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Top Creative Kids Camps in Southeast Michigan

In southeast Michigan, your child can be a sci-fi director, rock star and even sail on the high seas. Check out these amazing metro Detroit-area camps that put a premium exciting creative play in summer 2010

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For many kids, summer camp means hiking, swimming and maybe some archery or a few crafts, but some area camps go beyond the traditional and offer programs that truly spark a child's imagination. Whether it's a day camp or an overnight camp, it's an opportunity for kids to do something they haven't done before.

Crime Scene Explorer Camp

Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills
248-645-3210
Dates: July 26-30, 2010
Grades: 5-7
Cost: $315/members, $350/nonmembers
Here's a chance for kids to connect to their inner Sherlock Holmes or CSI agent. Campers are introduced to a fictional crime, conduct an investigation, gather evidence, interview suspects and learn how to work a crime scene to ultimately answer the age-old question of whodunit?

ID Tech Camp

University of Michigan campus, Ann Arbor
888-709-TECH (8324)
Dates: through early August 2010
Ages: 7-17
Cost: $779/day camp, $1,249/overnight
The camp offers seven gaming courses, including the opportunity to create a role-playing video game, a multi-level arcade or platform-style video game. This is the perfect opportunity for a kid who plays video games to make his or her own game at the end of the week.

Detroit Lions Summer Football Camp

19 locations throughout Michigan
313-262-2248
Dates: through Aug. 5, 2010
Ages: 6-14
Cost: $75 to $159
Camps review the fundamentals of all positions on offense, defense and special teams, as well as life skills like teamwork, communication, sportsmanship and the importance of education. The highlight? A team member of the Detroit Lions stops in for a day to work with campers.

Theatre Camp at Summer Impressions

West Bloomfield
248-661-3630
Dates: July 19-23 and Aug. 2-6, 2010
Ages: 6-10
Cost: $50/current campers, $300/those not enrolled in camp
Kids who have a passion for performing get a chance to be a part of all aspects of theater at this first-time camp, where they design the set, make scenery, pick costumes and learn lines for a performance they'll give for other campers and their parents.

YMCA's Day Camps and Residential Camps

Locations vary
Dates: vary in 2010
Ages: various
Cost: Vary

Want variety? These camps' range of activities and locales make them sure-fire for kids who can't make up their minds. Learn how to swim, make pottery or be part of a coffee house poetry experience. Full-on nature camp experiences are at Y Camps Ohiyesa and Nissokone.

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