325/week, $450/3-week session
Age 3 - Grade 12
Dawn Denning: Park Tudor School offers academic enrichments in STEM, speech, coding, writing, health, Legos, etc. Traditional camp themes also include performing arts, athletics, crafting, and more.
Indiana Repertory Theatre - Summer Youth Workshops
Erin P.: The Indiana Repertory Theatre's Summer Youth Workshops are designed to bring theatre to life for children! They offer four different camps based on the specific interests of your camper, including musical theatre camp and improv and stage combat class.
Indianapolis Ballet - Summer Camps
A single week of camp is offered
Full days for older kids and half days for little ones
$175/half day, $300/full day
Erin P.: Campers at Indianapolis Ballet's Summer Camps will dance the day away! In the half day camp, boys and girls can enjoy ballet and tap instruction, storytelling, craft projects, and a daily snack break. An informal recital will feature choreography, props, and scenery created by the campers. The older boys and girls in the full day camp will combine ballet, tap, art and music instruction to spark creativity, build confidence, and strengthen dance skills. Campers will take field trips and make their own costumes to wear during their end of the week performance.
Girls Rock! Indianapolis - Summer Camp
Dawn Denning: Girls Rock is a girl's camp (including female-identified/transgender individuals) that focuses on music including instruments & songwriting. Girls participate in workshops that build self-confidence, assertiveness & leadership. At the end of the week, the girls will put on a concert playing their original songs along with the band.
Indiana State Museum - Summer Camps
1-day & 1-week sessions
Full & half day
$250/full day, $125/half day
Dawn Denning: Do you have an aspiring fashion designer in your home? A kiddo interested in solving crimes? Maybe a future chef or magician? If you have kids at home who want to try something new or further explore a unique path, the Indiana State Museum could make their summer great! Various camps are available each week.
Holliday Park - Nature Discovery Camps
Full and half day
Dawn Denning: Whether they will be honing their wilderness survival skills, saving the planet or checking out bugs, a whole lot of outdoor fun will be happening! Each week, your kiddo can discover new things that will teach them about the ecological system of Indianapolis.
Butler University - Coach Jordan Basketball Camps
Erin P.: Coach Jordan Basketball Camps are held at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse on Butler University's campus. Head Basketball Coach LaVall Jordan and his staff oversee all aspects of the camp and utilize their expertise and leadership to encourage campers to reach their full basketball potential. Boys and girls will be assigned to a team according to ability and grade level.
Indianapolis Children's Choir - Summer Music Camp
Erin P.: A summer camp for kids who love to sing! Indianapolis Children's Choir summer camp is a week long camp that offers fun musical activities, camp friendships and a performance on the last day.
iD Tech Camps
Kristy Pepping: iD Tech Summer Camps, held at Butler University, are summer technology programs that teach kids and teens coding, game development, robotics, and more! With small class sizes and the use of the latest and greatest technology, campers will gain skills that will last long after the summer.
Butler University - Creative Writing Camp
Dawn Denning: Your child can expect guest speakers, field trips and interesting workshops, as well as assistance with their creative writing from college students and collegiate professors. Subjects include poetry, screenplays, narratives, song lyrics, Twitter, graphic novels, and more!
Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp
Full & half day
Erin P.: Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp provides a quality curriculum focused on skill development and sportsmanship. The Full Day Camp is great for beginner/recreational level players while the Elite Full Day Camp caters to the more advanced travel players.
Indianapolis Zoo - Zoo Camps
1, 3 or 5-day camps
$70-$290 for non-members
Dawn Denning: The Summer Zoo Camps take campers behind the scenes to explore how the zoo works and lets them help take care of animals. Camps are customized by age and have different themes weekly.
JCC Indianapolis - Camp JCC
$360-$390/day camp, $406-$528/sport camp
Tracy Snyder Molina: JCC Indianapolis offers day camps and sports summer camps for kids. Campers will receive individual attention from experienced instructors and work on skill development, teamwork, creativity and have fun! The sport camps include equestrian and tennis camp.
Newfields - Art Camp
3-day & 1-week sessions
$165/3-Full-Day Camp, $275/Week Long Full-Day Camp
Erin P.: Newfields offers fun and educational art adventures! Campers can visit internationally recognized permanent collections, exciting exhibitions, an early twentieth century estate, and an outdoor art and nature park. They will also experiment with traditional and non-traditional materials, make a portfolio of work to take home, and share their work with your family during an end-of-the-week exhibition. Register early as camp tends to fill up quickly!
International School of Indiana - Language Summer Camp
Dawn Denning: Kids can learn French, Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese at a beginner or intermediate level with lessons and hands-on activities.
Quest Summer Camps at Sycamore School
PreK - 8th grade
Dawn Denning: If your kiddo loves chess, coding, robotics, writing, brain games or strategic thinking, then this summer camp has a place for them! Sycamore School hosts gifted students during the school year, but opens up to all kids who want to learn over the summer. They offer over 35 unique camps to choose from! In addition to learning, there will be plenty of play time and recess.
The Children's House - Summer Camp
Kristy Pepping: The Children’s House Day Camp allows campers to explore weekly themes and participate in camp projects, field trips, swimming and picnics. They offer an environment with myriad 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.
A Sewing Studio - Summer Camps
1- and 2-day camps
Beth Wood: A Sewing Studio in West Carmel offers one and two day sewing camps. Campers will make tote bags, water bottle holders, fun pillows, drawstring backpacks, skirts, plushies, blankets and more! Sewing Machine Basic Class is a mandatory prerequisite for all new campers.
IndyHumane - Summer Camp
Dawn Denning: Campers spend a week enjoying quality time with adoptable dogs and cats as well as fostered camp critters (like rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, ferrets, and chinchillas). They help with facilities upkeep and enjoy animal enrichment activities, arts & crafts, and staff-led activities. They'll experience both hard work and play!
Indiana Primetime Sports - Summer Camps
Erin P.: Campers will enjoy a Multi-Sport Camp focusing on games, competitions and fun! At the end of each week, campers will compete in the Camp Olympics! Sports include basketball, football, whiffle ball, kickball, soccer and more!
First Start Computer Science - Summer Coding Camps
Beth Wood: At First Start Computer Science Camp, campers will gain the skills necessary to design and create their own applications. Camp topics include AI & Machine Learning and Intro to Coding Camp.
Boone Creek Farms - Summer Horseback Riding Camps
Dawn Denning: At this 1 week camp, your child will enjoy riding lessons and learning about safety, grooming, horse anatomy and horse care! There will be plenty of games, a scavenger hunt, and water play.
InterActive Academy - Summer Camp
2, 3 or 5-day sessions
Beth Wood: InterActive Academy holds summer camps centering around different themes each week, from sports to science to cheerleading. All camps include a healthy lunch and daily gymnastics class. Camp sessions are broken into age groups.
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center - Art Camp
Full & half day
Erin P.: Summer art camps for children and teens! Children ages 7-11 can choose from a variety of themed art/clay classes. Teen (ages 12-17) half-day camps include clay, drawing, painting and mixed media.
National Aviation Youth Resources Foundation - Summer Camp
Full & half day
Dawn Denning: The NAYR Foundation summer program offers hands-on STEM camps with a focus on aviation. Camp options range from introductions to STEM and aviation to more advanced offerings for kids with an interest in aviation careers.
Eagle Creek Park - Summer Day Camps
4- and 5-day sessions, multiple weeks of camp offered
Full and half day options
$75 - $200
Dawn Denning: Outdoor fun along with forest friends, wetland exploration and fishing are just a few of the things campers will experience during their week! Each week, your camp will explore new animals, lands, and critters from local wildlife in the Indy area... and will probably get dirty in the process! Camps are divided up by age group with a different weekly theme.
1-night and 5-night sessions
Vanessa M.: Jameson's Overnight Camp is an unforgettable, experience for campers! A fun-filled week of swimming, archery, hiking, bike riding, sports and many other outdoor activities. Campers will leave with a greater appreciation of self-respect, respect for others and for the natural world around them.
The Biz Academy - Summer Camps
1- or 2-week sessions
Kristy Pepping: Younger campers will spend their days singing, dancing, and acting, and will perform in a final show. Older campers will experience an audition, the rehearsal process, helping with simple costumes, props, and sets, and perform a full junior musical!
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