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Best Minnesota Summer Camps and Enrichment Programs: A Guide for All Ages

The summer camp experience creates memories that last a lifetime. For some, feelings of nostalgia surface when they break out the sleeping bag and smell campfire smoke in the air; for others it’s an inside joke shared with an old camp friend or the memory

Best Minnesota Summer Camps and Enrichment Programs: A Guide for All Ages

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The Art Academy
515 S. Albert St., St. Paul, MN 55116

The Art Academy offers year-round classes and camps for students ages 5-adult.  Improve drawing and painting abilities in a safe, fun, non-competitive environment.  A Create Your Own Schedule option provides flexibility to allow families to build a program around other planned activities.  Classes and camps take place at the school’s location.  The Art Academy’s summer session begins June 11 and runs through August 18. Visit www.theartacademy.net for over 300 examples of student artwork. Call for a free brochure.


International Kids Camp
7000 Eden Prairie Rd., Eden Prairie,  MN  55344

The International School of Minnesota offers full and half day camp for ages 3.5 to those entering sixth grade. From June 18 - Aug. 10, this is your passport to summer fun! An afternoon sports option is also available.

Day Camp

New Horizon Academy Camp Discovery
3400 Annapolis Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447
*And 53 Minnesota locations

Camp Discovery at New Horizon Academy is specially designed to provide a sensational summer for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Filled with unique activities like field trips, sports clinics, music, drama, arts, and crafts, Camp Discovery provides an exciting adventure for each child. Visit any New Horizon Academy for more information on Camp Discovery.


Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs Summer Day Camp        
Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, MN 55431

Calling all second through fifth graders who love to sing! Join us for a week filled with singing, music games, and arts activities. This camp will serve as a springboard from which singers will explore their vocal potential and increase their confidence in singing. Taught by the professional artistic staff of the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs program. July 23 - 27. 10 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. $95.

MacPhail Center for Music Summer Camps
501 South Second St., Mpls, MN 55401

Macphail offers 45 camps for ages 3-adult. From “Music Around the World” to “Rock Week” to “String Camp,” summer camps at MacPhail provide a fun and unique learning opportunity to explore music in a creative environment. June 11 - August 31. For more information or to register, call 612-321-0100.

McNally Smith College of Music Summer Workshops
MIX (Music Industry eXperience), Jazz, Guitar, Vocal, and Hip-Hop
19 E. Exchange St., St. Paul, MN  55101

Jazz, guitar, vocal, hip-hop workshops June 29 - July 3.  MIX Camp August 21 - 26. Dorms available.  All of McNally Smith College of Music’s Summer Workshops offer a hands-on learning experience. Evenings are filled with fun and enriching trips throughout the Twin Cities. Intended audience is 13 to 19-year-olds.

Sing Minnesota Day Camp
Concordia University, Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Avenue N., St. Paul, MN 55104

Sing Minnesota is a week-long day camp for girls and boys, ages 8-12 (completed grades second through sixth), sponsored by the Minnesota Boychoir. While focusing on choral singing, campers also participate in other creative arts—drama and movement, visual arts, and outdoor fun and games! $300 scholarships available. August 13-17, 2012 (St. Paul’s Concordia University), 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.


Wolf Ridge Environmental
Learning Center
6282 Cranberry Rd., Finland, MN 55603

With a camp program dating back to 1971, the continuing success of Wolf Ridge is due to the variety of programs, amazing location and facilities, qualified staff, and vast outdoor opportunities. Programs feature myriad activity options such as canoeing, adventure ropes, rock climbing, natural history classes, cultural history classes, and overnight adventures.

YMCA Camps, Day Camps and Summer Programs

The YMCA has your summer covered with programs to meet the needs of every child. Teen Wilderness Adventures (12-18), Overnight Camps (7-16), and Day Camps (10 located around the metro area) are a great introduction to camping.


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Musical Theatre Camp
501 W. 78th St., PO Box 100, Chanhassen, MN 55317

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres offers summer camps for kids and teens (ages 8 – 18). Registration offerings include either a week of half or full-day sessions taught by CDT professionals.  2012 themes include musicals from ‘90s and the New Century, i.e. Lion King, Wicked, Mamma Mia, and Hairspray!


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