Day Camps

NEW! School Break Day Camps: The fun keeps on growing!

Botanical Garden school break day camps in Des Moines allow youth to explore the natural world through culinary, artistic and scientific activities. Our innovative day camps for kids inspire youth to create, explore and discover in our unique garden classrooms. Whether you’re interested in spring break camps, winter break camps or another holiday camp, we have something your little one is sure to love.

All camps run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and are designed for first- through fifth-graders.

Registration open now!

Day Camp Prices

Members $40, Nonmembers $50

Prices are listed per child per camp. Price includes daily snack, supplies for all activities and projects to take home and enjoy. Youth should bring a sack lunch to enjoy.

2020 Spring Break Camps

Tuesday, March 17: Garden Chefs

Connect ingredients to the plants that they come from while also learning how to measure ingredients and follow a recipe.


Wednesday, March 18: ARTrageous!

Explore different art media including sun prints and sculptures using the Garden as inspiration.


Thursday, March 19: Mad Scientists

Experiment in the Garden during this action-packed camp filled with botanical dyes and bubbling potions.


PS: Visit our Summer Camp page for details and registration. Camps run June through August and fill quickly!