March 15, 2016

Ann Arbor Summer Day Camp Information

Summer camp creates memories - swimming, crafts, sports,
or horseback riding  - of a lifetime!
Many parents are already searching for summer day camp options for their children, I know, I am one of those parents  It's exciting and scary. My son even wants to try an overnight camp this summer - I just don't know if I am ready for that.

So for working parents throughout the area, here is my annual camp list that includes Ann Arbor summer camp and day-camp options that are convenient and at a variety of prices.

I will be updating this list as information becomes available, so if you have other Ann Arbor area summer day camp information or feedback that you would like included, please contact Tammy at tmayrend (at) or add a comment to the post.


All Hands Active Summer Camp
Ages: 10-15
Cost: $200+
Times: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Specialized Camps: Maker Bootcamp, Gamer Summer Camp and Arduino Bootcamp.

Ann Arbor Art Center - Art Camp
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $380/wk.
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Pre and post camp care is also available starting at $30/wk.
Specialized summer camp - focus on arts including sculpture, mixed media, drawing, clay and more.

Ann Arbor Community Rec & Ed  Summer Camp Catalog
Ages: Variety
Cost: Varies based on program chosen. Pre-school camp programs are also available.
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Before and aftercare available to campers.
General summer camp activities.

Day camp may mean exploring the great outdoors, playing
in the sandbox and making new friends!
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Summer Camps
Ages: School aged children - Programs may be age specific
Cost: Start at $225+/wk
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - AM and PM extended care available for campers.
Specialized and general camping activities: Programs are available to canoe/kayak, swim, and playing golf. *For some of their camps, register by March 15 to receive a $20/week discount.

Ann Arbor YMCA Summer Day Camps
Ages: 5-16
Cost: Some camp prices vary $110+/wk for half-day - $210+/wk full-day
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pre/post care camp options available.
General summer camp activities.

Camp CDC at Ann Arbor Learning Community
Ages: Grades 1-5
Cost: $156.50/wk morning only - $252.50/wk. Daily rates are also available.
Time: 7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.
General summer damp programming - swimming every day! Weekly themes and field trips. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $50 per child.

Camp Exploration​s​​ ​at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Ages: ​6-12
Cost: $130+
Times: ​8:00 a.m - noon & 1:00-4:00 p.m. Post care camp options available.
All Camp Explorations programs include daily experiments, hands-on activities, related games, journaling, and plenty of play! Every session is a new experience. If your child is enrolled in an all-day session, lunch is between 12:00-1:00 PM and is supervised.​

Camp PAWS at the HSHV
Ages: 4-11
Cost: $255
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Info: Activities that will help prepare kids to become responsible and compassionate future pet owners. Weekly field trips.

Creature Conservancy Summer Camp
Ages: Kinder Camp, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-7
Cost: $275+
Time: Kinder Camp = 9:00-noon or 1:00-3:00 p.m., Other Camps = 9:00-4:00 p.m.
Info: Day Camp focusing on animals.

Emerson School Summer Program
Grades: K-8
Cost: $115+/wk.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Extended day childcare before and after camp is also available.
General summer camp activities - baking, chess, Lego's, soccer and more.

Flipside Art Studio Summer Camp
Ages: Pre-K - 9th Grade
Cost: $125+
Times: Half Day and Full Day options
Multi Mixed Media Camps centered around various themes learning multiple techniques.

Gym America
Cost: $153+/wk.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sports camp: gymnastics and swimming with other great activities. Call for more details.

Honey Creek Summer Program
Grades: Pre-K-Grade 8
Cost: $45+/day
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Science, music, Greek mythology and more.

JCC Camp Raanana Summer Day Camp
Ages: K-8
Cost: $180+/week ($36+/day)
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; AM and PM extended care available
General summer camp activities, plus specialties for grades 3-5, adventure program for grades 6-8 and counselor in training programs for teens. A 3-day option (M,W,F) is available for campers entering kindergarten.

Ages: 7-17
Cost: $849+/wk
Specialized summer computer camp held at University of Michigan.

Leslie Science Center Summer Camp Programs
Ages: 2-12
Cost: $115+/wk half-day - $250+/wk full day camp
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m
General summer camp activities with focus on nature and the outdoors.

Ages: 5+ including pre-teen camps
Cost: $200+/half day, $320+/full day
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pre and Post camp extended care also available. General camp activities with swimming, tennis, lacrosse, kung fu and lightsaber camp.

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center Day Camp
Ages: 6-11
Cost: $150/wk.
Times: 9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Pre- and post-care is available
General day camp activities.

Michigan Math and Science Scholars Program
Ages: Grades 9-12
Cost: $1,000+
Times: 9:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
Math and science programs with titles such as Fibonacci Numbers, Roller Coaster Physics, and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Oz's Music Summer Camps
Ages: 3 - 16
Cost: $275/wk half-day, $385/wk full day
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Specialized summer camp - music.

Peachy Fitness
Ages: 3-14
Cost: $125+
Specialized fitness camps - dance, yoga, zumba and combo camp.

Planet Rock
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $275+
Ages: 8-18
Cost: $295+/wk
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Specialized summer camp - Theatrical swordplay, stunts and stage combat. Minimal pre and post care is available.

Rocks And Robots Summer Camp
Various weeks
Ages: Programs for ages 6-15
Cost: $239+/wk for half-day - $479+/wk full-day
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Before and after care also available.
Specialized summer camp - Robots, rock climbing, computers.

Rolling Hills Summer Day Camp
Ages: 6-11
Cost: $135/wk. pre and post camp care available.
Times: 9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Specialize summer day camp - swimming.

School of Rock
Ages: 8+
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Specialized music camp. Lunch is provided. After care is available for $10/hour.

My children love their summer day camp experience!
Summers-Knoll Summer Programs
Ages: 4-12
Cost: $270+/wk.
Times: 9:15 a.m.-3:34 p.m. Before and after care available.
General summer day camp activities - adventure or hands-on educational fun.

Wild Swan Theater Summer Camps - Camp DoYaWanna
Half-day weekly camps June 22-August 7.
Ages: 4-12
Cost: $110+
Times: Vary
Specialized summer camp - Theater. 6175 Jackson Road, between Zeeb and Baker Roads.

WideWorld Sports Center Kids K.A.M.P.
Ages: 4-13
Cost: $195+/wk. Daily rates also available.
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Before and after care available.
Specialized summer camp - sports and soccer specific camp programs.



Real Life Day Camp & Farm
Ages: All ages
Cost: $215/wk
Times: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
General summer camp with a focus on farm life, animal care and horseback riding skills.

High Velocity Sports Camps
Ages: 5-17
Cost: $100/wk half-day - $200/wk full-day
Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. before and after care available.
Specialized summer camp - sports.

SkyZone SkyCamp
COST: $30/day or $125/week
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Camp Birkett a YMCA Day Camp
On Silver Lake


Montibeller Park Day Camp!
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $75+/wk
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
General day camp activities.


Saline Parks & Recreation Summer Kids Camp
Ages: 5-14
Cost: $150+/wk (daily rates also available)
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
General day camp activities.


Center Stage Productions Summer Camp
Cost: $350-$550
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Specialized day camp - Musical theatre camp.

Inkstains Summer Writing Camp at Eastern Michigan University
Cost: $225+
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Specialized day camp - summer writing camp for middle and high school writers with a focus on creative writing poetry and prose; staffed by certified, experienced English teachers.

Ypsilanti Township Parks & Recreation Day Camps
Ages: Pre-kindergarten-7th grade
Cost: $85+/wk half-day - $125+/wk full-day
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
General day camp activities.


  1. Here is a musical opportunity for all ages this summer:
    PhoenixPhest! Grande
    August 8-12
    Ages: pre-K through adult
    Cost: $400-$500
    Chamber music festival and Suzuki music day camp on the campus of Eastern Michigan University for all ages
    and levels of students.

  2. In case it's useful, the Arborparents e-mail list has a database of reviews of summer camps by parents who have sent their kids there. (It's free.)

    Arborparents is here:

  3. Useful Valerie?! Of course having Ann Arbor summer camp reviews is useful. You rock, THANKS!

  4. I absolutely LOVE this list.... As a working parent, I knew about many but this list shows more than I knew about!! Great job and THANKS for helping us all out!

  5. Hi!
    There are also some great summer camps at the Humane Society of Huron Valley! You can check them out at, then click on "education" and then "youth programs." Might be a great one to list!

  6. Saline's 212 Art Center has a lot of camp/class options for people who are looking for something centering on are.

    1. Thanks for posting. Saline's 212 Art Center does offer many great kids art classes, however I am not seeing them listing a summer camp option.

      This post was created to highlight full and half-day camp options that are not located at child-care centers.

      Summer enrichment programming is also an amazing thing though!

  7. One camp to avoid: the Theater and Arts Camp through the UM Childcare Center. It is taught by a very bias teacher Marissa (not from UM). She first judges your kids ability on the first day of the camp. If your kid is lucky to be her "favorite" kid, he/she can get 100+ lines in the script and solo songs. However, if unfortunately your kid is judged as "not ready", he/she will get only one or two lines and maybe some laughs. And this teacher only teaches the kids the lines that they are assigned in the show. If your child is the unlucky one, he/she might not even have opportunity to learn, to try, or to practice, but just sit on the back stage and watch. This teacher totally ruins the reputation of the UM Childcare Center. Definitely should avoid if they don't change the teacher.

    1. I rarely endorse childcare center "camps" as that is a whole other option. Thanks for the feedback though, that might be a good option for some but certainly not for a true theatre experience.

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