Welcome to the 2021 Detroit Mom-Approved Summer Camp Guide! It can be hard to get our heads around the fact that summertime will be arriving in Detroit soon. Well, it is time to start planning for a summer full of fun. Let’s be honest, as much as our kids deserve to go to summer camp, we deserve to send them.
We know that summer camps are at the top of the list of things moms need to figure out early. While summer makes us think of popsicles, parks, and festivals, we KNOW as moms that it can also be a frustrating time where you are struggling to piece childcare together week by week and month by month. From Art to Tech, Theatre to Cooking, Sports to STEM, and plenty in between, we hope this Mom-Approved Summer Camp Guide in around Detroit makes planning a little less stressful and allows for a memorable summer, full of exploring and new experiences!
A few of these camps have been updated and we strongly suggest you still call if there is one you’re interested in. COVID-19 has caused many to cancel, decrease numbers, or go completely virtual. We hope you still take advantage of summer camp this year!
Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps have been a tradition of fun and learning for campers of all ages. Hosted across our beautiful, historic campus, our summer programs offer a true Cranbrook experience through multi-activity traditional camps and specialty camps in art, jazz, robotics, sports, STEM, theatre, and writing. Camps operate up to eight weeks from age three through entering 12th grade. The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Lunches and snacks are included. Transportation Service, Extended Care, Swim Lessons, and a Monthly Payment Plan are available as options.
Registration is open.
Save up to $100 on full and half sessions by using code DETROITMOM21 at checkout.
Camp Dates: June 21-25 | June 28-July 2 | July 5-9 | July 12-16 | July 19-23 | July 26-30 | August 2-6 | August 9-13
Friendship Circle, a nonprofit that supports individuals with special needs, is offering eight weeks of summer camp, including two weeks of overnight camp. The nonprofit’s staff will ensure safety of all campers and provide one adult for every four campers in addition to many teen volunteers who provide friendship and support to campers. All staff members are handpicked for their experience and dedication to working with individuals with special needs. Counselors are specially trained on each camper to ensure participants have the safest and most exciting summer possible.
Day Camp at Friendship Circle (June 21 – July 9)
- Campers will receive a memorable and active summer experience while developing friendships with teen volunteers and their peers.
- Where: Friendship Circle – 6892 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI
- Activities: Arts and crafts, sports, music, dancing, magic shows, and more.
- Options: 3 weeks (June 21-25, June 28-July 1 and/or July 5-9); ages 5+
Rubin Family Day Camp at North Star Reach (July 12-23)
- A campground oasis that will give your camper a unique experience. Together, campers will build friendships, learn critical social skills and engage in summer fun.
- Where: Daily travel from Friendship Circle (6892 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI) to North Star Reach (200 University Camp Dr, Pinckney, MI)
- Activities: Boating, swimming, arts and crafts, nature, field games, and more.
- Options: 1-2 weeks (July 12-16 and/or July 19-23); ages 5+
Rubin Family Overnight Camp at North Star Reach (August 2-13)
- Located at a beautiful environment, campers will experience the great outdoors while receiving a safe and unforgettable overnight camp experience.
- Where: North Star Reach – 200 University Camp Dr, Pinckney, MI
- Activities: Swimming, canoeing, campfires, crafts, nature, and more.
- Options: 1-2 weeks (August 2-6 and/or August 9-13); ages 6+
A summer filled with adventure, exploration, and fun. Farmington Hills Unplugged Summer Camps have something for everyone ages 3 to 18 – art, theatre, music, sports, archery, skateboarding, nature, youth center drop-in, and STEM. Or, for the classic summer experience, give our Costick Day Camps a try.
Make Farmington Hills your home for summer camp. Farmington Hills Parks and Rec hosts over 3,000 kids each year in our licensed day camps. Kids make friends, explore new places, and gain self-confidence. Every day is an adventure!
Working parents? Many camps also offer before and after care for an additional fee.
Find a complete list of camps in our online brochure. For more information, please call (248) 473-1800.
Camps are open to both residents and non-residents. Fees are listed as Resident/Non-Resident (R/NR).
Camp Dates: June 14 – August 20
VIRTUAL LITERACY CAMP 2021 IS GOING TO BE EPIC!
Our virtual format is designed for parents who want an easy-to-implement program that encourages and inspires a LOVE for learning! We’ll keep them busy all while bringing peace, calm, and FUN to homes without parents having to plan it!
Virtual Literacy Camp launches June 21. Pre-recorded sessions will be ready for you to use at your house whenever you want. This is perfect for working families, stay at home mamas, homeschool mamas, and anyone looking to have a week of fun completely planned! The cost is $67 for one week of Virtual Literacy Camp.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT $57 if you register before May 31!
Camp Dates: Launches June 21
Suggested Grade Levels: 1st-3rd Grade
iD Tech Camps for Kids & Teens
Virtual Tech Camps are the perfect, home-based option for students ages 7-19 seeking the collaborative spirit of our on-campus programs. Structured, week-long sessions with 2 hours of live instruction per day + 2 hours of self-paced project development.
Curriculum in Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, AI, Unreal Engine, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more. 5 students max per instructor, blending personalized learning and team interaction.
Camp Dates: June – August
Kids ages 7-13 can choose from LEGO robotics, programming, Minecraft coding, YouTube video production, video game design, and stop-motion animation camps to LEARN what they LOVE! These week-long, full- or half-day enrichment camps are the perfect way to introduce your child to new technologies, spark their creativity, and invest in their education. Camps are taught by professional educators, equipped with excellent classroom management skills to accelerate learning, motivate interests, and ultimately prepare your child for the future.
Camp Dates: July 14 – September 3
Total Sports Farmington All summer multi-sport camp:
Multi-Sport Summer Camp runs every week of the summer except the week of the 4th of July.
Each week is Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm with before and after care available beginning at 7am and ending at 5pm for $5/hour or $50 for unlimited for the week. Cost is $250 for the first week and then $200 per week for any additional week you register your child for!
Camp Dates: July 14 – August 27
Reset Brain and Body: Vibe Tribe Summer Camp
Reset Brain and Body is offering two camps: one for elementary and one for middle school students to gather together to practice mindfulness, yoga, and creative activities.
Kids will meet daily for one hour to learn how: their brains work, to understand themselves better through awareness of their environment and to respond versus react by using coping skills to calm their mind and body.
Camp Dates: June 21 – June 25
Ages: 5 – 13
Additional summer camps in + around Detroit you may want to check out…
Bloomfield Art Center Summer Camps
The Community House Kids Summer Camps
The Robot Garage
The Roeper School
Cost: $370-$910 per session
The Village Players Summer Theater Art Camp
Cost: $925- 4 week session
Ages: 3.5 – 8
Bowers Farm School Camp
Cost: $112 – $420
*The Bowers Farm Summer Camps are currently full, but you can still sign up for their waitlist.
Detroit Country Day
Grades: K – 12
Camps are offered at three different locations. Each camp varies from one to four week sessions.
Summer Adventure Camp Bloomfield Hills School
Cost: $206 – $242
Canton Montessori Summer Camp
Ages: 18 months – 6 years
Cost: $145 – $260
School of Rock
College for Creative Studies
Cost: $95 per week
Boll Family YMCA
Ages: 4yr 9m – 13 years
Cost: Starting at $175
Total Sports All Summer Camps
Grosse Pointe Academy Music Camps
University Liggett School Summer Programs
Camp Wonder at Howell Nature Center
*Camps are filling up quickly, but waitlists are being created.
Livonia Montessori Summer Camp
Ages: 18 months – 12 years
Cost: $145 – $285/week
Kids on Campus Schoolcraft College
Cost: $85 – $299
Planet Rock Climbing Gym Summer Climbing Camps
Kensington Farm Center Farm Camp
Willoway Day Camp
Ages: 5 – 14
Cost: $565 – $2300
Maybury Farm Farm Camp (SOLD OUT)
Ages: 6 – 11
Cost: $175 – $195
Bright Loritos Summer Camp
Ages: 3 – 10
Cost: $160 – $360
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center Summer Camp
Ages: 6 – 14
Cost: $180 – $350 per week
MSU Tollgate is currently gauging interest in their summer camps due to the pandemic. If you are interested in attending the MSU Tollgate Summer Camps, fill in their Interest Application online.
Cost: $135 – $350
College for Creative Studies Summer Youth Camps
Cost: $95 per class
Ages: 3.5 – 11
Bright Loritos Summer Camp
Ages: 3 – 10
Cost: $160 – $360
Challenge Island Steam Camps
Ages: K-8th grade
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Ages: 4 – 13
Cost: $325 – $350
Red Piano Music Studio
Ages: 3.5 – 18
Cost: $115 – $320
Rochester Avon Recreation Authority Summer Day Camps
Ages: 4 -13
Cost: $135 – $195
Mills Gymnastics Summer Camp Kalypso
Ages: 3 – 12
Cost: $42 – $185
Franklin Athletic Club Summer Kids Camps
Cost: $45 – $380
Carousel Acres Farm Day Camp
Cost: $50 – $225
Wildwind Equestrian Center
Boys and Girls Club of Troy Summer Program
Camp Dream Scene
July and August camps are full, but you can still sign up in case of cancellations.
Multimedia Makeup Academy Summer Camp
Troy Recreation Department Summer Camps
West Bloomfield Parks Summer Day Camps
Skull Island Camp
Ages: 5 – 15
Cost: $75/day, $325/week