Summer camps in downtown Indianapolis are fun, diverse and educational – but best of all, the camps take place at many of the biggest and best attractions, venues and campuses in the state such as White River State Park, IUPUI's sports facilities and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Here are some great options where you're guaranteed to find a camp to match your child's interests.
1 Indianapolis Zoo
Animal shows and demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo and garden walks, science and nature activities, amusement rides and more are all part of one of the most fun, unique summer camps in the state. All activities at Zoo Camps encourage discovery and appreciation of wildlife and wild places!
Ages 5 – 14
2 Indianapolis Museum of Art
Art campers will get to know the IMA's incredible galleries and build, draw, print and paint inside the IMA Art Labs. Unique themes are offered throughout the summer such as "Sticks and Stones and other Natural Wonders" and "Video as Voice: Creating and Editing Film."
Ages 5 – 16
Older kids who take part in these improvisational summer camps for middle and high schoolers will laugh, learn and become more creative and confident, all by doing fun group performance activities led by ComedySportz players. ComedySportz is located in the heart of Mass Ave. Scholarships are available!
Grades 6 – 12
4 The Children's Museum StarPoint Summer Camp
Behind-the-scenes tours of the museum's collections and labs, talks with local artists and experts and field trips to other local learning institutions make "StarPoint Summer Camp" one of the most popular Indianapolis summer activities for kids. Registration only costs $75 per session.
Ages 6 – 12
5 Peewinkle's Puppet Studio
Young puppeteers can create their own marionette, learn some new techniques and perform for family and friends on the last day of each weekly camp session. Three levels are offered for different ages and experience, all located at Peewinkle's one-of-a-kind studio on the south side of downtown.
Various ages welcome
6 Indianapolis School of Ballet
Dancers of all abilities can take part in an active summer camp that gives youngsters the chance to learn new ballet skills or simply refine what they already know. The camp includes a downtown field trip, dance and art instruction and a healthy snack each day. Indianapolis School of Ballet is situated right downtown near the canal, with all three studios boasting beautiful views of the skyline.
Ages 6 – 9
7 Indiana State Museum
The State Museum offers a wide range of hands-on educational summer camps with themes spanning paleontology to modern fashion. New camps this year: "Science & Sci-Fi" and "Indiana Fashion Runway."
Ages 9 – 14
8 IUPUI Sports Camps and Summer Day Camp
"Summer Day Camp" lets kids explore various sports in a safe, non-competitive environment. Sports camps are also offered on IUPUI's incredible athletic grounds, crafted for young athletes of all skill levels. Soccer, swimming and diving camps are offered at various times throughout the summer, taught by real IUPUI and professional coaches.
Ages 5 – 12 (Summer Day Camp); 6 – 18 (sports camps)
9 Indy Parks & Recreation Camp at Garfield Park
These art-focused camp sessions aim to broaden minds with activities ranging from simple art projects to contemporary techniques to acting. Camps split time indoors and outdoors at beautiful Garfield Park and the Garfield Park Arts Center.
Ages 6 – 14
10 Young Actors Theatre at the Athenaeum
These summer evening workshops are a fun, unique way for young thespians to refine acting techniques. One- and two-week, theme-specific workshops are available.
Grades 3 – 12
For more family-friendly summer activities in Downtown Indianapolis visit www.indydt.com