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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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Pontiac Youth Sailing Camp

Cass Lake, Oakland County
248-766-3040
Dates: July 5-16, 19-30, Aug. 2-13, 2010
Ages: 8-17
Cost: $350/10 lessons
This camp though the Pontiac Yacht Club turns young landlubbers into skilled sailors. Classes match instruction to ability with three programs, including learn to sail class for beginners, another for more skilled sailors and a program for those who are ready for the sailboat racing experience. Individuals are taught on club-supplied Optimist, Laser Radio or Flying Junior two-handed sailboats.

Court of King Arthur Camp

Summers-Knoll Camp, Ann Arbor
734-971-7991.
Dates: July 27-31, 2010
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $279
For kids who dream of knights and dragons, this camp will bring it all to life, culminating in a Medieval Feast on the final day. The week starts with campers creating costumes from fabric (dresses for girls and chain mail armor for the boys). During the week, children can make music with minstrels, learn how to joust and perhaps fit in a little juggling.

Robotics Camp at Rocks and Robots

Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills and West Bloomfield
734-645-0211
Dates: through August, 2010
Ages: 5-17
Cost: $239/half-day classes, $479/full-day classes
Camp owners George Albercook and Katie Tilton pair learning about robotics with energetic outdoor activities. Sumo battle bots campers are also trained in knot-tying and safety skills that they will need for the two field trips to go rock climbing. For older kids going into sixth grade, there's the high-ropes challenge where campers walk a tight rope and zip-line through the woods.

Summer Fantasy Camp

The Roeper School, Birmingham
248-203-7370
Dates: July 12-16, July 19-23, or July 26-30
Grades: 6-9
Cost: $250/session
Kids channel their inner George Lucas by drawing on their imaginations in fantasy, science fiction, computer graphics and creative writing. Campers work on their own as well as in groups to create their own fantastic worlds along with a storyline that goes from crisis to resolution. Once the storylines are complete, the students will use the Bryce 3D computer graphics program to create shapes, galactic battles and worlds never seen before.

Rock Music Day Camp

Dayjams, Birmingham
800-295-5956
Dates: July 12-16, 2010
Ages: 8-15
Cost: $575
Even before the movie School of Rock, there was Dayjams to help kids who love rock live out their dream. Whether kids play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals or horn, they are taught and coached to be their best. Kids will play in a band, write an original song and on the last day of camp put on a rock concert for family and friends that can number up to 350.

Art Exploration Arts Camp

Detroit Institute of Arts
313-833-4249
Dates: July 12-16, 2010
Ages: 9-12
Cost: $180/members, $225/nonmembers
Kids explore the galleries, then develop their own ideas using clay, wood and paint. All camps use the same materials but with a different twist. Campers may be in the presence of the great masters, but they need no prior art-making experience. At the end, there's an art show for the children's parents and other grownups.
 

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