Summer Day Camp - Living History Farms

Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp

Located on 500 acres of rolling prairie filled with bubbling streams and nature paths begging to be explored, Living History Farms' outdoor day camp setting provides a fun and unique way for children entering kindergarten through 8th grade to experience day-to-day farm and town life as it was in the past.

Kids connect to history, science, and nature through fun and engaging outdoor experiences, hands-on activities, games, crafts and visits to Living History Farms’ historic sites. The fun and learning never stops at Living History Farms Summer Day Camp!


Membership Benefits: As with all camps, members receive early registration and a 15% discount off of registration fees. Make sure your membership is up to date! Purchase or renew your membership >

Registration Dates: Member registration opens February 1, 2017 at 10am. Registration opens to the general public on February 22, 2017 at 10am. To register, click on the grade level below.

Requirements to attend camp: Please review our Summer Day Camp Policies before you register for camp. Each child registered for camp must complete a health and consent form (not required for Family Camp). Please read the Summer Day Camp FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions, and review Living History Farms' Code of Conduct.

Day Camp and the Heat: Read this letter to parents with some tips for preparing your child for camp on hot days, and info on what we do at Living History Farms to keep campers safe and cool. Day Camp and the Heat >


Day Camp Descriptions and Registration

Click on your child's grade level in the fall to see the camp descriptions and register for camp!

Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade
4th grade 5th grade 6th-8th grades all ages family camp


Day Camp Sessions

Camps run Monday-Friday unless otherwise noted in the camp descriptions. Full-day camp hours are 9am-4pm. Half-day AM camp hours are 9am-noon. Half day PM camp hours are 1pm-4pm.

Session 1:     June 5-9
Session 2:     June 12-16
Session 3:     June 19-23
Session 4:     June 26-30
Session 5:     July 5-7*
Session 6:     July 10-14
Session 7:     July 17-21
Session 8:     July 24-28
Session 9:     July 31 - August 4
Session 10:   August 7-11
Session 11:   August 15-17

*Session 5 will be 3 days only and will be prorated.Day Camp Overview

Click on the schedule for a printable PDF >


Camp Fees

Members receive a 15% discount and exclusive early registration! Make sure your membership is up to date! Purchase or renew your membership >

NEW! All camp fees include a free 5x7 group photo! (No group photo taken at Family Camp)

Camp Member Price Non-Member Price
Full Week $221 $260
Full Week - Session 5 (prorated) $132.60 $156
Kindergarten & First Grade Half-Day Camps $123.25 $145
Kindergarten & First Grade Half-Day Camps - Session 5 (prorated) $73.95 $87
First Grade Full-Day Camps $132.60 $156
Family Camp** - 1 adult & 1 child $35.70 $42
Family Camp** - 1 adult & 2 children $51 $60

* All prices include a non-refundable $50 processing fee. Refunds, less processing fee, must be requested in writing no later than two weeks prior to camp.

** "Family" is loosely defined, and can include grandparents bringing grandchildren. "Family" does not include your child's friends, but can include his or her cousins.


Scholarships are available to cover portion of Day Camp fees. 

  • For details, call 515-278-5286 ext. 110 or email
  • Scholarship applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received and are subject to eligibility requirements and availability of funds.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision in writing.
  • Scholarships are available for all Living History Farms Day Camps including family camps and 1-day camps.
  • Members can apply for a scholarship when day camp registration has opened for members. Non-members can apply for a scholarship when registration has opened for the general public.


Early Drop-off and Late Pick-up

We will be offering early drop-off and late pick-up this year for an additional charge. You must register for this service while registering for camp, or by calling at least 3 weeks prior to the camp session. Space will be limited. 

More information about Early Drop-off and Late Pick-up >


Day Camp Souvenirs

Add on the following items to your child’s Day Camp registration at Living History Farms! This year we’re offering great deals on Camp Souvenir Packs and T-shirts so your child remembers their Day Camp experience forever. New this year, every camper will receive a free 5x7 group photo! Group photos are taken on the Tuesday of camp and handed out on Friday.

Day Camp Souvenir PackDay Camp Souvenir Pack: $35

Retail value - nearly $60!

To buy the Day Camp Pack, add it during your registration. Must be pre-ordered by May 1.

  • 2017 Day Camp Souvenir T-shirt - $11 if ordered individually
  • Old Fashioned Schoolhouse Chalkboard Set
  • Living History Farms Collectible Coin
  • Peel & Stick Embroidered Souvenir Patch
  • Happy Camper Wristband
  • Farm-Themed Sticker
  • Cow Tale Candy Treat - chewy caramel snack, filled with a vanilla cream center
  • Farm Animal Tattoo
  • Living History Farms pin
  • Crossbody Messenger Tote Bag

Day Camp Souvenir T-Shirt: $11

This item is also available as part of the Day Camp Pack above. To buy the Day Camp T-Shirt, add it during your registration. Must be pre-ordered by May 1.

LHF reserves the right to substitute similar items if required.

T-Shirt Sizes are Youth S (6-8), M (10-12), L (14-16), and Adult S, M, L. If you are unsure what size to order, please order larger as extras or exchanges are not available.



Day CampFeedback from Parents:

"My daughter claims this was the best camp she has ever attended. Well DONE! Thank you! We have been to many others, so this is quite a compliment to your staff and volunteers. Your team was fabulous."

"Our counselors were great. My son just raved about them!! Everything was organized and well planned. We just loved our first camp experience."

"My child loved 'Everything!' He loved all the topics, loved loved loved the creek walk, shopping in the general store, seeing all the animals, and the garden. Plus he just really enjoyed his counselors!!"

"Thanks for providing such an amazing learning atmosphere for kids to enjoy nature."



American Camp Association Accredited
Living History Farms Day Camp program is accredited by the American Camp Association, the only nationwide organization that accredits all types of organized camps.

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