Summer Camp Guide for Greater Lansing Kids 2018

Summer Camps for Kids in the Lansing Area 2018

Ahhh Summer. We can’t wait for it to get here every year. For me it creeps up and before I know it it’s over. This year I’m getting a head start on my plans and part of that means Summer Camp research. Who knew there were so many places offering Summer Camps in our city!?

It can be hard to keep them all straight with so many tabs open while we mill through the details. There are themes, multiple locations, overnight and day camps, scholarships available and the list goes on.

I’m planning on getting my oldest in to some art and theatre camps this summer but the most surprising thing I found is that there are even options for my 3 year old!

REACH Art Studio Summer Camp Kids Boy and Girl Painting Reo Town Lansing


Greater Lansing Camps
Sleepover Camps
Camp Scholarships

Plan Ahead for Summer Camp in the Greater Lansing Area

Fret no more over finding out the different options for your sweethearts this summer in Lansing. Here is a list of fabulous Summer Camp options. The only thing you’ll have to do is choose! You’ll want to keep checking back as we keep adding when we hear of new locations popping up. Many camps fill up fast so plan to call if you see one that you want to get into right away.

Get ready to make some memories and do art this summer with REACH’s week long Summer Camp options! You can’t go wrong with one of their super fun themes: Art History, Art in Nature, Knit Knot and Dye, Playing with Words and Paper, Art off the Page: Music, Dance, Theatre and more! Camps run 6/18 – 8/17.

Contact Info:  REACH or call 517-999-3643 to talk with their amazing staff.

Apple Tree East Lansing Early Care and Preschool holds a safe and fun  summer explorer camp. Explorers will laugh, learn, and make new friends as they travel to museums, farms, zoos, parks, and do activities throughout the weeks.

Contact Info: Apple Tree, 517-580-4616

Have an epic summer in the wonder of the outdoors! Campers will experience games, science, art and more in their “Go Wild Day Camp”.  Available options are Pre-K half day, K-5 full day, 6-8 full day running June 18-August 17.

Contact Info: Fenner Nature Center, 517.483.4224,

I5 Summer LABS Day Camps are so much fun for all ages! Here campers will learn the basics of Science while having fun. Is your little one into Science or want to be? This is a perfect options for the curious minds out there. Camp Labs run by ages: 3-55-77-910-1210-14. Camps run June – August.

Contact InfoImpressions 5, 517.485.8116

The Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum offers themed weekly day camps and it’s anything but average! Campers will learn to see the world and art differently. Some themes include: Art is Brave, Art is Surprising, Art is Playful, and more! Camps are available for ages 6-High School. Scholarships are available. Camp runs 6/18 – 8/17. 

Contact Info: Eli and Edyth Broad,  (517) 884-4800,

Build lasting friendships in during these commuinty building Theme camps! Woldumar promotes the freedom of campers to be who they are while the Science of nature comes alive each day. Some themes include Plants, Art History, Wet n Wild, Teen Camps and more! A great new feature this year is All Day camp for Preschoolers. More details: Age Groups, Options, Pricing. Camps run 6/25 – 8/31.

Contact InfoWoldumar Nature CenterCalendar(517) 322-0030

Enjoy ALL DAY, Weekly Camps at Birchfield park! Campers will participate in nature, activities, games, crafts, swimming and much more. Serving ages 5-12. Exploring Nature Day Camps run 6/11-8/13.

Contact Info: Birchfield Park,  517-676-2233

Lansing Parks and Rec does not disappoint each year when it comes to Summer Camp in Lansing. They even include breakfast. Camps run June – August. They have many themes including:

  • Girls Lacrosse Camp (Ages 9-14)
  • Lansing Kids Weekly Camp (Ages 5-9) Foster, Gier, Letts, Lewton, Schmidt
  • Double Digits Weekly Camp (10-13) Foster, Gier, Letts, Lewton, Schmidt
  • Pre and Post Care Weekly Camp  (5-13) Foster, Gier, Letts, Lewton, Schmidt
  • Volunteer Camp (14-17) Learn job skills and be a camp counselor in training.
  • Themes Camps: Twisted Olympics, Monsters Mummies and Mayhem, Wacky Week, Welcome to the Jungle, Pirates Paradise, Jedi Challenge, Heroes Unite, Best of the Best.

Want to know more about each program first hand? Attend the Lansing Parks and Rec Summer Camp Open House on June 14th 6pm-8pm at Gier Park. This is a FREE Event with Fun activities, themes and more to be able to figure out which program is best for your child.

Contact Info: Call Jodi to register at 517-483-6029.

Get ready for some unique, cool fun at Lansing Art Gallery then show it off at the student art show at the end of each series. Give your blooming artist this perfect opportunity to have some fun, learn, and grow in confidence. Scholarships available. Camps run 6/18 – 8/24.

Contact Info: Lansing Art Gallery, 517 374 6400

City Life Lansing hosts a 4 day FREE sports camp each year that is tons of fun for ages K-5th grade. Sports include Soccer, Basketball, Frisbee, and games. Campers will receive breakfast and lunch. There will be an after party at the end of the week on Sunday after their service. Camp runs June 14-17, 9AM – 1PM.

Contact Info: City Life,

Aim High Basketball Summer Camps are top notch and some led by WNBA player Paige Sauer! Campers will improve their skills and make new friends. Camp options include Boys and Girls Co-Ed, and Girls Basketball.

Contact Info: Aim High  ,  517-206-1171

The MAC offers awesome programs for kids each summer. Campers will learn Life, socialization, and health skills. They will go on field trips, explore nature and more! Some of their themes include Cardboard Boat Race, Pirate week, Where the wild things are, and more! These camps are divided by age: 3-5 and 6-12. Camp runs 6/13 – 8/31. 

Contact InfoMAC,  517.364.8888

Alive! offers summer field trip destinations for small groups. Kids will experience adventures in Alive!’s GROW, SOAR, ASCEND, RELISH, and PRESERVE. Groups will experience rock climbing, cooking, sports, tree house structure, and outdoor education in their garden. These options are designed for ages 3-5 or 6-12. These adventures run all summer long.

Contact Info: Alive,  Call or email Laurie Newland at 517-541-5803,

Workshops and Summer classes are available through Wharton Center. Is your child reciting lines and doing plays for you like mine is? I can’t wait to get him into a workshop. Watch your kids come alive as they learn valuable skills in these theatre workshops. Workshops run throughout the year including Summer. Keep checking back for Summer Camp details.

Contact Info: Wharton Center, (517) 432-2000

Swimming, field trips, crafts and more all at East Lansing Parks, Recreation, and Art Summer Camp! Some themes include Archer, Basketball, Specialty Adventure and more. Camps run 6/20 – 8/24.

Contact Info: East Lansing, (517) 319-6979

District 5 holds a summer camp from June 11 to July 12. I wish this was around when I was a kid! They gear their camp for all types of fitness levels and promote “inclusiveness and positive reinforcement.”

Contact Info: District 5, 517-220-6155

Information Technology Empowerment Center has learning and fun all figured out! Wow your “budding engineers” by signing them up for these unique and exciting themes. Some options include: 3D Printing, Web Design, App design, and more! Scholarships available. Camp runs 6/20 – 8/12.

Contact Info: ITEC, Contact Alex Stevens at (517) 708-4394

Set off to Zookambi Summer Camp at Potter Park Zoo and have a “Wild Summer”! These camps are for kids grades 1-7 and 8-12. They offer full, half, and extended care programs. Join the adventure! Camp runs 6/18 – 8/17.

Contact Info: Potter Park Zoo, (517) 342-2713 or (517) 342-2769

LCC has some pretty awesome Summer Camp options this year! Be sure to Click on Summer Tab when you visit their page to see their full list. Some of many theme options include:

  • Big Zoo explorer
  • Airplanes and Drones
  • Math, Battling robots
  • Imagination Art
  • Mini-golf, Police Academy
  • Photography
  • Scripting Graphic Novels
  • and more!

More information is TBA so keep checking back on their site for more info or give them a call. Camp runs the weeks of 6/18 – 8/6.

Contact Info: LCC, 1-800-644-4522

Chess is awesomely at Arbor Chess Camp! These teachers have been in the game for a long time and love sharing the joy of Chess. Campers will learn and experience “Tournaments, Risk and Stratego” and every camper is guaranteed a trophy! Camp runs June 25-29.

Contact Info: Arbor Chess Camp,

MSU Community Music School is a great option for your growing musician. Keep their interest all summer long as they have fun and meet other people with similar passions. Scholarships available. Camp runs June – August.

Contact Info: MSU Community Music School,  (517) 355-7661

Such fun awaits on the water at Lake Lansing during this summer camp! Stay tuned for Lansing Sailing Club’s 2018 plans by checking back here or their site. For boys and girls in grades 5-12. One week sessions available with camp dates running June – July.

Contact Info: Lansing Sailing Club,

My mom ran a kids sports camp program at MSU when I was a kid all year long including the summer. Some of my best and most vivid fun memories of Diving, Baseball, Gymnastics, Golf, and Swimming, were from these days at MSU. Spartan Youth Programs offers outstanding camps for all types of interests and ages. Check this page for their full list of options. Camp vary in run times. Here are some of the opportunities:

Contact Info: Spartan Youth Programs(517) 355-1855

The YMCA is always so much for kids! They have options for kids all over town and campers will experience something new every day. From traditional day camps to specialty sports camps there is something for everyone. Camps run all summer and vary in run date depending on location.

Contact Info: YMCA

Go to summer camp in Old Town at Sigh Studio of Music. Sound awesome? That’s because it is! Uke will love it. Camp runs June 9 – August 2.

Contact InfoSigh Studio of Music, Email

Sleepover Summer Camp Getaway Options for Lansing Area Kids

I remember the amazing amounts of expectation and fun I had as a kid packing my bag for the big trip! These types of trips impact our lives, grow us as humans, and bond us with other kids. Is your child excited to get away for a bit this summer? We have some fun and safe options for your precious kiddos.

REACH Art Studio Summer Camp Kids Painting Friends Reo Town Lansing has done a lot of research on fun and great places to send your kids this summer. Click the “Sleep Away” tab to find all of their options and contact info. has done the work for us and found fun and safe options for overnight camps. Camp Kidwell and 4-H Camp are a couple of options. Check out their list to see what works great for your family. Contact info and details are included.

The YMCA has a great map showing you where each camp is located. This is perfect for deciding which area you’re most interested in. Here are their fantastic locations where you’ll find contact info and details.

Camp Lookout in Frankfort, MI mission is to keep the wonder alive in your youth. Here campers will learn to unplug fro the electronic world we live in, make friends, and experience nature and camp life in a safe and fun environment.

Spring Hill Church Summer Camp features the blob, zip line, climbing wall, water slides, music and more! They integrate Faith, Family, and Fun.

Ebersole hosts groups of 35 or more that want to experience a unique Summer Camp? This option is great for Homeschooling groups, Churches, Band Camps, and Family Reunions. I have to admit, this sounds pretty awesome for a family reunion Summer Camp! I went here as a kid through my school and it was awesome! You’ll leave with unforgettable great memories.

Need a Scholarship? Summer Camp Scholarships for Kids in Lansing

Many Lansing programs believe that all kids should be given an opportunity to experience camp and have a great summer. If you’re interested in getting your kids into a camp through a scholarship try out these awesome locations.

REACH Art Studio Summer Camp Friends Girls Tie Dye Reo Town Lansing

Fill out this form through Lansing Parks and Rec to give your kids a great summer!

Scholarships are available through Lansing Art Gallery. Fill out this Scholarship application form to give your child a great summer of art!

REACH offers scholarships. Give your child a summer of art in a super cool location with awesome staff by selecting the sessions you’r interested in. 

Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum is passionate about making their Summer Camps available and affordable for all families. Email to apply. 

MSU Community Music School offers financial assistance for all of their camps. Contact (517) 355-7661 to get your student signed up.

ITEC  has scholarships available for their amazing programs. Call Alex Stevens at (517) 708-4394 for information on how to apply.

City Life Lansing holds a public FREE summer sports camp for grades K – 5th June 14-17. Sign up by emailing

The YMCA promotes “Send a Kid to Camp” all year long and have options for families looking for scholarships each season.

Summer Plans for Camp in Lansing 2018

So, who’s ready for summer break? Do you have a camp you’d like us to add to the list? Comment below and we’d be happy to get it listed. We love staying connected by hearing your experiences. What are some camps that look interesting for your kids this year?

Whatever you decide, have a blast!


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