2021 Summer Camps | In + Around Milwaukee, WI

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Welcome to the 2021 Milwaukee Area Summer Camp Guide!

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. This guide features programming options in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee County, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, and so much more.

This guide is brought to you by our featured sponsors and also includes dozens of additional summer programs and camps from all over the greater Milwaukee area.

Milwaukee Area Summer Camps

YMCA of Greater Waukesha County

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Summer Day Camp at the Y is more than looking after kids. It’s about nurturing their development by providing a safe place to learn fundamental skills, build self-reliance, and establish healthy, trusting relationships. But most of all, Summer Day Camp at the Y offers an experience that is always so much fun!

The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County has planned an exciting variety of Summer Day Camp programs conveniently located at 14 different sites throughout our service area. Our programs at the Y offer something for every child. Parents will have peace of mind knowing their children are in a safe and enriching environment with activities led by trained staff.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: 

The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County takes the health and safety of each camper seriously. We will monitor CDC and other local and state agencies’ recommendations to make sure we are implementing protocols to keep campers healthy to the best of our ability. We will keep families apprised of our current protocols as we get closer to the start of Summer Day Camp.

2020 Safety Protocols: www.gwcymca.org/Camp-Safety

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

262-330-5199

UWM-College of General Studies Continuing Education

UWM-College of General Studies Continuing Education

UWM at Waukesha Summer STEM University camps are designed to meet the needs of highly motivated children between the ages of 8-14. We are eager to provide safe, fun, hands-on learning that will provide a foundation of skills that students will continue to build upon throughout their lives. Our goal is to provide students with the key skills needed for success and individual growth.

These main skills are sought after by employers and are referred to as the 4 C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity

Summer STEM University camps will consist of two workshops each for both age groups; Look for the (ADV) next to the ages 11-14 camps for more advanced content. Students have both full-day or half-day options. Students will receive a certificate of completion and a camp gift. Visit our website for full camp descriptions and schedules. Campers can choose to attend in-person (with time spent outdoors) or via Zoom, either way, you’re to have a great time!

Full day will meet Mon-Thur, 9am-4pm. Half-day sessions will meet 9:00am-12:00pm (AM) or 1:00-4:00pm (PM).

Save! Register before April 30th for $269/full-day camp or $139/half-day camp. Register after April 30th for $299/full-day camp or $169/half-day camp.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: 

It is our privilege to serve our community and to host 2021 summer STEM University camps in-person, on our campus. For the health and safety of our students, strict guidelines will be implemented. All students and staff will be expected to follow these guidelines or will be at risk for immediate dismissal.

  • Please note, UWM has a mandatory mask policy in effect. You must have a mask on to enter all buildings on campus. If students do not come to campus with a mask, one will be provided for them.
  • COVID Testing Requirements: Students and instructors who come to campus at least once per week, must be tested every other week. These requirements apply to all three UWM campuses.
  • Each class has a maximum of 13 students. No area or classroom will have more than 15 students/staff combined at any given time. All students/staff will maintain a 6’ distance at all times.
  • All classroom, lunch, and common areas and equipment will be sanitized daily and between groups. Sanitizing stations will be available in each classroom.
  • Families will self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. See the CDC’s website for more information about COVID-19 symptoms. In addition to this document, see the CDC’s website for more information about what to do if you are experiencing symptoms.
  • To minimize the number of people entering the building, pick up will take place outside. On the first day of camp, families will indicate to the staff what vehicle they will be picking their child up in. Upon pick up, students will be released to the noted vehicle. If it is raining, students will stay indoors until staff sees the pickup vehicle.

262-521-5460

Milwaukee Montessori School

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Early bird pricing until March 20, 2021! MMS takes our mission to educate youngsters to become an informed, committed, and difference-making generation very seriously; not only in the school year but in the summer as well. Our Summer Program offers camps that will give your camper the skills they need, whether that’s getting ahead for the next school year or learning to make their own breakfast! With so many different camps available for all ages, MMS is the place to be this summer!

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: 

Please see our COVID-19 safety plan on our website for details. Campers will be required to wear masks and social distance, as well as be in pods throughout the summer.

414-259-0370

Mad Science of Milwaukee

Our camps are the perfect way to keep kids learning throughout summer! We offer kids a camp experience that is sure to entertain and delight! They will be wowed by green glowing liquid, messages written in secret code, autonomous robots, and mystery substances that change from solid to liquid in seconds. Join us, there’s something for everyone! Our multiple camp locations offer both half-day, full-day, and virtual options to keep kids learning and entertained summer long.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: 

Mad Science has always made the safety and security of kids in our programs an utmost priority. With the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting all of us, we realize our enhanced responsibility in stopping the spread. We are continually monitoring current federal, state, and local guidelines to ensure we are up to date and compliant. Our scientists will be continually trained and updated throughout the summer to ensure all guidelines are strictly followed. Visit our website for a detailed explanation of our current protocols.

262-330-5029

First Stage

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First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people ages 3 – 18. Summer Academy offers weeklong or multi-week half-day or full-day sessions where students can learn Acting, Musical Theater, Improvisation and much more from our area’s finest professional theater artists.

COVID-19 Protocol: First Stage and Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC) staff will be following and exceeding CDC guidelines without exception. All in-person classes are held in a large rehearsal space that allows for adequate social distancing. All students, teachers, and staff are required to wear masks. Students are required to have their temperature taken prior to entering the facility. All rehearsal spaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between sessions. In the event that we do not feel it is safe to carry out in-person classes, these sessions will be moved to a virtual platform.

Summer I.D.E.A.S. at University School of Milwaukee

Summer I.D.E.A.S. at University School of Milwaukee

University School of Milwaukee’s Summer I.D.E.A.S. offers children ages 3 through grade 12 the perfect opportunity to learn, create, explore, and play. In-person camps begin on June 21 and run through August 13. Families can choose half or full-day options ranging from science to ice skating to cooking and more!

COVID-19 Protocol: University School of Milwaukee continues to incorporate health and safety measures to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 throughout our community. Face masks will be required for every adult and all students from junior kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as frequent handwashing and daily health screenings.

In 2020, USM invested heavily in new state-of-the-art filtration technology in all air handler systems, new cleaning and sanitizing products and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting processes.

Marquette University High School

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Summer EXPLORE! programs provide learning and social opportunities for boys entering grades 3-9 in fall 2021. Classes are offered in STEM, history, finance, German, movie making, multi-discipline (academics/arts/athletics), and sports camps. Programs are taught by current faculty, staff, and coaches with the same excellence that is the hallmark of a Marquette High education.

COVID-19 Protocol: All attendees must wear a face mask and proper social distancing must be maintained. Program participants will be directed by adults to ensure safety and adherence to COVID-10 protocols. More details will be provided based on health department guidelines at the time of the student’s scheduled program.

Summer Blast at Heritage Christian Schools

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Summer Blast is a fun-filled environment for students to learn and grow over the summer months. Come join us for a few hours or a few weeks. Our highly trained staff will guide you on adventures of fun, learning and growth.

COVID-19 Protocols: Many camps will be held outside and all health department guidelines will be followed.

Ebenezer Child Care Center

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Ebenezer Child Care Center’s STEAM’N Summer Program, June 8 – August 26 will teach children about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and Nature in a fun and educational way. Children will be inspired to question things like a scientist; design like a technologist; build like an engineer; create like an artist; deduce like a mathematician; and play like a kid.

Humane Animal Welfare Society

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Animal loving campers will have a great time learning about and meeting a variety of HAWS animals! HAWS is now offering camps at both our Waukesha shelter and our new Schallock Center for Animals in Delafield!

COVID-19 Protocols:

To review the full COVID-19 safety protocols at HAWS, please visit our website.

Wisconsin Humane Society

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The Wisconsin Humane Society offers camps for grades 1-8 at the Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Racine Campuses. Camp activities feature dogs, cats, and other pets, wildlife, veterinary science, and more. Of course, meeting animals is the highlight of each day! We have COVID safety measures in place, including smaller camp sizes, increased cleaning, outdoor activities, masks, and more.

COVID-19 Protocols:The health and safety of the young people who attend our programs is our top priority, and we have made some important changes to ensure safety, including:

  • Limiting enrollment to eight kids to maintain physical distancing
  • Limiting the number of people in the shelter building for other services
  • Asking participants and staff to abide by a health policy and stay home if ill
  • Increasing cleaning and handwashing before, during, and after the program
  • Moving activities outside as possible

• Requiring all participants and staff to wear masks when inside

Goldfish Swim School Brookfield

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Jump Start Clinics are one month of lessons in just one week. They are 5 consecutive 30-minute lessons at the same time with the same instructor. They are a quick and easy way to get your child swim-ready while learning how to be safe in and around the water.

Trinity Academy of Irish Dance

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Trinity invites your child to sample a bit of their award-winning instruction. Our seasonal intro days are perfect for your future Irish dancer- now enrolling for Spring & Summer!

Trinity’s “Irish Jig Crash Course” and “Intro to Irish Dance Summer Camp” teach children the basics of Irish dance and culture along with introducing important skills such as balance, coordination, and teamwork. Our seasonal intro days are open to dancers ages 3-10 years old. No previous dance experience is necessary. Plus your dancer will be invited to dance at the big jig for our half-way to St. Patrick’s Day events in September!

Why take classes at Trinity Academy for Irish Dance? Trinity is an institution that teaches children a balanced approach to life through Irish Dance. Trinity’s tri-fold philosophy of solo dancing, team dancing, and performance sets us apart and creates an atmosphere that sets children up for success as they take their own journey and carve their own path.

COVID-19 Protocols:

Trinity Irish Dancers is now offering both IN PERSON and VIRTUAL class options, adhering to local restrictions. Learn more on our website.

Camp Dates & Locations
2-Day “Irish Jig Crash Course” – $40.00 (45-minute class)
  • Locations: Milwaukee – Elm Grove, Grafton, Madison – Waunakee
  • Dates: April, June, and August

3-Day “Intro to Irish Dance Summer Camp”- $125.00 (2-hour camp)

  • Locations: Milwaukee – Elm Grove
  • Dates: August

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16 COMMENTS

  1. A really awesome list, I found it very helpful and I signed my children up for multiple camps. I guess my only issue is the lack of financial assistance many of these camps do not have. It leaves so many great kids out.

    Anyway, thank you!

    • Hi Laurie! Thanks for your interest! The guide is published in a purely digital format, so we don’t have a hard copy booklet to mail out. The easiest thing would be to print out the guide on the website or to save it as a PDF if you are interested in that format. Thanks!

  2. Hey thanks for the info about the camps, the most enticing of them all is the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County which indeed is going to provide a deep and enriching environment to the kids

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