Get out and get active this summer!
All parents want their child to have educational, engaging experiences during the summer months. Ann Arbor Family’s Summer Camp Guide features the best camps to keep your child moving this summer and throughout the year!
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St.
Get creative this summer with the Ann Arbor Art Center. From June 20 to August 26 campers are exposed to art history, make their own art and
take weekly fi eld trips. This 10-week session can be scheduled for half or full days Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Explore an extraordinary array of art and art-making techniques. The only requirement for camp is to bring your imagination! The supportive, professional instructors are trained in the studio
arts and arts education. AAAC features a highly creative environment, striking the perfect balance between learning and fun! Visiting artists are an added bonus to the program. AAAC also offers Creativity Camp for children ages four to 12. Exercise and explore outside our doors at a play yard nearby. In addition to AAAC’s summer Creativity Camp, a spring break version of the camp is offered from April 4 to April 8. Children will become mini-masters exploring modern eras, learn the fundamentals of design, create their own projects and take a fi eld trip to the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art. For more information
on AAAC’s camps call 734-994-8004 or visit www.annarborartcenter.org/creativitycamp.
Ann Arbor Parks
The best experience your child can have this summer is at camps hosted by Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. These engaging camps offer kids opportunities to canoe/kayak, explore nature, create art, golf, swim and more. Registration is underway. To learn more visit www. a2gov.org/camps. This year expanded camp hours are offered. (8:30am to 4:30pm everyday with extended care available.) See our camps on pg. 11 for contact information.
Arts in Motion Dance
and Music Studio
2841 Boardwalk St.
Dance your way through summer! Arts in Motion offers progressive ballet, modern, tap and jazz programs for beginner through pre-professional
students. Private music lessons may also be scheduled within the facility to coincide with dance classes. Arts in Motion instructors have advanced degrees in dance or music as well as years of performing experience. Arts in Motion features a complete summer program with regular classes, camps, and mini-courses.
Register online at https://www.artsinmotion.net
Barb’s Sewing School
Summer Day Camps
Barb’s Sewing School offers varied half-day camps which include Clothing Camp, Sew Crafty, and Dress-a-doll for beginning sewers, along with Elephants on Parade for intermediate sewers. Half-day camps are $170. In addition to half-day camps, one full-day Sew and Bake camp is held in August for $375 including
supplies. It’s a great feeling to make something with your own hands- be it sewing or baking! For further information, contact Barb at email@example.com or734-662-6891.
Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Dr. | Battle Creek
Explore your surroundings on adventurous hikes and scavenger hunts at Safari Day Camp! Children ages five to 12 enjoy a whole heap of fun with crazy games, group activities, crafts and up-close animal presentations. Children can attend one week or all summer. All campers receive a Safari Camp T-shirt. Snacks are also provided. Each Safari Camp program is designed to meet the needs and interests of each age group.
5939 Saline Ann Arbor Rd. | Saline
Children’s Creative Learning Center offers a weekly summer camp for ten weeks from June 20 to September 1. This fun, active and educational experience is tailored to the needs and interests of children entering kindergarten through sixth grades (children ages five to 12). Parents may choose between weekly themes to suit their child best, or may take advantage of our terrific program all summer long. CCLC’s summer camp director and teaching staff are child development professionals specializing in school-aged programs and will keep your child engaged, active and having fun all summer with just enough educational undertones to keep them sharp and ready for the next school year! For more information, please call 734-429-9292.
3913 Jackson Rd. Suite 9
Take advantage of learning opportunities each and every day this summer. Summer learning doesn’t have to involve textbooks. In fact, it is well researched that hands-on or experiential learning helps move concepts from the abstract to the concrete. “Summer is the perfect time to solidify learning by helping children make connections between what they have learned in the classroom and real-world examples” says Sharon Ragland- Keys, Owner and Managing Director at College Nannies and Tutors Ann Arbor. “This is what our tutors do in each and every tutoring session. Students may have learned the basic physics principles behind how airplanes fly, but why not put together a wooden airplane to demonstrate the concept?” Trip to the park? Bring a field guide, and have fun identifying different tree types. Collect fallen leaves and bark and talk about similarities and differences. Trip to the beach? During snack time, talk about how waves are formed. Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Museums commonly have free days or times each week. Visit local museums several times in the summer to build upon the previous visit and deepen learning. These examples illustrate the point that summer learning at home does not have to involve a lesson plan. It does involve planning, but the good news is that there are a multitude of educational websites designed to give you ideas, activities, and information. Parents and caregivers can spend 30 minutes at the beginning of the week printing off something fun and unique for the week ahead. “I love having activities for the children every day! It gives us something to look forward to that day and the kids always want to know what I have planned for them when I walk in the door!” says Amanda, College Nanny. College Tutors work one-on-one with elementary, middle, and high-school students to bridge the gap between one school year and the next, strengthen reading skills, and get a jump start on a challenging math or science course.
Community Day Care
1611 Westminster Place
Tired of hearing “I’m bored?” Looking for something exciting for your child this summer? CDC camp celebrates over 25 years of camp memories! This curriculum centers on a different theme (including a fi eld trip) each week! We also swim EVERY day at Buhr Pool! All of the traditional camp arts, crafts, games and sports are included in our curriculum. Summer camp is a good opportunity for any child to make new friends, develop their interests and keep them active! For more information contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org
4300 Scio Church Rd.
Concord Preschool offers children a summer of hands-on science exploration with fun, inventive experiments and crafts. Students observe and participate in many (safe!) chemistry projects including creating mini-volcanoes, electromagnets and compasses. Get in touch with the natural world by exploring Concord’s grounds in front of the school where nature is a friendly neighbor. From the colony of frogs singing by the pond to the salamander family under the fl agstones to the ants toiling away at their endless progress,this program provides a front row seat to the many smaller wonders of the natural world. With the summer weather heating us up, children will have many fun opportunities to learn about the wonders of water as we run through the sprinkler and find out why it evaporates from our skin and the ground. Programs run June 27 to August 26 for children two to six years old. Contact Sadye Dowdy, Concord Director, at 734- 994-3415 or email@example.com
The Creature Conservancy
4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
Summer camp at The Creature Conservancy offers children an experience they’ll never forget! Campers get hands-on learning opportunities with exotic animals at this science-based adventure! For more information visit www.thecreatureconservancy.org
419 Detroit St.
810-444-7257 | 734-997-7880.
Back by popular demand, Emerald Dragonfly offers a variety of weeklong summer programs. Ranging from preschool to middle school, we have something for every age. Register online, by mail or in person. Contact us at emeraldrag firstname.lastname@example.org or call 810-444-7257 or 734-997-7880.
E.nopi Of Ann Arbor
2411 Oak Valley Dr. Suite 500
E.nopi of Ann Arbor is a brand new facility in Ann Arbor. We specialize in individualized instruction, and help your child become self-motivated and independent. E.nopi offers the only program that teaches and encourages critical thinking to provide an advantage in state testing and later during SAT and ACT testing. Enrollment begins Friday, April 1!
152 S. Industrial Dr. | Saline
Great Lakes Educational Group offers a variety of services geared toward bringing out the full academic potential and success in anyone. It is Great Lakes Educational Group’s goal to make independent learners out of everyone who completes a course. Fun summer programs are offered for K-12 in reading, writing, math, science, and ACT test preparation. Great Lakes Educational Group has an outstanding ACT test preparation program with 95 percent of participants achieving higher test results after completing a course. In addition to summer programs, Great Lakes Educational Group offers individual and group tutoring in all subject areas. Educational specialists create an individualized learning plan that outlines goals and objectives to be reached throughout the process. Contact Lauree Gilbert at 734-944-5658 for more information and to set up an appointment with an educational consultant. Please check out our
programs by visiting our website at www.GreatLakesEducationalGroup.com
Go Like the Wind Montessori
3540 Dixboro Ln.
Go Like The Wind Summer Camp has created summer programs that are nurturing,creative, intellectually stimulating and tons of fun! With exceptional programs for children ages three to nine, these summer camps adhere to Montessori principles and practices from June 15 to August 24. Call 734-747-7422 for more details and pricing options.
iD Tech Camps
The University of Michigan
Get technical this summer! Over 120,000 kids and teens worldwide have learned to create video games, websites with Flash, C++ and Java programs, iPhone and iPad apps, 3D models and animations, graphic designs, robots and digital movies with products experts use in their professions. Ages seven to 18 enroll in
these fun and challenging, weeklong, day and residential summer camps, located at 60 universities in the U.S. This includes the University of Michigan, Harvard, MIT, Stanford and more. Check out Teen programs at select universities: iD Gaming Academy, iD Visual Arts Academy and iD Programming Academy. Registration includes free year-round learning with iD 365. Continuing education units are also available. Save with code MI23L.
1 Discovery Way
The Imagination Station, located on the downtown Toledo riverfront, is a science center dedicated to delivering science- and technology-based programming to youth and their families throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. This year for summer camp we’ve got two fun-filled, weeklong summer camps loaded with COOL science for you to experience: Catapults, Coasters and Cars! and Museum in Motion. The camp is for ages seven to 12 and camp runs Monday – Friday from 9am to 4:30pm with before and after care available. Catapults, Coasters and Cars! This hands-on, creative experience offers campers a firsthand look into the world of engineering. Campers build rockets, catapults, zip-lines and even roller coasters using the “think it, build it, test it and do it again” engineering philosophy. Museum in Motion Take your science know-how to a whole new level as we explore our most popular exhibits. Campers make optical illusions, tornados, water rockets, elephant toothpaste and more! Get up close and personal with your science center favorites! Camps run weekly from June 20 through August 8. Space is limited; if your child is interested in participating in this exciting summer camp, please call 419-244-2674 for more information. Imagination Station Summer Camps are funded by The O-I Fund of the Charities Foundation and The Auto Dealers United for Kids.
If your child is struggling in school or having a difficult time keeping up in class, online tutoring may be a solution. iTutorToday.com is
an innovative tutoring program combining skillbased, academic software with trained tutors that call home twice weekly. Your child is paired with a tutor which monitors progress, adjusts curriculum when necessary and provides encouragement and motivation to keep the child moving forward. iTutorToday is a Michigan based, online, academic tutoring program specifically designed for kindergarten through 12th graders. Students begin by taking an assessment online to pinpoint their academic weaknesses. The results are then used to create a customized software curriculum that the student works on from their home computer. ATS Project Success, iTutorToday’s parent company, has been providing tutoring services since 2003 to children that qualify for Supplemental Education Services. This program has assisted more than 30,000 children catch up and get ahead! For more information or to enroll a child contact LisaS@TutorToday.com or call 877-436-1640.
KidSport offers children an opportunity to learn and refine non-competitive sport-specific skills, team building and social skills. The KidSport morning session teaches sports, games, and other physical activities, both inside the CCRB and outside on Palmer Field, the tennis courts, basketball court and roller hockey court. Activities may include swimming (instructional and play), cooperative games, safety behavior, and team sports. Our activities are age and developmentally appropriate, and are developed by experts in children’s physical education. The KidSport afternoon sessions offer in-depth sport-specific training. One-week sessions focus on golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, soccer, track and field and other team and individual sports. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5pm. We are open until 6pm on Monday through Thursday evenings during the first two weeks of each semester.
323 East Hoover Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3706
Kenville Studios offers four different weeklong summer day camps for children ages six to 12. In Creative Movement and Art, students explore the world around them through movement and art, with a different theme each day. Campers enrolled in Puppet Theater create an original story, make their own puppets and set and produce their own performance. Explore the world of Creative Clay, with different projects each day. Ballet Intensive also offers participants ages nine to 12 an intermediate ballet experience.
Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd.
Hike and explore with Leslie Science and Nature Center! Campers conduct scientific experiments; visit the animals in the Critter House and more. Offering camps for children age four through high schoolers, The Center features camps for all ages. Enjoy the summer sunshine and nature’s glory. Camp themes include:
4 and 5 years
World of Science
Care for your World
2nd – 3rd grade
4th – 5th grade
Earth, Air, Fire and Water
Science of Flight
6th – 7th grade
Liberty Athletic Club
2975 West Liberty Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Liberty Athletic Club announces new and improved formats for their summer camp programs, as well as reduced pricing! Register now for our weekly, themed summer camps, where kids ages fi ve to ten can enjoy our indoor and outdoor waterparks, sports activities, fi eld trips, creative projects and more! Liberty also offers specialty Kung Fu and Pre- Teen camps for older campers. Call 734-665- 3738 for details, and see our ad below in this issue!
2111 Packard Rd. Suite C
Engage your brain this summer! Mathnasium offers fl exible summer memberships and/or engaging summer camps—there’s something for everyone! Summer memberships begin with of 12 or 20 one-hour-sessions available for use anytime throughout summer. Get a solid review of previous material as well as a preview of what will be coming next year. Ready, Set, Go; PowerMath Preview and Master Series are courses designed for elementary to high school
students. Mathnasium summer camps are a supplement to regular membership and engage fun activities which bring math to life. Math Around the World, Arithmetic Theater, Number Magic and more are available for children in kindergarten to sixth grade. For more info visit www.mathnasium.com/annarbor/programs
1670 S. Raisinville Rd. | Monroe
Meadow Montessori School, founded in 1984, is Monroe County’s only independent school serving infants through high school students. Meadow Montessori summer camps are offered to preschool and elementary students. Camps are offered in the morning and afternoon, with childcare available before and after. Camps run from the week of June 20 through August 22. Camp explorations include creative writing, mathematics, reading comprehension, science (biology and botany), foreign language (Spanish and Chinese), art and music, as well as dinosaurs, bubbles, basketball, soccer, archery, outdoor exploration, cooking, kite making, etc. Meadow Montessori is located on a 6-acre campus, which adjoins farm fi elds and woods, creating an open laboratory for our environmental
sustainability curriculum. Students commute from Jackson, Lenawee, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. Please contact Meadow Montessori at 734-241-9496 for enrollment questions.
Ring of Steel Action Theatre
Get ready for Stunt Academy! The Ring Of Steel Action Theater presents its award-winning day camps to introduce aspiring young action stars to the fun challenges and safety protocols of stunt work. Nationally recognized instructors teach swordplay, falling, rolling, fl ying and more!
Sunshine Special Children’s Studio
6536 Scio Church Rd.
Sunshine’s camp has caring, fun teachers for groups up to 12 preschoolers or eight schoolage children, fi ve to seven years old. SSCS has rural setting, including a fenced playground, shaded outdoor classroom and a NAEYC accredited preschool studio. Nature study, gardening, art, story and active games provide opportunities for exploration and making friends. Camps are open June to August on Monday-Thursday from 9am to noon or 8:30am to 4:30pm. Before and after care is available on Fridays from 7am to 6pm.
Two Twelve Arts Center
216 West Michigan Avenue | Saline
Two Twelve Art Camps offer exciting opportunities to introduce young artists to various art media. Our philosophy is to nurture and foster each child’s creative spirit while developing and honing their natural artistic techniques. In the small, friendly atmosphere of the 212 arts center your camper will have a memorable
summer experience in the arts. See our website for other camp offerings including: Fairy Camp, Pottery Camps, B3 (Beading, Braiding, and Being Yourself) Camp, Littlest Artist Mini Camp (for ages four to seven) at www.twotwelvearts.org
University of Michigan
1000 S. State St.
Michigan Field Hockey Camp offers two separate weeks of fi eld hockey fun. July 7-9 is geared toward introducing the sport to new players, teaching the basics and lots of enjoyable hockey play. July 10-13 is designed for top level fi eld hockey instruction along with a fun competitive environment. These players are provided detailed skill instruction, collegiate level tactics, combined with exciting game play. U of M’s international and Olympic staff provide an excellent environment for learning, fun and competition. Players are challenged and have a blast all at the same time. Experience Michigan and learn how the collegiate
athletes train, compete and win!
Washtenaw Community College
Department of LifeLong Learning
Begun several years ago as a day camp experience that blended youth-centered classes with a collegiate setting, “Teens on Campus” has been re-designed to combine an expanded range of topics with an individual class format. This allows teens greater freedom to gain more experience in a current interest or to try something completely new! Geared toward students entering grades 6-12 (in fall 2011), some of the great classes being offered this summer include: Graphic Novel Academy, DigPho (digital photo) 4 Teens, Rock Band Jam, Basic Cake Decorating, Geocaching: Techno Treasure Hunting, Painting Your Pet’s Portrait and Money Workshop for Teens. Mail-in or walk-in registration begins April 22, register any time at www.www.wccnet.edu/teensoncampus
Wildlife Safari specializes in adventure-themed science shows featuring animals from around the world! These programs are great for school functions, birthday parties and all kinds of events. Wildlife Safari’s federally licensed and insured professional staff look forward to creating the perfect animal adventure for your next function. For more information visit www.theanimalguy.org
Wild Swan Theater
410 S. Maple Rd.
Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater. Every camper has a great time cultivating their creativity and leaves camp feeling successful. With a new theme each week, activities include warm-ups, theater games, and improvisations which bring people together in a nurturing, memorable way. Additional activities include craft activities such as making props and costume pieces!