omaha family summer camp guide

Flowers are starting to wake up for spring. The days are getting longer, the nights shorter. Baseball is batting its way into a new season. Picnics are just around the corner at the local park. And in only a couple short months, kids will be getting out of school for the summer.

With the return of the sun and warmer days, thoughts often turn to summer plans—swimming pools, sports, vacations and that age-old tradition, summer camp. To help you make some plans for your summer campers, Omaha Family has rounded up some information on camps in the Omaha area. Let’s go do some exploring!
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Camp Fontanelle
Camp Fontanelle is 192 acres of plush meadows, wooded hiking trails, beautiful vistas, excitement and fun! There are camps for all ages including a parent/child camp for pre-schoolers through 2nd grade. These camps are 24 or 48 hours, and provide a taste of what Camp Fontanelle has to offer. Spend quality time with your child and learn about God and enjoy nature.
For 3rd graders and older, there are themed resident camps. Learn how to climb a tree with rope and harness at Tree Frog and Tree Monkey Camp. Have all kinds of fun at our water themed Splish Splash Camp or head to the zoo for an overnight at Zoobilee Camp. Spend time with just girls, or just guys at Girls Only or Boys Only Camp. If you are a sports fanatic, Sports Camp is for you! If you like music or drama, then Joyful Noise is perfect. Survivor Camp and Weekend Adventure Camp will see you floating down the Elkhorn River and learning to make a fire. Other sessions are available throughout the summer. Check it out!
Campers may spend time at our Petting Barn, or maybe time zip lining. Five miles of hiking trails and two giant Jumping Pillows keep things fun. Cool off in our pool or the giant Slip N Slide. Camp Fontanelle helps create memories. Make new friends and learn about yourself through our lessons and evening worship. Camp Fontanelle is the place to be this summer.

For more information about how you can be a part of the Camp Fontanelle story, go to or contact the camp at or 402-478-4296.

Camp Kitaki
Why do kids grow at Kitaki?
Camp Kitaki is a resident summer camp located ½ way between Lincoln and Omaha.
After a child returns home from a week of camp at Kitaki it is very likely that his or her parents will hear all about the activities of camp.  However those memories only tell part of the story of a camper’s experience.  The impact of camp goes well beyond the activities.  This is because we use our activities differently.  At Kitaki, horseback riding isn’t just a chance to experience our 200 acre forest from the back of an animal.  It is actually a chance for a child to learn about responsibility and what it takes to take responsibility for the care and treatment of a living animal that is providing work and service for us. Archery is not just an exercise in learning to shoot.  It is a lesson in respect and caring.  Bow and arrows are dangerous and need to be treated with respect.  Words are that way as well.  Much like you are unable to change the direction of an arrow after it leaves the bow, you are also unable to change your words after they leave your mouth.  In archery you need to take care and have respect in how you prepare to make your shot, and in speaking you should do the same. These are just some of the ways that we make Kitaki an institution of learning, and why kids grow so much when they spend a week at Kitaki. For more information, visit

College 4 Kids/Teens: College 4 Kids and Teens creates lifelong learning
College for Kids: Just because school is out doesn’t mean learning has to take a backseat. Offered by Metropolitan Community College, the College for Kids program has the perfect blend of fun and educational camps. Classes include hands-on activities and new experiences for young, growing minds. The courses offered help open up doors to educational opportunities that students may not have discovered otherwise.

College for Kids courses are intended for students ages 3-11 and have an ideal student to instructor ratio. Each year, thousands of children in the College for Kids program take classes on topics such as Cooking with Science, Wacky and Weird Art, Crazy Chemical Concoctions, Math Games, STEM Olympics and Roller Coasters and Rockets. By connecting children at an early age to educational experiences, MCC hopes to become their natural choice for continuing their education into their adult years.

Have your young student come ready to learn and the great instructors will handle the rest. College for Kids is held for seven weeks during the summer at various locations across the four-county area. Camps will be located in Bennington, Blair, Fremont, Gretna, Millard, Papillion and Westside. The camps are weekdays from 9 a.m.-noon during the seven-week period. Each location has a different start date in the months of June and July. For more information, visit or call 531-MCC-KIDS (5437).

College for Teens: Keep your teen’s mind working this summer with fun, hands-on courses offered through Metropolitan Community College’s College for Teens program. For more than 10 years, College for Teens summer classes have provided young students the chance to find their passions while creating fun memories at the same time. The courses help open up doors they may not have discovered otherwise. Intended for students ages 12-17, College for Teens focuses on advanced topics like culinary arts, trades, art and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

While the courses offered through College for Teens aren’t intended to be college prep, they do offer valuable educational opportunities. New camps this year include the Equestrian Camp, where students will learn how to lead, groom and tack a horse while developing safe horsemanship skills. Another camp, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Camp will explore the art of improvisation with active listening, public speaking and team collaboration skills. Students interested in art will enjoy Textile Art for Teens, a camp that teaches how to express yourself creatively and leave with one of a kind textiles and lasting memories.

Each course has a different start and end date during the summer months. For more information, visit or call 531-MCC-5437.

Durham Museum
Here’s the scoop! This summer The Durham Museum is serving up a variety of fun day camp themes, ranging from science and art to history and culture. Students can travel to Hogwarts, Outer Space or enjoy a Staycation right here in the Metro!  Join us May 29 – August 3 for the sweetest summer ever!  Camps are provided for children in grades 1st-6th (please note, these are the grade levels your child will be entering in the 2018-2019 school year.) All camps are led by certified teachers and supported by additional staff to create a fun, engaging and educational camp experience.  Camp hours are 9AM-4PM and full-day and half-day camps are available.  The Durham Museum also offers a “Beyond the Camp” experience for campers who want to arrive early or stay late.  Registration is open and spots are filling fast.  Visit for more information and to register.  See you this summer!
Fine Lines
Fine Lines writing summer camp is for students of all ages. Join writers who add clarity and passion to their lives with the written word. Register now.
We will have fun with sentences, learn to play while developing poems, stories, essays, and discover creative corners of our minds that we did not know existed. Metaphorically, we will take our journals under “shade trees” and talk together about issues that matter. We will swim around important “buoys” on our educational journeys. We will row boats to “lighthouses” that show us our own paths through the fog. We will take our minds for “jogs” to libraries. We will learn to write more, faster, and better. More than anything, we will create time to dream about our ideas and applaud the power and beauty of words. Fine Lines 2018 Camp for Creative Writers meets July 16-20, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Union. For more information, visit

Founded in 1989, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children of all ability levels through equine assisted activities. Therapeutic Riding, Therapy Services, Carriage Driving, Life Skills, Veterans, and Equine Facilitated Learning programs are at the heart of HETRA’s services. The organization employs Occupational, Mental Health, and Physical Therapists, 16 PATH Int’l Certified Riding Instructors, and is the only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Accredited (PATH) facility in Nebraska. Today, as a result of 28 years of dedication and commitment, HETRA serves over 125 participants weekly with the help of over 200 dedicated volunteers who donate over 18,000 hours annually. HETRA offers year round programming, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, a herd of over 20 horses, and is situated on 25 beautiful acres in Gretna, Nebraska. Learn more at

It’s Yours Pottery
Are you looking for a quality creative offering for your children this summer?  If so…IT’S YOURS POTTERY’S is where you’ll want to sign the the kids up for a class or two… OR MORE!  Our programs offer a kid friendly exploration of different mediums …Pottery Painting, Hand Building in Clay, Canvas Painting, Wood Decor and with time allowed…a little candle making or other medium art.  Each session will offer a DIFFERENT project…NO REPEATS …filled with fun and friendships! 

-AGE: 6 years plus (We will consider age 5, if attending with an older sibling. MUST request approval from IYP Management) 

-DAILY SESSION COST: $32.00/per session

-DAILY SESSION SIBLING DISCOUNT:  10% (immediate family siblings only)

-EARLY ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT: $5.00 discount per enrollment, if enrollment is received by May 1, 2017

-ONE DISCOUNT ALLOWED per family, Early Bird and Sibling discounts cannot be combined.  

-DEPOSIT : $15.00 due upon session enrollment.  Remainder will be due at session, with any adjustments needed.

Lauritzen Gardens
Summer Adventure Camps at Lauritzen Gardens provide an exciting and educational environment for children ages 4 to 12 to explore science, nature and art in a 100-acre outdoor classroom. The garden offers morning and afternoon camps, full-day camps and supervised lunch to give parents flexible scheduling options.
Sessions include nature hikes, plant and wildlife encounters, crafts and other hands-on activities. With 21 garden areas, ten acres of native forest, spectacular views of the Missouri River valley and two of the biggest locomotives ever to run the rails, the garden provides a wealth of opportunities for children to inquire, learn and discover their surroundings.
“My daughter enjoyed the camps at the garden immensely and seemed to ‘blossom’ under the care and guidance of the teachers. At the end of each action-packed day she excitedly shared her new knowledge of flora and fauna with me.”
Our themed camps, taught by trained educators, are designed to connect children to nature, foster a respect and appreciation for the environment, and inspire a sense of wonder through direct experiences with the natural world. 2018 themes include: Art: Wild by Design, Nature Explorers, Incredible Edibles, Earth Defenders and Dirty Jobs.
Pricing ranges from $59-$235. Current specials include: buy one week at regular price and receive 10% off the regular price of the second week OR buy two weeks at regular price and receive 50% off the regular price of the third week. Sale pricing not applicable to “Dirty Jobs” and “Earth Defenders” camps.
For detailed program descriptions, dates and pricing, or to register, please visit or call (402) 346-4002, ext. 253.

Miracle Hills Junior Golf
Are you looking for a way to introduce your child to the game they will play for a lifetime?  The Jr. Golf program at Miracle Hill Golf Club is designed for children ages 5-15 from beginners to advanced Jr. Players.  With multiple programs we can fit your golfer’s needs.  All our programs are held in a fun relaxed environment hosted be PGA professionals with an emphasis on developmental skill based activities and drills.  Each player will take a skills test on the first day and will receive instruction at their current level of ability.  Each week the student will have the opportunity to take a skills evaluation to move up to the next level.  The goal will be for the student to have fun and progress throughout the levels of skill development. 
We also offer individual and group lessons with special Jr. Pricing along with lessons for more competitive players looking to pursuit golf in high school and beyond.  Enjoy Team Golf where our Jr. players of varied skill levels compete against other clubs around the area in a true team atmosphere.  More information about team golf can be found by contacting us here at Miracle Hill or we hope to see your Jr. golfer this summer and introduce them to a game that build character, integrity, good will, sportsmanship and a sense of accomplishment.
Omaha Children’s Museum
Summer camps at Omaha Children’s Museum are full of learning and fun for children ages 4-5 and 6-8. Each half-day camp features an engaging curriculum led by trained museum educators, and includes daily, supervised play in the museum. All-day camp options are available if a child is signed up for both morning and afternoon camps, and include supervised lunch with museum staff (campers must bring their own lunches). Before and after care is available for an additional fee.
The museum offers 12 camps for children ages 4-5 and 12 for ages 6-8, as well as one all-day camp session held in the morning at The Rose Theater and in the afternoon at Omaha Children’s Museum. This specialty camp, Stories From China, is open to children ages 5-8. There are a dozen new camps offered for the summer of 2018, including Maker’s Challenge to inspire young tinkerers and inventors, and Passport to Play Jr., where each day is an opportunity to explore a new country through crafts and activities. Themed camps inspired by popular characters and movies will engage imaginations. Some of these camps explore the worlds of Jedis, wizards, crime-fighting ninja turtles, and enchanting princesses. Specialty camps designed to introduce STEAM concepts—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math—to youngsters include Superhero Science, Maker’s Challenge, and Science Quest.
Online registration for camps is available at Museum members receive $15 off each camp.

Oxbow Animal Health
Future Veterinarians Wanted: Report to Oxbow’s Veterinarian Camp! Oxbow Animal Health Veterinarian Camps encourage children’s interest in animals, and introduces them to the world of veterinary science. Hands on activities include animal anatomy and behavior, nutrition, parasites, general examinations, x-ray analysis, and participation in a mock surgery. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with a real veterinarian and intermediate campers will be exposed to professionals in various animal-related careers by participating in a field trip in the area. Junior Vet Camp is designed for children completing 2nd through 5th grades and takes place over four days. Intermediate Vet Camp is designed for children completing 6th through 8th grades and takes place over five days.  Both camps run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. For camp dates and information, visit or call 1-800-249-0366.

Phoenix Academy’s Summer Kickstart
Intensive Reading, Spelling & Math- Phoenix Academy’s Summer Kickstart, summer school program, is a great way for students to retain what was learned during the school year, get a jump start for next year, and learn new skills.  The Summer Kickstart is a shortened version of our regular school year program for all ability levels using multi-sensory research based teaching methods.  Intensive phonics is taught in all classes along with reading, writing, spelling, fluency, and comprehension.  Math classes focus on math facts, story problems, and concepts through pre-algebra.  This is not a summer camp – yet year after year, parents tell us their children enjoy attending the Summer Kickstart and are excited about what they learn.  Our small class sizes and supportive learning environment create an atmosphere where real learning takes place. 

July 9th – August 2nd: For Kindergarten to 8th grade students Fall 2018.  Choose morning or afternoon sessions, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  OR  12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.. The cost of the program is $650 per student.  Scholarships are available.
Limited Enrollment: To register, get more information, and find out what parents have to say about our Summer Kickstart program, visit our website –, or call 402-390-0556.  Phoenix Academy is located one block south of 66th and Western at 1110 N 66th Street in Omaha. 

Ponca Hills Farm
Ponca Hills Farm Summer Day Camp celebrates over 50 years of quality riding instruction at one of Omaha’s leading equestrian centers. In the quiet, scenic beauty of our 300-acre farm, campers learn the basics of English riding through daily mounted lessons, as well as how to lead, groom and tack a horse.  Gentle, well-mannered horses and caring counselors combine to make this a camp that inspires confidence and offers hands-on experience to children of all abilities.  Each camp session concludes with a festive horse show and family picnic where riders proudly demonstrate new skills. Bring a camera, because huge smiles are guaranteed!  Campers receive a commemorative t-shirt, horse show ribbons and recognition for achievement.  Children ages 8 to 16 are welcome.  Campers need to bring a bag lunch and wear riding attire (belted long pants, heeled hard sole shoes, a tucked-in shirt and a helmet).  2018 Dates: Session I, June 11-29; Session II, July 16- August 3.   Summer camp meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost per 3-week session is $450.00 per camper.   For a memorable summer learning experience with horses, fresh air and fun, please call Ponca Hills Farm at 402-453-1234 or visit

That Pottery Place
SUMMER ART CAMP 2018- Bring balance to your child’s summer activities by exercising their creative and artistic abilities. That Pottery Place, located at 7828 Dodge St., offers an exploration of art projects for its Summer Art Camp.  To accommodate family budgets and schedules we are keeping our prices low and offering options this summer.  Our goal is to complete projects that will produce personal satisfaction within your child through creative expression. The children will be working with a variety of mediums. Mosaic madness is a creative class where the kids apply mosaic chips and gems in their own design to a photo frame or fun shaped plaque. Total muddy fun with instructions in hand building with wet clay, all clay projects are painted and fired. Lessons in layering colored glass which is then fused to create a glass fused project. Canvas painting is an exciting addition to our art exploration. Pottery painting is a fun and easy way to create personalized treasures. We provide the tools and the kids provide the creativity. Call or check our web site for details. 402-392-1166. follow us on facebook, pinterest, twitter and instagram.

The Rose Theater
The Rose Theater’s classes promote creativity and provide students with a supportive environment for exploring their talent and imagination. With morning, afternoon and all-day classes, The Rose offers the perfect way for young performers of all skill levels and interests to explore their craft! A highlight of The Rose’s camp offerings are the “Perform in a Summer Play or Musical Camps.” Students will work alongside seasoned theater professionals as they learn about theater and perform in fully-rehearsed, staged productions featuring costumes, lighting and sets as they star in a summer production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Willy Wonka Jr., Grease, Annie KIDS, Around the World in 80 Days, and more! Week-long camps include topics such as Pokemon, Elephant & Piggie, Robin Hood, Wreck-It Ralph, Descendants, Hamilton, Moana, Lion Guard, Coco, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Beauty & the Beast, Star Wars, and more.

DRAMA at The Rose offers children ages 4 to 18 the most exciting theater education in town! Classes range from acting, directing, playwriting, improv, stagecraft, puppetry, filmmaking, and more! Step into the spotlight with a week-long class, or spend the summer on the stage with a multi-week camp that ends with a fully staged production.
The BROADWAY at The Rose program offers children ages 3 to 18 a complete musical theater, voice, acting and dance training curriculum designed to prepare students for the stage. Summer BROADWAY at The Rose classes give students all-new week-long musical theater camps where they can showcase their skills performing popular musicals and a variety of dance, voice, and acting classes designed to challenge skills, advance technique and stay in shape over the summer months. 
DRAMA and BROADWAY at The Rose classes are instructed by professional teaching artists with college and graduate degrees in the theater arts and education. You will recognize many of your instructors as the same actors who perform on stage in The Rose’s main stage productions! Classes are available at The Rose Theater in downtown Omaha and The Rose Theater West Studio near 120th & Center. Step into the spotlight and see what The Rose holds in store for you!

Omaha Christian Academy Offering A Summer of Discovery
Enroll Your Child Today! May 29 – August 3, 2018 • Ages 3 – 12
Whether you are looking for daycare or a day camp this summer, Omaha Christian Academy’s Summer Program offers an exciting summer filled with Christ-centered instruction, outdoor fun, creative & stimulating indoor activities and projects, swimming, new friends and more. Spanning 10 weeks, each week has a special theme including Sports Extravaganza, A Ticket to Ride, Science Week, Disney Fun and Game Show Mania. All lunch, snacks, field trips and activities are included in the affordable weekly price. Enroll your child in as many weeks as you like. To enroll, please call the school office at 402-399-9565. Want to know more about Omaha Christian Academy (OCA)? Since 1972, OCA has been partnering with Christian parents and the Church to train up godly leaders who will positively impact our society and culture. Not affiliated with a specific denomination or church, OCA seeks to integrate God’s Word into every facet of the curriculum as well as all co-curricular activities…providing an education for mind, body and soul. The school is conveniently located off the I-680 Fort Street exit and serves Pre-school through 12th grade students. Schedule an Educational Success Consultation (ESC) today or enroll your students for the 2018/2019 school year by calling 402-399-9565 (

Omaha Community Playhouse’s Henry Fonda Theatre Academy
Omaha Community Playhouse’s Henry Fonda Theatre Academy offers a premier day camp experience in the heart of the Omaha Metro area. Various programs help kids develop self-confidence through activities such as improv, singing, dancing, creative play and story-telling. No matter the age range or skills taught in the classroom, all the camps share one thing in common – they are about discovery. An energetic and caring staff of teaching artists encourages campers to explore their unique talents and interests. Nurturing the potential of every student is at the center of the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy.

Older or experienced students may also choose to participate in Players Production, a two-week intensive. Students will work with professional directors, musicians and choreographers in a unique training opportunity that immerses students in the art of theatre.

While the focus of the camps may be on the process rather than the product, each session culminates in a performance for friends and family that highlights the skills learned in the classroom.

Space is limited per session to ensure the highest quality experience. Register kids today to guarantee your camp of choice. For more information about the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy, please visit, or contact the Academy Director, Mackenzie Dehmer at

Ready for Summer Fun?
Summer is right around the corner! YMCA Camps are the place to be for the best summer ever! The YMCA of Greater Omaha offers a variety of camp options for every kid, ensuring all kids have the opportunity for a great summer, keeping their minds & bodies active.

YMCA Day Camp is a great option if you are looking for a full day camp with a variety of weekly themes including Gameshow Mania, Summer Fiesta, Camp ROCKS, and more. Campers aged kindergarten-12 years will build skills & confidence, make friends, and more, all in a structured daily schedule.

YMCA Camp Platte, held at Platte River State Park, offer kids ages 6-15 years the opportunity to explore nature by hiking, learning about animals, and developing outdoor skills. Other Camp Platte activities include horseback riding and marksmanship activities like archery.

YMCA Specialty Camps offer campers the opportunity to immerse themselves in a topic to experience and explore with hands-on engagement. Some camps include Hip Hop Dance, Babysitting Certification, Healthy Habits, Discover Adventure, and more! Camps run for a half or full day depending on the topic.

STEM at the YMCA Camps are full of engaging, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math. Topics include The Magic of Flight, Forensic Fascination, and Everyday Engineers. Camps are half day, but can be combined to make a full day experience.

All YMCA Camps run weekly, with options available from May 29-August 17. Visit to view our full 2018 Camp Guide, including more options for preschoolers & teens. Register at any YMCA location.