Register for Summer Camps

Free Playtime Recreation summer camps for children ages 5 - 18

How to Register

Registration for 2017 Playtime Recreation summer camps opens on April 3, 2017.

You can register on this page once registration is open.

Tentative Schedule

This schedule may change, and camps may be added or removed before registration begins.

June 05 - 09

Art Achievers: Photography & Mixed Media at Benton Park
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Creative Development: Hip Hop Arts at UrbArts Gallery
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Machine Lab at Berra Park
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 10 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Football at TBA
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch provided 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Pickleball at Tilles Park
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday | Ages: 10 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Soccer at Minniewood Park
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Track at Cardinal Ritter College Prep
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 14 | Lunch not provided

June 05 - 16

Theatre at Ashland Elementary School
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch provided 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Theatre at Carnahan High School
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch provided 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

June 12 - 16

Cheerleading at Tandy Park
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Robotics 201 at Ashland Elementary School
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 10 - 12 | Lunch provided 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Fishing at Carondelet Lake
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Tuesday, Thursday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Football at Tandy Park
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 5 - 8) at Ashland Elementary School
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 5 - 8 | Lunch provided 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Karate (ages 9-12) at Ashland Elementary School
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 9 - 12 | Lunch provided 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Soccer at Lindenwood Park
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Soccer at Sherman Park
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Swimming: Yes I Can! Learn to Swim at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 14 | Lunch not provided

June 12 - 29

Golf at Forest Park: Highlands Golf and Tennis Center
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch provided 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Tennis at Carondelet Park tennis courts
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Tuesday, Thursday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Tennis at Fairground Park tennis courts
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Monday, Wednesday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Tennis at Sublette Park tennis courts
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Tuesday, Thursday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Tennis at Willmore Park tennis courts
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Monday, Wednesday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

June 19 - 23

Basketball at Carnahan High School
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch provided 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Cheerleading at Soldan High School
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Creative Development: Performance Arts at Vashon High School
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 11 - 17 | Lunch provided 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Fishing at Willmore Park Lake 1
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Tuesday, Thursday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Football at Soldan High School
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Soccer at DeSoto Park
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Track at Cardinal Ritter College Prep
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 14 | Lunch not provided

June 19 - 30

Theatre at Tower Grove Abbey
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Theatre at Vashon High School
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch provided 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

June 26 - 30

Art Achievers: Movement and Murals at O'Fallon Park Pavilion 4
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Basketball at Vashon High School
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Robotics 101 at Vashon High School
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 9 | Lunch not provided

Fishing at O'Fallon Park Lake
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Tuesday, Thursday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 5 - 8) at Vashon High School
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 5 - 8 | Lunch provided 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Karate (ages 9-12) at Vashon High School
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 9 - 12 | Lunch provided 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Nature Explorers at Forest Park: Steinberg Skating Rink
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | Ages: 7 - 9 | Lunch not provided

Soccer at Carondelet Park Pavilion 1A
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Swimming: Splish Splash at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 14 | Lunch not provided

July 10 - 14

Art Achievers: Movement and Murals at Yeyo Arts Collective
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Cooking at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 12 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Game Design at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 11 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Machine Lab at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 10 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Poetry at Cabanne Branch Library
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 13 | Lunch not provided

Soccer at Berra Park
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Swimming: Yes I Can! Learn to Swim at Carondelet Park Rec Complex
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 14 | Lunch not provided

July 10 - 21

Theatre at EAGLE College Prep: Fox Park
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Theatre at EAGLE College Prep: Tower Grove South
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch not provided

July 10 - 27

Golf at Forest Park: Highlands Golf and Tennis Center
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch provided 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Tennis at Carondelet Park tennis courts
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Tuesday, Thursday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Tennis at Fairground Park tennis courts
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Monday, Wednesday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Tennis at Sublette Park tennis courts
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Tuesday, Thursday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Tennis at Willmore Park tennis courts
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Monday, Wednesday | Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided

July 17 - 21

Basketball at DJCF Center - Demetrius Johnson Charitable Foundation
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Creative Development: Performance Arts at UrbArts Gallery
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 11 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Machine Makers at EAGLE College Prep: Fox Park
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 9 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Robotics 101 at EAGLE College Prep: Tower Grove South
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 9 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 5 - 8) at EAGLE College Prep: Tower Grove South
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 5 - 8 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 5 - 8) at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 5 - 8 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 9-12) at EAGLE College Prep: Tower Grove South
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 9 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 9-12) at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 9 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Poetry at EAGLE College Prep: Fox Park
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 13 | Lunch not provided

Swimming: Splish Splash at Carondelet Park Rec Complex
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 14 | Lunch not provided

July 24 - 28

Cooking at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 12 - 17 | Lunch not provided

Creative Development: Circus Arts Camp at Francis Park
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 6 - 10 | Lunch not provided

Creative Development: Circus Arts Camp at Penrose Park
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 6 - 10 | Lunch not provided

Creative Development: Circus Arts Camp at Tiffany Park
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 6 - 10 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Game Design at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 11 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Robotics 201 at Lafayette Park - Kern Pavilion
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 10 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 5 - 8) at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 5 - 8 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 9-12) at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 9 - 12 | Lunch not provided

July 24 - August 04

Enrichment: Brain Boosters at Hope Lutheran Church
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Ages: 10 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Theatre at Tower Grove Abbey
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch not provided

Theatre at Tower Grove Abbey
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch not provided

July 31 - August 04

Creative Development: Hip Hop Arts at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Enrichment: Machine Makers at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 7 - 9 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 5 - 8) at Hope Lutheran Church
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 5 - 8 | Lunch not provided

Karate (ages 9-12) at Hope Lutheran Church
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Monday through Friday | Ages: 9 - 12 | Lunch not provided

Camp Descriptions

Art Achievers: Movement and Murals

Through a partnership with Yeyo Arts Collective, young creative writers will create a visual display of their personal story and a mural image as a group. The activities include creative writing, getting to know famous Missourians, collage and painting. Ages 7-15.

Art Achievers: Photography & Mixed Media

In cooperation with Yeyo Arts Collective, youth will learn about the basics of photography. They learn to photograph still art and moving targets in addition to learning several different photographic styles, etc. Ages 7-15.

Basketball

Through partnership with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation (DJCF), Coach Irons will instruct young boys and girls on offensive and defensive fundamentals. Participants will be grouped based on age and skill level. Ages 8-17.

Children need to dress in comfortable clothing and must wear athletic shoes.

Cheerleading

Through partnership with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation (DJCF), young boys and girls can participate. Youth will work on self esteem, cheerleading safety, stunts and spirit exercises. Ages 8-17.

Children need to dress in comfortable clothing and must wear athletic shoes. This is an outdoor camp so please remember sunscreen!

Cooking

QUICK, EASY, HEALTHY, CHEAP: Lots of fun and food in the Thomas Dunn Learning Center kitchen! Youth learn to compare ingredients, weight, and cost when shopping, discover how to put "found items" in the kitchen together for a healthy meal, and learn the nutritional value of it all from Signature Medical Group. Ages 11-17.

Creative Development: Circus Arts Camp

Campers will learn proper techniques for warm ups and stretches to increase flexibility and physical conditioning. Each day the staff will teach 2-3 circus arts, including: juggling, hula hoop, clown, mime, hand and chin balances, rola bola, plate spinning, and stage presentation. Ages 5-15.

Campers must wear comfortable clothing and close-toe athletic shoes.

Creative Development: Hip Hop Arts

Through partnership with Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development.

Creative Development: Performance Arts

Through partnership with Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development. VerbQuake is a performing arts workshop where students learn how to draft spoken word poems and compete in a poetry slam. Ages 11-17.

Enrichment: Game Design

Through partnership with Sylvan Learning, campers will learn valuable computer programming skills through hands-on projects that inspire imaginations and bring creativity to life using the technology powered by Tynker (c) software. Ages 8-11.

Enrichment: Machine Makers

Through partnership with Sylvan Learning, campers get a fun, hands-on experience with engineering by using imagination to build exciting, theme based simple machines using LEGO (c) products. Ages 7-9.

Enrichment: Robotics 101

Through partnership with Sylvan Learning Centers, youth will build models using LEGO (c) bricks and manipulate simple machines such as gears, pulleys, and various sensors. Kids will learn basic programming skills using LEGO (c) Education WeDo (tm). Ages 7-9.

Enrichment: Robotics 201

Through partnership with Sylvan Learning Centers, youth will build models using LEGO (c) bricks and manipulate simple machines such as gears, pulleys, and various sensors. Kids will learn basic programming skills using LEGO (c) Education WeDo (tm). Ages 10-12.

Enrichment: Brain Boosters

Through partnership with Sylvan Learning, this camp will encourage your child to become a math whiz and master problem solver through fun, challenging, and kid-friendly math activities. Ages 10-12.

This is a 2 week camp.

Enrichment: Machine Lab

Through partnership with Sylvan Learning Centers, youth will race into the world of engineering and learn about simple machines (gears, levers and pulleys) by building and designing catapults, ramps and other awesome creations using LEGO (c). Ages 10-12.

Fishing

Through partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Boy Scouts of Greater St. Louis, youth will learn the basics of fishing including casting, which lure to use, knot tying and fish identification, then have the opportunity to catch and release fish. Ages 7-15.

All equipment is provided. Please wear close-toed shoes. Parents and/or guardians are welcome to stay and enjoy camp with their child. Adults will not be allowed to use provided equipment.

Football

Through partnership with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation (DJCF), young boys and girls (yes girls are welcome too!) can participate. Youth Football camps are non-contact and designed to improve skills of all positions on offense and defense. In addition children will be taught the teamwork, communication, sportsmanship and the importance of education. Participants will be grouped based on age and skill level. Ages 8-17.

Children need to dress in comfortable clothing and must wear athletic shoes. This is an outdoor camp so please remember sunscreen!

Golf

Through partnership with Missouri Golf Foundation, young boys and girls can participate. Youth will be taught the fundamentals of the game including rules, putting, chipping, irons and driving. Youth will be divided into instruction groups after the first week of camp based on skill level. Clubs and balls will be provided through the Sticks for Kids program. Ages 8-17.

Participants may bring their own clubs but it is the child's responsibility to keep track of their own equipment. Children should dress in comfortable golf appropriate attire and athletic shoes. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of camp. This is an outdoor camp so please remember sunscreen!

Karate (ages 5 - 8)

Through partnership with Robinson's Karate, campers will learn the fundamentals and basics of karate, discipline, respect, focus, and self-confidence. Ages 5-8.

Campers should wear comfortable clothing and close-toed, athletic shoes.

Karate (ages 9-12)

Through partnership with Robinson's Karate, campers will learn the fundamentals and basics of karate, discipline, respect, focus, and self-confidence. Ages 9-12.

Campers should wear comfortable clothing and close-toed, athletic shoes.

Nature Explorers

Through partnership with Forest Park Forever, campers will explore the natural areas of Forest Park from the Wetlands to the Forests and the Prairies in between. Participants will venture off the trail in search of wildlife and wild fun. Ages 7-9.

Campers will be transported to various areas of Forest Park by bus. They must wear close-toed athletic shoes and cool comfortable clothing that may get dirty. Parents are invited, but not required, to attend camp with their child. Camp meets Monday - Thursday only. This is an outdoor camp so please remember sunscreen!

Pickleball

In partnership with Ann and Michael Chapin, United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) Ambassadors. Campers will learn a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is a lifetime activity that is enjoyed by all age groups and skill levels. Moreover, it is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Ages 10-15.

Children must wear comfortable clothing and close-toe athletic shoes. Parents and guardians are welcome to learn this game with their child. This camp meets 3 days only Mon/Wed/Fri. This is an outdoor camp so please remember sunscreen!

Poetry

Through partnership with the St. Louis Poetry Center. The goal of this camp is to introduce students to poetry and poets for their own personal growth. Students will learn to make poetry a creative tool for their own thoughts, feelings, dreams and ambitions. Ages 8-13.

Soccer

Through partnership with Midwest Soccer Academy, participants will be grouped based skill level. The focus of this camp is for the kids to have fun while working towards a team concept through consistent instruction. Ages 7-15.

Participants need to wear comfortable clothing and close-toed athletic shoes. Those who attend at least 60% of the week will get a free soccer ball. This is an outdoor camp so please remember sunscreen!

Swimming: Splish Splash

In partnership with the Gateway City Aquatic Club children can participate in this water games camp. Participants must have basic swimming proficiency to sign up for this camp and be able to tread water. Children will learn and play different water games each day like water baseball, water volleyball, inner-tube water polo, relays and more. Ages 7 - 14.

Campers must bring towels and wear appropriate swimwear to enter the pool. Swim goggles are recommended but not required.

Swimming: Yes I Can! Learn to Swim

In partnership with the Gateway City Aquatic Club, boys and girls of all skill levels can participate in learn to swim camp. "Yes I Can" is designed to include supervised instruction, training, basic water safety and recreational games for beginners. Ages 7 - 14.

Campers must bring towels and wear appropriate swimwear to enter the pool. Swim goggles are recommended but not required.

Tennis

In partnership with Just Us Tennis Foundation we are offering a 3 week summer camp, meeting twice a week, full of skill building and tennis games. Youth are invited to learn and improve on skills like: forehand strokes, backhand strokes and serving. Tennis racquets and balls will be available on site. Ages 7 - 15.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Campers may bring their own tennis racquets but they are responsible for their own equipment. This is a 3 week camp meeting twice per week either Mon/Wed or Tue/Thurs. Parents and families are welcome to attend and watch camp.

Theatre

Through partnership with Stray Dog Theatre. This camp integrates the dynamic aspects of theatre (reading, writing, performing and designing) through age and ability appropriate activities to promote total development. Each camp will conclude with a staged production for family and friends. Ages 8-15.

This is a two week camp.

Track

Through partnership with Young Life. The focus of this camp is to teach track conditioning and expose youth to an array of track and field events. Kids will learn fundamentals of hurdles, long jump, high jump, relay and much more. Ages 8-17.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.

Tree Climbing & Education

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a geocache container hidden at that location. Ages 7-15.

Children should wear comfortable clothing that might get dirty. Children must wear close-toe shoes. Camper must attend both sessions to be eligible to climb. Must wear close toed shoes.

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