UPDATED - A few of these camps have been updated and we strongly suggest you still call if there is one you're interested. Covid-19 has caused many to cancel, decrease numbers or go completely virtual. We hope you still take advantage of summer camp.
Welcome to the 2020 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!
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Cranbrook Institute of Science has created interactive experiences that connect your child with our resources, collections, scientists, and expertise in natural history for an immersive, memorable virtual week!
Explore Science! Camp
Entering Grades 2-5
WHAT WILL ONLINE CAMPS LOOK LIKE?
Daily camp sessions will include instructor-led experiences developed around the items provided in your Science Kit. Online camps require a minimum of 10 participants to run. Registrants will be notified of cancellations due to low enrollment 1 week in advance and refunded in full.
Camp Dates: July 6-10 | July 13-17 | July 20-24 | July 27-31 | August 3-7
Camp meets 9-11am
Registration is open.
$195/week per household (10% discount for Institute of Science members)
$100/week per Science Kit (10% discount for Institute of Science members)
Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is keeping what campers love (and moving it online!): you'll still receive the same fun experience but with added online features:
ART KITS: Making It Easy for You
Our Art Kits come with NEW art making materials for each day of the camp. Unlike traditional camps, our Art Kits mean that campers have the supplies to make more art when class (and camp!) is over. Materials for each day are clearly labeled and ready for campers. Art Kits are different each week! Curbside pick-up in the Art Museum parking lot, Thursdays from 5-7 pm or Saturdays from 12-2 pm, prior to the start of camp each week. Zooming in from afar? We can ship Art Kits if necessary.
PRE-CAMP ZOOM: Info Session (Optional for Parent(s)/Guardian(s))
In this optional live session, we’ll review each week’s camp program and answer your questions. This session is a great way to know what to expect for each week of camp. Please email [email protected] if you have questions about camp and can’t join the information session. Zoom sessions will be Sunday evenings at 7 pm.
ZOOM CAMPS: It’s for the Camper
Our goal is to have materials clear and ready, so campers can be independent learners. Of course, campers may need some assistance, but our goal is to engage campers with artwork and hands-on activities that excite them about Online Create Camps.
Camp Dates: June 15-19 | June 22-26 | June 29-July 3 | July 6-10 | July 20-24 | July 27-31 | August 3-7 | August 10-14
Camp meets 9-11am
Registration is open.
$195/week per household (10% discount for ArtMembers) $100/week per Art Kit (10% discount for ArtMembers)
Detroit Zoo Summer Safari Camps
Your kids can spend a part of their summer at the wildest place in town! Children experience something new each year with weeklong Zookeeper Camps for grades K-8 and an Animal Welfare Workshop for grades 9-12. Special single-day camps are offered the week of July 4.
Zookeeper Camps (weeklong for grades K-8)
Zoo Vet Camps (single-day for grades 1-8)
Zoo Olympics Camps (single-day for grades 1-8)
Zoo Science Camps (single-day for grades 1-8)
Zoo Art Camps (single-day for grades 1-8) Kindergarten Single-Day Camps (half-day)
Camp Dates: June 29 - August 21
SpringHill Day Camps
CANCELLED - SpringHill Day Camp is for kids in K-5 (AND we are piloting a Pre-K program at select sites this year). We partner with hundreds of local churches to bring the SpringHill experience to neighborhoods and communities near you! Between fun activities, friendship, mentorship, character development, and spiritual investment we'll keep your kids engaged all week long. Children participate in large group time with skits and songs, followed by small group discussions about what they have learned. The day is filled with awesome adventures: conquering the climbing wall, soaring high on the flying squirrel, and many more fun and unforgettable experiences!
Kids will build confidence and make new friends, but won't have to worry about being homesick! Our highly trained staff focus on your child having a spectacular week at day camp!
We also provide Overnight Camp experiences in Northern Michigan and Southern Indiana for kids in grades 1-12.
Camp Dates: June - August
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, weeklong 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.
Save $100 with code TOGETHER as long as social distancing is in effect.
Camp Dates: June - August
YMCA Metro Detroit
At Y Summer Day Camp, kids make new friends, accomplish goals and learn new skills, and experience belonging in a way that only the Y can provide. Every new experience comes with a chance to learn and grow. At the Y, we strive to give every child and teen opportunities to test their own limits and explore their potential.
Boll Family YMCA – Detroit
Birmingham Family YMCA – Birmingham Carls Family YMCA - Milford
Downriver Family YMCA – Southgate
Farmington Family YMCA – Farmington
Lakeshore Family YMCA - St. Clair Shores
Livonia Family YMCA – Livonia
Macomb Family YMCA - Mt. Clemens
North Oakland Family YMCA - Auburn Hills
Plymouth Family YMCA – Plymouth
Westland YMCA Day Camp – Westland
South Oakland Family YMCA - Royal Oak
Y day camp is offered all 12 weeks of summer at various locations throughout Metro Detroit from 7am-6pm Monday-Friday. Every week is packed full of fun and engaging themed activities as well as specific literacy, STEM, and character development focused curriculum. Our highly qualified staff complete a comprehensive background check and intensive training before joining our team as professional role models.
Camp Dates: Monday, June 10 – Friday, August 30
Classroom Antics STEAM Camps
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 weeklong, 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 6 – August 14, 2020
Grades: 1 – 12
Farmington Hills Unplugged Summer Camps
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, skateboard, nature, youth center drop-in, and STEM. Or for the generalist in the crowd, give the General 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 17 – August 23
Total Sports Farmington
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!
Register before June 18th and receive $25 OFF per week you sign up!
Camp Carvela and Crystalaire Adventures
Camp Carvela and Crystalaire Adventures are organizations that empower young people through experiential learning. We strive to make a positive impact on each member of our community by building connections to self, others and the natural world.
The following are the central ideas that help us achieve our mission:
1) Our collaborative programming model fosters strong leadership skills and independence while giving participants the opportunity to create their own experience.
2) The non-competitive culture creates a safe space for participants to try new things and take healthy social and physical risks.
3) We are an unplugged community. Taking a break from the electronic world helps us reconnect with others in an authentic way and develop strong communication skills.
4) Free time is incorporated multiple times throughout each day to give participants a chance to relax, explore new interests, and connect with others.
5) A sense of playfulness is ever-present in our programs. By having a fun and playful environment, we create a space to discover oneself and explore with others.
Throughout all that we do, we work to create positive connections between campers and staff alike and meaningful experiences for all. When a participant finishes their time with us, we hope they will have a stronger sense of self and independence, a better understanding of how to relate to and communicate with others, and will have tried something new!
Berkley Parks & Rec Summer Day Camps
Berkley Parks and Recreation offers fun summer day camps for kids in regular Kindergarten through 9th grade! Summer day camps at Berkley Parks and Rec offer swimming at BHS and outdoor local pools, beaches and waterparks, weekly age-appropriate field trips, crafts, sports, movies, ice cream, games, out-to-lunch trips, our own inflatable bouncer, weekly themes and so much more! Berkley Summer Camps 2020 from Berkley Parks and Rec are divided into 4 age groups.
Berkley Summer Camps 2020 Kids Kamp – Kids Kindergarten – 1st grade
Berkley Summer Camps 2020 Junior Kamp – Kids 2nd grade – 3rd grade
Berkley Summer Camps 2020 Senior Kamp – Kids 4th grade – 5th grade
Berkley Summer Camps 2020 Teen Kamp – Kids 6th grade and Up
Camp hours are from 8:45am-5pm Monday through Friday. Before-care starting at 7:30am ($4 a day) and after-care ending at 6pm ($3 a day) are available as well.
Berkley Parks and Recreation summer camps cost $170 per week for residents, $185 per week for non-resident. You can register for ALL 11 weeks of Berkley Summer Day Camp 2020 for $1700 per resident ($1600 if you early bird register before June 1) or $1850 for non-resident ($1750 early bird). There are also 3 and 4 day prices are available.
Camp Dates: June 15 – August 27
Ages: K – 9th grade
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Summer Camps
The Community House Kids Summer Camps
The Robot Garage
EARLY BIRD: $369 until 3/31
Before and After Care Available
The Roeper School
The Village Players Summer Theater Art Camp
Cost: $895/4 weeks
Before/After Care Available
Ages: 3.5 and up
$10 off with more than one camp sign up
Ages: 3.5 - 12
Cost: $150-$300 (early bird discounts available)
Bowers Farm School Camp
Cost: $112 - $420
Detroit Country Day
Grades: K - 12
Summer Adventure Camp Bloomfield Hills School
Cost: $188 - $298
Canton Montessori Summer Camp
Ages: 18 months - 6
Cost: $145 - $260
School of Rock
Grosse Pointe Academy Music Camps
University Liggett School Summer Programs
Livonia Montessori Summer Camp
Cost: $145 – $260
Kids on Campus Schoolcraft College
Cost: $85 – $299
Planet Rock Climbing Gym Summer Climbing Camps
Kensington Farm Center Farm Camp
Willoway Day Camp
Cost: $565 – $2300
Ages: 5 – 14
Maybury Farm Farm Camp
Cost: $175 – $195
Ages: 5 – 11
Bright Loritos Summer Camp
Ages: 5 – 10
Cost: $160 – $360
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center Summer Camp
Ages: 5 – 18
Cost: $310 – $350 per week
Cost: $135 – $350
College for Creative Studies Summer Youth Camps
Cost: $375 – $800
USA Hockey Summer Camp
Bright Loritos Summer Camp
Ages: 3 – 10
Cost: $160 – $360
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Ages: 4 – 13
Cost: $145 – $325
Red Piano Music Studio
Ages: 3.5 – 18
Cost: $115 – $320
Rochester Avon Recreation Authority Summer Day Camps
Ages: 4 -13
Cost: $135 – $195
Rochester Play Summer Camp
Cost: $120 – $165
Creative Arts Studio Summer Art Camps
Ages: 7 - 14
Cost: $120 – $165
Oakland Schools STEM Summer Camp
Grades: 6th - 8th
Joe Dumars Fieldhouse Summer Adventure Camps
Cost: $155 – $235
Mills Gymnastics Summer Camp Kalypso
Ages: 3 - 12
Cost: $42 – $174
Franklin Athletic Club Summer Kids Camps
Cost: $60 – $330
Boys and Girls Club of Troy Summer Program
Multimedia Makeup Academy Summer Camp
Troy Recreation Department Summer Camps
Cost: $95 – $220
Michigan Academy of Gymnastics
Cost: $135 – $250
Skull Island Camp
Ages: 5 – 15
Cost: $175 – $215
Never Ending Farm Kids Camps
Ages: 5 - 12
Cost: $65 per day
Want to be a part of our 2020 Summer Camp Guide?
We want to show our readers all the great camps available right here in the Detroit area. Partnering with us allows your business greater visibility with a large targeted market of local families. Join us and help enrich the lives of Detroit Moms!