Register for Summer Camps

Free Playtime Recreation summer camps for children ages 5 - 18

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Registration for 2018 Playtime Recreation summer camps has closed.

Tentative Schedule

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

July 23 - 27

Cooking at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Monday through Friday | 3113 Gasconade , St. Louis, MO
Ages: 12 - 17 | Lunch provided 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM | details

Creative Development: Circus Arts Camp at Clifton Heights Park
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | Clifton Ave and Simpson Ave, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 6 - 10 | Lunch not provided | details

Creative Development: Circus Arts Camp at Eads Square Park
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monday through Friday | St. Vincent Ave and Ohio Ave, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 6 - 10 | Lunch not provided | details

Creative Development: Circus Arts Camp at Fairground Park
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | Grand and Natural Bridge, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 6 - 10 | Lunch not provided | details

Creative Development: Hip Hop Arts at UrbArts Gallery
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | 2600 North 14th Street, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 7 - 12 | Lunch not provided | details

Enrichment: Game Design at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday | 3113 Gasconade , St. Louis, MO
Ages: 8 - 11 | Lunch not provided | details

Karate (ages 5 - 8) at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monday through Friday | 4343 West Florissant, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 5 - 8 | Lunch not provided | details

Karate (ages 9-12) at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday | 4343 West Florissant, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 9 - 12 | Lunch not provided | details

July 23 - August 03

Enrichment: Brain Boosters at Hope Lutheran Church
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday | 5218 Neosho St, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 10 - 12 | Lunch not provided | details

Theatre at De La Salle Middle School
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | 1106 N Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch not provided | details

Theatre at Tower Grove Abbey
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | 2336 Tennessee, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 8 - 15 | Lunch not provided | details

July 30 - August 03

Art: Movement and Murals at Yeyo Arts Collective
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday | 2907 S Jefferson, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 7 - 15 | Lunch not provided | details

Creative Development: Hip Hop Arts at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday | 3113 Gasconade , St. Louis, MO
Ages: 7 - 12 | Lunch not provided | details

Karate (ages 5 - 8) at Hope Lutheran Church
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monday through Friday | 5218 Neosho St, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 5 - 8 | Lunch not provided | details

Karate (ages 9-12) at Hope Lutheran Church
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday | 5218 Neosho St, St. Louis, MO
Ages: 9 - 12 | Lunch not provided | details

Camp Descriptions

Art: 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: 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: 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.

Art: 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.

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!

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. Campers get to eat what they prepare. Ages 12-17.

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. Campers get to eat what they prepare. Ages 12-17.

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 6-10.

Campers must wear comfortable clothing and close-toe athletic shoes. This is an outdoor camp so please remember sunscreen!

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 6-10.

Campers must wear comfortable clothing and close-toe athletic shoes. This is an outdoor camp so please remember sunscreen!

Creative Development: Hip Hop Arts

Ever want to be a hip hop star? Through partnership with Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development, this camp will work to transform music enthusiasts into practicing artists. Youth participants will learn the art of rapping, djying and break dancing. Everyday participants will see hip hop performances and have hands-on experiences with becoming a hip hop artist. This camp concludes with a performance that's open to family and friends. Ages 7-12.

Youth should wear athletic shoes.

Creative Development: Hip Hop Arts

Ever want to be a hip hop star? Through partnership with Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development, this camp will work to transform music enthusiasts into practicing artists. Youth participants will learn the art of rapping, djying and break dancing. Everyday participants will see hip hop performances and have hands-on experiences with becoming a hip hop artist. This camp concludes with a performance that's open to family and friends. Ages 7-12.

Youth should wear athletic shoes.

Creative Development: Youth Poetry Slam

Poet and poetry slam champion Paul Tran leads this one week camp focusing on writing and performance. Youth poets from throughout the region are expected to participate in this high intensity poetry performance camp featuring some of the most notable poets in and outside of the region. Both the slam and performances are open to family and friends. Ages 13-17.

Creative Development: Youth Poetry Slam

Poet and poetry slam champion Paul Tran leads this one week camp focusing on writing and performance. Youth poets from throughout the region are expected to participate in this high intensity poetry performance camp featuring some of the most notable poets in and outside of the region. Both the slam and performances are open to family and friends. Ages 13-17.

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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.

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.

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!

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!

Geocaching & Tree Climbing

Through partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Vertical Voyages, youth will learn to geocache and navigate through the park via GPS and then rope climb a tree, taking them to new heights. Ages 7-12.

Children should wear comfortable clothing that might get dirty and close-toe shoes. Long shorts or pants are most comfortable for campers when climbing. Camper must attend both sessions to be eligible to climb.

Geocaching & Tree Climbing

Through partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Vertical Voyages, youth will learn to geocache and navigate through the park via GPS and then rope climb a tree, taking them to new heights. Ages 7-12.

Children should wear comfortable clothing that might get dirty and close-toe shoes. Long shorts or pants are most comfortable for campers when climbing. Camper must attend both sessions to be eligible to climb.

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!

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 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.

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.

Pickleball

In partnership with Michael Chapin, United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) Ambassador. 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!

Pickleball

In partnership with Michael Chapin, United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) Ambassador. 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.

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!

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: 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.

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/Th. Parents and families are welcome to stay and watch camp.

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/Th. Parents and families are welcome to stay 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.

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.

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.

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