Roundup: Southwest Michigan's Best Summer Camps

Yep, the long, lazy days of summer are just around the bend. They are the best, at least for a few weeks. And while there are many ways to beat the boredom blahs, there is also the easiest, super abundant and probably most fun solution: camps. Whether your little one is packing up for the day or the week (or longer!), there are tons of options aimed at specific interests and passions. And if you're looking for the classic canoe-campfire-color war (I'm guessing here because I was denied the camp experience as a child, boo hoo), there are two overnight camps on the list.

We've gathered the most fabulous options for your summer considerations.

Summer Camps | Southwest Michigan Kids

Premier Arts Theater Camp | Elkhart

Performers are introduced to the triple threats of singing, dancing and acting. All levels of experience welcome. Each camper receives a solo opportunity. A performance for family and friends will take place on the final day of camp. For ages 5-12.

Camp Kidwell | Bloomingdale

Kids will explore the outdoors in a safe, fun environment at this American Camp Association accredited and state licensed camping program set on 150 acres on Eagle Lake. Day camps available for ages 4-16 and overnight camps available for ages 7-16. Specialty camps include horses, drama and ropes/teambuilding.

Van Buren Youth Camp | Bloomingdale

Campers spend their days swimming, canoeing, dancing, exploring nature, doing arts and crafts, archery and more. Campfire skits and games are part of the fun at this overnight camp. For ages 6-18.

Michigan Maritime Museum STEM Camp | South Haven

Hands-on activities, lessons aboard the Friends Good Will tall ship , campus tours and a river cruise are part of this maritime-themed program. For grades 3-5.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Day Camps | Saugatuck

Campers will unleash their creativity through hands-on projects, yoga and other inspiring, adventurous practices. Local artists, professionals and teachers will lend their expertise to the activities. For ages 1-14.

Binder Zoo Safari Day Camps | Battle Creek

This unique day camp lets kids learn all about animals and conservation. Perfect for animal lovers.

Air Zoo Science Camp | Portage

Campers will get an in-depth look at the Air Zoo, including the 4D theater and full-motion flight simulators, and enjoy cool outdoor science-based fun and plenty of hands-on activities and experiments. For grades PK-12.

Grand Rapids Public Museum Curious Camp | Grand Rapids

Kids can can use the sprawling museum as a learning lab and explore the wonders of science, history, culture and art. For ages 4-14.

Curious Kids Museum Summer Camp | St Joseph

This day camp includes hands-on science discoveries, creative art activities, music, games, and private playtime in the museum. The programs are designed to teach kids how to observe situations and solve problems as they explore the world around them. For ages 4-12.

Shoreline Dance Academy | South Haven

A fun, memorable day camp for active kids with programs that focus on such elements as movement, acting, music, stories and crafts. For ages 2 and up.

Hamilton Karate Academy | Hamilton

The high-energy day camp gives participants the chance to learn self defense, sparring, board breaking, obstacle course and more.

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