Keeping learning going all summer long!

Below you will find local resources to help you keeping learning strong all summer long. Here are a few key tips from our partners, Learning Heroes, on how you can take to find the summer supports that are best for your child!

1. Review Key Skills

Before school is out, ask the teacher which specific skills are most important for your child to work on over the summer. You can also use the Readiness Check to know how your child is doing with grade-level math skills and get connected to fun, easy-to-use summer learning resources to help your child practice these skills every day. Use this Summer Parent-Teacher Planning Tool to get started.

2. Reconnect with what matters

Who is your child most excited to spend time with? What interests your child? What makes them light up with confidence? Find out and lean into it this summer. This will help keep your child motivated to learn. For example, to build communication skills, invite your child and their friends to do a "write and tell" to share what they missed most about each other.

3. Reflect on progress

Share what you notice about your child's progress with tutors, summer program leaders and new teachers in the fall. For example, "my 4th grader needs support with word problems that involve multiplication and division." You are the expert on your child. Teachers need your insights and questions. Use the Dear Program Leader letter template to jot down what you notice about your child this summer and share with their program leader. 

What grade is your child?

Elementary/Middle School (K-8)

High School (9-12)

What is a better fit for your family?

Virtual programs

In-person programs

Virtual supports and camps

Camp Kinda Camp Kinda is an exploratory learning experience designed to keep kids ages 3-13 engaged, curious, and having fun-even if they're stuck at home. It's like summer camp (kinda).

Learning Heroes Summer Remix - Whether helping your child be on track with math or staying active and connected to friends, summer is a great time to mix it up and have fun! Kids thrive when they feel connected to what they are learning and who they are learning with.

Learning Heroes Summer Remix - Whether helping your child be on track with math or staying active and connected to friends, summer is a great time to mix it up and have fun! Kids thrive when they feel connected to what they are learning and who they are learning with.

In-person supports

American Swedish Insitute Viking Day Camp - Through storytelling, cooking, art, and imaginative play, children will explore the Turnblad Mansion while learning about Nordic history and culture. Sail away to the world of Vikings. Learn about Viking mythology, forge your own weapons, and discover the mystery of runestones – all while having fun! Viking Encampment will return this summer to bring the history of Vikings to life during the afternoon of this camp.

Articulture Child Summer Camps - Articulture empowers individuals and communities to create positive change through the visual arts.

 

Astrid Lindgren Preschool Camp - Summer is a time for play and exploration – and the perfect time to immerse yourself in the worlds created by Astrid Lindgren. During this three-day camp, your child can join other preschoolers while socializing in a nurturing environment.

Participants will use hands-on inquiry-based learning to experience the charming worlds and bold characters created by Astrid Lindgren including Pippi Longstocking, Emil in Lönneberga, Lotta, and more. Daily activities include circle time, crafts, storytime, games, snack, and exploration.

Suitable for ages 4-5.

Registration opens in March and is required two weeks prior to the camp start date.

Bienvenue Aux Summer Camps - Lifelong memories are made at summer camp. Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul is pleased to give your children the opportunity to have fun en français with their new amis. Kids will enjoy playing games, reading stories, and arts & crafts while learning French and discovering the French-speaking world. The theme for our Summer Camps this year is: Un, deux, trois…français!

Camp Girls On The Run (GOTR) - Camp GOTR by Girls on the Run provides an intensive, one-of-a-kind opportunity for girls entering or exiting 3rd – 5th grades to develop self-confidence, learn life skills, and have fun. Girls will enjoy building friendships in a fun and inclusive setting that includes interactive games, being physically active, and expressing creativity through arts and crafts and storytelling. Led by caring and qualified Girls on the Run coaches, this camp combines the best of the Girls on the Run program with all the fun of camp.

Chicago Avenue Arts Youth camp - We're the place for kids to fulfill their creative aspirations using heat, spark, and flame! Based on our adult curriculum, youth classes take scope and pace into consideration, designed for students 18 and under. Classes are offered as four-day camps in the summer, with occasional offerings during school breaks. See individual class descriptions for age ranges.

Please see these notes about youth classes before you register.

Children's Theatre summer camps - Learn acting skills and devise your own magical story, all while perfecting your “swish and flick!” Camp. Grade 4. Grade 5. Grade 6. World Premiere. summer.

Community Fiberworks summer camps - Fiber Works MPLS offers a range of programs for children throughout the year, including a Summer Kids Camp, Spring Break lessons, and even kids-focused. 

House of Music Summer Camps - The House of Music began offering rock band camps back in 2009, and we have enjoyed three weeks of Rock Band Camps every summer! We will place rock campers with like-minded and skilled fellow rockers.

Sign up with your buddies, your existing band or come meet new friends and join the band! We'll end the camp week with a big show at a local venue where all your friends and family can come cheer you on! Each band will learn songs within the campers' repertoire, classic rock standards or current favorites. Learn to promote your band with a photo shoot and social media.

We'll learn to work as a group and apply the building blocks for a great performances. Each band will be able to accommodate different skill levels of playing and will be coached and directed by teachers from the House of Music staff.

Leonaordo's Basement Summer Programs - Design and build engineering, art, and technology projects that most often go home with you but are sometimes epic group projects. Over 125 week long (M-F) half- and full-day summer workshops for ages 6-17 are offered all summer. We also provide Friday-only workshops.

MCAD summer youth camps - At MCAD Summer Camps kids are learning without realizing it; they are making, collaborating, playing, and experimenting in all types of mediums. As part of the most innovative and immersive studio-arts program in the Twin Cities, each camp inspires kids’ self-expression, encourages creativity, and instills an excitement for learning. Classes are for ages 6–12.

Summer Scholars This isn't just summer school. It's an innovative, immersive summer experience that challenges your child to explore a world of possibilities both in and out of the classroom. It won't even feel like learning as they forge their own path, dream up new ideas, and find meaning in everything they create. All while discovering endless ways to connect with friends and their interests.

Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education - Super Summers - New experiences for youth this summer that provide education enrichment, skill building, a sense of community, social and emotional learning, and recreational opportunities! Check out our free or low-cost, in-person options throughout Minneapolis. Customize a schedule to meet your needs including full day, weekly AM and PM classes for up to eight weeks beginning in June. See all of our 2021 Programs below.

To get updated information on our Summer Programs, email our coordinators below or email for general questions

Steve and Kate's Minneapolis Summer Camps - Every aspect of our program is designed to put kids in charge of their own learning experience. At Steve & Kate’s, campers choose from a variety of activities in real-time, as they design their day at camp.

As kids try, fail, and learn on their own–they learn to trust their own judgment. These will ultimately be the kids who are prepared to tackle the challenges of an ever changing world with creativity and confidence.

Summer Cap at The Bakken - Spark your child's inner innovator during summer camp at The Bakken Museum! We offer day camps for students entering grades 2 through 9. Students will develop hands-on STEM skills during each session while practicing creativity, compassion, and persistence as they design inventions.

Throughout the week, kids learn how creativity and innovation can shape the world into a better place.

The Loft Youth Classes - Summer Youth at Macalester: We're thrilled to announce that we've partnered with Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to host our summer youth classes. Macalester boasts a beautiful campus, both indoors and out, and will provide safe, open spaces for creativity and community to bloom. Take a look at the images below for examples of classrooms, commons, and the lawn.

UMN CSE Summer camps - Youth are invited to engage and build capacity through immersive, on-campus explorations of science, engineering, technology, or mathematics.

UMN Landscape Arborteum camps - The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum specializes in helping kids literally "dig in" to plants through science and engaging hands-on programs and activities.

 

YMCA Minneapolis Summer Camps - Travel around the world this summer! YWCA Minneapolis summer camps are safe, fun and diverse learning experiences designed for many ages, skill sets and interests. Kids will explore art, music and science while celebrating cultures and traditions from Africa to the United Kingdom.

Each child will create a photo journal to capture the memories of their favorite activities, foods and adventures from the summer. Each child will also be getting their very own passport that will be updated each week based on the country they “visit!”

We take health and safety very seriously and will continue to evaluate our protocols based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Zenon Youth Dance Program - Zenon’s youth program offers dance classes for movers ages 3 – 14 years. Each class is designed for a specific age group to develop confidence, explore creatively, and build movement skills in a fun and nurturing environment. All abilites and levels of expereince are welcome!

What is a better fit for your family?

Virtual programs

In-person programs

Virtual supports

Learning Heroes Summer Remix - Whether helping your child be on track with math or staying active and connected to friends, summer is a great time to mix it up and have fun! Kids thrive when they feel connected to what they are learning and who they are learning with.

Learning Heroes Summer Parent-Teacher Planning Tool - Classroom grades are only one piece of the puzzle. Before the year ends, ask your child’s teacher which skills to focus on over the summer and what to share with summer tutors/program leaders.

Here is a short planning tool to help you get ready for the conversation.

In-person supports

Bienvenue Aux Summer Camps - Lifelong memories are made at summer camp. Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul is pleased to give your children the opportunity to have fun en français with their new amis. Kids will enjoy playing games, reading stories, and arts & crafts while learning French and discovering the French-speaking world. The theme for our Summer Camps this year is: Un, deux, trois…français!

UMN Landscape Arborteum camps - The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum specializes in helping kids literally "dig in" to plants through science and engaging hands-on programs and activities.

Chicago Avenue Arts Youth camp - We're the place for kids to fulfill their creative aspirations using heat, spark, and flame! Based on our adult curriculum, youth classes take scope and pace into consideration, designed for students 18 and under. Classes are offered as four-day camps in the summer, with occasional offerings during school breaks. See individual class descriptions for age ranges.

Please see these notes about youth classes before you register.

House of Music Summer Camps - The House of Music began offering rock band camps back in 2009, and we have enjoyed three weeks of Rock Band Camps every summer! We will place rock campers with like-minded and skilled fellow rockers.

Sign up with your buddies, your existing band or come meet new friends and join the band! We'll end the camp week with a big show at a local venue where all your friends and family can come cheer you on! Each band will learn songs within the campers' repertoire, classic rock standards or current favorites. Learn to promote your band with a photo shoot and social media.

We'll learn to work as a group and apply the building blocks for a great performances. Each band will be able to accommodate different skill levels of playing and will be coached and directed by teachers from the House of Music staff.

Leonaordo's Basement Summer Programs - Design and build engineering, art, and technology projects that most often go home with you but are sometimes epic group projects. Over 125 week long (M-F) half- and full-day summer workshops for ages 6-17 are offered all summer. We also provide Friday-only workshops.

Children's Theatre summer camps - Learn acting skills and devise your own magical story, all while perfecting your “swish and flick!” Camp. Grade 4. Grade 5. Grade 6. World Premiere. summer.

UMN CSE Summer camps - Youth are invited to engage and build capacity through immersive, on-campus explorations of science, engineering, technology, or mathematics.

Summer Camp at The Bakken - Spark your child's inner innovator during summer camp at The Bakken Museum! We offer day camps for students entering grades 2 through 9. Students will develop hands-on STEM skills during each session while practicing creativity, compassion, and persistence as they design inventions.

Throughout the week, kids learn how creativity and innovation can shape the world into a better place.

The Loft Youth Classes - Summer Youth at Macalester: We're thrilled to announce that we've partnered with Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to host our summer youth classes. Macalester boasts a beautiful campus, both indoors and out, and will provide safe, open spaces for creativity and community to bloom. Take a look at the images below for examples of classrooms, commons, and the lawn.