School is out, and children all across Metro Detroit are celebrating their newfound freedom. However, it won’t take long before you hear those two words that emerge every summer “I’m bored.” Head off the boredom this summer by singing your kids up for a summer camp. Here are eight suggestions your kids are sure to love.

City Camp

Kid on water slide at aquapark at summer holiday

City Camp is located in Detroit, and it caters to kids ages four and a half to 15. The summer program is available from June 22 to August 28th. The camps run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For campers up to 12 years, the price for camp is $85 per week. For campers 13 to 15, the price is $65 per week. For more payment information and to register for City Camp, click here.

Summer Science Camp

Summer Science Camp

Entertain your kids with some science fun this summer. The Michigan Science Center hosts its Summer Science Camp from June 26 to August 14. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after care are available for an additional fee.

Children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome to explore the mysteries of science. For members, the full-day, full-week camp is $200 per week. For non-members, the price is $250. For complete information on prices and attendance options, click here.

Summer Safari Camp


The Detroit Zoo offers several different camps for children in grades K through 12. The camps will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Depending on which camp they attend, children will learn about caring for zoo animals or about how they can help animals living in their own backyard by practicing conservation.

The weeklong, full day camps are $250 for zoo members and $270 for non-members. For a full schedule and other attendance options, click here.

Cranbrook Art Camp


Do you have a little one who loves to draw? Think you have the second Picasso or Pollack on your hands? Send your art lovers to one of Cranbrook’s Art Camps this summer and let them explore the art world through various topics including origami, architecture, and design. Cranbrook has camps for children in grades one through nine.

The camps start July 13 and end August 14. They run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost per week is $330 for non-members and $300 for members. The organization offers pre-camp and post-camp care for an additional fee.

YMCA Camps

YMCA Camp - this photo came from a press release from the YMCA about Blue Sky camp.

The YMCA offers fun summer activities for kids. The YMCA offers days camps from June through August. The camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include educational activities like field trips and fitness activities like swimming. Programs, fees, and availability depend on your local YMCA, so be sure to check with your local branch for specific information.

Camp Mirage

Camp Mirage

Do you have one child who wants to play golf and another who wants to learn about broadcast news? Camp Mirage may be a great fit for your family. The camp offers a variety of camps and activities for children in grades two through seven. For kids in eighth and ninth grades, Camp Mirage offers counselor in training camps.

Time, date, and price depend on the specific camp your child wants to attend. The organization does offer before and after camp for an additional fee.[td_smart_list_end]

Help Your Kids Make Memories

Summer camps are a great way for children to make new friends and learn different skills. They also ensure that your kids remain active during the summer and don’t waste away on the couch watching T.V. Get your kids up and active this summer. There are so many great summer camps in Detroit, it may be hard to pick just one.

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