2017 Summer Camp Guide - Day Camps

From art to aviation, horse riding to hiking, there’s a camp for that
The Air Zoo will help your children develop their inner scientist. See description below.

Day Camps

Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP)
Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, 387.3553

Air Zoo Junior Test Scientist — PreK–K
Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road, Portage, 350.2848, airzoo.org
June 26–27, 9 a.m.–noon. Develop your inner scientist using your five senses to observe and investigate the world around you. See, touch, taste, hear and smell all the fun that hands-on experiments have to offer. Click on ad at right.

Air Zoo LEGO Robotics Camp — 7th–8th grade
Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road, Portage, 350.2848, airzoo.org
July 10–14, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Design, build, and program a LEGO EV3 robot to navigate a maze, locate a target by sound, and push opponents off a challenge mat! Families can watch the final showdown on Friday afternoon! Click on ad at right.

Air Zoo Test Pilots Camp — 3rd–4th grade
Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road, Portage, 350.2848, airzoo.org
Aug. 14–18, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Train like a real test pilot while exploring aviation design, stealth capability, and drone technology. Conclude your training by catapulting an F-14 off the deck of the “Kitty Hawk” aircraft carrier. Click on ad at right.

Air Zoo Young Engineers STEM Academy — K–2nd Grade
Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road, Portage, 350.2848, airzoo.org
Aug. 7–11, 9 a.m.–noon, $110. Test your imagination and creativity as you use the design process to engineer roller coasters, catapults, hovercrafts, and much more. Leonardo da Vinci never had this much fun! Click on ad at right.

Art Bayou Summer Camp
3306 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo, 375.2600

Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, 269.979.1351

Bruins Bots Youth Robotic Camps
Kellogg Community College, 405 Brady Hill Road, Battle Creek, 269.965.4137

Camp Kzoo
City of Kalamazoo Department of Parks & Recreation, 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo, 337.8191, kzooparks.org
Nine weeks of special activities! We will be taking the kids on trips to fit each themed week in addition to fun and exciting games onsite! Click on ad at right.

Camp Kzoo — Early Drop Off
City of Kalamazoo Department of Parks and Recreation, 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo, 337.8191, kzooparks.org
EARLY MORNING DROP-OFF! Get the kids to camp and parents to work, all on time! Drop off starts at 7:30 a.m. and the kids will be transported to their specific camp site after breakfast. Click on ad at right.

Children’s Place Learning Center Campus Kids
2210 Wilbur St., Kalamazoo, 387.2277, wmich.edu/childcare/campuskids
Campus Kids summer program runs from June 13 to Sept. 2. Each week features a different theme with special interest topics. Open to children who have completed kindergarten up to age 12. Click on ad at right.

Civic Academy of Theatre Arts
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, 343.2280, kazoocivic.com
Day camps for ages 9–18. Acting Day Camp: “On the Scene!” July 31–Aug. 4 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $200; Musical Theatre Day Camp: “Broadway Revisited,” Aug. 7–18 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $325. Financial aid may be available. Click on ad at right.

Community Learning Center
6330 King Hwy., Kalamazoo, 345.7243

Crescendo Academy of Music
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 112, Kalamazoo, 345.6664, crescendoacademy.com
Music for infants to adults. Private lessons, chamber ensembles, Music Together for infants and toddlers, Community Voices for teens and adults with physical and mental challenges, Epic Broadway! musical theater camp, master classes, workshops and more! Click on ad at right.

Curious Kids Summer Academies
1010 W. Milham Ave., Portage, 323.6764, ppscommed.org
Summer fun for ages 6+. Field trips, crafts, food and activities to keep kids busy and learning new things all summer long. Sign up for one or all! Curious Kids is a program of Portage Public Schools. Click on ad at right.

Excel Dance Center
6775 West Q Ave., Kalamazoo, 568.0582

Family Center for the Arts
6136 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage, 321.8385

Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Camp
508 E. Main St., Niles, 269.683.4700

4-H Camp Kidwell
39000 1st Ave., Bloomingdale, 521.3559, campkidwell.orgSee listing under Residential Camps.

Gilmore Piano Camp
at Sherman Lake YMCA, 6225 N. 39th St., Augusta, 342.1166, thegilmore.org
Immerse yourself in music at The Gilmore’s Piano Camp. Pianists of all levels and experience enjoy daily lessons and performances. Electives include music production, composition, jazz and improvisation, Sherman Lake outdoor camp activities and more. Click on ad at right.

Girl Scouts of America Heart of Michigan
601 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, 532.7063

Kalamazoo Creative Art Camp
held at Wesley Foundation, 820 Rankin Ave., Kalamazoo, 569.0146

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Summer Camps
314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, 349.7775, kiarts.org
Half- and full-day camps June 12–Aug. 4 for preK-5th grade. Young Artists Mixed Media Camp, ages 11–16, July 17–21 & July 31–Aug.4; Teen Filmmaking, ages 12–17, June 26–30 & July 24–28; Toy & Model Design Camp, ages 9–12, July 10–14. Click on ad at right.

Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, 381.1574, KNCCamp.org
Enjoy a summer of fun OUTSIDE! Try the giant Slip ’n’ Slide, Nature’s Playground, farmyard friends. Older campers can soar on the zip-line, on- and off-site adventures and campouts. For ages 3–Grade 12. Click on ad at right.

KAMSC Sizzlin’ Summer Math & Science Program
Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center, 600 W. Vine St., Kalamazoo, 337.0004, kamsconline.com
Put some STEM fun and learning in your summer! Part- or full-day for ages 4 and older. Look for brochure at school or online. Online registration goes live April 1. Click on ad at right.

Kazoo School Summer Session
1401 Cherry St., Kalamazoo, 345.3239, kazooschool.org/summer-session
The Kazoo School Summer Session programs challenge and develop the intellectual, physical, creative and artistic interests of students who want to reap the benefits of exciting experiences when school lets out in June. Click on ad at right.

Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive
Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, 201.406.5059

Kids Gym
9027 Portage Industrial Dr., Portage, 323.7657

Kids Sports
6712 Financial Parkway, Kalamazoo, 544.3000

Mad Science
6811 W. KL Ave., Kalamazoo, 978.8543

Marshall Music
951 Mall Dr., Portage, 321.0415

New Genesis Inc. Summer Camp
1225 W. Paterson St., Kalamazoo, 343.7023

Opening Act Theatre Company
61268 County Road 657, Lawton, 714.757.4971

Paradise Ridge Ranch
9886 West L Ave, Kalamazoo, 375.2823

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings, 721.4190

Portage Parks & Recreation
7719 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage, 329.4522

Portage Public Library
300 Library Lane, Portage, 329.4544

Robin’s Nest Art Camps
5115 Texas Dr., Kalamazoo, 508.801.5242

Sherman Lake YMCA Summer Camp
6225 N. 39th St., Augusta, 731.3000, ShermanLakeYMCA.org
Adventures await at Sherman Lake YMCA Camp! Fun activities abound with swimming, hiking, canoeing, indoor/outdoor climbing, sports, horseback riding, ropes course and more. There’s something new and different every week! Click on ad at right.

Summer Explorers at Appletree & Gilden Woods
4620 Arboretum Pkwy., Kalamazoo, 389.0118; 909 Dix St., Otsego, 692.3695; & 1528 E. Centre Ave., Portage, 359.1115; gildenwoods.com appletreekids.cc
Summer Explorers offers school-age camps during elementary school breaks so your family routine can stay consistent throughout the year. Our fun themed curriculum will keep your child’s mind active during the summer. Click on ad at right.

Third Coast Camp for Young Writers
Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, 387.4356

Wellspring Dance Academy
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 204, Kalamazoo, 342.4354

Western Michigan University Summer Camps 2017, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., 387.2773, wmich.edu/admissions/camps
From aviation to archaeology and business to athletics, Western Michigan University offers a summer camp for everyone. Catering to a wide variety of ages and interests, WMU’s summer camps span throughout the summer. Register now! Click on ad at right.

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo Summer Camps
1001 Maple St., 345.9622 ext.166, kzooymca.org
See listing under Sports Camps.

Disclaimer: This guide is researched and compiled by FYI Family Magazine editorial staff. Enhanced listing information provided by those entities. While every reasonable effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, FYI assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Information contained here is subject to change without notice.