Summer is a beautiful time for being a kid: the weather is nice (usually…), the days are long, and best of all, there’s no school! Still, there’s no reason that just because formal school isn’t in session that a kid can’t benefit from a fun and educational program. Here are some of the best summer educational programs for kids within the city of Detroit for children of all ages to try.
Franklin Athletic Club
29350 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 352-8000

If you’re looking to get out and get your kids some good exercise this summer, the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield is a great place for children of all ages to come and choose from a variety of classes to stay fit this summer. Not only that, they have a huge selection of different classes for children to choose from, no matter what their own personal tastes might be. From martial arts to swimming classes, to even a Detroit Pistons-sanctioned kids basketball program, this educational program is unlike any other. For more information on the different classes and costs, please visit their website.

Cranbrook School Summer Day Camps
(248) 645-3674

The Cranbrook School in upscale Bloomfield Hills, just outside of Detroit in Oakland County, is renowned around the country for the level of excellence that their programs have to offer. One of the most interesting and unique of these educational programs is the Young Authors Day Camp available to promising young writers looking to hone their craft. For over 72 years, the folks at the Cranbrook Schools have been tutoring the best and brightest young minds for the challenges that lie ahead, so you can be sure that if you sign up your kid for the Young Authors Program at Cranbrook, they’ll be learning from the best.

Inkstains Educational Writing Program

Located at Eastern Michigan University, on downtown Ypsilanti, the Inkstains Writing Program offers young students an incredible opportunity to hone their craft when it comes to writing creatively, as well as professionally. Students are grouped with their peers and meet once a week to write stories and take instruction from talented writers in an effort to better prepare themselves for the world of creative writing. Students will also get to select one piece to be chosen to be published in the camp anthology each year, getting their first taste of writing fame. All students will also have access to the EMU campus and facilities in order to best take advantage of their educational programming. Learn more about the classes and sign up here.

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Geiger Ballet Academy Summer Programs
5526 Drake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Perhaps you have a young ballet dancer within your midst who wishes to spend their summer vacation preparing for dance performance later in life. At the Geiger Ballet Academy, young dancers of all ages can sign up for a class of their choosing, including selecting courses that will concentrate on any specific set of skills that they would like to learn more about when it comes to the field of ballet dance. Classes are available at different levels for those who have more experience than others and costs vary by how often you would like to attend.

IT Day Camp Of Ann Arbor
1945 Pauline Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 646-0251

Let’s face it: Technology is the way of the future. Some children have already embraced this life fact and are fascinated with many of the intriguing aspects of Information Technology out there today. For those children, there is the highly regarded IT Day Camp of Ann Arbor Summer Educational Programs to consider. Children can choose from a slew of classes that focus on coding, robotics and game design workshops to learn more about the technology of their choosing. Not only can children have fun in these summer programs, but they’re also learning an incredibly valuable service that will undoubtedly give them a head start in whatever future profession they might choose to seek.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor. Additional writing can be found at