Family Services

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

The following listings are local summer camps and programs with confirmed openings for summer 2021, as of 4/16/2021. Please click on the linked text below for details about specific programs. 

Interested in hiring a babysitter, tutor or nanny this summer? Check out Private Home Postings through Pomerantz Career Center to post or search for these types of positions. 

UI Summer Camps

Iowa Young Writer's Studio

After considerable thought, we have decided to offer our 2021 Summer Residential Program completely online. During each of two, 2-week sessions, June 13-26 and July 11-24, 2021, we'll be offering an intense, immersive writing experience that will include: core courses in poetry writing, fiction writing, and creative writing (fiction, poetry, and personal essay), and--new this year--playwriting and TV writing taught by Iowa Writers' Workshop graduates; exclusive readings by exciting published writers; workshops and discussions on writing-related subjects taught by expert staff; as well as open mics, talent shows, social gatherings, icebreakers, and other events that are typically a part of our Summer Residential Program, and that will be specifically designed to allow students to connect with other young writers like themselves.

The 2021 workshops will be held July 19-22 online. Registration fee is $125. Registration closes July 6.

Half-day online sessions filled with fun, interactive activities to build an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset including:

  • Playing games
  • Creating new “products”
  • Producing commercials
  • Making a pitch
  • Writing a jingle
  • Sitting in the investor’s seat!  

  • Junior Scholars Academy: The Belin-Blank Center will offer a small on-campus Junior Scholars Academy program this summer! Students in grades 4-6 can take “Be an Engineer!” or “Programming with Python” from July 26-30. Apply today! Seats are very limited.
    • Be an Engineer: Dip your toes into the wonderful world of science and engineering. Together we will discover how to build towers that withstand earthquakes. You'll be an electrical engineer by designing your very own Operations game. We will explore everything about trajectory by doing Mechanical engineering experiments. Medical and chemical engineering will show us how hearts and lungs work, why different liquids have different densities, and what all of that means for us. Five fields of engineering, five experiments, and all the fun.
    • Programming with Python: Have you ever wanted to learn a computer language? If so, join us to learn the Python language! Whether you are new to programming or have some experience, Python is a great language to learn. Python is used for web development, machine learning, data science and much more. In this course, we’ll learn to use data structures, conditional expressions, loops, functions and objects to accomplish a variety of projects including; a Mad Libs generator, a desktop notifier, an adventure game, search algorithms, simulators and possibly some data mining. The possibilities are endless.
  • Workshop for Young Writers (grades 6-8, online for 2021): In the Workshop for Young Writers, students entering grades 6-8 will meet classmates from across the country and passionate instructors from the “Writing University” to help build a writing community. Accepted students can look forward to developing their writing skills, workshopping their pieces among peers, and expanding their creative abilities.
  • Summer Art Residency (grades 9-12, online for 2021): High school artists will earn college credit for doing what they love! The University of Iowa houses a nationally ranked School of Art. Our talented faculty have been teaching art online all year long, and they know how to do it right!
  • Summer Writing Residency (grades 9-12, online for 2021): High school students will have the unique opportunity to work with world-class writing faculty from the University of Iowa - better known as the Writing University and home to the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop and landmark Prairie Lights bookstore. Students will receive 2 semester hours of graded University of Iowa credit. This will appear on an official university transcript that can be added to their college applications!

Iowa National Summer Transportation Institute (INSTI) is hosted by Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. It is offered in collaboration with the Civil Rights Bureau of the Iowa Department of Transportation and funded through the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

Special Needs Summer Programs

For the 2021 summer, Camp Courageous will offer day camps in which participants, with or without a disability, attend for a week but go home each night.  Day Camp will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Camp Heart Connection encompasses all of the year round Camps Children's Cancer Connection has to offer. Camp Heart Connection is a home away from home. It is a magical time where children and their families affected by childhood cancer have the opportunity to connect, grow, and create lifelong memories. Beyond that, it is a safe place where everyone is given the opportunity to meet other campers who understand what they're going through, regardless of where they are in their journey. Camp builds confidence and a sense of belonging in campers through trust, community, and empowering experiences. 

Camp High Hopes offers year-round therapeutic recreation programs and respites in Sioux City, IA designed to enrich the lives of youth and adults with diagnosed disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other special needs.

It's with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our traditional summer camps. We are taking precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy and have come up with a few alternative summer programs so people still have the opportunity to experience Easterseals Iowa programming.

Current Programs offered include: Weekend Respite, Emergency Respite, Super Weekend Respite, Sunny Days, Bright Side, and Team Cheerio sessions.

Mayor's Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP) offers programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities

407 Highland Court, Iowa City, IA 52240

Make the most of your summer! When your loved one with an intellectual or other developmental disability takes part in summer programming from The Arc of East Central Iowa, they’ll enjoy fun recreational activities in a supportive, nurturing environment. The program also gives you a chance, as a caregiver, to recharge or take care of other responsibilities during the day. 

The Arc of Southeast Iowa and offers summer day camp programs for children and teens with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Summer camps have high staff to camper ratios (1:3, 1:2, or 1:1) and supervisors to support each camper’s unique needs.

When attending a summer camp, you’ll get a traditional day camp experience with activities adapted to individual needs. Each camp features a theme and activities including:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Music therapy
  • Swimming
  • Games
  • Field trips

The Arc offers day camps Monday to Friday for eight weeks each summer.

Scholarship Opportunities