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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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
- Address: 3765 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-355-6872
- Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
- Phone: 248-207-8562
Technology, robotics, computer programming
- Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
- Phone: 248-723-9100
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
- Address: 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-661-3575
Animal-themed activities and interactions with pets
- Address: 1219 E. Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills
- Phone: 248-341-5475
Nature focus, farm animals
- Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
- Phone: 248-541-5717
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
- Address: 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
- Phone: 313-626-2000
- Address: 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham
- Phone: 248-644-0866
- Address: 924 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
- Phone: 734-453-8797
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.