Summer Camps: Learn a New Skill

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new skill or hobby. From cooking and golf to horseback riding and wakeboarding, you’ll find what you need in West Michigan.


BattleGR Tactical Games in Grand Rapids will be offering Battle Royale Day, a half-day summer camp with battle royale-style laser tag, like playing live Fortnite. This will be every Thursday during the summer. They will also be having other laser tag and Archery Tag programs to help teach your kids the strategy of the games as well as how to work as a team to complete an objective.

The Downtown Market in Grand Rapids has three-day and four-day summer camps for kids ages 7 to 11. Each camp has a distinct theme, ranging from Michigan’s fruits and vegetables to creating and utilizing a backyard farm. Sign up today for what Downtown Market cleverly calls their “Simmer Camps.”

Get your feet wet and give wakeboarding and kneeboarding a try in a great learning environment at Action Wake Park. With a blend of classic summer fun and expert watersports instruction, Camp Action takes summer camp to the next level. They believe that life is better on the water, and have the facilities and staff in place to ensure that every rider, regardless of skill level, can learn something new. Between Cable and Boat sessions on the water, epic camp games, and exciting new activities like paddle-boarding, kayaking, and wake surfing, there’s never a dull moment at Camp Action! Designed for ages 7 to 14, they’ll have camps June through August.

This summer, motivated junior golfers can learn all of the components of the game during Shanty Creek Resorts’ Junior Golf Camp. From in-depth instruction to skill building and on-course experience at Shanty Creek’s course in Bellaire, this three-day program is geared toward the beginner and advanced junior golfers. PGA professionals lead the camp activities and education, including the rules of golf, proper golf etiquette, and the history of the game.

Truly get away on a real adventure with the Keweenaw Adventure Company. Explore the ancient and awe-inspiring shorelines of the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior. Sea kayak with your scout troop, youth group, or summer camp. For the adults, kayaking is the perfect team building exercise for a staff retreat. You will receive a 15% off discount when you sign up as a group.

The Grand Rapids Ballet has a variety of camps that are all centered around dance. Their Ballet School has programs for ballet, young dancers, boys ballet, and summer intensive training. They also have two Adaptive Dance programs: Explorer Dance (for children with Down syndrome) and Dancing with Parkinson’s (for adults with Parkinson’s disease). These Adaptive Dance classes allow students to experience the joy of dancing who may otherwise not have the opportunity to do so. Summer camps at the Grand Rapids Ballet are both fun and accessible for everyone.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has summer camps for kids ages 4 to 17. Each camp focuses on a different form of art, ranging from drawing to filmmaking. For that aspiring artist in your life, a camp at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will keep them engaged and educated all summer long.

Gilmore Piano Camp in Kalamazoo celebrates its 21st summer in June 2019. Serving hundreds of young pianists over the years, Gilmore Piano Camp is the Midwest’s only piano-specific camp in a natural outdoor setting. Receive a well-rounded musical experience, focused on classical piano training, with a wide range of elective options and camp activities. The Gilmore’s summer music camp is for pianists of all levels of experience.

Oliver Art Center in Frankfort has summer classes for both kids and adults that are sure to bring out everyone’s inner artist. Their classes include subjects such as painting, cooking, writing, ceramics, and more. Learn from the center’s many experts with hands-on learning and bring those skills home with you to create beautiful works of art. From beginner to aficionado, the Oliver Art Center has classes for all.

Teusink’s Pony Farm in Holland is excited to continue offering summer camp for kids ages 7 to 11. Throughout the week, campers will be feeding and watering the barn animals, cleaning stalls, and investigating one or two barn animals a day, in addition to their time on the ponies. This is the perfect introductory camp for your kids that want to have fun on the farm!

The Marshall area is hosting a summer camp for aspiring magicians. This camp teaches participants magic tricks, illusions, and performance skills- including the creation of a stage personality. The camp encourages participants to be creative and confident in their abilities and features an end-of-camp magic show which is open to family and friends. Designed for youth ages 7 to 14, from July 22nd to 26th, this fun experience will be the highlight of your child’s summer. If magic isn’t your forte, this area is also offering an extraordinary experience for kids, young adults, and even parents to experience everything from the art of blacksmithing to the training of horses. Tillers International, located in Scotts has classes for everyone. Check out their website for all the information on these unique classes.