When school is out Ann Arbor Family has you covered with a list of great local camps to keep kids engaged and having fun all summer long.
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center
2960 Washtenaw Ave | 734-971-6355
Independence Lake County Park
3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake
Rolling Hills County Park
7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti
734-484-9676 | parks.ewashtenaw.org
Age Range: Grade 1-age 11
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:10
Dates/Time: One week sessions start June 19 and run Monday-Friday, 9:15am-4:15pm. One hour of precare and postcare are available for an additional fee.
Cost: $150-$165 per-week, depending on camp location
What to Expect: Washtenaw County Parks offers three camps featuring age-appropriate activities and exciting learning experiences. Your child will have the opportunity to participate in swimming, nature hikes, craft projects, games and more. The fee includes a t-shirt, park entrance, a Friday snack and hotdog lunch. Visit parks.ewashtenaw.org for more information.
That’s Cool!: Be sure to pack their bathing suit, towel, water shoes, goggles, and Coast Guard approved life vest — we swim every day!
Varsity Day Camp
3420 Cordley Lake Rd., Pinckney
734-878-3515 | Info@varsitydaycamp.com
Age Range: Boys and girls, ages 6-13
Staff/Camper Ratio: Average ratio fluctuates between 1:4 and 1:10 depending on activity
Dates/Times: June 19 – August 4, daily 8:45am-4:20pm. Before care is available from 7-8:20am, and aftercare from 4:20-6pm. Please see website for drop off, pick up and orientation times.
Cost: $40/day, lunch included
What to Expect: A full fun day, with water sports, nature, Red Cross Swimming Program, arts & crafts, baseball, etc. Our campers choose their activities!!!
That’s Cool!: Varsity Day Camp was started in 1950 by Martha and Whiz Wisniewski, known as Mr. & Mrs Whiz. Camp is now run by the 7 Whiz Kids, Anne, Mary, Pat, Mike, John, Jane and Clare. Varsity Day Camp is a traditional day camp; campers make new friends, have wonderful experiences, and come away with memories & stories to last a lifetime!
Age Range: 6-11
Staff/Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10
Dates/Times: Monday – Friday, 9am–4pm; June 1-23, July 3-7, Aug 14-18
Cost: $285 ($225 for 4-day camp week of July 3)
What to Expect: Animals, animals, animals! This fun-filled camp includes visits from animal rescue groups and daily interactions with adoptable animals, games, humane education and more. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink each day; HSHV will provide an afternoon snack and T-shirt. Campers can attend for two weeks if they wish, as topics will change. After care from 4-5 p.m. is also available for an additional fee.
That’s Cool!: Not only will you engage with animals through toys you make, treats you give and tricks you learn, but also you’ll take a field trip to another local rescue. Bark! Meow!
Camp PAWS, Jr
Age Range: 4-5
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:5
Dates/Times: Monday-Friday, 9am–noon; June 12-16, July 24-28
What to Expect: Five fun-filled mornings that will surely make your tail wag! Young campers will enjoy stories, games and crafts focused on how to care for and respect our animal friends. And they’ll get to visit the adoptable animals, too—including kittens, dogs, rabbits and small mammals. HSHV will provide a small snack each day.
That’s Cool!: Campers will receive a paw-tastic Camp PAWS T-shirt along with other animal-themed goodies throughout the week!
Saline Parks & Recreation Kids Camp
Saline Rec Center | 1866 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-429-3502 | cityofsaline.org/park
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:10
Dates & Times: Monday-Friday, June 19-September 1 from 7am-6pm
Cost: The best value is to sign up for the full week. The weekly rate is $190 for Rec Center members, $230 for non-members. Sign up early and save an additional $15 per week. Sibling discounts are also available on weekly rates. For those families who need a little more flexibility, single day registrations are available: $50/$65 per-day.
What to Expect: Campers who attend the Saline Parks & Rec Summer Camp can expect an action filled summer full of friends and fun. We will swim, create, explore and play. With the camp based out of the Saline Rec Center and Tefft Park, there are endless opportunities for games and activities. Parents can expect an exceptional program that is fun, flexible, affordable and led by trained and enthusiastic staff. For a schedule of weekly activities, weekly field trips as well as the parent handbook and camper forms, go to cityofsaline.org/parks.
That’s Cool!: Camper favorites each year include the annual egg drop contest, sand castle building contests, dance parties, ga-ga ball tournaments and our field trips!
Wild Swan Theater | 6175 Jackson Rd.
734-995-0530 | wildswantheater.org
Ages: 4-12; however camps are catered to certain age groups.
Staff/Camper Ratio: No more than 1:6
Dates & Times:
June 26-30: Let’s Pretend,
July 10-14: Rainbow Crow,
July 17–July 21: Once Upon a Time, 10am-12pm
July 24–July 28: Trickster Tales, 9:30am-12:30pm
July 31–August 4: African Arts, 9:30am-12:30pm
August 7–August 11: Broadway Bound!,
August 14–August 18: It’s Greek to Me!, 9:30am-12:30pm
What to Expect: Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater. Our main goal is that every camper has a great time cultivating their creativity and leaves camp feeling successful. With a new theme every week, activities will include warm-ups, theater games, and improvisations that bring people together in a nurturing, memorable way. Some weeks will also include craft activities such as making props and costume pieces.
That’s Cool!: Each week culminates in a special performance created, costumed, and designed by the campers for their friends and family!
Ann Arbor YMCA
400 W. Washington St. | 734-996-9622
Staff/Camper Ratio: 8:1
Dates & Times: The Ann Arbor YMCA offers ten weeks of full and half-day camps for kids ages 5–16 at the downtown Ann Arbor YMCA facility and at Camp Birkett on Silver Lake in Dexter. Weekly sessions of Camp Birkett run from June 19-August 25. In-building day camps and half-day camps have weekly sessions running from June 19-September 1. Camp Al-Gon-Quian, an overnight camp in Burt Lake, has weekly sessions running from June 24-August 27.
Cost: Price varies. Financial assistance is available.
What to Expect: The Ann Arbor YMCA strives to foster kids’ curiosity. Rooted in caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, their holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life, one fantastic summer at a time. They are here to make your kids feel welcome. Their highly-trained staff helps campers realize that the Y is a place where they belong and can be themselves while trying new things, building new skills and making new friends. Camp Birkett, an ACA-accredited program, provides a traditional camp experience (transportation to and from Ann Arbor available), and is the perfect place for your child to explore the summer outdoors. The YMCA also has a wide variety of sports and specialty camps from Physics to Fishing or Bowling to Basketball as well as service learning opportunities and more for teens. Pre and post care is offered for campers at the downtown location. The full brochure of offerings is at annarborymca.org.
That’s Cool!: The Y has several opportunities for teens ages 12-16, including Babysitter Boot Camp, Teen Adventure: a traditional full-day camp where each day teens travel and embark on new adventures including river trips, and challenge courses, Bizology: a perfect camp for young entrepreneurs and innovative problem solvers, and Media Madness, a hands-on opportunity for teens to create social change in their community through the art of video production. They also have the award-winning Youth Volunteer Corps program which offers service-learning opportunities all summer long.
Daycroft Montessori School Elementary Campus
1095 N. Zeeb Rd. | 734-930-0333
daycroft.org (click on the Programs tab)
Age Range: Kindergarten-Grade 8
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:12
Dates/Time: 9 weeks, June 12-August 18. from 9am-4:15pm. Free before-camp care is from 8-9 am. After-camp care available until 5 pm for a small fee.
Cost: $245 to $295 for one week, depending on the subject of the camp
What to Expect: Creative exploration of art, STEM, robotics, martial arts, baking, chess, theater, LEGO building, dance, and world culture themes in addition to sprinkler water activities.
That’s Cool!: Make new friends!! Open to all students despite their current school enrollment. Preschool camps are also available at their Oakbrook campus.
2765 Plymouth Rd. | 734-926-9213
Age Range: Grades 1-8
Staff/Camper Ratio: N/A
Dates/Time: Half Day (grades 1-3): 9am-Noon. Full Day (grades 3-8): 9am-4pm. Camp runs June 19 to August 28. Visit their website for more details.
Cost: $149 (Half Day) or $399 (Full Day)
What to Expect: Half Day – The students will learn the fundamentals of computer science using Minecraft in the morning. Full Day – The students will learn the fundamentals of computer science using Minecraft in the morning. Following lunch at 11:30am, students will participate in an outdoor activity at the nearby Bromley Park. The afternoon will include more game design and development with the week’s special topic, a healthy snack provided by GameStart, and some free gaming time.
That’s Cool!: GameStart camps gives students grade 1–12 the chance to experience the full spectrum of art, animation, design, and programming…whether it’s one day at a time or a week at a time. Computer programming, video game art and design, coding, virtual reality, and 3D printing are all explored at GameStart.
St. Paul Ann Arbor Summer Camps
495 Earhart Rd. | 734-665-0604
Age Range: Completed Kindergarten – Grade 8
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:15 or less
Dates/Times: June 12 – August 18
Cost: A range between $90 (half-day) and
What to Expect: Exciting half-day and full-day camps for all ages and all interests! Our adventurous camps include golf, Minecraft, ArtSplosion, robotics, basketball, computer coding, Harry Potter, mask making, Spanish, Chinese, and even a super hero camp!
That’s Cool!: We have one of a kind camps found nowhere else! They are taught by energetic teachers, parents and professionals who are passionate about their programs. We offer the flexibility of half- and full-day classes in a variety of areas like science, sports, technology and art. Your child is guaranteed to have a fun and memorable camp experience!
Age Range: 5-14. Camps are age specific.
Staff/Camper Ratio: Varies
August 7-11: Meditation, Movement, Music & Mandalas!,
August 14-18: Dance, Fiesta & Spanish Camp!,
August 21-25: Dance Around the World in 5 Days!,
Cost: $199/week. Friend/sibling discount rate is $175/child.
What to Expect: Each week will feature an exciting range of activities on the theme. In the first week children will express their creativity through movement, music and mandala-making while keeping them healthy, active and engaged. Then, in the next week, get ready for an energy packed week with a combination of world dance experiences and spanish vocabulary. The final camp week will help your kids pack their travel suitcase and issue them the passports to enter into a world of fun and fitness! Each day, boys and girls will experience international music, learn cultural dances, create arts & crafts from five amazing countries in the world.
That’s Cool!: Each week of camp has a fantastically fun theme with cool activities to match!