2017 Milwaukee Area Summer Camps Guide

Milwaukee Summer Camp Guide

Hey Milwaukee! It’s time to talk about Summer Camps! Though it’s the dead of winter, it can be hard to get our heads around the fact that summer will be arriving in Wisconsin eventually and 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.

Milwaukee Area Summer Camps Guide

A Resource of Day Camps, Sports & Dance Programs, Engineering Camps and so much more!


YMCA of Greater Waukesha County

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The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County has an exciting variety of Summer Day Camp programs conveniently located at ten different sites throughout our expanded service area. From traditional day camps, to sports, specialty, and outdoor adventure camps, the Y offers something for every child, ages 4-13.

Y Day Camp nurtures a child’s development by providing a safe place to learn fundamental skills, build self-reliance, and develop healthy, trusting relationships. Most of all, our campers will have fun, while parents can have peace of mind knowing their children are in a safe and enriching environment with activities led by highly  trained, role-model staff.

Locations | Waukesha | Greenfield | Menomonee Falls | Wauwatosa | Mukwonago

Elite Sports Clubs

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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.




Crank up your creativity with our week-long summer creative arts camps, which run June 12 – August 19, 2017! Dance, visual arts, music, drama and creative writing are integrated into one fun-filled program—with age-appropriate themes for kids ages 3.5–17!  

To Register or for info call 414.277.8480 x6007 or visit our website.

Academy At Civic Theatre Summer Session

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Join us for one or both of our two week summer camps, June 12-24, 2017 and August 7-19, 2017. Or be a part of our summer A.C.T. Production, Disney’s The Lion King JR.! Or join us for Lights! Camera! Action!, our one week film camp (July 31-August 4, 2017)! 

Mad Science of Milwaukee, Inc


Your child will become a junior scientist for the week by building bridges, solving mysteries, flinging catapults, launching rockets, building robots and many other stellar experiments! In all of our camps, kids will design, create, build and assemble a variety of interesting projects and will take at least one phenomenal project home every day. Mad Science Camps are held at several locations throughout the Milwaukee area, visit our website at milwaukee.madscience.org or call us at 414-8558-9990 for details.

UWM College for Kids & Teens


Treat your kids to a summer full of adventure at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). More than 165 hands-on courses in one- and two-week formats cover everything from music to computers, art, dance, languages, ACT Prep and so much more. Classes are held Mon.-Fri., June 19-Aug. 11 on the UWM campus unless otherwise noted and are for students in grades K5-12 who have academic interest, motivation and talent.

Lynden 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. Working on projects individually and as a team, we’ll be hatching and raising 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 beads made from local clay, our focus is on cultivating creativity and an appreciation of process.

Urban Ecology Center


Think adventure, exploration, and imagination!  Each week-long camp at Urban Ecology Center will spark curiosity and excitement as your child ventures out into Milwaukee’s beautiful parks, guided by professional educators.  With a 1:6 ratio, your child will have a safe, fun and memorable experience whether it’s during our parent-child camp for 3 and 4 year olds, a fishing camp for 3rd and 4th graders, or an overnight camp for 5th and 6th graders. Summer will be here before you know it. Register now!

Milwaukee Kickers Open Play

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Uihlein Soccer Park, home of the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club and Wisconsin’s premier indoor/outdoor sports facility, offers weekday indoor field Open Play for MKSC members and the general public. We invite everyone regardless of age or skill level to take advantage of this community-wide opportunity. Please review the details and rules prior to arrival. 

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts


This summer camp dye lab not only provides two age groups (8-13, 14-18) with the chance to learn the tradition but non-traditional dyeing methods. Within 5 days, each student will walk away with 6 different types of dyed materials or clothing items; including batik, shibori, ice dyeing, traditional tie dye and more! In addition to the regular dye lab, we are offering a Junior Dye Lab for ages 5-7. This dye lab will let the younger kids join in on the fun but will experiment more with color than complexity.

Wehr Nature Center Adventure Summer Camp


Adventure Summer Camps – Make memories this summer at Wehr Nature Center. Give your child the gift of nature and have them join our professional naturalists for outdoor adventures that spark curiosity, make memories, and lead to amazing discoveries. For more information and to register please visit our website.

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music


Explore music and more with full-day summer camps for students entering grades K5 – 12. Register for multiple weeks and save!

JUNE 19-23 & 26-30: Summer Music Institute.  JUNE 19-23: Clarinet Camp.  JUNE 26-30: Music & Art Exploration | Jazz Camp.  JULY 10-14: Chamber Music Camp.  JULY 17-21: Conservatory Choir Camp.  JULY 31 – AUG 4: Flute Camp | 3D Percussion.  AUG 7-11: Music & Nature Exploration.

Register by calling 414.276.5760 or by visiting our website.


Milwaukee Public Museum

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From the Streets of Old Milwaukee to the prehistoric world, MPM’s summer camp programs take you to extraordinary places. Kids will become Wisconsin experts, dinosaur explorers, geologists, or junior curators! MPM campers explore exhibits, get behind-the-scenes access to real artifacts and collections, and participate in a variety of fun, engaging activities! Give your child an unforgettable summer of fun and learning at MPM’s day or week-long summer camps.

Futbolito FC

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Futbolito FC summer soccer camp is designed for players of all levels who want to learn the basics of this beautiful game. Players are given the opportunity to learn from our experienced staff in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Each day is filled with a variety of activities that will teach the fundamentals of soccer, along with a daily special guest that will demonstrate there is more than just the physical side of sports.

Questions Can be e-mailed to Roni Andrew (program director) at [email protected]

Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts


Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts is a co-ed, overnight camp that combines SINGING, DANCING, and ACTING with the FUN of traditional camp activities. Campers, ages 7 to 18, attend for 1, 3 or 6 weeks and live (and play) on the beautiful campus of Carthage College in Kenosha. Sessions culminate with major productions in our state-of-the-art theater.

Call or email Janice with questions at 847.864.1500 or [email protected]

Ebenezer Child Care Centers

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Ebenezer Child Care Centers’ 2017 Summer Blast Program will highlight all the great things about Wisconsin! There will be an engaging, age-appropriate curriculum and fun field trips that teach children about Wisconsin’s food, recreation and waterways. It’s perfect way for children through age 12 to spend their summer, and is available at our downtown, southside, Oak Creek and Wauwatosa locations.

For more information visit our website.

Phantom Ranch


You cannot afford to miss camp!

Summer Camp is more than just a week of fun. It is an experience children and parents cannot afford to miss. We rarely meet anyone – camper, parent, summer staff – who has regrets from being at Phantom Ranch.

Nicolet Recreation Department

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The Nicolet Recreation Department continues to provide an exciting summer camp experience for K4-6th graders! In addition to our core five-week program, we also offer two weeks of a pre-camp! Camp activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, exciting field trips, special guests, and more!!

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Dance Camps

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These week-long dance camps for children ages 5-8 are themed on popular Milwaukee Ballet performances and offer your little dancer a chance to learn French ballet terminology, design their own costumes, and learn choreography. Dancers even get to meet a Milwaukee Ballet Ballerina and perform for family and friends! No prior experience necessary.

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Our summer camp programs are for children of all ages. Beginners through Black Belts will learn, grow and have fun! Camps are scheduled at all six locations at different times. Check out our website for a full list of summer opportunities at each of our convenient locations.

WI State Fair

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Fair Day Camp is a fantastic way for students to visit the Wisconsin State Fair and learn what makes it unique! Through hands-on workshops, team activities and more, youth of all ages will get a first-hand glimpse of how the Fair works and the people who make it all possible.

Looking for more Summer Camp options? Here is a more comprehensive list:

Ready to be a part of the Milwaukee Area Summer Camp Guide?

With this many choices, we want to present as many options as possible so our readers can learn about the summer programs available to them and their children in the Milwaukee area.  Partnering with us allows your summer program greater visibility with a large targeted market of local parents. Join us and help enrich the lives of Milwaukee parents! We would love to learn more about the programs you have available.

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