School Break Camps

When Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed for the day and for Winter and Spring Breaks, we offer fun, educational day camps for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Rain, snow, or sunny skies—we go outside! Our camps fill up quickly so we encourage you to register early. We accept registration via online registration below, or by phone at 734-997-1553.

Days Off Outdoors

All Day Off camps run from 8:30 AM -5:30 PM at the designated location.

Location Dates Camp Grades
Leslie Science & Nature Center 11/6 Fall Fun - join the waitlist! K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 11/21 Thankful for Nature K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 12/31 Mammal Madness K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 1/1 Trails and Tales K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 1/2 Winter Survival K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 1/3 Food Web Frenzy K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 1/4 Find Your Way K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 1/21 Nature Detectives K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 2/15 Grossology K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 2/18 The Nature of Sound & Music  K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 4/19 Bird Bonanza K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 5/7 Cold Blooded Critter Carnival  K-5th

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp takes place from 8:30-3:30 PM with an optional Camp Cool Down from 3:30-5:30 PM.

Location Dates Camp Grades
Leslie Science & Nature Center 3/25-29 Spring Break Camp: Into The Woods K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 3/25-29 Camp Cool Down K-5th

Please read this important information before you register for camp. Click on each header for more info.

Camp Age Groups

  • We want all campers to have adequate opportunities to learn, be challenged, and grow. For this reason, campers may only register for camp sessions designated for their age or grade. There are many opportunities for campers in different age groups to play together at camp and taking advantage of these times in the schedule without switching to an older or younger age group ensures that each camper is participating in a camp that will be exciting and challenging for their developmental level.

    School Break and Days Off Outdoors camps are open to any campers currently enrolled in Kindergarten through fifth grades. After registration closes, we create camp groups based on campers’ current grades. Camp groups are usually K-1 and 2-5 or K-2 and 3-5, depending on the number of campers registered.

    At this time, LSNC cannot accommodate campers who are enrolled in a Young Fives program, nor campers who are 5 or 6 but are not enrolled in full-day Kindergarten, in our School Break and Days Off Outdoors camps. We want all campers to have adequate opportunities to learn, be challenged, and grow. To accomplish this, we must ensure that each camper is participating in a camp that will be exciting and challenging for their developmental level. Because our School Break Camp and Days Off Outdoors sessions are more flexible in age range (the younger group often includes second graders), including preschool campers in these sessions can lead to an age spread that is too wide to be developmentally appropriate for all of the campers. LSNC offers a wide variety of non-camp preschool programs for kids aged 1-5. Please explore them here.

Day Off Outdoors Daily Schedule

  • 8:30     Camper Sign In and Morning Stations
    Families sign campers in at their assigned camp building. While we are waiting for everyone to arrive, campers will choose from several different activities like art making, exploring specimens, or playing with blocks, Legos, and other manipulative toys. They will have the chance to explore the "big ideas" of the day's theme.

  • 9:00     All Camp
    All camp groups will gather to hear the day's schedule, play some name games, sing songs, and do cheers. Camp groups review LSNC’s camp rules and talk about camper’s hopes and expectations for the day.

  • 9:30-11:15     Morning Activities
    Campers will participate in acvities based around the days theme. These may include hikes or walks outside, crafts and art projects, games, experiments and animal visits. 

  • 10:30-10:45    Snack
    Camp groups gather for a small, healthy snack of apples.

  • 11:15-12:15    Choice Time
    During the choice time block, campers will get to choose from three choices: sporty (soccer, tag games, capture the flag, etc.), artsy (song writing, collages, theater games, etc.), and sciency (shelter building, Camouflage, hike, etc.).

  • 12:15-1:15   Lunch and Free Time
    Lunch is held with all camps together, eating picnic outside (weather permitting) or on the Energy House floor. Campers, staff, and volunteers stay seated and focused on eating and drinking water for 20 minutes. Campers are encouraged to recycle and compost. After lunch, we enjoy free play outside with sports equipment, building toys, and our imaginations.

  • 1:15-2:15     Chillaxation
    Chillaxation is held by each camp group individually. Campers are given a time to relax and reflect on the day's adventures. During Days Off Outdoors camps, campers will also have a special animal visitor during chillaxation.

  • 2:15-3:15      Choice Carnival
    During Choice Carnival, campers will rotate with a buddy at their own pace through several different stations. The stations will change each camp, but will always include the opportunity to visit the Critter House and sit around a camp fire.

  • 3:15-3:30      Clean Up and Transition to Camp Cool Down
    After Choice Carnival, campers return to their houses to tidy up and pack their belongings. After the building is tidy and everyone is ready to go, they will head to Camp Cool Down.

  • 3:30-5:30      Afternoon Snack, Camp Cool Down, and Camper Sign Out 
    After campers drop belongings off in the Energy House, campers wash hands and enjoy a healthy snack of pretzels. During snack, camp groups will work together to brainstorm a list for their “Ask Me About” board which includes a list of topics or questions that are meant to spark conversations about camp experiences between campers and their families.After snack, campers may participate in outdoor play, board games, and quiet craft activities at their own pace. Campers can also choose to finish a project from their camp day, read a book, or chat with a friend. All campers must be picked up and signed out by someone on their Emergency & Release Form by 5:30pm.

Spring Break Camp Schedule

Like the daily schedule, our weekly camp schedule follows the same basic arc week-to-week, though activities change based on age group and camp theme.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Morning

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

All Camp*

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

House Meeting

Choice Time #1

Choice Time #2

 

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Afternoon

Chillaxation

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp*

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp *

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp*

Choice Carnival**

 

Chillaxation

Choice Time

All Camp*

Clean-up & Games

Late Afternoon

Camp Cool Down (limited space available; must register separately)

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Snacks

Pretzels/Bananas

Ritz Crackers/Oranges

Goldfish/Apples

Air-popped Popcorn/S’mores

Carrots/Freeze Pops

*All Camp: When the whole camp gathers on the rock wall for singing, skits, and games.
**Choice Carnival: Campers can circulate to several different stations including s’more making, critter house visits, and silly games.

Packing List

Please mark all items with your camper’s name! Campers are responsible for keeping track of their belongings while at LSNC.

  • Weather-appropriate clothes and layers (we go outside in all weather, so please come prepared)
  • Backpack to hold everything
  • Lunch (nothing that needs refrigeration or warming please)
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Extra Clothes (including socks, underwear, and extra layers) and a plastic bag for wet or dirty clothes
  • Winter and Rain Clothing (in cold months) including rain coat or warm winter coat, boots, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves and a scarf
  • Slippers or Indoor Shoes (optional—to protect our buildings, we do not wear outdoor shoes inside our buildings when it is snowy, muddy, or salty outside.
  • Book(s) to read during Chillaxation
  • Sleds (optional—when it is snowy, we may go sledding at camp. Campers must be willing to share sleds with others. Sleds should be labeled with campers’ names. LSNC does not allow inflatable sleds or sleds with metal runners.)

Not Allowed at Camp

Cell Phones, mp3 devices, tablets, electronic games, cameras, or other electronic devices are not allowed at camp. Please do not bring knives and weapons of any kind, or anything you can’t afford to lose. LSNC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Prohibited items will be held in the camp office until the end of the day and must be picked up by a parent or guardian.