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Best Specialty Camps for Kids in Michigan

Traditional camp will always be in style, but these days, there are a lot more options for how your child whiles away his summer days. Here are 10 types that are breaking the mold of your childhood and getting today's kids psyched for summer.

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Lego

Why they're popular: Legos have a long history of encouraging kids to tap into their imagination – one block at a time. Legos have expanded from toys to robotics and even onto the big screen. If your child was a fan of the toys, and now The LEGO Movie, then a Lego-themed summer camp may be the way to go.

What they offer: Campers use Legos to create robotics, electronics – and some even mix in computer programming.

Lego camp options

Brain Monkeys

  • Address: 3765 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-355-6872

Technology, robotics

Cranbrook Schools TECHNO-botics Robotics Camp

  • Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-207-8562

Technology, robotics, computer programming

The Robot Garage

  • Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9100

Building, robotics

Animals

Why they're popular: "We know that children have such a strong sense of compassion towards animals," says Karen Patterson, director of humane education at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, which has been expanding its camp program. "Every year we're adding more camps, and they keep filling up. We always have a waiting list."

What they offer: These camps give kids the chance to learn more about animals and their care from experts.

Animal camp options

Camp PAWS, Humane Society of Huron Valley

  • Address: 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-661-3575

Animal-themed activities and interactions with pets

Charles L. Bowers School Farm

  • Address: 1219 E. Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-341-5475

Nature focus, farm animals

Detroit Zoo Summer Safari Camp

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717

Zoo exploration

Pottery

Why they're popular: Surprised? Yes, pottery is popular. For kids who love crafting and creating with their hands, these camps are perfect!

What they offer: Kids get to take home the pottery pieces that they create during camp.

Pottery camp options

Pewabic Pottery

  • Address: 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-626-2000

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

  • Address: 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-644-0866

Creatopia: Paint-It-Yourself Pottery

  • Address: 924 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-8797

Music

Why they're popular: For children who want to hone their playing or singing skills, music camps can be a guaranteed high note.

What they offer: There's a music camp to fit just about any focus. Kids can concentrate on a specific instrument – including their voice. Or there are general camps that introduce kids to music.

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