Top Summer Camps for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Whether it's a day, overnight or specialty camp, Metro Parent's advertising partners have options for every child to experience the best summer ever.

Combine fresh experiences with new friends. Add in plenty of sunshine and you’ve got a recipe for the best summer ever – one you’ll only find at summer camp. Whether it’s a day, overnight or specialty camp, kids can try new things, build friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

If you’re still searching for the perfect summer camp for your kid, look no further than Metro Parent’s advertising partners. Each of these camps offers a variety of experiences to kids of all ages – and are dedicated to making summer 2020 your child’s best summer yet.

Read on for more about the amazing camps offered by Metro Parent’s advertising partners.

Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps

Junior thespians take center stage at Cranbrook’s Greek Theatre. Aspiring writers explore language, story structure and more. Athletes work on their skills, and those hoping for a traditional day camp – complete with archery and canoeing – can find it here. No matter what your child is interested in, Cranbrook has something for everyone.

YMCA Camp Ohiyesa

CSI, Survivor, Film, World Records, Mad Scientist and more – these are just some of the specialty camps offered at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa, located on the shores of Fish Lake in Holly. Kids explore their interests while learning five core values: honesty, caring, respect, responsibility and inclusion.

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CYO Camps

Experience camp as a family with CYO Camps’ family camp in August. Or send the kids solo to experience boys-only, girls-only or co-ed options at this camp, which offers traditional summer fun with an infusion of the Catholic faith. Kids participate in archery, arts and crafts, basketball, soccer, volleyball and nature exploration programs, in addition to chapel and weekly mass.

Pontiac Junior Sailing Program

Set sail on Cass Lake this summer with the Pontiac Junior Sailing Program. Offered to kids ages 6-18, this summer day camp gives campers the chance to experience all aspects of sailing while learning STEM concepts and teamwork.

Lawrence Technological University

Give your teen the chance to live in student housing and have a college experience – well before he or she graduates – with Lawrence Tech’s academic camp option. Teens interested in engineering, technology, design and science can learn loads about these concepts from experts in the field. There are day camp options, too.

Black River Farm & Ranch

The ultimate equestrian experience starts here – and it’s for girls ages 5-16 only. At this tech-free overnight camp, girls can choose a horse to take out on trails for riding lessons and more. They’ll enjoy swimming, paddle boating and games, too, at this scenic camp in Michigan’s Thumb area.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Whether your child wants to be an archaeologist or explore the wonders of nature, there’s something for everyone at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Eight of the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks tout summer day camp experiences for kids, including themes like farming, rocket building, paddleboarding, art, birds, wilderness survival skills and more.

YMCA Camp Copneconic

Character, camaraderie, caring, confidence and collaboration – these are the core values and the focus of YCMA Camp Copneconic, which touts being one of the best camping experiences in the Midwest and welcomes grades 4-12. A traditional camping experience, with both day and overnight options, is what you’ll find here.

Franklin Kids Club at Franklin Athletic Club

Have a 2- or 3-year-old you don’t want left out of the summer camp fun? Never fear. Franklin Athletic Club touts a Tiny Tot camp – complete with coloring, dancing, singing and more – for the littlest ones in the family. Camp schedules are flexible, here, too and there are heaps of options including tennis, STEM, swimming, pets, fairytales, ninja warriors and more.

JCC Day Camps Powered by Tamarack

Whether your kiddo is interested in sports, arts and entertainment, or computers and robotics, JCC Camps has something for every camper – and the summer camp programs here are delivered through a Jewish lens. There are also camp options for kids and young adults with special needs.

Detroit Lions Summer Football Camps

Where else can campers get to interact with a former or current Detroit Lions player, plus learn football basics, stances, throwing techniques and more? During one day of each of these camps – with the exclusion of the Lil’ Lions Academy, who get a visit from Roary, the Lions mascot – one of the players teaches campers on-field drills, answers questions and even joins in a group photo.