When it comes to summer activities, kids want something fun, while parents wouldn’t mind if the good times were served up with enough education to keep their kids’ brains from turning to mush over the summer. The Michigan Science Center’s summer camps meet both needs and will have kids excited to come back by the end of the week.
“We know they are not just having a good time, they are really learning something of value,” says Jennifer Kanyo, group sales coordinator. “The No. 1 thing that we hear from parents is that their kid comes home and is so excited that all they want to talk about during dinner is what they did at science center.”
Some new camps are debuting this summer, and MiSci changes camps every year to keep its offerings fresh. One new camp is Survival Games for third through fifth graders and Survival Games II for sixth through eighth graders. Both camps teach kids about the physics behind archery before teaching them how to safely shoot a bow. Campers work on projects reimagining common everyday objects that could be repurposed into something helpful in a wilderness situation.
Another new camp is Spectacular Superheroes for first and second graders and Hero Up for third through fifth graders, which looks at the science behind superpowers, such as flying or shooting lightning bolts. Certain popular camp themes return year after year, Kanyo says, such as robotics and space.
Camp registrations begin in March, and since camper spaces are first-come, first-served, it’s a good idea to register for high demand camps as soon as possible. Camps run from the week of June 22 through the week of Aug. 17, with a different theme every week. For the first two weeks of camps, parents can choose to send their children for single days; the rest of the season is full weeks only. Camps are half day or full day for pre-K and kindergarten, and full day for all others. Full-day sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before and aftercare available for $5 each or $8 for both.
Full day, full week camps are $200 for MiSci members and $250 for non-members; half day, full week camps are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Individual days are $50 for members and $60 for non-members, and individual half-days are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
Register by April 30 and receive one free child ticket per camper. Please reference Metro Parent when making your reservation.