Camps, Classes, and Lessons “OH MY”

Embrace the joy of family fun in Okoboji, whether you're a regular visitor, enjoying a short getaway, or a local seeking summer activities for the kids! Dive into an array of camps, classes, and lessons tailored to every child's interests. While the kids embark on exciting new adventures, take the opportunity to explore local shops, savor delicious bites at eateries, or delve into the rich history showcased at our captivating museums. Okoboji is your canvas for family fun – make the most of every moment!

Sailing Lessons

Discover the thrill of sailing with unique lessons at the Okoboji Sailing Center and Yacht Club! Since 1973, OSC has been a hub for sailing education, offering diverse programs for all ages.

From the playful "Little Puffs" introductory class (ages 6-8) to the innovative "Adventure Sailing" blending STEM activities with sailing (ages 10-16) and the competitive "Performance Racing" classes for sailors 18 and under – there's a perfect fit for every age and skill level.

Explore the 2024 class offerings at and mark your calendar for registration opening on March 1st at 10 am central time. Embark on a sailing adventure in Okoboji – where lessons are not just about the sea but a journey of skill, fun, and memories!

Okoboji Sailing Center
lakeside labs nature camp

Nature Center Camps & Classes

Make the most of your time in Okoboji with a visit to the Dickinson County Nature Center – a place where fun and education collide! Indoors and outdoors, discover interactive exhibits that will truly captivate both you and your kids. But the excitement doesn't end there – throughout the summer, your kids can dive into a world of adventure by joining the Nature Center's engaging classes and camps.

Explore their event and class schedule here to plan your visit. Whether it's the Friday Family Fun nights, nature tots, nature explorers, or a variety of summer camps tailored for all ages, the Nature Center is the go-to spot for endless summer fun. Don't miss out – make the Dickinson County Nature Center a staple in your Okoboji summer itinerary!

Registration opens on March 1st at 8 am!

Nature Center Summer Camp Schedule
DCNC Summer Camp Schedule

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Camps & Classes

Is your child an outdoor enthusiast? Dive into a world of adventure at Iowa Lakeside Lab's exciting summer camps! Tailored for students from PreK (4-year-olds) to 9th grade, their camps provide an immersive experience in the great outdoors.

Explore their diverse 2024 camp offerings. Ready to secure your spot? Registration opens on February 1st at 12 pm! Don't miss out – register early to guarantee a spot for your young explorer in our enriching youth camps!

Lakeside Camps -middleschool
Lakeside Camp - High School


Kids Yoga Camp March
Another kids camp is back in March! The kids love learning about yoga and mindfulness and they have a ton of fun with Melissa.
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March Yoga Camp

Golf Lessons

Elevate your child's golf game with youth golf lessons at Emerald Hills Golf Course, guided by Head Pro Randy Rohlfsen. Our Junior Golf Program, running throughout June, provides a comprehensive week of instruction covering all aspects of the game. Plus, enjoy play dates every other week throughout the summer, complete with weekly prizes and a thrilling season-ending tournament.

For an immersive experience, join our week-long Junior Camp in June, featuring one-on-one instruction, meals, skill contests, and a tournament. Looking for more options? Brooks Golf offers two four-day Junior Golf Camps, where participants receive expert guidance in full swing analysis, putting, pitching, and chipping. Engage in daily long drive and short game competitions, with winners earning certificates and prizes.

But the golf adventures don't end there! Spencer Golf and Country Club hosts a junior golf clinic throughout June, catering to students aged 7 to 14. Transform your child's summer with the joy of golf – sign up for youth golf lessons at these premier Iowa courses!

Art Classes

Free your creative spirit and gain insight into the many aspects of art through classes at the Pearson Lakes Art Center! Their summer schedule offers something for everyone.  You can also enjoy time as family while painting potter, or schedule a birthday party at Kurio Kastle in downtown Spirit Lake.

PLAC Summer Class Schedule

Okoboji Performing Arts Summer Academy

Summer Academy allows kids to explore the arts and find their passion in a fun atmosphere designed to enhance appreciation of and participation in performing arts.

Oko Perf. Arts


With 40 years of passion for early childhood music and movement, Kindermusik is a world class experience and fairly new to Okoboji!  Classes are specifically created to engage whole child development through research-based music and movement. Get ready for musical, magical and memorable moments!  Registration is now open for summer camps!

Kindermusik summer
Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp

Church Camps

If a Church Camp is what you have in mind be sure to check out the offerings at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp or Lutheran Lakeside Camp.  Ingham Okoboji offers on-water activities, piant-ball, fishing and so much more! You can even come to camp as a family with many weeks of Family Camp.  Lutheran Lakeside amenities include a swimming pool, beach front on East Lake Okoboji, zip-line and much more. The kids will have so much fun and their faith will be strengthened as well!

Kayaking in blue kayaks

Dickinson County ISU Extension Camps & Classes

Learn new skill and have fun in the classes and camps offered by the Dickinson County Extension Office.  Gardening, Fish Camp, bot coding, and cooking are just a few of the options available!  Registration opens April 5, but you can check out all of the options today! There is something for every age and ability level.

ISU Extension Summer Camps

Camp Foster

Camp Foster YMCA, on East Lake Okoboji, has been entertaining campers for years.  With day camps and overnight camps, the options are endless and every week has a fun-filled theme that makes each week a little bit different if one week at camp isn't long enough!  Oh yeah, there is even a week long Boots and Saddles Camp for the horse lover or a water sports specialty camp!  Day Camp runs from 8:45 am- 4 pm and there are convenient bus stops all around the area.  This will be the week your kids will be writing about as their summer highlight when they go back to school in the fall. These camps do fill up fast, but it's worth check them out and getting your name on a waiting list.

Camp Foster archery

Experience a world of family fun in Okoboji where the options are as diverse as your family's interests! Whether you're aiming to refine your child's skills, introduce them to exciting new activities, build confidence, foster their faith, or simply keep them happily occupied, Okoboji has it all! The only challenge? Deciding what to do first – or maybe, just maybe, extending your stay for another week to soak in all the incredible possibilities! Your ultimate family adventure in Okoboji awaits – where the fun never ends!

Kids playing with green slime