FFTC’s 2018 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps

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Classic outdoor adventures, tech-y enrichment, performing arts opportunities and cultural explorations are just a sampling of what you’ll find in our 2018 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps. From day camps for your preschoolers to sleepaways for the teens, these local camps offer something for everyone.

This post is brought to you by participating summer camps.

A Big Thank You to our Title Sponsor Shell Lake Arts Center.


Shell Lake Arts Center | Shell Lake, Wisconsin
Located in beautiful northwestern Wisconsin, the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake provides master teachers and a premium learning experience in music, theatre, and visual arts for all students.

Our programs and staff are well-respected nationally with some of the longest-running programs of their kind in the United States.  With over 50 years of experience, the Center gives its students a positive, safe and secure summer camp learning environment to further develop and explore their talents.  

Join us at the lake this summer, and visit our website for a schedule of camps and workshop offered for 2018! Sessions run 6/10/18-8/10/18 |$595 if by March 1st, $625 after March 1st (some camps have additional course fees). Register by 6/10/2018.

802 1st St, Shell Lake, Wisconsin
info@shelllakeartscenter.org • 715-468-2414

From musical theatre to film making.  From Jazz Band to string instruments.  From nature-inspired art to show choir.  Shell Lake Arts Center offers art camps of ALL shapes and sizes.

Age Range: 7-17 (coed and girls-only options)
Location: Macalester College
Duration: 1 week programs from June 18 – August 10
General Info Number: 1-408-871-3700

iD Tech is a technology education company that teaches over 50,000 kids and teens each season. We have tons of summer tech camps at universities all over the country, from Macalester College to MIT to Stanford, with courses covering everything from coding to VR game design to 3D printing. We create a unique environment where students develop new skills, get excited about the latest tech, make new friends, and discover their passions. iD Tech helps prepare students for college, bright futures in STEM, and beyond.

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6) 6/18-6/21/18: Send your princess to camp at Moore Than Dance
Princess Promenade Summer Camp – Morning 
| Moore Than Dance, 1220 E. Moore Lake Dr., Fridley, MN | 10:00am-12:00pm | $120 | Princesses know their power comes not from their beauty, but from the virtues and qualities they possess.  Dance, sing, make crafts and learn how you can be a princess too! Ages 4-8

6/18-6/21/18: Princess Promenade Summer Camp -Afternoon | Moore Than Dance, 1220 E. Moore Lake Dr., Fridley, MN | 5:00-7:00pm | $120 | Princesses know their power comes not from their beauty, but from the virtues and qualities they possess.  Dance, sing, make crafts and learn how you can be a princess too! Ages 4-8


 Summer campFOCI Center for Glass | Minneapolis
Kids Glass Camp: This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the diverse process in glassmaking. Student will have a chance to work with glass from its cold state to blowing glass in its liquid and malleable form. Students will learn the science and art of this unique and exceptional medium.
Sessions run 6/18/18-8/3/18 | ages 9-13, 13-18 | $375 | Registration open

Urban Arts Academy Summer Programs | Minneapolis
At Urban Arts we believe everyone is an artist. Write and record your own song, create a board game, dance around the world, and build sculptures out of clay!
Sessions run 6/18/18-8/16/18 | ages 3-14 | AM session: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, PM session: 12:30 – 4:30 PM or 1:00 – 4:30 PM, Full-day classes: 9:00 AM – 4:30 | Register by 5/31/18

 Bruentrup Heritage Farm | Maplewood
Art Camp – Campers discover their artistic side and let imaginations soar. Campers get to work on a variety of fun projects and participate in the joys of making art with friends; experimenting with painting, drawing, cartooning, mixed-media, weaving, and much more!
Camp runs 7/16/18-7/19/18 , 9am-4pm | grades 5-8 | $150/session | register by 7/1/18

Loft Literary Center | Minneapolis
The Loft Young Writers’ Program: We have something for everyone—from the youngster just learning to put pen to paper to the seasoned high school senior with a novel already under her belt. We believe strongly that each youth should have the opportunity to explore, dream, and create, all while exploring their voice and creative talents. The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program is here to meet you on your writing journey and cheer you on to the next stop! We’ve got a pencil and notebook with your name on it, and they’re waiting to take you anywhere your imagination can carry you.

Sessions run in week-long blocks July & Aug, full and half-day options | ages 6-17 | $262-$525/session

Loft Summer Writing Camp Adventure: Get a Clue! Writing Mysteries! and Cliffhangers! Punchlines! Catchphrases! Writing and Illustrating Your Own Comic, taught by Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan
We’ll begin our day by setting up a crime scene and discovering the clues to how the best, most suspenseful mystery stories are written! We’ll will use props, games, and read stories to inspire our own writing. We’ll learn the vocabulary of mysteries while exploring writing craft, from character to plot.
After a short lunch and play break, we’ll delve into the world of comics while writing and drawing our own comic books! By the end of the week, students will have their own mystery—from scary to fantastical to funny—and their own comic to take home and enjoy for the rest of the summer!

Camp runs from 7/16/2018-7/20/2018 | Ages 9-11 years | $575 regular rate; $517.50 Loft member rate; $402.50 low income discount.
Registration: open; students can register up until the start of the second class meeting

The Phipps Summer Art Camp | 109 Locust St., Hudson, WI 54016
Partial-day and full-day classes offered weekly in drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, art & nature, and more, as well as theater productions and dance.
Sessions run 6/18-8/10/2018 | ages 4-teen | Registration is open until class if filled.

More Arts Camps


Tamarack Nature Center, Summer CampTamarack Nature Center | White Bear Lake
Summer Day Camps at Tamarack offer kids 3-13 a chance to dig into nature play! Animal encounters, hiking, swimming, animal tracking, pioneer play, pond-dipping, mud-mucking and gardening adventures await. Four-day camp weeks are perfect for busy families, and one-day mini camps and half-day camps are also available. All camps guarantee plenty of nature play, adventure and fun. Register online at tamaracknaturecenter.org.

Camp  sessions are 4-day camps and one-day mini camps | ages 3-13 | Price $25-$195 | Registration is on-going

Bruentrup Heritage Farm | Maplewood
Farm-to-Table camp: curriculum-based day camp that connects elementary aged children to agricultural history and contemporary agriculture. This opportunity at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm fully immerses students in the science, history, and fun of agriculture and provides the perfect set of activities for kids to enjoy during the summer. This four-day camp will teach students about the science of butter and ice cream, give them the opportunity to play old-time games like townball, and have fun with arts and crafts.
Camp session runs August 6-9 | grades 2-5 | Price $150 | Register by  July 23

Green Earth Children’s Academy | Minneapolis
We provide the magical space for your children to enjoy summer with a group of children creating their own spectacular visions of play ideas and learning from the myriads of art, nature, and environmental science projects. Green Earth summer camp has the freedom to have a diverse and authentic summer experience being a house-based summer camp program with a smaller group of fourteen children with two teachers.
Sessions: 9am-1pm M-F (two sessions available) | ages 3-10 | $75-$165 | register by 7/23/18

Zip line at the epic Kerfoot Canopy Tour, and learn what it takes to be an adventure guide! Campers learn about leadership, cooperation, trust, self-confidence, personal responsibility & individual growth. Enjoy new friendships and learn new skills while experiencing Minnesota’s great outdoors. Sessions: June 18-20July 16-18. M-W, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm | ages 11-15 | $200 per camper | Register 2 days prior to first day of camp

More Nature/Farm & Outdoor Adventure Camps


American Swedish Institute | Minneapolis
For family fun at the American Swedish Institute, don’t miss our Thursday summer day camps (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) chose from Pippi Longstocking, Vikings and Nordic Cooking and Culture themes; PLUS a new 4-day Youth Handcraft Camp on June 25-28 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with hands-on creative activities where kids (ages 7-13) will work with wood, fiber, glass, ceramics and metal to create fun and useful objects to take home. For more information visit ASImn.org or 2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
Sessions: 1 day / 9am – 3pm, $50 member / $60 non-member

Gibbs Farm | Falcon Heights

Digging History: In 1995, Gibbs Farm located the original “Soddy” site and participated in an archaeological dig with the University of Minnesota. Whether learning about pioneer life in 1849 through this dig or searching for the Dakota trail that crossed the Gibbs farm, archaeology has played an important role at the Gibbs historic site for years. Campers will learn about archaeology, participate in hands-on digs at the site and much more. Boys and girls will discover how archaeology helps determine how people lived long ago by the objects they used. One of six great day camps!

Digging History Camp runs Tuesday-Thursday, 7/17/18-7/19/18 9 am- 1 pm | ages 11-15 | $99 | Register by 7/13/2018

Gibbs Farm’s other day camps are offered 6/20-8/31 | $99/week | Pioneer Peewees: $19.00 per week.

More Culture & History Camps


kids cooking schoolKids Cooking School | Lino Lakes
Kids and teens will have a blast learning cooking fundamentals, participate in challenges, and learn about the science of cooking – all in a nonprofit, hands-on cooking school where young chefs work independently in teams of two at their own mini cooking station with full-size equipment just like they have at home. Each camp includes an apron to keep and access to a private website where we share class materials and bonus videos to use after camp is over. We limit each camp to 14 children so we can interact closely with each child, so camps fill up quickly. If your kid loves to cook – or even if they are a novice and want to learn more – this camp is a great way for children to have a culinary experience that they will remember for a lifetime.
Sessions: 6/11/18-8/31/18 with half/full day options and Friday-only camps | ages 6 & up | $179-$400 |

More Food & Cooking Camps


Summer CampSnapology | Minneapolis
Snapology camps provide a perfect mixture of STEAM learning and fun!  With camps happening at our new Discovery Center in Uptown every week of the summer, as well as at some of our favorite schools and educational partners around the Twin Cities, we’ve got you covered for kiddos as young as 3 and as old as 14 – Robotics, Coding, Science, Technology, Drones, Pre-K, Engineering, Architecture and more!
Sessions: Half day to full day options | ages 4-14 | $150 per 15 hour camp half day

Summer CampJunior Achievement | Maplewood

Students in grades 4-8 will learn how to run a successful business through a variety of fun, interactive activities. Held at JA BizTown, our unique kid-sized city in Maplewood, MN. June session explores STEM careers; July session will appeal to the young entrepreneur. Learn more here.

STEM Camp Session runs 6/18/18-6/21/18 | grades 4-8 | $190

JA Young Entrepreners Camp Session runs 7/23/18-7/26/18 | grades 5-8 | $190

The Bakken Museum | Minneapolis
Science Day Camps at the Bakken Museum are seasonal week-long programs where students design and build their own inventions, practice creative thinking skills, make magic tricks, and play games. Camps take place in the spring, summer and winter, and are directed by the skilled education staff at the Bakken Museum.
Sessions: June-August | grades 2-9 | $200-$345 | register by 6/15/18 

More Science & Tech Camps


summer campChildren’s Theatre Company  | Minneapolis

Join Children’s Theatre Company June 11 – August 17 and give your star the opportunity to explore acting, musical theatre, improv, and more! With nearly 100 one-week summer camps for Ages 4-18, you’re sure to find the perfect fit. Extended Care and Scholarships are available.
Sessions: 6/11/18-8/17/18 | ages 4-18 | $140 & up per session | Register soon. Space is limited.

SteppingStone Theater | St Paul

Dream. Discover. Do! Spend your summer at Stepping Stone Theatre. Youth ages 3-18 participate in a variety of programs to spark creativity and confidence while developing theatre skills. Week-long camps, day-long workshops and extended programming to fit your schedule. Have fun this summer! Join us at SteppingStone Theatre. Check out our website for registration information.
Sessions: 6/11/18-8/24/18 | ages 3-18 | $75-$425 per session | register by 6/11/18 and throughout the summer

More Theater & Performing Arts Camps


University of Northwestern | Roseville

Brio Music Camp: Join other children (ages 4–8) for a week of Music and Movement including listening to a variety of music, playing classroom instruments, and drawing to music. Students will be exploring the connection between music and movement, incorporating nature walks, storytelling, concert listening, singing, and much more!(Brio Music Camp is offered through the Academy of Music in partnership with Fusion Arts – fusionartsmn.org) Brio means brillance, vitality, with energy.
Camp runs  June 11-15, 2018. 9:30am-12:00pm or 1pm-3:30p| ages 4-8 | $115 | Register by June 5
Show Choir Camp: Calling all 9–16 year olds who love to sing, dance, and act to join the Show Choir Camp! Musical rehearsals, vocal coaching, and choreography combine to prepare for a final exciting performance on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Camp runs July 9-13, 2018 10am-4pm| ages 9-16 | $215 | Register by June 26

Piano Camp: The goal of the Piano Institute is to provide a concentrated week of stimulating musical activities within a Christian environment which will motivate and encourage students in their piano studies. The Institute is open to serious piano students ages 10–18 (intermediate to advanced levels). Students will be grouped according to age and ability.
Camp runs June 25-29, 2018| ages 10-18 | $395 & up | Register by  June 15

More Music Camps


Bunker Park Stable | Andover
Comprehensive horse riding camps; with lots of riding time.  1-day to 5-day camps still available during sessions 6/4/18-8/31/18 | ages 5-18 | $95-$475

Golden Ridge Stables | Lakeville
Horse Mania in Lakeville offers a wonderful “hands and seat on” day camp. Register soon as each session is limited to 8 participants & fills fast! | ages 8-13 | $425

Regent Arabians: Horsemanship Mentoring Day Camp | Rogers
Have fun with horses! | ages 8 – 18 | $160/day, $600/week, $2,400/month

Sunnyside Stables | Rosemount
Each day includes riding — rain or shine. Campers will learn the basics of grooming, saddling, body language, posture, contact and balance to develop independent riding skills. Sessions: 6/11/18-8/23/18 | ages 6-13 | $325/week



More Active & Sports Camps


Camp Pillsbury | Owatonna

Camp Pillsbury provides the chance to fly on a trapeze, participate in musical theater, sports, learn magic tricks, go horseback riding, tumble, dance, and play instruments – all in the same day! Camp Pillsbury is a fun, safe, unique summer camp that provides over 100 activities to campers ages 6-17. Our staff is made up of experienced professionals that have been hand selected for their particular expertise. Campers choose their activities daily and only participate in what interests them.  Dormitory sleeping quarters provide safe and comfortable accommodations and our professional chef at our onsite dining hall provides healthy, tasty meals.

Sessions: 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10-week sessions | ages 6 – 17 | $799 per week | register by 6/1/18

Audubon Center of the Northwoods | Sandstone
Audubon Center of the North Woods camps have a focus on wildlife, nature, challenge and outdoor skills. Experience the great outdoors and make memories that last a lifetime! All camps are overnight, residential camps with indoor lodging. ACNW provides great accommodations, wonderful scratch-based meal service, and a top-notch staff and activities to provide the best outdoor camp experience around. ACNW has been providing environmental and outdoor education programs since 1971. Our focus is on developing an understanding, ethics and responsibility regarding the environment and the role of humans through formal and informal experiences that link nature and humans.
Sessions: 6/28/18-7/27/18 | entering grades 4-7 | $468-$645 | register by 5/1/18

More Specialty Camps

Shell Lake Arts Center


Join us at the lake this summer, and visit our website for a schedule of camps and workshop offered for 2018!


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