Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 Summer Camps for Kids

Buying a bathing suit when it's pool time is a bit like finding a summer camp once summer is already here.  They are hard to find.  Most summer camp registrations began in February, but there are still openings if you act quickly.  Milwaukee has many summer camp choices, but I will only focus on the camps that are in the outdoors.
Summer camp in Milwaukee could include pond exploration

Milwaukee zoo opens their camps to members in advance of the general public so many slots are already filled.  You can check listings by age or topic, then find the camp to see if it is full.  If there are slots, you'll know right away and can register online. They have both day and overnight camps.  There are even family events.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a great space to explore.  Kids get lots of outdoor experiences, and you can either download their brochure or click on the listing at the site to get an idea of what is still available.  There are opportunities to work with raptors, examine pond life, and do some hiking with a camera, in addition to just all around wonderful outdoor time.
Schlitz Audubon has a tower to climb

The Urban Ecology Center has three branches so take notice as to which center is hosting the camp. Browse by date or age/grade level.  Members receive a discount. A health form is required for participation. If you're a member here, you can always take out equipment from the lending closet for free.  Maybe you want to fish or kayak while your kids are in summer camp?  Or you can plan a weekend excursion to build on the skills your child has learned at camp.  Don't forget about the rock climbing wall at the Riverside Park center.  That's fun for all ages!

Camp Wil-O-Way, run by Easter Seals, is for ages 7-60 and focuses on people who might not otherwise have access to programs due to disability. There are two locations: Grant Park and Underwood Park. Campers will do arts & crafts, play sports, and take field trips.

Adventure Summer Camp is a program at Wehr Nature Center. Working with a naturalist, kids explore Wehr Nature Center grounds. Hikes, snacks, and crafts play a role in the daily activities. In August, they are hosting a family overnight adventure.

Riverwest Outdoor offers adventure camp and other outdoor adventures in 5 day increments. Activities include biking, hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing.

Milwaukee Recreation is an enrichment program for kids 3-12, so your kids can focus on art, math, sports, and take field trips. Programs have a weekly theme and are held at three Milwaukee public schools.

Lynden Sculpture Gardens focuses on art and nature.  Members receive discounts.

Check out your local park & recreation guides for cities within your county for more choices. For even more choices, both indoor and out, go to Miltown Moms Summer Camp Guide
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