Allen County Summer

Each year a group known as the "Summer Coalition" works together to schedule and share information on summer youth programs in Allen County. Informational flyers are printed & assembled and packets are distributed to every middle and elementary aged student enrolled in Allen County public schools.

This year's packets will be distributed to schools the first week of May -- extra packets may be picked up at any school office or public library in Allen County.

In addition to the printed packets, information all area summer programs is included HERE on the Bowlus website!  A "one stop shop" for parents, grandparents, and other care givers to easily check schedules and find links to information on all summer programs in our community!

If you are directing a summer activity for kids in Allen County and would like to be included on our site, please contact Traci Plumlee at (620) 365-4765 or

Please check back for more details on summer programs in Allen County.  We will continue updating this page as information from area organizations is received!

For the 18th year, ACC presents Summer Youth Theatre for teens and young adults ages 13 - 21!! All events will be held in the Technology & Theatre building located on Allen Community College's Iola campus. Participants only need to attend one audition date (May 24 OR May 25). FREE to participate and to attend the show! For questions contact Tony Piazza at or (620) 228-9852.

Snap-Ed Cooking Classes offered through the Southwind District's K-State Extension Office!

Classes Available:
IOLA ~ May 23, 24, & 25 from 1:30 - 4:00 pm
HUMBOLDT ~ May 31, June 1 & 2 from 9:00 - 11:30 am
HUMBOLDT ~ May 31, June 1 & 2 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm
MORAN ~ June 19, 20 & 21 from 9:00 - 11:30 am

Registration information will be distributed through the Allen County public schools.  For more information, please e-mail Kathy or call 620-365-2242.

There is so much to do with the City of Iola Recreation Department this summer . . .summer ball teams, swim teams, cheer camp, tennis camp, exercise groups and so much more!!!

The Iola Municipal Pool opens Memorial Day, Monday May 29 @ 1:00 p.m.  Season Passes are available at the Recreation Office now through June 9 and Discount Admission Tickets are available through August 11.

Check out the City of Iola Recreation Department's website or on Facebook for more information about all of the summer activities offered - or download the flyer!

Summer meals give you the energy needed for fun in the sun!

Summer meals are available for FREE to all kids ages 18 and under and will be offered at various sites throughout the area.  Download the flyer for a listing of locations and dates/times that summer meals will be served.  Meals are available for those over 18 years for a nominal fee.

FUN FRIDAYS at Riverside Park will be offered again this year!  Download the Fun Fridays Flyer for details on each week's theme.

The summer meal program is sponsored by USD #257 in conjunction with USDA.



Check out the Iola Public Library's calendar for more details on activities scheduled this summer! Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins on May 30 and runs through July 28.  The Summer Reading Program is for ALL ages and abilities.  Readers earn prizes!

Tuesday and Wednesday activities are FREE and take place in the Iola Public Library's Meeting Room, located on the WEST side of the building.  No registration is required.

12:00-12:30 -- The Summer Food Program makes a stop at the library; free lunch up to 18 years.
12:30-2:00 -- “Teens on Tuesdays” – Activities for tweens & teens ages 10-16 years.
See the IPL CALENDAR for details on each week’s theme.

10:00-10:30 - Get a Summer Food Program breakfast; free for kids up to 18 years.
10:30-11:15 -- Storytime for kids ages 0 - 5 years.
12:30-1:00 – The Summer Food Program makes a stop at the library; free lunch up to 18 years.
1:00-2:00 – Crafternoons for kids ages 6-10 years.
See the IPL CALENDAR for more information!

Follow the Iola Public Library's Youth Activities on Facebook or visit the IPL Website!

Southeast Kansas Mental Health offers two great summer programs for kids ages 5 - 18!

Monday - Thursday, May 30th - August 10th ~ 9:30am - 3:00pm

Download the flyer for more information on the programs offered and how to register, visit the SEK Mental Health Center website, or find us on Facebook!

ACMAT (Allen County Multi-Agency Team) coalition is offering a FREE leadership camp to incoming 6th-8th graders in Allen County!

This is a great opportunity for youth to learn how to be leaders in their school, gain self-confidence and make a positive impact among their peers.  The youth will also be doing service projects to give back to their community.

Space is limited to the first 20 kids who register.  Registration is DUE BY MAY 19!  Download the form for registration details.

Check out Vacation Bible School at the First Christian Church!

June 5th - June 9th ~ 8:30am - 11:00am ~ 4 years through 5th grade                                                          $5 registration fee (includes a t-shirt)

Mail or deliver registration to 1608 Oregon Rd. in Iola - or call 620-365-3436 with questions.

The 2017 Allen County Farmers' Market is NOW OPEN!

Tuesdays from 1:30 - 5:30 pm @ 700 N. State St. (old Country Mart parking lot)

Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm @ East side of the Iola downtown square

Watch for special activities happening each week . . .cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, family fun and more!  Visit the Farmers' Market on Facebook or contact Robin at 620-365-2172 to find our more!

June is National Safety Month -- and a GREAT time to come have some fun and learn ways to keep the family safe this summer.

Join us on the Iola downtown square for free face painting, sno-cones, inflatables and safety/fun booths with free give-aways.  PLUS enter a drawing to win a FREE BIKE and 1 of 50 bike helmets!

Food items from Rookies and Around the Corner will be available for UNDER $5.          Gather the family and come out to enjoy the fun!

This event is being hosted by ACMAT (Allen County Multi-Agency Team) in conjunction with the Allen County Farmer's Market.


4-H Day Camp is open to any youth ages 7-12.  We will enjoy the day celebrating a construction theme with games, crafts, and even some fun food activities! Day Camp will be held in the Riverside Park Community Building Gym.

There is a $5 fee and lunch will be provided.

Register by June 9 by calling the Southwind Extension Office at 620-365-2242.

5th Annual sports camp hosted in conjunction with UW Sports Ministry.

Date:  June 19 - 23 -- Please register by June 7
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Cost:  $10 ($40 maximum per family)

Sports Offered:
New! Ultimate Frisbee - Boys & Girls (8-12 yrs.)
New! Art - Boys & Girls - Max. 20 (8-12 yrs.)
Soccer - Boys & Girls (6-12 yrs.)
Cheerleading - Girls (6-12 yrs.)
Basketball - Boys & Girls (6-12 yrs.)
Team 45 - Basic Skills for 4 & 5 year olds

For more information or to register online, go to!

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Kid's College Science Camp

June 19-23
Allen Community College
9am-12pm for children entering kindergarten through third grade
1pm-4pm for children entering fourth grade through sixth grade

Fee:  $25

Students will spend the week exploring the wonder of the physical world.  They will learn about math, physics, geology, meteorology and astronomy with integration of visual and creative arts.

For the 21st year . . .the Bowlus presents Children's Summer Theatre Workshop (CSTW)!

WORKSHOP I:  Entering 3rd - 5th grades; Weekdays June 20-30 @ 8am-10am 
WORKSHOP II: Entering 6th - 8th grades; Weekdays June 20-30 @ 10am-noon
PERFORMANCE:  Saturday, July 1 @ 9:30am (both age groups)     

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Click HERE to learn more and register online, or download the registration form. 

This musical performance is an original musical adaptation of the classic tale featuring up to 60 local local kids entering 1st - 12th grades.

AUDITIONS: Monday, July 10 from 12:30-2:30pm 
REHEARSALS: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14 (Scheduled between 12:30-5pm)
PERFORMANCE:  Saturday, July 15 @ 3pm (Tickets- Adults $3/Students $2/free under 5)   

Click HERE to learn more and register online, or download the registration form.  

IOLA COMMUNITY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is presented by the Iola United Methodist Churches & First Presbyterian Church of Iola.

Open to children 4 years old through completion of 5th grade.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED by Friday, June 30th to guarantee your spot!  Download the enrollment form for more information and check them out on Facebook!

Miss Chelsea's Dance Academy offers classes in a variety of styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, cheer and pom.  Classes are available for students ages 3 - 18!

Visit Miss Chelsea's website, e-mail Miss Chelsea, or call 620-228-3424 for more information on summer classes!