Throughout metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, kids can enjoy an increasing number of enrichment camps and programs.
Each one packs in a hearty focus on academics, learning and continuation of school-year studies.
They’re a great way to ensure kids are well-rounded – and have a little variety.
And while some kids thrive in overnight outdoor and nature camps, these sorts of enrichment camps offer an alternative for kids with different tastes.
If you’re considering summer enrichment camps in southeast Michigan for your kids, you’ve come to the right spot.
Check out this sampling of high-achieving enrichment camps in southeast Michigan – from engineering and technology to language immersion.
Livonia, West Bloomfield, Troy, Rochester Hills
The four Brookfield Academy campuses offer a Montessori-based day camp. The Montessori morning classroom will be a blend of individual, small and large group activities.
Children can look forward to working with the Montessori classroom materials.
The afternoon session has a blend of Montessori lessons and recreational and creative activities that encourage social and physical development.
Junior Camp for ages 2 years and 9 months to 5 years is offered at all four campuses. Senior Camp for ages 7-12 is offered in Troy and Rochester Hills.
Northville, Rochester, Shelby Township, Troy
This Ohio-based company has made its way to Michigan and offers one-week STEM-based camps for kids ages 7-14.
Camp sizes are limited to 12 students, and kids can choose from Lego robotics, stop-motion animation, Minecraft coding, video game design, computer programming and video production. Cost is $249 per student.
Four-day camps, starting at $395 per camper, include young authors (grades 2-9), a summer arts studio (grades 2-9), robotics (grades 1-8) and theater school (grades 2-12).
Each option is popular at Cranbrook’s expansive campus every summer. The theater school even brings in stage professionals to give kids a real taste of show business.
These enrichment camps are sold by the week.
This nine- or 10-week summer program for kids ages 18 months to 12 years old combines learning with fun. The majority of each day focuses on academics.
The Detroit Zoo divides its camps up by grade level and has a different program for every child in grades K-12. Kids entering second grade have a chance to feed animals, while those entering eighth grade learn more about veterinary medicine.
The camps run Monday-Friday, June 24-Aug. 16, 2019. Prices range from $135 to $400, depending on grade level and zoo membership.
This writing camp is an incubator where kids in middle and high school hone their chops in a variety of genres.
Middle school camp meets July 8-12, 2019, and high school camp meets July 15-19, 2019. Cost is $250 per camper.
Students write, share and publish their stories. What’s more: Kids also tap into their opinions and ideas, harnessing the power of words to express them. They draw inspiration from a real campus, too.
Writers are grouped with peers and must apply.
Five-day sessions, at $220-plus, aim to develop skills for kids ages 3-13 during the summer.
Franklin Athletic Club’s Lego Robotics Camp introduces kids to the basic methods used in building and coding robots. This camp encourages collaboration and problem-solving, culminating in a competition that places each team’s robots against one another.
Find safety, fitness and princess camps, too.
Ann Arbor, Rochester
This top tech camp has a rich array of STEM offerings for kids ages 7-19. It’s part of a national network of programs held on college campuses – locally, that includes the University of Michigan and Oakland University.
Depending on the program, kids can do everything from learn AI to build a laptop and code video games. The Ann Arbor location is also one of only 15 of ID Tech’s 150 locations that offers Alexa Cafe, which is geared at girls ages 10-15.
Five-day sessions are offered starting at $280 for a full day and $175 for a half day for ages 4-12.
“A lot of parents feel it’s a good use of their time for children not to get totally separate from the experience of learning – and, at the same time, acquire skills they don’t otherwise have,” says headmaster Jack Faxon.
Its Language Adventure Day Camp devotes mornings to intense foreign language study and afternoons for more camp-like, play-based activities. Foreign Language Immersion takes place in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Try out singing like an opera star at the Operetta Workshop, a three-week camp in June 2019 for ages 13-18.
For $500 per student, participants will learn about acting, singing, stage movement, healthy vocal technique and how to audition, cumulating in a final performance.
Birmingham, Rochester Hills
Summer camps here let kids work on meaningful projects and form new friendships while learning about robotics and technology.
The Robot Discovery camp (starting at $399 for non-members) is offered for grades 1-9 and focuses on video game design and programing using MineCraft, Star Wars and more.
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