2016 Milwaukee Area Summer Camps Guide

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Milwaukee Area Summer Camps2016 Milwaukee Area Summer Camps Guide 

With winter just barely starting to creep into the rearview mirror, it can be hard to get our heads around the fact that summer will be arriving in Wisconsin eventually! Spring is a great time to plan ahead for what to do with the kids when school is out. That’s where summer camps come in! We know that summer camps are at the top of the list of things moms need to figure out early. While summer makes many think of popsicles, parks, and festivals we KNOW as moms that it can also be a frustrating time where you are struggling to piece childcare together week by week and month by month. We hope that this guide provides the insight that you need to plan a fun and stress free summer.

Momblog-image_300x200_01Phantom Ranch Bible Camp

Phantom Ranch is a year-round camp and retreat facility in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Conveniently accessible, 30 minutes from the Milwaukee Metro area, on a secluded 111 acre wooded property with sand beach access to Phantom Lake. Our mission is to assist individuals, church groups, and organizations to teach God’s Word while enjoying God’s creation in our unique outdoor setting.

Phantom Ranch is a Christian Camp offering unforgettable, week-long summer sessions for boys and girls from 3rd-12th grade. We have great activities for our campers, including: paintball, archery, traverse wall, horse trail riding, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, and camp games that get everyone joining in and having a blast.

Phantom Ranch has a comprehensive Child Protection System that begins with the hiring and placement of all staff and volunteers and continues through the entire camping experience of each camper.

P. 262.363.6940 | REGISTER HERE

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300x200Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lynden’s art and nature camps for children aged 20 months to 15 years integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture with the natural ecology of our hidden landscapes and unique habitats. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, the camps explore the intersection of art and nature through collaborative inquiry and hands-on artmaking, using all of Lynden’s 40 acres to create a joyful, all-senses-engaged outdoor experience.


Camps are organized around themes–from the life of the forest to pond habitats–and introduce a range of imaginative experiences, materials, and tools. Working on projects individually and as a team, we’ll be incubating and hatching chickens, building rafts to float across the pond, and creating our own civilization on Lynden’s back acres. Whether we are exploring the mechanics of flight or the physics of flotation, digging in the garden or pit-firing oil lamps made from local clay, our focus is on cultivating creativity and an appreciation of process. Most camps conclude with an informal showing for family and friends. Join us for a summer of art and nature!


P. 414.446.8481 | REGISTER HERE

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OOF-AD-300x250Oceans of Fun

Join Oceans of Fun in summer for the ultimate camp experience! If your child is between the ages of 7 – 12, we have a variety of camps for you to choose from. Our summer camps offer the chance to meet our seals and sea lions up close and personal while learning about marine mammals, animal care, training and conservation. From full week programs that immerse campers in the field of marine mammal science to 2 to 3 day specialty camps focused on animal behavior and animal training, Oceans of Fun has a program that appeals to every animal lover out there.

As an Oceans of Fun camper, children get the chance to: Learn about seals, sea lions and other marine mammals. Explore animal adaptations and habitats. Train seals and sea lions. Interact with marine mammals and participate in sea lion presentations. Explore the Milwaukee County Zoo. Create works of art with the help of our flippered friends. Sea Lion Explorer and Marine Voyager 5 day camps: $390; 3 day camps: $255; 2 day camps: $195. Check our website for details on our brand new summer camp programs! Lunch packages, early drop off and evening extended care are also available. Children will experience the summer camp adventure of a lifetime! Spots fill quickly so make your reservation today! 

P. 414.453.5527 | REGISTER HERE


iD Tech CampsiD Tech Camps

Code, game, and create at the world’s #1 summer tech camp! Students ages 6-18 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, model 3D characters, and much more! Campers are taught in small groups of just 8 students per instructor—guaranteed—for the most personalized instruction. Add in our commonsense balance of indoor instruction and outdoor activities, and it’s easy to see why iD Tech campers always have a blast!

P. 888-709-8324 | REGISTER HERE

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FS-MM_Academy-Summer2016-rev (1)First Stage Summer Theater Academy

First Stage Theater Academy offers summer sessions for students entering grades K5 – 12 that explore theater skills including acting, storytelling, musical theater, improvisation, and more. Programs are offered in at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, and other community locations. Summer Academy begins June 20. Next Steps, a one-week or two-week Theater Academy program designed for students on the autism spectrum, returns for its fifth year, August 15-26. Details and registration is available HERE

P. 414.267.2970 | REGISTER HERE

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Elite 2016 Summer Camps Ad (300x200)Elite Sports Club Summer Day Camp :: “Scamp”

Fun and fitness for kids, and peace of mind for busy parents. Every summer since 1987, parents have trusted Scamp to provide an exciting program of fun, friends and fitness for boys and girls, ages 4-11. Our day camp offers an incredible variety of supervised, age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities in a completely safe, secure environment. Children will participate with our seasoned staff in a variety of sports including swim lessons, tennis lessons, martial arts lessons, and other activities such as crafts, indoor and outdoor games, open swim, and more. There is never a rainy day at Elite with an amazing kid friendly indoor facility. Scamp is open to members and non-members.


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First-Class-Milwaukee-Summer-Camp-imageFirst Class Horse Complex

At the First Class Summer Riding Camp, kids of all levels will enjoy the fun that our 5 day camp program has to offer. Our summer camp concentrates on improving each child’s riding skills and knowledge of horses at the same time. Our camps are specifically designed for both boy and girl riders between the ages of 7 – 18.

In all lessons, our staff puts the safety and happiness of the kids first. Summers spent at our riding camp will create lasting friendships and experiences that your child will cherish forever in a true equine setting.

Horses, grooming equipment, tack and helmets will be provided.

P. 262.857.7348 | REGISTER HERE


MKE-Moms-Blog-Web-ImageMilwaukee Wave Camps

Our Wave players and coaches love sharing their passion for soccer with kids.  Combine this with their great personalities and their incredible amount of skill and you get the perfect place for your kids to learn and play soccer in a safe environment – all while working with the pros.  Over 30 camps in over 25 locations, for all skill levels.   Choose from full and half day basic camps, Mini Kickers Camps, Strikers & Goalkeepers Camps, Beach Camp, Overnight Camp and Futbolito Camp.  
414.908.6336REGISTER HERE

Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts :: Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts in Elm Grove offers a variety of summer classes and camps where children can explore their creative side.  Classes and camps range from acting, singing, dancing, improvisation, and writing.  Sunset Playhouse offers classes for children ages 3 – 15 and summer camps for ages 4 – 15. 

Kids in Motion :: At Kids in Motion we want to create a welcoming environment that provides a combination of recreation and education, while promoting family bonding and togetherness. Our vision is that Kids in Motion will provide us the opportunity to promote other local businesses and give back to the communities that we are a part of. Daytime summer camps include a variety of activity options, from Dinos to Dance, Legos to Superheroes and more!

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Alphabetical Listing of Milwaukee Area Summer Camps



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