Summer Camps in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Whether you're searching for summer programs for teens, or just a day camp for your little one, here's a sampling of summer opportunities in Detroit.

Kids, tweens and teens in and around the city of Detroit could already be complaining of boredom now that school is out – but don’t let it continue! Sign them up for summer camps. In Detroit, there are tons of options for fun day camps and programs that can please everyone. You’ll find music and theater programs, art opportunities, science programs and much more. Browse these options for more info, or take a look at our roundup of specialty programs and sports camps for even more options.

Note: Be sure to call and check ahead in case any of the details below have changed. Also, there may be some costs associated if not listed.

4th Wall Theatre Company Summer Camps

  • Address: Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St., Detroit), St. Aidan Church (17500 Farmington Road, Livonia), First Congregational Church of Chelsea (121 E. Middle St., Chelsea
  • Phone: 313-212-8864
  • Times:Livonia: 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 6-10, Detroit: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 13-17, Chelsea: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays July 26-Aug. 30
  • Costs: $85/Livonia, $100/Chelsea, $200/Detroit

The 4th Wall Theatre Company specializes in theatre programming for thespians with special needs. In summer 2018, they offer three theatre camps open to all abilities and theatre experience levels. Choose from a five-day intensive theatre camp at the world-renowned Detroit Opera House; a five day camp for teens and young adults in Livonia or a weekly six-class camp for all ages in Chelsea. Registration required.

Boll Family YMCA Summer/Day Camp

  • Address: 1401 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-309-9622
  • Times: Vary; Camps run June 11-Aug. 31
  • Costs: Fees vary; call to inquire

Boll Family YMCA Summer/Day Camp is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. In camp, kids see what they can accomplish, learn and master skills, make new friends and feel like they belong. Every new experience at summer/day camp is a chance for kids to stay active, address gaps in learning when school is not in session and have fun. Under the guidance of trained staff, campers learn core values that the YMCA notes will last forever.

Camp Care 

  • Address: Harper Woods Middle School, Warren Community Center, First United Methodist Church (Mount Clemens), Fountain Elementary (Roseville)
  • Phone: 866-888-1555
  • Times: Vary; see below
  • Cost: Free

Find theme camps that aim to empower youth that have been affected by addiction. Camps for grades 5-8 June 18-22 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6th-8th grade June 25-29 and Aug. 6-10, Preschool-12 runs July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Youth Summer Camp at Wildwood Ranch 

  • Address: 4909 Brophy Road, Howell
  • Phone: 313-993-4700
  • Times: Vary; camps run June 17-Aug. 10
  • Cost: varies by type of camp
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Kids ages 8-15 will enjoy horseback riding, a climbing wall, ropes course, swimming, canoeing, water sports and more, all while learning about Christianity during this spot’s week-long summer camps.

Eastside Community Network Youth on the Edge of Greatness Summer Enrichment Program

  • Address: 4401 Conner Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-331-3469
  • Times: A six-week daily program running from June to August
  • Cost: Free

Includes comprehensive hands-on environmental curriculum called “Food, Land, Ozone, Water and Waste” (FLOW) that is accompanied by community service learning projects. Other components are academic enrichment through debate, cultural enrichment, and financial literacy with Hantz Bank. Summer also includes sports and clubs along with free field trips and breakfast and lunch.

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

  • Address: 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 500, Detroit
  • Phone: 800-482-6734
  • Times: Starting in June; check the website for information
  • Cost: Vary; for registered Girl Scouts

Starting in June, sign up for a Summer Weekend Camp to hone in on your outdoor and innovation skills. Traditional options, too. Good for girls or all ages.

Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation

  • Address: 18917 Joy Road and other locations
  • Phone: 313-581-7773
  • Times: Contact for details
  • Cost: Free

Middle school students can join the HEY Detroit program (Healthy Empowered Youth in Detroit). Students work in the community gardens and learn skills to sell the produce at the Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market. Check ahead for details.

Judson Center Autism Connections

  • Addresses: 4410 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-837-2047 (Royal Oak), 734-528-1692 (Ann Arbor)
  • Times: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; Session one runs July2-13 session two runs July 16-July 27, session three is July 30-Aug. 10, and session four is Aug. 13-24.
  • Costs: varies

Kids ages 4-14 are welcome to join the Summer Fun program at Eisenhower Elementary School in Southfield, mixing fun and recreation with therapeutic and academic supports. Teen Passages for ages 14-18 includes learning vocational skills, practicing independent living skills, and hanging out with friends within a setting with all the appropriate supports for teens with ASD. There’s also the Summer fun program for kids ages 4-14 and the Emerging Adults program for ages 19-21.

Kid on Campus at Schoolcraft College

  • Address: 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-462-4400
  • Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9-Aug. 10
  • Cost: $229

Kids in preschool through grade 12 find a variety of educational camp opportunities to choose from. Among the options are Adventures in Medicine, Capture the King, Cooking with the Masters, Kid Writers, Make it Work, Math Mania and many others.

Leslie Science and Nature Center 

  • Address: Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor and Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D. St., Belleville
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Times: Vary
  • Cost: $270-$350

Find camps at the nature center that will have your child exploring 50 acres of forest, bond, prairies and other ecosystems. This year, they’re also offering aircraft, rocket and science-themed camps at the Yankee Air Museum.

Lexus Velodrome 

  • Address: 601 Mack Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-265-6725
  • Times: Varies July 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30-Aug. 2, Aug. 6-9, 13-16 and 27-30
  • Costs: Free

Kids will learn can learn how to ride and race around this local bike racing track that sits at about a 50-degree angle. Plus, each kid gets a snack and a t-shirt. Choose from morning camps for ages 3-6 and 6-11 and afternoon options for ages 12-17.

Michigan Science Center

  • Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-8400, option 5
  • Times: Run June 23-Aug. 24
  • Cost: $280/student, $25/before or after care

The Michigan Science Center offers science-themed programs for children entering preschool through the eighth grade. Camps feature fun in the museum’s five theaters, 250-plus hands-on exhibits, outdoor activities and visits to other nearby cultural institutions. Visit the website for additional information.

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit Summer Programing

  • Address: 2251 Antietam Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-872-6910
  • Times: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 16-Aug. 3
  • Cost: Vary

First Stage Summer Camp is a fun, engaging performing arts day camp for kids ages 7-11. Three-week program running 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday July 16-Aug. 3. Taught by Detroit theater professionals, young artists have the opportunity to study acting, singing and dancing. Scholarships available. Look for backstage programming for teens, too.

MSU Community Music School-Detroit

  • Address: 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-578-9716
  • Times: Vary; see below
  • Cost: $100/half day, $200/full day

Find the Eric ‘RicStar’ music therapy camp for kids and adults with special needs June 14-20, Middle School Band Camp July 9-13 for middle school kids with at least one year of musical experience, the Time to Shine Musical Theatre Camp for kids in grades 2-12 will a love for musical theatre July 9-20 and the Beginning Strings Camps Aug. 6-10. Financial aid is available.

The Carr Center Summer Arts Academy

  • Address: 1505 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-965-8430
  • Times: Vary
  • Cost: Vary; contact for details

The Summer Arts Academy (SAA) is a five-day per week, full-day intensive program. Designed to provide challenging educational and training experiences in fine and performing arts for students ages 7-18. Designed to nurture the talents of young artists dance, jazz, studio work, art in the park, visual arts and more.

The Youth Connection, Inc. Ticket to Float Program

  • Address: 4777 E. Outer Drive, Suite 1340, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-826-7099
  • Times: Check ahead
  • Cost: Free

Detroit day camps, summer programs or school groups (ages 11-plus) are welcome to sign up for a day trip to kayak down the River Raisin. Groups must collect permission slips and contact The Youth Connection to sign up. Buses pick up at group location. The trip teaches youth about the history of the River Raisin, teaches them how to kayak, lets them kayak in the river, provides lunch and brings them back to the group’s location. Contact to reserve a space.

Urban Neighborhood Urban Forestry and Recreation Program

  • Address: 8300 Longworth St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-841-4447
  • Times: Vary; see below and contact for details
  • Cost: Check ahead

The Green Team and the Summer Enrichment and Recreation Team come together to help transform vacant lots in the city into green spaces. They also get to help enrich the lives of local kids ages 5-14 through activities and development training. Open to kids 16-19. Look for other options throughout the year.

Wayne County Community College District Kids College Camps 

  • Address: Downriver Campus: 21000 Northline Road, Taylor; Downtown Campus: 1001 W. Fort St., Detroit; Eastern Campus: 5901 Conner, Detroit; 8200 W. Outer Drive, Detroit; Ted Scott Campus: 9555 Haggerty Road, Belleville; Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center: 19305 Vernier Road, Harper Woods
  • Phone: 313-496-2704
  • Times: vary based on camp and campus
  • Cost: vary

Kids ages 4-17 get the opportunity to improve their academics with fun and stimulating summer camps on local college campuses. Choose from Camp 911, which will help kids hone-in on their interest in EMS and firefighting, STEAM and STEM options, camps that focus on health, photography, art, coding and much more. Camps vary by location. Check online to find the one that fits your child’s interests and location.

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Photo courtesy Boll Family YMCA