Fair   57.0F  |  Forecast »

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.

(page 2 of 3)

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.

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Beach Towel and Picnic Blanket Caddy Craft

Beach Towel and Picnic Blanket Caddy Craft

Looking for an easy, compact way to tote those summer necessities? You're in luck! This simple sewing project makes carting your fabric accessories a breeze.

Socialite Returns Adopted Child to Orphanage for Crying

Socialite Returns Adopted Child to Orphanage for Crying

After only one night in, Romanian socialite Monica Gabor took her adopted son back to the orphanage because the child was too distressed.

Medication Mistakes Common and Dangerous, New Study Finds

Medication Mistakes Common and Dangerous, New Study Finds

Recent findings published in Pediatrics show that nearly 40 percent of parents make measuring errors for their kid's medicine. Why is this happening and what can you do to prevent it?

Craft Roundup: Fun Summer Projects for Kids

Craft Roundup: Fun Summer Projects for Kids

Beat vacation boredom with these four cool ideas from blogs, including Popsicle holders, printable sewing cards, jellyfish handprint bookmarks and more.

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking

From picking out ingredients to concocting their own culinary creations, here are a few ways to encourage your children to help out in the kitchen.

Family Picnic Recipes and Ideas

Family Picnic Recipes and Ideas

Head to the park or on a hike and make the great outdoors your dinner spot. Here are six ideas to help you plan your meal – from drink to dessert.

Book Review: Three Fun Summer Craft Reads for the Family

Book Review: Three Fun Summer Craft Reads for the Family

Want a few simple, fun sewing ideas for the kids, projects to brighten up their rooms or maybe just tips for DIY tinkering? These authors have you covered.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement