About Summer Camp

Week-long summer art camps run annually from June through mid-August and are available for youth ages 5 – 15. Our summer camps offer a creative outlet for all interests and a chance to explore a variety of art forms, including drawing, painting, clay, animation, and dance. Weekly themes like Cartooning, Art Around the World, and Under the Sea allow campers to delve into fantasy and fun. Campers receive a Des Moines Art Center summer camp t-shirt as part of their tuition.

Beyond our morning and afternoon summer camps, the Art Center offers supervised care before, after, and in between our camp sessions for an additional fee. Supervised lunch runs from 12 – 1 pm and includes games and outdoor play. Our morning and afternoon camps require campers to bring their own snacks, and our supervised lunch participants must bring their own lunch.

The Art Center only provides supervision to children who are registered in a camp. Extended care tuition is required for those who plan to drop off more than 10 minutes before the start of camp or pick up more than 10 minutes after the end of camp.

Scholarships are available to cover Art Center summer camp tuition as well as supervised care.

Care Options:

Full-Day Extended Childcare / $80 per week
Includes morning, afternoon, and supervised lunch.

Morning Care / $27 per week
7:30 – 9 am, Monday through Friday. Extended care tuition is required for those who plan to drop off more than 10 minutes before the start of camp.

Afternoon Care / $27 per week
4 – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Extended care tuition is required for those who plan to pick up more than 10 minutes after the end of camp.
Students must be picked up by 5:30 pm. Please call the Education Desk at (515) 271-0316 if you are running late. A late fee of $5 will be charged for every 10 minutes past 5:30 pm.

Supervised Lunch / $27 per week
All students staying for a full-day of camp must be registered for supervised lunch. Supervised lunch is from 12 – 1 pm. Participants must bring their own sack lunch, beverage, and nut-free snacks.

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