It seems like winter may (finally) be headed back into hibernation, and the cabin fever crazed kids of mid-Michigan are ready to get outside and soak up the sun. Summer camp season is just around the corner, and City Pulse has gathered a list of some of the best local summer camp offerings. Whether your camper is looking to improve at sports, learn a new skill or just wants the traditional hiking-and-canoeing experience, Greater Lansing has a variety of camps to keep children busy all summer.
Eli & Edythe Broad Museum Summer Art Camps
June 19-Aug. 11 >> Ages 6-8 Three one-week sessions, each with a different theme. Children learn about contemporary art and make their own artwork. $200/session. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 26-July 28 >> Ages 9-11 Two one-week sessions, Art is Everywhere (June 26-30) and Art is Growing STEAM Camp (July 24-28). The first week focuses on recognizing art in our everyday lives, the second studies the intersection of biology, architecture and design. $200/session. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 10-Aug. 4 >> Middle school Two one-week sessions, Art is Powerful (July 10-14) and Art is Moving STEAM Camp (July 31-Aug. 4). The first week explores visual communication in contemporary art, the second looks at the connections between engineering, technology, art and culture. $200/session. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Aug. 14-18 >> High School Studio Weeklong studio-centric camp for aspiring high school artists. $200 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Discounts available for museum members, multi-session registration and multichild registration. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-4800, broadmuseum.msu.edu.
Lansing Parks and Recreation
June 19-Aug. 11 >> Kids Camp and Double Digits Camp Lansing Parks and Recreation offers eight week-long camps for ages 5-13, split into two age groups. Each week has its own theme, such as Super Hero Academy, Mad Science and Jungle Adventure. Teenagers between 14 and 17 are eligible for for the counselor in training program. Camps are offered at six locations. $30-$55. 9 a.m.- 3p.m. (517) 483-4277, lansingmi.gov/parks
Locations: Foster Community Center, 200 N. Foster Ave, Lansing.
Cumberland Elementary, 2801 Cumberland Road, Lansing.
Gier Community Center, 2400 Hall St., Lansing.
Letts Center, 1220 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing.
Lewton Elementary School, 2000 Lewton Place, Lansing.
Schmidt Southside Center, 5815 Wise Road, Lansing.
Impression 5 Science Center
June 12-Sept. 1 >> L.A.B.S. Camps Learning About Basic Science Camps, for ages 3-12 (split into four age groups), offer a variety of weeklong and single-day camps exploring scientific topics. Examples include Weather Science, Hogwarts Adventure, LEGO Robotics and more. $55-$255.
9 a.m.-noon for ages 3-5; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 6-12. Impression 5 Science Center, 200 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 485- 8116, impression5.org.
Mystic Lake YMCA Camp
June 25-Aug. 19 >> Mystic Experience Ages 7-14 (split into three age groups) experience a traditional sleepover camp experience. Age-appropriate activities include rock climbing, canoeing, arts and crafts, fishing and more. Horseback riding activities available for an additional fee. $520 (one week) or $950 (two weeks). June 25-Aug. 19 >> Specialty Camps
Mystic Lake offers a variety of sleepover camps for ages 6-16, each with a specific focus. Examples include Drama Camp, North and South Manitou Backpacking, STEM, Technical Tree Climbing and more. $300- $960.
June 25-Aug. 19 >> Equestrian Programs Mystic Lake offers two camp experiences with an equestrian focus for ages 7-16.
Wrangler Camp includes trail rides and instruction in horse grooming, horsemanship skills and horse ownership. Ranch Camp, for advanced riders, is a unique experience that simulates ranch life. Campers prepare their own breakfasts and spend most of the day riding. $595.
June 25-Aug. 19 >> Teen and Leadership Programs For campers age 13-17, Mystic Lake offers a teen camp, as well as two leadership camps: Leader in Training and Counselor in Training. The latter prepares teens for potential employment as a YMCA camp counselor. $520-$800.
Mystic Lake Camp, 9505 W. Ludington Drive, Lake. (517) 827-9650, mysticlakecamp.com.
Ingham County Parks
June 12-Aug. 18 >> Exploring Nature Day Camps Ages 5-12. A wide variety of day camps includes topics like hiking, crafts, identifying rocks and fossils and catching frogs and other harmless creatures. Call for registration details. Burchfield County Park, 881 Grovenburg Road, Holt. (517) 676-2233.
Le Chat Gourmet
July 10-21 >> Kids Camp: Summer Cooking Le Chat Gourmet offers two weeklong summer cooking camps (July 10-14 and July 17-21) for ages 8-16. Campers learn how to safely prepare and cook foods, including cheesemaking, summertime baking and outdoor grilling. 9 a.m.-noon. $275.
Aug. 1-5 >> Kids Camp: Cooking Around the World Le Chat Gourmet’s hands-on cooking camp for ages 8-16 introduces students to a variety of international cuisines. Campers will learn to prepare foods from around the world, including hummus, tacos, potstickers and more. 9 a.m.-noon. $275.
Le Chat Gourmet, 11874 Bunker Highway, Eaton Rapids. (517) 663-7322, lechat gourmet.com.
Fenner Nature Center
June 12-Aug. 11>> Pre-K Half-Day Camps Ages 4-5. Fenner Nature Center provides a variety of weeklong half-day camps for budding nature enthusiasts. Camp themes include Sensational Animals, the Art of Nature, Delightful Dirt and more. 9 a.m.-noon or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $70-$85 per week .
June 12-Aug. 11 >> Kindergarten-Fifth Grade Full-Day Camps Variety of three-or-five-day-long, fullday camps for growing nature enthusiasts.
Camp themes include Nature Detectives, Prairie Homesteads and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $165-$180 per week.
Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-4224, mynaturecenter.org.
Sherman Lake YMCA
June 26-Aug. 18 >> Day Camps Ages 4-13. Sherman Lake YMCA offers a variety of weeklong day camps, ranging from traditional camp experiences to sports camps to music and drama camps. Bus service is available from Maple Street YMCA, Portage Centre Street YMCA, Battle Creek YMCA, Comstock Gull Road School and Battle Creek Riverside Elementary School.
Before- and after-camp care available at some locations. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $103-$425.
July 5-Aug. 18 >> Overnight Camps Ages 6-16. Weeklong sleepover camps with a variety of activities. Campers can choose from traditional camp experiences or specialized camps, including Culinary Academy, Robotics, Theatre Camp and Rodeo Wranglers. $320-$760.
June 18-Aug.4 >> High School Leadership Camps Grades 9-11. Advanced programs in leadership for high school students who want to become a YMCA camp counselor. Application and program acceptance required. $1,150-1,170.
Sherman Lake YMCA, 6225 N. 39th St., Augusta. (269) 731-3000, shermanlakeymca.org.
Wharton Center- Take It From The Top
July 24-29 >> Advanced Musical Theatre Workshops Ages 10-25. (divided by age and skill level). A unique musical theater workshop
where students learn music, dance and theater from Broadway professionals, including a capstone performance at the end of the workshop. Participants learn the craft of musical theater — from basic skills to industry history and practical concerns — in an exciting, fast-moving, interactive setting. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $425 July 24-28 >> Five-Day Musical Theatre Workshops Ages 10-19. (divided by age level). Explore music, song and dance in a comfortable environment. 10.am.-5 p.m. $350
July 24-28 >>Creative Kids Ages 7-9. A program designed for younger children to learn theater with ageappropriate material. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $300
July 26 >> One-Day Adult Class Enhance your presentation skills while having a good time with a night of cabaret and theater games. Participants will learn about improv, song interpretation and choreography. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $30.
Audition required for some programs.
Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.
East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts
June 21-Aug. 25 >> Kid Camps Grades K-6. Weeklong day camps offer campers fun activities with a different theme each week, including Stealthy Sports, Environmental Enigmas, Science Sleuths and Cooking Conundrums. Extended care hours available at Hannah Community Center. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $29/day. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 319-6979, cityofeastlansing. com/summercamps.
Information Technology Empowerment Center
Circle Pines Center
July 9-Aug. 12 >> Summer Camps This sleepover program combines elements of a traditional summer camp (swimming, sports, campfires, hikes, theater, dance, arts and crafts) with cooperative work projects (construction, organic gardening, trail maintenance and cleaning). In addition, educational activities focus on topics like climate change, food politics, social justice, ecosystems and the importance of critical thinking. One-week and two-week sessions available. $650- $1,200. Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Rd, Delton. (269) 623-5555, circlepinescenter.org.
Potter Park Zoo
June 19-Aug. 18 >> Zookambi Summer Camp Grades 1-12 (split into four age groups).
This unique camp experience includes a variety of hands-on experiences, animal presentations and behind-the-scenes trips to places in the zoo that typical visitors don’t get to see. Weekly themes include Artistic Animals, Exhibit Design and Animal CSI. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (half days available). $80-190. Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. (517) 342-2713, potterparkzoo.org.
Lansing Community College
A+ Youth Summer College LCC offers a variety of summer camps, ranging from math and science to sports camps and more. Details on this year’s camps will be revealed soon. A+ Summer Youth Programs, Lansing Community College, 2827 Eyde Parkway, East Lansing. (517) 483-1860, lcc.edu/seriousfun.
Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters
MSU’s College of Arts and Letters offers over 55 summer programs, including foreign language programs for students and adults and topical programs on film making and fashion. More details to come.
See website for complete listings and dates. camps.cal.msu.edu.
Reach Studio Art Center
REO Town’s art studio offers seven full weeks of summer art camps. The workshops covers a variety of art, including painting, poetry and tie-dying. Scholarships are awarded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing based on need. See web for complete listings and dates. reachstudioart.orgWoldumar Nature Center
June 25-Aug. 25 >> Camp Discovery Grades Pre K-7. Eight week-long camps with a different theme, including Wild Animal, Wilderness Survival and more. Before and after care options available. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 9 a.m.-noon for younger children. $90-$195.
June 26-July 21 >> Teen Camps Grades 8-10. Day camps that tackle ecology adventures or counselor training. The Eco-Adventure camp features overnight camping trips and activities, as well as backpacking. Counselors-in-training attend for two weeks and assist with leading camp activities for younger campers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $210-$305. Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Road, Lansing. (517) 322-0030, woldumar.org.
MSU Community Music School
June-August >> Summer Music Classes Five different camps are available for young musicians of all ages taught by MSU faculty and local musicians. Students can work on a variety of instruments and musical skills. Financial aid is available. Details and schedules to be announced. MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-6957, cms.msu.edu.
June 26-30 >> Arbor Chess Camp
Open to grades kindergarten through ninth grade, Arbor Chess Camp offers a weeklong camp for young chess enthusiasts. This year’s instructors include candidate master Ray Garrison and master Tony Nichols. $279. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rooms 314 and 318 Berkey Hall, 509 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (734) 945-5951, arborchess. com.
Lansing Sailing Club
June 19-July 21 >> Junior Sailing Camp Grades 5-12. Campers participate in watersports on Lake Lansing. Weekday afternoons for one-week sessions. Boats are provided; some fees waived for members or campers who provide their own boat. See website for registration prices and other details. 1-4 p.m. Lansing Sailing Club, 6039 Lake Drive, Haslett. lansingsailing.org