Summer Boredom Busters

“I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!”  If you haven’t already heard this from your kids this summer, consider yourself lucky.  But chances are it’s coming.  To help combat the evitable summer boredom, here’s a list of some academic, recreational and sports opportunities to help keep your kids busy, happy and out of your hair.  Click on the blue hyperlinks for program websites.

Black Hills State University:

BHSU Summer Academic Camps are day and multi-day camps about topics ranging from history, photography, accounting, music and more. The BHSU Athletic Department is offering team and individual sports camps including football, volleyball, basketball, softball, track and cross country.

Location: 1200 University St in Spearfish, Phone: 605-642-6343.

Dahl Fine Arts Center:

The Dahl is offering a variety of classes and camps for kids, teens and adults. They also have family activities.

Location: 713 7th St in Rapid City, Phone: 605-394-4101.

Douglas School District:

Douglas has open gym and sports camps throughout the summer. The Douglas High School Community Library will be open Monday-Thursday, 6-8pm.

Location: 420 Patriot Dr in Box Elder, Phone: 605-923-0030.

Ellsworth Teen Center:

The Teen Center is a cool hang out for kids age 13-18 and has lots of activities, trips and programs.

Location: 1679 Ellsworth St, Phone: 605-385-5214.

Ellsworth Youth Center:

The Youth Center is a great place for kids age 5 (and in Kindergarten) through 12 and offers a school age program, open rec, and youth sports.  They also have Tae Kwon Do, piano and guitar classes.  On August 12-17, they are hosting the Missoula Children’s Theater.

Location: 1679 Ellsworth St, Phone: 605-385-2277.

Holbrook Library:

The base library has a great children’s section and the always popular Safariland play area. They are kicking off their Summer Reading Program on June 14-15.

Location: 2650 Doolittle Dr on Ellsworth AFB, Phone: 605-385-1688.

Journey Museum:

Besides being a cool place to learn about Black Hills history, the Journey is offering a Summer of Innovation Space Camp, monthly Family Fun Days, and more.

Location: 222 East New York St in Rapid City, Phone: 605-394-6923.

Just Jymnastics:

Along with their normal gymnastics classes, Just Jymnastics also offers day camps during the summer.

Location: 3660 Sturgis Rd in Rapid City, Phone: 605-341-0078.

Pennington County 4-H Program:

4-H has a number of day and week long camps for kids.

Location: 601 E Centre St in Rapid City, Phone: 605-394-2188.

Rapid City Club for Boys:

The “Boy’s Club” is a fun place for boys age 6-17. They have a variety of sports and recreation options, a summer education program and more.

Location: 320 N 4th St in Rapid City, Phone: 605-343-3500.

Rapid City Parks and Recreation:

Parks and Rec has a ton of summer programs – aquatics, day camps, field trips, sports camps, ice skating and so much more.

Location: 515 West Blvd in Rapid City, Phone: 605-394-4168.

Rapid City Public Library:

The three Rapid City libraries have a variety of programs this summer, including their Summer Reading Program starting on June 8. They also have a series of summer reading events, a Family Adventure Scavenger Hunt, and weekly story times.


Downtown – 610 Quincy St, Phone: 605-394-6139

North – 10 Van Buren St, Phone: 605-716-4098

East – 800 Mickelson, Phone: 605-718-2904

Rapid City YMCA:

The Y offers a variety of programs, including swimming lessons, sports camps, and day camps.
Location: 815 Kansas City Street in Rapid City, Phone: 605-718-9622.

South Dakota Air and Space Museum:

The Air and Space Museum is another cool place to check out. They are holding a free Middle School Science Camp on July 24-26.

Location: 2890 Rushmore Dr at Ellsworth AFB, Phone: 605-385-5189.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus – West:

The Outdoor Campus is an awesome place to explore. They have a bunch of free classes for all ages.

Location: 4130 Adventure Trail in Rapid City, Phone: 605-394-2310.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology:

The SDSMT Youth Programs is offering a series of week long summer camps with topics like geology, robotics, and engineering.  The SDSMT Athletic Department is offering team and individual basketball and soccer camps.

Location: 501 East St Joseph St in Rapid City, Phone: 605-394-2511.

University Center Rapid City:

The UCRC is hosting Camp Invention for students entering grades 1-6 this summer. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about science and engineering in fun and creative ways.

Location: 4300 Cheyenne Blvd in Rapid City, Phone: 605-718-4112.

Youth and Family Services Girls Inc:

Girls Inc serves girls ages 6-17 and provides fun and exciting educational and recreational activities throughout the summer.

Location: 120 E Adams St in Rapid City, Phone: 605-341-5010.

This is by no means an exhaustive list.  There is a lot more going on out there!  But hopefully it will help give you an idea of some things your kids (and your entire family) can do this summer.  For more ideas, check out these sites:

28th Force Support Squadron

Rapid City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.