Fun & Learning Under the Sun

College for Kids is an academic enrichment program for children of all ages - from pre-school through high school. 

Through College for Kids, students can discover new talents, expand their knowledge and enjoy hands-on learning under the guidance of experienced educators. 

Programs are offered year round at locations in Madison, Macoupin and Jersey counties, with a concentration of courses scheduled in the summer. 

2023 College for Kids


More than 20,000 young people have participated in hands-on learning in math, science, creative arts, technology and languages since the program began in 1989. 

Other enrichment opportunities for students include classes in digital photography, horsemanship, musical theatre, golf, eco-science, robotics, cooking, local history, engineering, basketball and music. Classes are taught by highly qualified instructors, including L&C faculty and educators from local school districts.

Register for Classes

Register by visiting the Enrollment Center on Lewis and Clark’s Godfrey campus or any of Lewis and Clark’s Community Education Centers or call/text the Enrollment Center at (618) 468-2222.

2023 Summer Camps

June 5-8

Magic: Pulling Rabbits out of Hats & Other Animal Tricks!

Vanish an elephant! Change a real person into a rabbit! Magically produce a 6’ high palm tree! These are just a few of the fun tricks you’ll learn in Abra-Kid-Abra’s new magic camp! You’ll get your own magic box and new tricks to perform each day! Plus, you’ll learn comedy magic skits, balloon twisting, magic puzzles, and lots more! Camp culminates with campers putting on a family show. Goals are to develop presentation skills, build confidence, and have fun! Tricks are new from previous camps.

(CECK-153-01)
Ages 6-12
June 5-8
9 a.m.-noon
$95
Instructor: Abra-Kid-Abra

Using Color, Shape, and Texture in Art

Children will be given the opportunity to explore, create, and achieve. We will dive into the world of color, shape, and line art. We will begin with discussing the primary colors, secondary colors, and complimentary colors. Artist will be allowed to mix their own paint and come up with their own colors. We will also work with tones and shades as well as texture to give our art dimension. The instructor will guide students to reaching their greatest potential and making works of art to be proud of!

(CECK-220-01)
Ages 5-7
June 5-8
9 a.m.-noon
$75
Instructor: Julie Smith

Galaxy Far Away (Star Wars)

Join us for an adventurous journey through space! Build the Redstone Rocket to blast through the atmosphere into a realm that is truly out of this world. Build lots of motorized Star Wars models for both the Rebel forces and the Dark side. Come experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far away!

(CECK-147-01)
Ages 5-11
June 5-8
9 a.m.-noon
$125
Instructor: Bricks4Kidz

June 12-15

Balloonatics

Calling all Balloonatics! Every day of this camp is an exciting balloon bash! Learn to create over 20 balloons animals, spin out with UFO balloons and make a balloon helicopter that really flies! Each day campers take home a different novelty balloon— racecar balloons, rocket balloons, and more! Camp concludes with the Balloonatics showing off their skills in a balloon twist jam for their families. Come join the fun in this unique, creative camp!

(CECK-161-01)
Ages 6-12
June 12-15
9 a.m.-noon
$95
Instructor: Abra-Kid-Abra

Understanding Proportion, Scale and Space

The purpose of this class is to maximize and maintain the child’s art interest, as they are challenged to develop a higher level of skills and knowledge. Artists will exercise their analytical and problem solving skills while exploring the dimensional world of art by discussing and creating works that will create a better understanding of proportion, scale, and space. The instructor will give each student individual instructions for each step in the process, all while learning in an environment of artists like them!

(CECK-320-01)
Ages 8-10
June 12-15
9 a.m.-noon
$75
Instructor: Julie Smith

June 19/20-23

Story Magic

Want to learn magic? Develop presentation skills and confidence before an audience? Then this class is for you. Demo how Houdini walks through a brick wall! Vanish a raft in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle! Use your magic to help David defeat Goliath! The tricks are all new, and quick to learn. You’ll learn impromptu magic, comedy magic, story magic, math magic, and more. Plus we’ll cover presenting and creating your own stories to enhance the tricks. Join us on this fun, magical adventure!

(CECK-138-01)
Ages 6-12
June 20-23
9 a.m.-noon
$95
Instructor: Abra-Kid-Abra

Exploring Different Art Techniques

In this class, students will be introduced to basic art techniques, which are the building blocks that will provide a solid foundation for your future art lover. We will be using multiple art techniques to create art. We will discuss negative and positive space, collage and other mixed media techniques. This unique learning experience places an emphasis on having fun while exploring creativity!

(CECK-191-01)
Ages 8-10
June 20-23
9 a.m.-noon
$75
Instructor: Julie Smith

Lewis and Clark Jr. Explorer Camp

Here is your chance to join the Lewis and Clark Expedition and become a full-fledged member of the Junior Explorers. Learn the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by training at Camp River Dubois, their first Winter Encampment. Applicants should be prepared to train as a member of the Expedition by bettering their frontier skills, learning to serve in the US Army in 1803-04, preparing their own meals, making a journal, mending their uniform, identifying various native plants and animals, and many more tasks. This week-long camp will be held at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site -- inside the interpretive center and in the historic replica of Camp River Dubois. Junior Corps Members should report to Camp River Dubois on June 19th!

(CECK-112-F1)
Ages 9-11
June 19-23
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
$65
Instructor: Brad Winn and Museum Staff

June 26-29

MathMagic

Produce a million-dollar bill! Instantly add in your head 4 big numbers a spectator gives you! Learn what many magicians regard as the greatest card trick of all! The tricks for this camp are math-based. So in addition to learning fun magic, you’ll improve your math skills as well! Enjoy math puzzlers you can pull on your friends; math games; and math comedy too! Get your own magic box and new tricks to put in it daily to amaze your family! Camp culminates with campers performing a mathemagic show for their families. Goals are to develop presentation skills and confidence, build math skills, and to have fun!

(CECK-171-01)
Ages 6-12
June 26-29
9 a.m.-noon
$95
Instructor: Abra-Kid-Abra

Exploring Dimension in Art

Students will explore the world of both two and three dimensional media. We will be discussing and exercising our skills to understand dimension and form by using line, texture and shape. Artists will understand different techniques to make their 2 dimensional pieces into 3 dimension by going from line drawings to Bas Relief, then finally to sculpture. They will learn by following the teacher in a step-by-step method that allows the student to see projects take shape from the beginning to end.

(CECK-198-01)
Ages 11-15
June 26-29
9 a.m.-noon
$75
Instructor: Julie Smith

July 10-13

Magic to Amaze Your Family, Friends & Pets

Poke a hole in your shirt, then instantly restore it! Vanish a card right out of someone’s hands!

Divine which envelope holds the money! Abra-Kid-Abra’s brand new class will teach magic your child can perform in the cafeteria, at the dinner table, or when out with family or friends! Your child will be the life of the party! Goals are to develop presentation skills, build confidence, and have fun! A family show will be presented on the final day.

(CECK-156-01)
Ages 6-12
July 10-13
9 a.m.-noon
$95
Instructor: Abra-Kid-Abra

The Art of Journaling

Give your child a jump on Journaling which is part of many middle school English curriculums! In this class, the instructor will describe journaling, discuss several types of journals, and why they might want to keep one. Each student will select a type of journaling in which they are interested. Individual instruction will be given to help each student select and create their journal. Students will use their own level of writing skills to journal their daily entries. Students will be provided art supplies to cover their journal and make it their own. At the end of the class, students will have selected a journal of their choice, personalized the cover, and have composed daily journal entries.

(CECK-164-01)
Ages 8-up
July 10-13
9 a.m.-noon
$40
Instructor: Deborah Herzog

Minecraft BRICKS

Enjoy a week of building Minecraft characters with LEGO bricks, amateur LEGO robotic motorized builds, and playing the real Minecraft computer game. No experience necessary. Two great things that go great together - Minecraft and LEGO bricks!

(CECK-213-01)
Ages 5-11
July 10-13
9 a.m.-noon
$125
Instructor: Bricks4Kidz

Camp Waterschool

Water, Water Everywhere! We use it every day, but have you ever stopped to think about where it comes from? How much do we have on the planet? In this camp, we will discover and explore water using our local rivers as inspiration. Through hands-on activities, arts and crafts, and outdoor adventures, campers will see our local rivers in a whole new way. The week will include a visit to a working lock and dam, stream walks, and will culminate with a canoe trip led by experienced guides. By reflecting on their personal experiences with the river, campers will appreciate how they can make positive differences in their watershed and community. This 4-day camp will be held at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.

(CECK-977-F1)
Ages 8-12
July 10-13
9:30- a.m.-3 p.m.
$70
Instructor: Jen Mandeville and Erica Doerr

July 17-20

Kids Comedy

Funny how much fun you can have when you're learning to be funny! Learn comedy by doing it at Kids Comedy Camp! You'll master the secrets of stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy. Take home a new gag each day! rubber chickens, squirt rings, gag glasses, etc.! At week's end, you'll display your newly enhanced confidence, creativity, performance skills and sense of humor in a show for family and friends.

(CECK-945-01)
Ages 6-12
July 17-20
9 a.m.-noon
$95
Instructor: Abra-Kid-Abra

"Say It with Hands" - Sign Language

Put your hands in the air for American Sign Language! Get ready to learn about the third most used language in the United States. Join us as we have a fun-filled week learning basic conversational signs through games and instruction. Get “hands-on” experience as we bring some music to life through ASL. Parents and grandparents are welcome to come on the last day for a heartwarming and unforgettable performance.

(CECK-467-01)
Ages 7-10
July 17-20
9 a.m.-noon
$55
Instructor: Beth Smilack

July 24-27

So, You Want to be a Magician

Your child will learn tricks with coins, cards, ropes, dinner table items, and lots of special magic props which they’ll take home! They’ll learn balloon twisting, funny skits, and comedy gags! Campers get their own magic box and new tricks to put in it daily. Goals are to develop presentation skills and confidence; to be able to perform a trick or two when out with friends, and to have fun. A family show will be presented on the final day.

(CECK-174-01)
Ages 6-12
July 24-27
9 a.m.-noon
$95
Instructor: Abra-Kid-Abra

"Say It with Hands" - Sign Language

Put your hands in the air for American Sign Language! Get ready to learn about the third most used language in the United States. Join us as we have a fun-filled week learning basic conversational signs through games and instruction. Get “hands-on” experience as we bring some music to life through ASL. Parents and grandparents are welcome to come on the last day for a heartwarming and unforgettable performance.

(CECK-467-02)
Ages 11-15
July 24-27
9 a.m.-noon
$55
Instructor: Beth Smilack

Jr Robotics

How would you like to turn your next LEGO® creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? Join us for this high energy and fun robotic engineering camp where campers will build a new robot each day while learning programming on powerful software including LEGO® WeDo and Scratch programming platforms. This is a great camp to introduce students to the world of programming.

(CECK-116-01)
Ages 7-12
July 24-27
9 a.m.-noon
$156
Instructor: Bricks4Kidz

Yoga for Children

Yoga helps support children through their growth and development and plants the seeds for a lifetime of health and wellness. Children will explore yoga movements to build body spatial awareness, develop motor skills, regulate emotions, practice self-compassion and so much more. They will enjoy the engaging stories, songs, and interesting poses taught during the yoga sessions. It is going to be a wonderful and uplifting time!

(CECK-109-01)
Ages 5-9
July 24-27
9-11 a.m.
$30
Instructor: Nana Becoat

July 31-August 3

Magic Mystery Camp

What do you get when you combine theater and magic into one camp? Introducing Magical Mystery Camp! Kids will learn new magic tricks each day, often threating their parents to a nightly show. Campers will weave their tricks into a mystery show, which they will create and perform on the last day for their families. In learning magic, theater and improve, kids will develop their presentation skills and confidence, while having a lot of fun in the process.

(CECK-135-01)
Ages 6-12
July 31-Aug 3
9 a.m.-noon
$95
Instructor: Abra-Kid-Abra

Yoga for Children

Yoga helps support children through their growth and development and plants the seeds for a lifetime of health and wellness. Children will explore yoga movements to build body spatial awareness, develop motor skills, regulate emotions, practice self-compassion and so much more. They will enjoy the engaging stories, songs, and interesting poses taught during the yoga sessions. It is going to be a wonderful and uplifting time!

(CECK-109-02)
Ages 10-14
July 31-Aug 3
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
$30
Instructor: Nana Becoat

Self Defense for Kids *NEW*

Learn how to deal with bullies and predators. Kids will learn what behaviors to watch for and practice how to escape to safety. They will also learn important strategies to help avoid violent situations, plus tactics and techniques for handling violence when it is unavoidable. This class is for students with any level of knowledge or skill, beginner to advanced. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of self-protection while increasing overall fitness through practical drills. Participants will receive an informational packet with descriptions of the techniques covered in class plus at-home tips for parents. On the final day, the students will do a final review plus participate in an “escape and evasion” course and a confidence-boosting “board breaking session.”

(CECK-178-01)
Ages 8-15
July 31-Aug 3
9 a.m.-noon
$75
Instructor: Brendan Neal