If you’re currently consumed with the plans for school this fall, pause for a moment to remember there is still plenty of summer fun to be had. What’s the best way to fill your kid’s time? Summer camp, of course! But this year with COVID-19 concerns, it’s been trickier for parents to give their kids that camp experience. These Metro Parent advertising partners have stepped up to address safety concerns — with smaller groups, mask requirements, ramped up cleaning efforts or by going online only.
So, whether you’re worried about summer slide (seriously, who isn’t after this unprecedented year?) or want to give your child a chance to interact with other children in a safe way this summer, these four camps do just that. Read on for details about these Metro Parent advertising partners.
Dance and cheer, e-sports and gaming, STEM, foreign language and more — families will find a variety of specialty camps to meet the needs of kids ages 6-18 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. Each provides some much-needed edutainment (education and entertainment) this summer, and the camp is following strict protocol to ensure each camper’s safety. Specialty camps run through August at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Club in Detroit and Matilda R. Wilson Club, located in Auburn Hills.
Get the scoop on transforming someone into a mermaid or monster, learn how to apply prosthetics, or simply get a crash course in the best makeup application techniques through the Aspiring Artist Summer Camps at the Multimedia Makeup Academy, which is located in Troy. These camps, which are open to kids ages 9-16 and take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, are ideal for tweens and teens who are obsessed with makeup and interested in learning more about the industry.
If you want your kiddo to experience camp, but you’re still not sold on sending him or her to another location, why not enroll in a summer online camp or class through Michigan Virtual? For starters, they are currently offering a Michigan Cares Portal complete with free digital lessons to help students in grades K-12 develop the skills for social, emotional and mental well-being, which is critical during this time. Plus, kids in grades 3-8 can participate in an online Minecraft camp that allows them to exercise their literacy, math and coding muscles. Older kids in grades 6-12 can choose from 150 courses taught by certified Michigan teachers.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit has always been committed to giving children the best summer experiences ever — and this year is no different. Kids ages 3-17 can participate in weekly themed summer day camps — from nature to Olympics to arts and beyond — at their local YMCA. During camp, they’ll learn more about STEM concepts, sing songs, make friends and so much more. Find a local YMCA near you by browsing this list of camp locations.