Summer Blast Day Camp

Summer Blast was displaced from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum due to the tornado on July 19, 2018.  The Veterans Memorial Coliseum webpage shows renovation project plans and gratefully accepts donations. 

Parents need to know:

Summer Blast is lead by experiences staff and available for youth entering grades 1 through 6.  See the Summer Blast Day Camp Family/Parent Handbook with important details to know.

Summer Blast days begin and end at the Marshalltown Learning Academy (1002 S 3rd Avenue) in 2019.  Park in the lot North of the building and enter the door marked "Summer Blast".

Parents must bring proper swim attire, towel etc. on Tuesdays & Thursday for afternoon swimming.  Also provide sunscreen clearly labeled with the child’s name on the container.


Participants will be with friends and make new friends, experience fun activities and have interesting opportunities.  Morning activities will include visits to a park Monday & Friday mornings, visits to the library Thursday mornings, arts, crafts, playing games, character education and free time to read. Afternoons are filled with swimming at the Marshalltown Family Aquatic Center Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Out of town Special Activity trips are each Wednesday - departure and return times vary.  Participants will have a blast!  Parents give this program great reviews!

Lunches in the summer are provided by the Marshalltown Community School District.  Lunch is provided on site at 11:00 a.m. daily and packed lunches are provided for Wednesday trips.  Participants must bring lunches on the week(s) the Marshalltown School Summer Lunch program will not provide lunches.  There is no refrigeration available for lunches, so please plan accordingly.

Marshalltown Park and Rec is a registered daycare and accepts Iowa Child Care Assistance. Contact the Iowa Department of Human Services for eligibility.  Camp is held Monday – Friday. There is no daily or drop-in options.


To enroll, complete a Summer Blast Enrollment Form and submit it along with a current immunization record for your child and payment for the week(s) attending (each are required in advance).  The doctor or clinic may fax the immunization record to Park & Rec at (641) 754-5728. 

2019 Available Weeks of Summer Blast

Week 1 - June 10 to 14 (participants must bring lunches this week)
Week 2 - June 17 to 21
Week 3 - June 24 to 28
Week 4 - July 1 to 3, & 5 (not July 4 - only 4 days this week)
Week 5 - July 8 to 12
Week 6 - July 15 to 19*
Week 7 - July 22 to 26
Week 8 - July 29 to August 2
Week 9 - August 5 to 9
Week 10 - August 12 to 16

Special Activities & Fees

Each Wednesday Special Activities are a fun and exciting part of Summer Blast!

This schedule may change as needed.
June 12 - Grimes Farm and Conservation Center
June 19 - Palmer Family Fun - $5 Special Activity fee required with enrollment
June 26 - Perfect Games
July 3 - Scenic City Empress Riverboat
July 10 - Lake Red Rock
July 17 - Sky Zone Trampoline Park
July 24 - Skateland
July 31 - The Playstation - $5 Special Activity fee required with enrollment
August 7 - Lost Island Waterpark - $15 Special Activity fee required with enrollment
August 14 - Climb Iowa

Typical Weekly Schedule
Full Summer Calendar; June Calendar; July Calendar; August Calendar
* Weeks a Special Activity Fee is required to attend the out of town trip.
Weeks (5 & 6; 8 & 9) Swim Lesson Transportation is provided.

Enroll early to ensure space for each specific week camp is needed.  When maximum enrollment is reached for any week no additional enrollment will be accepted for that week. Participants may be added to a wait list for future enrolled if an opening becomes available.  When a participant is unable to utilize a week previously enrolled, a cancellation notice must be received at the Parks and Recreation office prior to the start of that week.  No credit or refund will be granted once that week has begin. 


  • Days: Monday through Friday (no daily or partial week option)
  • Dates: June 10 to August 16 (no camp Wednesday, July 4)
  • Times: 7:45 am to 5 pm
  • Early Drop-Off: 6:45 to 7:45 am, with a $5 weekly fee
  • Location: Marshalltown Learning Academy (1002 S 3rd Avenue) - enter door marked "Summer Blast "
  • Cost: $85* per week per child (includes a t-shirt) (excludes Special Activity fees)
  • Discount: Purchase of an Aquatic Center season pass, provides a $10 discount each week
  • Pick up Time: 5 pm (to avoid a $5 late pick-up fee)
  • Late Pick-up: Late pick-up requires special advanced arrangements of staff. Any child picked up after 5:15 pm will result in a $5 charge for every 15 minutes thereafter.
  • Late payment fee: To avoid a $10 late payment fee, weekly fees (including any late pick-up fees) payment is required by Thursday of the preceding week attending.


Aquatic Center Season Pool Pass Discount - When a Marshalltown Family Aquatic Center season pass is purchased, receive a $10 discount per week per child from the weekly Summer Blast enrollment fee. See the Aquatic Season Pass information and Aquatic Season Pass form.

Optional Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons - Summer Blast will transport participants to 9 a.m. swim lessons during Weeks 5 and 6 (July 8 - 18); and/or Weeks 8 and 9 (July 29 to August 8). Swim Lesson cost during Summer Blast is $50, which includes an $8 transportation fee. A Summer Blast staff member remains at the aquatic center during the lesson.  Please indicate the most appropriate swim lesson level (ex. LTS19002) when enrolling a child in a swim lesson.  Class sizes are limited so enroll early to ensure available space.

Email or call us at (641) 754-5715 for more information.