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Summer Programs for Kids in Traverse City, Michigan

by Amy Sutton, studioD

Traverse City, the county seat of Grand Traverse County, Michigan, is home to around 14,000 residents, as of the 2010 U.S. Census. Parents in the area will find a wide range of summer programs for their kids to enjoy in Traverse City, ranging from camps to reading programs at the library.


The City of Traverse City Parks and Recreation Department offers a summer day camp program for area kids. At this week-long day camp, your 7- to 12-year-old can participate in games and exciting camp activities like swimming. Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer has an assortment of camps during the summer as well, including Coerver Camp, Challenger Sports and Mr. Soccer Camp. At KidzArt Summer Camp, kids ages 5 to 12 can enjoy art activities with themes like Caribbean Adventure and Jungle Tour.

YMCA Programs

At the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, your kids can choose from a broad variety of summer programs. Family Fun Nights include fun games of tennis, basketball and snacks. Youth sports programs are available in the summer, such as basketball, soccer, tennis and gymnastics. YMCA camps include summer day camps, including Art Camp and Science and Nature Camp, as well as a Traditional Y Day Camp. Your teen can enjoy summer programs at the Y, such as teen dances, Leaders Club and Michigan Youth in Government.

Library Programs

You could check out all of the summer programs offered at the Traverse Area District Library. Your kids can participate in the Summer Reading Club, where kids read books, tell the librarian about them and earn prizes. In addition, each week kids can come to the library for fun programs like craft times, beach parties and special guests, including jugglers. Younger children can attend Wigglers Story Time for stories, singing and rhymes. Other summer events include movie times, magic shows, ice cream parties and surprise guests.

School Programs

Kids can choose from an array of summer programs through the Traverse City Area Public Schools. Summer Adventure Day Camps are for children 3 to 12 and include arts, crafts, games and weekly field trips. High school teens can attend the Summer Academy to take classes and earn credits. Middle school students can go to the West Middle School Robotics Camps to learn about entry level robotics and compete against other students. Alternatively, kids can participate in a Youth Sailing Program to learn how to sail.

About the Author

Amy Sutton began writing professionally in 2010. The majority of her work has been published on fitness, health-related and parenting websites. Sutton is well-versed and passionate about parenting, fitness and health issues.

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