Day Camps Things to Do in Detroit for Kids: After-School and Extracurricular Programs There are tons of fun things to do in Detroit – especially for kids looking for after-school and extracurricular Detroit activities. Find programs of various things to do in Detroit, from art and music, to sports youth programs and family fun spots. « Previous Next » Metro Parent Editorial • August 2, 2015 Add Comment Tweet Southeast Michigan is full of learning opportunities and experiences for the little ones. Take Detroit, for example. Kids who live in the city can sign up for many Detroit youth programs and various hands-on activities, including after-school groups and extracurriculars. Detroit students will have a hard time running out of fun things to do in Detroit – or fun places in Detroit to visit. Here, we list some of the D’s programs and offerings for kids. Plus, the activities and programs included have an educational bent. From music to fitness and theater to history, there are always awesome things to do in Detroit for kids. And hey: They might not even realize how much they’re learning! Some of these Detroit activities are free, while others have costs. There are also certain participation requirements. Check ahead to make sure none of the details for the program in which you’re interested have changed. Boll Family YMCA Address: 1401 Broadway St., Detroit Phone: 313-309-9622 Cost: Fees vary; call for details Have an active, sporty kid? This 100,000-square-foot facility is geared toward kids and the community, and features two indoor swimming pools. Plus, you’ll find a wellness center, gymnasium with squash and racquetball courts, group exercise studios, a climbing wall and more. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan Addresses: Diehl Club, 4242 Collingwood Ave., Detroit; NFL/YET Club at the Dauch Campus, 16500 Tireman St., Detroit; Holden Club, 20100 Schoenherr Road, Detroit; Bloomer Club in Munger Pre-K-8 School, 5525 Martin St., Detroit; Fauver-Martin Club, 24 Ferris Ave., Highland Park Phone: 248-473-1400 Cost: $50/year (individual membership fee). Scholarships available for youth in need. This group’s after-school programs and activities are designed to help students achieve academically, embrace a healthy lifestyle and develop good character. Programs, which are offered for boys and girls ages 6-18 enrolled in grades 1-12, range from the arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, and sports, fitness and recreation. Hours vary by location. Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation Addresses: 8840 Second Ave., Detroit; programs at Blessed Sacrament Community Center, 150 Belmont St., Detroit Phone: 313-873-0064 Cost: Free; $5/week for karate Check out the Breakthrough Enrichment BTE youth development classes for kids 5-13, karate for kids 8-plus, as well as Cooking Matters, a health, nutrition and cooking class at the Peaches & Greens community kitchen. Days of the week and times of programs vary. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Address: 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-494-5800 Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $8/ages 13-61, $5/ages 3-12, free/members and children under 3. Celebrate African-American history through exhibits, programs and events. Has free children’s programming weekly including storytelling and STEM activities, plus free admission during Ford Free Second Sundays. College for Creative Studies Second Saturdays Address: Detroit campuses: 201 E. Kirby St.; 485 W. Milwaukee St. Phone: 313-664-1530 Cost: Vary The popular Second Saturdays is a series of one-day workshops for kids and teens ages 8-15 focusing on a different art/design discipline each month. DAPCEP (Detroit Area Prep College Engineering Program) Address: 2111 Woodward Ave., Suite 506, Detroit Phone: 313-831-3050 Cost: free/five-week fall and spring Saturday courses; application required, $25/application fee. Scholarships available. It’s all about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) here, where there’s programming revolving around those subjects for youth (ages 5-18; grades pre-K-12). Programs are on Saturdays during the fall and spring and in camp-format over the summer. Here, kids can do hands-on activities in real laboratories – and even in university classrooms and professional environments. Core and advanced topics offered. Detroit Children’s Choir Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-444-7821 Cost: Call or visit the website for details; scholarships available Choral music education experiences aim to enrich the lives of metro Detroit’s youth and communities. They’ve got seven different choirs in schools and neighborhoods and three audition ensembles. The program is community-wide, and an inclusive program for students grades 3-8. Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation Youth Program Address: 1211 Trumbull St., Detroit Phone: 313-967-4880 Cost: $20/year for gas, if transportation help is needed After-school program during the winter and spring 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday for ages 11-18. Kids can also get involved with the Urban Arts Academy, which exposes students to silk-screening, graffiti art, graphic design, music/video production and robotics, and ranges from entrepreneurship strategies to creative self-expression. Summer programs offered 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The focus in that program is on life skills, community service projects, arts/crafts, recreation and field trips. Detroit Historical Museum Address: 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-833-1805 Cost: free The Detroit Historical Society welcomes visitors to experience exhibits detailing Detroit’s dynamic history. Signature exhibits include The Streets of Old Detroit, America’s Motor City, The Allesee Gallery of Culture, Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy, Doorway to Freedom – Detroit and the Underground Railroad and the Gallery of Innovation. Open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Detroit Institute of Arts Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-833-7900 Cost: Admission: free/residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties; otherwise $8/adults, $4/ages 6-17. Most programs free with museum admission. Aside from the fun and education the museum itself has to offer, the DIA features drop-in art-making activities every weekend, drawing in the galleries for all ages and Sunday family programs (puppet shows, artist demonstrations). Also offers self-guided tours kids can take their adults on, like “10 Things to Do with Kids.” Detroit Martial Arts Institute’s Mind, Body, Spirit Martial Arts Program Address: 13030 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit Phone: 313-416-7000 Cost: Contact for price Kids can master the art of karate with dedicated instructors. After-school program includes transportation provided from school, meals, homework help, Internet access and more. Little Dragons is for ages 3-5 and Beginners for 6-11. Both help develop a positive attitude, improved concentration, conflict resolution strategies and self-confidence. Detroit PAL Address: 111 W. Willis St., Detroit Phone: 313-833-1600 Cost: $45-$150/based on program and time of registration. Medicaid discounts available. Open to girls and boys ages 4-19, these year-round recreational programs for soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, T-ball and coach pitch, football, cheer, track and field, basketball and golf are a great way to get active in the city. Most programs last two to three months at various Detroit locations. The coaches are volunteers trained by Detroit PAL. Detroit Public Library HYPE Program Address: Main library: 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-481-1360 Cost: free for Detroit residents and students enrolled at a Detroit school with a Detroit Public Library card. Visit a branch near you and check online for various programs and activities. At the main library, find the HYPE program (Helping Young People Excel) at the Detroit Public Library Teen Center, a space just for teens with programs and services ranging from crafts and music to reading groups and games. The program is for teens ages 13-18, and hours are tailored to school hours during the school year. Library closed Sunday and Monday. Visit detroitpubliclibrary.org/hype for calendar. Development Centers BrightStars Addresses: 17321 Telegraph Road, Northwest Detroit; 13600 Virgil St., Northwest Detroit; 12121 Hemingway, Redford Phone: 313-255-0900, ext. 2109 Cost: free BrightStars offers free parent-child playgroups for children birth to age 5 (five days a week at three locations) plus family events, parent workshops, community resources and “BrightStars at Home” home visits in Northwest Detroit to families with children ages birth to 3. Dossin Great Lakes Museum Address: 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit Phone: 313-833-5583 Cost: free Experience displays detailing the relationship between Detroit and the river that shares its name. Signature exhibits include Built by the River, the Gothic Room, the Ship Model Showcase, the William Clay Ford Pilot House and the Miss Pepsi championship hydroplane. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Fridays during the summer (June 5 through Labor Day weekend). Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program Address: 6445 E. Vernor Highway, Detroit Contact: Email on website Cost: free; must have full participation in academic and community service programming. In addition to boxing, DBG provides on-site tutoring and the chance to volunteer through neighborhood cleanups, soup kitchens and more. The program is only for Detroit students ages 8-18. Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Address: 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 500, Detroit Phone: 800-482-6734 Cost: $15/year This local chapter facilitates the Girl Scout Leadership Experience – a premier development program for girls. Adult volunteers are mentors and role models. Open to grades K-12. Heritage Works Address: 1927 Rosa Parks Blvd., Suite 130, Detroit Phone: 313-496-4000 Cost: free/program participation, students responsible for dance supplies Since 2000, programs here have celebrated the beauty and humanity of African and world cultures through music, movement and folklore. Heritage Works’ mission is to promote youth and community development through traditions, arts and education. InsideOut Literary Arts Project’s Citywide Poets Address: Detroit Public Library Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-577-4601 Cost: free This after-school teen performance poetry troupe is for high schoolers ages 14-19, and offers mentorship by adult poets with strong publication and performance credentials. Youth perform at venues, see their work in an anthology and compete to attend a national youth poetry slam. Leaps and Bounds Family Services Address: 8129 Packard Ave., Warren; 13560 McNichols Road, Detroit; also home-based Phone: 586-759-3895 Cost: Contact for details Provides learning through play groups for parents and caregivers with kids birth-5 years, and is designed to foster early literacy. Home visits for families with children birth-age 4. Plus, offers training for child care providers, assistance for Great Start to Quality child care providers and assists parents in selecting a Great Start to Quality child care site. Living Arts Addresses: Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) at the Mexicantown Mercado, 2826 Bagley St., Detroit; Center of Music and Performing Arts Southwest (COMPAS), 8701 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit Phone: 313-384-2902 Cost: Tuition: $30/month for one weekly class; steep discounts for individuals/families who enroll in more than one class/week. Partial/full scholarships for those in need. At FREC, find dance, yoga, karate, art, media arts, creative writing, music and drama classes for all ages in afternoons/evenings Mondays-Thursdays and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Living Arts also has three youth dance companies you can audition for if you want to rehearse and perform regularly. At COMPAS, there are dance and tumbling classes for various ages. Most of Living Arts’ classes target specific ages – like toddlers, kids, teens and adults. Some require previous art experience; most are open to beginners. Michigan Science Center Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit Phone: 313-577-8400, option 5 Cost: General admission: $14/adults, $11/kids 2-12 and seniors, free/members. Find hands-on exhibits, the Chrysler IMAX Dome Theatre (Michigan’s only dome IMAX), live stage shows and activities, and a planetarium transporting kids to a virtual universe at this fun, dynamic hands-on museum. The museum touts offering programs that inspire children and their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math. Summer hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. School-year hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday-Tuesday. Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit Address: 2251 Antietam Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-872-6910 Cost: Contact for details Year-round theater and vocal music training for artists ages 7-18. Core training programs take place at Mosaic’s home within the University Prep Science & Math Elementary School. General auditions for Mosaic run May and June. MSU Community Music School-Detroit Address: 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-578-9716 Cost: Costs vary, financial aid available; contact for details Kids of all ages can enjoy high-quality, affordable music lessons at CMS-Detroit in Midtown. A variety of early childhood music classes are tailored for ages birth to 9. Plus, they offer MSU Spartan Jazz for middle and high school students who want to play in jazz combos or big band, plus a few vocalists are accepted. Programs are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Northwest Detroit Youth Coalition Address: 19800 Pembroke Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-537-5770 Cost: Prices and age requirements vary by program Organization puts students in touch with different programs, such as summer camps and leadership opportunities, in the northwest Detroit region. Pewabic Address: 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-626-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org Cost: Youth workshops $30/child, $45/child with parent Offers a variety of learning experiences that nurture curiosity and self-expression, from half-day hand-building workshops and week-long summer camp sessions to a full semester of wheel-throwing classes. The Education Studio offers science, ceramic technology and math-based classes for those who plan to study and pursue careers in math, science, technology or engineering. Southwest Counseling Solution’s Early Learning Communities Address: 5675 Larkins St., Detroit Phone: 313-285-9323 or 313-515-9388 Cost: free Has play groups for kids ages 0-5, family literacy events and a lending library of toys and books. Free child care during workshops. Classes are offered in Spanish, too. St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center Address: 16800 Trinity St., Detroit Phone: 313-535-9200 Cost: free Kids are assessed in reading and math levels upon enrollment so coaches can create personalized education plans. After-school programs open to grades 1-5. Core focus on improving math, reading, comprehension and vocabulary, and an introduction to STEM studies. The Carr Center Address: 311 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-965-8430 Cost: Contact for details The Carr Center Arts Academy consists of both academic year and summer programs, providing challenging educational and training experiences in the fine and performing arts across multiple disciplines: visual arts, dance, theater and jazz music. The academic year programs operate on Saturdays and serve as feeders for the more intense and larger summer program. The Greening of Detroit’s Our LAND Address: Schools throughout the city of Detroit Phone: 313-285-2234 or email@example.com Cost: One-time bus fee; free otherwise. Our LAND (Learn. Admire. Nurture. Dream.) is a school-based, yearlong environmental education program offering in-class lessons and field trips to Rouge Park for Detroit fourth- through sixth-grade classes. The Midnight Golf Program Addresses: 19928 Livernois Ave., Detroit; Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols Road, Detroit Phone: 248-792-9438 Cost: Apply online, contact for details Here, students do more than just learn to golf. Students can check out two programs: One at Marygrove College focuses on life-skills training, education preparedness, college or post-secondary training, internships and career-based employment. Meets Monday/Wednesday for 30 weeks, ages 17-18. Application online. A second program, Access Detroit Future, is year-round life-skills training, including financial education and mentoring. This program is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for teens 14-18. Urban Neighborhood Initiatives Address: 8300 Longworth St., Detroit Phone: 313-841-4447 Cost: Must live in 48209 ZIP code. Costs vary based on program and/or household income. After-school programs here are three hours per day, five days per week at multiple locations. They offer youth employment programs focusing on job skills and hands-on work experience for teens ages 14-18, Ninth Grade Counts! For eighth graders, Southwest Detroit Athletic League for kids ages 11-18, Youth Leadership opportunities, the Southwest Detroit College Access Network and English as a second language. Urban Stringz Youth Ensemble Addresses: P.O. Box 6555, Detroit; various venues throughout school year Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Cost: Minimal costs; contact for details. Advanced students who have experience playing string instruments can join and play with a group of kids and teens at various venues throughout the school year. During the summer, there’s a two-week summer camp at Wayne State University. For ages 8-18. West Seven Rams Youth Club Address: P.O. Box 35466, Detroit Phone: 313-443-5834 Cost: Prices and registration fees vary Have a sporty kid? This group offers cheerleading, football and basketball programs to kids ages 5-14. YouthVille Detroit Address: 7375 Woodward Ave., Suite 2800, Detroit Phone: 313-309-1300 Cost: Contact for details Offers programs for tweens to young adults, including digital and cultural art, sports programs such as basketball and martial arts, and a beat-making program. Youth Works-Detroit Address: P.O. Box 06650, Detroit Phone: 313-831-1533 Cost: free Here, students ages 14-17 can get involved with the six-week Street Team program. Students must be from Highland Park, Hamtramck or Detroit. The program includes mentoring, job training, leadership development and more. The Bezalel Project is an after-school program that engages kids in arts and crafts – plus an entrepreneurial portion for middle schoolers. Zen Play & Movement Class Address: Greenleaf Bodywork Wellness Education Center, 253 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale Phone: 313-879-5400 Cost: $13/child, first class free Educational fitness to improve flexibility, focus, concentration, attention and learning. Kids get to learn youth-level tai chi and playful, creative movement, which promotes calmness and confidence. Classes run 6:30 p.m. Mondays for grades 1-8, and 3 p.m. Saturdays for grades 1-3 only. Kindergarteners with good listening skills are invited to try Saturday classes. This guide was originally published in May 2015.