‘Early bird’ summer camp registration under way

Thinking about what kids will do with their summer?

“Early-bird” discounts are being offered through May 9 to parents who sign their children up for Ann Arbor Public Schools summer camp programs. In addition, any child enrolled in a full-day camp for 5 or more weeks in one transaction will get multi-week discount of 10 percent off of the total camp cost.

Some 200 summer camp options are offered to youths aged 3-17 through the district’s Community Education and Recreation Department. Organizers suggest parents consider camps and enroll as soon as possible, but registrations are considered on an ongoing basis, depending on space. Camps take place in various schools around the district as well as area parks and several other community locations.

Camps are fee-based. Scholarships are available to families within the Ann Arbor district that have financial need. For information see the catalog or click here.

The Community Education and Recreation Department has moved and is now located on the south end of Pioneer High School, at 1515 S. Seventh Street, between Stadium Boulevard and Scio Church Road.

The AAPSNews will feature a story about the Green Adventures Camp in the May 10 edition.


List of available camps and links:

Dance, Art and Drama Camps – Includes a variety of  cultural arts-themed camps, including all kinds of dance and art classes as well as “Shakespeare in the Arb” camp, a one-week session that focuses on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the University of Michigan Residential College’s Players and faculty.

Green Adventures Camp – Classroom time with certified teachers in the morning, combined with fun in the field in the afternoon, offer a program that is fun and academically enriching. Students work and plant in gardens, hike, canoe and do lots of outdoor activities.

Literature & Academic Enrichment – includes everything from “kidconomics,” math and writing  to Harry Potter Camp, Janapese Animé Camp and Star Wars Camp.

Music Camps – Include camps for guitar, percussion, jazz and a Rock Band Boot Camp.

Preschool Summer Camps – A themed Itsy Bitsy Campers, Spanish and French language,  Art Around Ann Arbor and Safety Town are just some of the camps offered for children aged 3-6.

Quest Camp – Morning only or full days for students who will attend elementary school in the fall. Programs include everything from backyard games, art and sports to Asian Folk Dance, working with beads and clay and exploring physics of flight by creating flying toys such as boomerangs.

Safety Town & Camp – Those ready for fall kindergarten are invited to Safety Town, a popular program where children learn safety awareness in a fun and entertaining way using a child-size mock Ann Arbor “town” explored on bikes.

Sports Camps – Basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, fitness, bowling and multi-sports among many more offerings. Take your pick. All levels of experience welcome.

T-N-T (Teens N Transition) – For kids entering grades 6-8, this camp has specialty programs such as dodgeball, hiking, art, garage band, magic and robotics; afternoon activities include Teen Center, swimming and field trips to such spots as Cedar Point and local attractions.

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