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Whether your kid wants to explore leadership, nature, science, animals, music, sports, the fine arts or faith, there’s a camp for them in this year’s Lincoln Journal Star Summer Planner. Also included are some camps for children with special needs.


LUX Center for the Arts, 2601 N. 48th St. Clay, pottery wheel, painting, drawing, illustration, metalsmithing, STEAM and sampler art camps for ages 5-8, 9-12, and 13+. One-week sessions: 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. from June 3-Aug. 5 (excluding week of July 4). Make it a full day and register for both with optional lunch (noon-2 p.m.) Before care available (8-9 a.m.). Info: or 402-466-8692. 

Paint Yourself Silly. Art In The Evening Camps, all three locations, grades 1-8. Pottery painting, clay, and glass fusing. Cost: $30 per camp. Info: or 402-486-1010.


Camp Fontanelle, just north of Fremont. Owned by the Great Plains United Methodist Conference and open to all faiths. Preschool through adult one- to five-day residential camps, May 30-Aug. 2. Tuition: $82-$384. Info: 402-478-4296 or

Campin' with the Marians at Camp Kateri Tekakwitha, 20 minutes south of York. For girls entering grades 6-9, June 23-27. Tuition: $200 ($150 for a second camper), financial assistance available. Dads welcome to attend with daughters. Info: Marian Sisters, 402-786-2750, or Register: starting March 1.

Camp Luther, Schuyler. LCMS Christian camp with outdoor activities for ages 4 to adult, June and July (camp lengths vary). Camps: Explorer, Discovery, Adventure, Guitar, Niobrara River Trip, Family Camp Weekends, Owl, Cooking, STEM, AMP (Arts Music and Performance), Future Leaders, Treehouse and His Kids Special Needs. Cost: $30-$390, financial assistance available, multi-child discount. Free family camp June 1-2 (by reservation). Info: 402-352-5655 or

Camp Solaris, 25 minutes south of Lincoln, 2349 State Highway 34B Spur, Firth. Christian overnight camps for grades 3-12. One-week sessions June 3-Aug 9. Info: 402-423-8746 or

Camp Sonshine, 13440 S. 25th St., Roca. Outdoor, Christian day camp for grades K-6; Teen Leadership Training Program for grades 7-9. One-week sessions 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from June 3-Aug. 9, extended hours available. Open house: 2-6 p.m. May 11. Info: 402-423-8746 or

Carol Joy Holling Camp, Ashland. Weeklong camps for grades 1-12 from June 2-July 25. Outdoor activities including high ropes course, boating, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and Bible study. Tuition: $250-$430, financial aid available. Programs for families and people with special needs. Tuition: $155-315. Info: or 402-944-2544.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1800 S. 84th St., Vacation Bible School, “Roar,” 9-11:30 a.m. June 3-7. Info: Register at

Royal Family Kids Camp, creating life-changing moments for children ages 6-12 that have been abused, neglected or abandoned, July 15-19. Transportation to camp site provided. Info: 402-730-4808 or

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd. Register at

* Midweek Missions, Wednesdays June 5-July 31 (except June 26 and July 3), Pre-K to post-5th grade, free. Bring a sack lunch. Will volunteer at local agencies and do random acts of kindness.

* Leadership Camp, grades 4 to post-6th, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18-20, free. Bring a sack lunch. Get ready to be behind the scenes of ROAR Vacation Bible School!

* Vacation Bible School, "ROAR!" age 4 to post-5th; age 3 with a grown-up volunteer, 9 a.m.-noon June 24-28. Cost: $10/child.

* Lights, Camera, Action, grades post-2nd to 6th, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16-18. Cost: $40/child; bring a sack lunch. Learn to use your skills to produce a summer musical.

*Sports & Faith Camp, grades post-K to 5th, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 30-Aug 1. Cost: $40/child; bring a sack lunch. Young players of all sports will build skills, focus on teamwork and develop confidence as well as hear from Christian athletes about how their faith journeys have shaped their play.

Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, 5750 S. 40th St. Vacation Bible School, “Roar,” grades pre-K to 5th and a tweens/teens group for those who have completed grades 5-8. Dates: 6:15-8:30 p.m. June 2-6 (optional child-friendly meal at 5:45). Info: 402-421-3704 or

Villa Marie School Special Needs Camp, 7205 N. 112th St., Waverly. Ages 7-16 (basic self-care required). Fishing, boating, swimming, crafts, campfire. Dates: June 10-14. Tuition: $225 for boarders; $175 for day campers. Info: 402-786-3625, or on Facebook at me/villamariewaverly.


Big Red Summer Academic Camps, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Career exploration program for students in grades 10-12 with choice of residential camps in animation, filmmaking, teaching, engineering, natural resources, veterinary science, weather and climate science and Unicameral Youth Legislature. Dates: June 9-14 (Unicameral, June 9-12). Tuition: $350-$700 (earlybird fee and limited scholarships available). Info: or 402-472-2846.

Bright Lights Summer Learning Adventures, five weeks of half-day classes and full-day camps for students who have completed grades K-8. Main site: Holmes Elementary (with some classes at other sites). Hands-on learning experiences cover a variety of fun, unique and engaging topics. Before care and supervised lunch available. Need-based scholarships can be applied for during registration. Info: or 402-420-1115. Online registration begins 8 a.m. March 23.

Camp Summergold, residential arts and science-based camp for girls ages 11–17. Site: The Leadership Center, Aurora. Dates: June 9–15 (arts retreat (for women and girls June 15-16). Workshops on batik and colored pencil drawing with nationally recognized fine artist Mary Gibilisco; circus skills (lyra hoop, hammock and trapeze aerial skills) with scientist Devra Hock and her gymnast friends from Big Top Performance Art Center; poetry, creative writing, yoga, improv for theatre, crafts, movie night, water park swim party, Bingo, campfires and more. Tuition: $695 (need-based scholarships available). Accredited through the American Camp Association. Info:, or 402-474-2206.

Dimensions Education Programs, sessions at First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St. and 7700 A St. Two, five-week sessions, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., for infants, toddlers, preschool and grades K-1. Register for one or both: Session A: May 28-June 28; Session B: July 1-Aug. 2 (closed on July 4). Full- and part-time schedules available. Info:

Lincoln Children’s Museum, 1420 P St., themed adventure camps for preschool (ages 4-5) and elementary students (grades K-1 and 2-4). Five-day half- and full-day camps from May 24-Aug. 9. Extended hours 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (half day, 7:30-11:30 a.m.) Cost: Week-long camps ($199 members, $219 nonmembers); half-day camps ($100 members, $110 nonmembers). Earlybird discounts available before March 18. Info: 402-477-4000 or

Lincoln Children’s Zoo, 1222 S. 27th St. Info: or 402-475-6741 Ext. 133.

* Preschool, ages 3-4 with a parent/adult, 8:30-10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. $99 members ($129 nonmembers).

* Half-day camps, ages 4-7, 8:30 a.m-noon-1 to 4:30 p.m., $119 members ($139 nonmembers).

* Full-day camps, ages 4-12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $238 members ($278 nonmembers); partial-week camps $144-$175 members ($184-$238 nonmembers).

Launch Leadership Summer Workshop. Students entering grades 6-12 learn leadership skills. Dates: June 25-29 or July 16-20, Wayne State College. Cost: $350, scholarships available. Info:

Lincoln Public Schools Summer Technology Program, Bryan Community Focus Program, 300 S. 48th St. Door 1. Students entering grades 4-9 can explore their interest in computers and new and exciting technology. Times: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. (no lunch-hour supervision). Session 1: June 10-14, Session 2: June 17-21, Session 3: June 24-28, and Session 4: July 8-12. Tuition: $85 (Lincoln residents) or $170 (nonresidents), scholarships available for free/reduced lunch qualifiers. Registration begins March 1. Info:

Morrill Hall, Children journey through time during week-long, half-day camps exploring natural history and science topics through hands-on activities, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cost: $95 per child/per camp (members), $105 (nonmembers). Info:

* Elephants, Dinos, and Rhinos Oh My!, June 17-21, grades 3-5.

* Mini and Mighty, July 15-19, grades 1-2.

* Space Expedition, July 29-Aug. 2, grades 4–6.

Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P streets, guided tours, workshops and family drop-in days.

* "Mad Science at the Museum," 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, ages 6-10 with an adult, free. Find out what happens when history and science collide! Sessions: June 6, Physical and Chemical Transformations; June 20, Kitchen Science; July 11, It’s Electric; July 25, Ray of Light; Aug. 8, Positive Energy. Email to register.

* "Free Kids Groups Tours," 60-minute tour led by the museum’s Curiosity Guides for children entering grades K-6, includes touchable objects and “eyes-only” artifacts to learn more about life in Nebraska since the 1800s. Times: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Email to schedule.

* “Time Machine of Fun,” 90-minute workshop for groups of children entering grades K-6. Find out how Nebraska kids have been having fun over the past 200 years via historic games, toys, dances and snacks. Fee: $2 per child. Times: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Email to schedule.

Nebraska Writing Project Workshops and Camps, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Apply at or by mail at I/We Love to Write, Nebraska Writing Project, 202 Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0333. 

* Young Writers Camp, grades 9-12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8-19, Andrews Hall.

* I/We Love to Write, June 17-22, ages 7-11 from 9-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; ages 12-14 from 2-4 p.m.; ages 7 to adult family workshop from 6-8 p.m. Animal Science Building, East Campus.

Oxbow Animal Health Veterinary Camps, for children with a passion for animals and veterinary medicine. Info: or email

* Junior (completed grades 2-5). Sites/Dates: Elmwood Elementary, June 3-6; Lincoln Children’s Zoo, July 15-18. Cost: $165.

* Intermediate (completed grades 6-8). Sites/Dates: University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, June 24-28. Cost: $250.

Prairie Life Summer Day Camps, 1305 S. 70th St. Ages 5 and up, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Cost: $205 including nonrefundable $25 registration fee, ($175 for Prairie Life members). Lunch included. Info: or

* Sessions/Themes: Splash into Summer, May 28-May 31; Ooey and Gooey Science, June 3-7; Wacky Sports, June 10-14; Spirit Week, June 17-21; Party Across the USA, June 24-28, Junior Engineers, July 8-12; Creative Minds, July 15-19; Space and Weather, July 22-26; Community Helpers, July 29-Aug. 2; Epic Adventure, Aug. 5-9.

Southeast Community College Child Development Center Summer Camps, 8800 O St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (before and after care available), May 28-Aug. 9, different themes each week. Registration: Feb. 25-March 1 for returning campers and Child Development Center attendees; March 4 for new registrants. Fee: $130-$160. Info: 402-437-2450, 800-642-4075 or

Spark Summer Camp, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, completed grades K-5, Adams Elementary School, active, fun "maker" camp that helps students play their way through STEAM subjects with hands-on experiments, exploration and field trips, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 28-Aug. 2 (10-week experience, two 4-week sessions and drop-in weeks), extended care available from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Tuition: $199-$220/week with one-time activity fee. Scholarships available. Info: or 402-436-1612.

* Sessions/Themes: Maker Party, May 28-31; Electro-Nano, June 3-7; Growing Green, June 10-14; Food Lab, June 17-21; Engineers Week, June 24-28; Aerospace Week, July 1-5 (except July 4); Coding Week, July 8-12; CAD Camp, July 15-19; Garbology, July 22-26; Virtual Reality, July 29-Aug. 2.

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum Adventure Camps, Ashland (I-80 exit 426). Educational programming in Aviation, Engineering, Robotics, Space, Science or Technology for students entering grades 1-6, and Drone Challenge and Robotics for grades 7-8, June 3-Aug 2. Cost: one-day camps, $65, three-day camps, $180, and five-day combo camps, $300. Camp discounts for museum members. Before-care and after-care available for $8 each. Info:

* Astronaut Academy includes a special visit by Nebraska’s Astronaut Clayton Anderson on July 19. Five new camps include: Out of this World, Spa Science, EV3 Extreme, WeDo Robotics & Weird Science or choose from the nine other camps: Above and Beyond, Amazing Race, Astronaut Academy, Build It, Drone Challenge, Game On: Power up, Military Adventure Camp, Robotics and Spy Games: The Next Mission.

Young Nebraska Scientists Camp, conducted by Nebraska EPSCoR with support from the National Science Foundation to encourage youth participation (grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering and math.  Info:

* “Life Underground: The Unseen Power of Microbes,” June 10-12, grades 9-12, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cost: $200; $150 (commuters)

* “Explorations in Biology,” June 17-19, grades 10 and 11 (with prior approval), Nebraska Wesleyan University. Cost: $100

* Chemistry and Nanoscience Behind Renewable Energy Technology, July 1-3, grades 9-12, UNL Othmer Hall. Cost: $75, need-based scholarship available.

* Additional camps for middle- and high-schoolers at University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska at Kearney and Cedar Point Biological Station, Ogallala.


Nebraska Wesleyan University Choral Camps, 5000 Saint Paul Ave. Info: William A. Wyman, 402-465-2288 or, or

* High School Solo Singers Workshop: June 4-6, ages 15 through graduating seniors. Resident and nonresident options available.

* Children’s Choir Camp: June 9-14, singers with unchanged voices ages 10-16. Resident and nonresident options available.

Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, Avoca, with championship fiddler Deborah Greenblatt. Read sheet music, play by ear, learn melodies, harmonies and chords, dance, sing and jam. Enrollment limited to 10 fiddlers. Cost: $150 for 3 days, $110 for 2 days, $60 for 1 day. Pre-registration required; email

* Beginner Camp, 9 a.m.-noon June 5-7.

* Intermediate/Advanced Camp, 9 a.m.-July 10-12.

SAIL Camp, strings camps for elementary and middle school students; beginners meet 9 a.m.-noon; experienced players 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Info: or

* North Camp: Location TBA, July 22-26, concert 10 a.m. July 27, Location TBA.

* South Camp: Irving Middle School, July 29-Aug. 2, concert 10 a.m. Aug. 3, Lincoln Southeast High School.

* Honors Orchestra: Irving Middle School, 3:30-5 p.m. July 22-25 & July 29-Aug. 2, concert 10 a.m. Aug. 3, Lincoln Southeast High School.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music Summer Camps. Register:

* Show Choir Camp, June 9-15. Info: Peter Eklund at

* Middle School Band Camp, June 18-22. Info: 402-472-2505 or

* Cornhusker Summer Marching Band Camp, July 7-11. Info: 402- 472-2505 or


4-H Summer Camps, experiences at Halsey, Gretna and other locations, ages 6-18. Day and overnight camps range from one to five days. Info:, 402-472-2846 or

Pioneers Park Nature Center. Day camps for ages 3-17. Spend summer outdoors, learning, playing, and exploring. Info: (Nature Camps) or 402-441-7895.

* Leadership Camp for ages 14-17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3-7, $150.

* Camp Discovery, ages 3-6, 9-11:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday) June 3-July 18, $90/session.

* Wilderness Nature Camp, ages 6-13, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Friday) June 10-Aug. 2 except week of July 4, $185/session.

PRAIRIE HILL NatureWorks, 17705 S. 12th St., Roca. Info: 402-438-6668 or

* Country Day Camps, ages 6-13, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (extended care available). Themes: Suzuki Violin/Music Variety, Animal Encounters, On the Move, Artful Antics and Pioneer Camp. Cost: $190-$395. Optional overnight tent camping.

* Mini Camps, ages 3-6, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (two-week sessions, Tuesday-Friday). Cost: $315.

YMCA Camp Kitaki, overnight camp for ages 7-17. One-week sessions June 2-Aug. 10. Variety of programs offering outdoor activities, swimming, horseback riding, team-building, leadership skills, crafts and games. Tuition: tiered prices. Info: 402-434-9222 or


Competitive Edge Sports Day Camps, CES Training Center, 2604 Park Blvd., Suite 2. Tuition: $169-$189 (15 percent discount if registered by March 28). Info: or 402-404-5510.

* Takedown Day Camp, ages 8-18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3-7.

* Youth Wrestling Day Camp, grades Pre-K through 8th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 17-21.

* Youth Wrestling Day Camp, grades Pre-K through 8th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22-26.

Genesis Racquet Club Mighty Camps, 5300 Old Cheney Road, grades K-6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 27–Aug. 9. Info: or contact Brent Docter at 402-413-1085 or

Parks and Recreation Fundamental Day Camps. focus on recreation and leisure skill-building, physical fitness through active play, social development, nutrition awareness and nature interaction, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28-Aug. 9 except on July 4 (Goodrich camp runs until July 26; McPhee camp runs until Aug. 2). Tuition: $139 per 5-day week, need-based scholarships available. Info: (summer day camp).

* Completed grades K-4 (Belmont Recreation Center, Calvert Recreation Center, Irving Recreation Center); completed grades K-5 (Air Park West Recreation Center, Bethany Park, F Street Recreation Center, McPhee Elementary); completed grades 5-7 (Calvert Recreation Center, Goodrich Middle School, Irving Recreation Center).

The Bay Skatepark, 2005 Y St. Skateboarding Basics, 9 a.m.-noon June 3-7 for grades 3-5; June 24-28 for grades 6-8. Registration through Bright Lights at beginning March 23.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus Recreation, Husker Kids Day Camp (entering grades 2-6) and Husker Adventures Day Camp (entering grades 7-8). Weekly sessions June 3-Aug. 2 (no camp week of July 4). Tuition: $120 (members), $130 nonmembers; extended care for $10 per session. Info: 402-472-3467 or

YMCA Sports Camps. Tuition: $50-$100. Info: 402-434-9217 or after March 1. Dates and sites tentative.

* Boys Basketball Camp, July 15-18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for grades 2-3; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for grades 4-8.

* Girls Basketball Camp, July 8-11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for grades 2-3; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for grades 4-8.

* Cheerleading Camp, June 24-27, 9-11:30 a.m. for grades 1-8.

* Football Camp, Wright Park, June 24-27, 9 a.m.-noon for grades 3-8.

* Soccer Camp, June 4-8 and July 31-Aug. 2, ages 3-16.

* Speed Camp, Wright Park, July 8-11, 6 to 8 p.m. for grades 2-8.

* Volleyball Camp, July 22-25, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades 2-4; 1-4:30 p.m. for grades 5-8.

* Tennis Camp, June 17-21 and July 15-19, 5-7 p.m. for ages 5-18.

*Golf Camp, June 17-21 and July 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon for grades 3-8.


Haymarket Theatre, 802 Q St., ages 6-17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Before- and after-care available. Tuition: $400 for three-week camps; $300 for two-week camps. Info: 402-477-2600 or Email to inquire about scholarships.

* "Beauty and the Beast," rehearsals May 27-June 14, performances June 13-15.

* "The Hobbit," rehearsals June 17-28, performances June 27-29.

* "Willy Wonka Jr.," rehearsals July 8-26, performances July 25-27.

* "Darts of Glory," rehearsals July 29–Aug. 9, performances Aug. 8-10.

Summer Theatre Arts Academy, production-based theater education, ages 8-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St. Info: 489-7529 or

* Musical Theatre Camp, June 10-14; performances 10 a.m. and noon June 15.

* Sally Sells Seashells, June 17-28; performances 10 a.m. and noon June 29.

* Willy Wonka Kids, July 8-19; performances 10 a.m. and noon July 20.

* The Grunch, July 22-Aug. 2; performances 10 a.m. and noon Aug. 3.

* Improv Camp, Aug. 5-9, performances 10 a.m. and noon Aug. 10 .

Theatre Arts for Kids, 4325 Sumner St., Rising Stars (ages 3-8) and Stage Stars (ages 7-15). Cost: $100-$400. Info: or

* Rising Stars: Fairy Tale Forest, 9:30-11 a.m. June 17-21; Candyland Adventures, 9:30-11 a.m. June 24-28.

*Stage Stars: Total Theatre Experience, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 3-7; Broadway Bound! Sing! Dance! Act!, 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 17-21; Create & Relate! Improv and Script Writing with Judy Hart, ages 9-15, 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 24-28, Disney’s The Lion King Jr., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 8-19 with performances at 7 p.m. July 18 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 19.

Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln, 1233 Libra Drive, Suite 2, ages 7-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuition: $150 per weekly camp, $310 for productions (includes T-shirt and two tickets). Info: 402-417-4137 or

* Camps: Show Choir Camp, June 10-14; “Superheroes, Unite!,” June 17-21, “Hang Ten! A Musical," June 24-28; Stage Management Camp, July 1-3, "Stories Under the Big Top," Aug. 5-9.

* Theatrical Productions: “Rock of Ages Middle School Edition,” May 28-June 8; "Chance! The Musical," July 8-20; “High School Musical 2 Jr." July 22-Aug. 3.

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