Challenge Island® Summer Camps Offer Themed Fun

Disclosure: Challenge Island® has sponsored this post as part of the Ann Arbor Summer Camp Guide. All opinions are my own.

Challenge Island® Summer Camps combine pop culture topics and STEM building challenges into themed challenges. Campers will make new friends as they work together on the various projects. Creative, outside-the-box solutions are encouraged!

Challenge Island

Challenge Island is a national program with local programs operated by local franchises. The Michigan Challenge Island franchise is also owned by the Ann Arbor-Dexter-Chelsea Bricks 4 Kidz franchise allowing them to offer combined camps and programs.

Challenge Island Camps will also be offered as Combo-Camps with Bricks 4 Kidz® in sessions than include aspects of both Challenge Island and Bricks 4 Kidz. There are also separate Bricks 4 Kidz camps that are offered as half-day sessions. Half-Day camps (either Challenge Island, Bricks 4 Kidz, or Combo Camps) can be combined into a full-day camp.


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Challenged Island Summer Camp Themes

Challenge Island is offering summer camps with themes drawn from popular culture that kids love. Pop Culture themes this summer include:

  • Ice Party (Frozen)
  • Icky Me Minions (Despicable Me)
  • Wizardry Party (Harry Potter)

There are also Amusement Park and Beach Party Themed Challenge Island Summer Camps. My daughter loves Amusement Parks and would love this camp after doing the Bricks 4 Kidz Ticket to Ride class this past fall.

Combo Camps also include The Best of Minecraft, Space/Star Wars, and Dino’s & Volcanoes.  I know my 9 year old daughter is a big fan of Minecraft, Star Wars, Pokemon, and Video Games. Jurassic World has renewed my daughter’s interest in dinos.

Challenge Island Class Photo

Challenge Island Summer Camp Details

Challenge Island Summer Camp Schedule

All Challenge Island, Bricks 4 Kidz, and Combo-Camps are offered as half-day sessions (9a-noon or 1-4p) that can be combined into a single full-day camp. Camps started this week and run through August 28. Be sure to check out the full schedule for Challenge Island and Bricks 4 Kidz camps can be found online.

Challenge Island Summer Camp Locations

Challenge Island Summer Camps are offered at various locations throughout Ann Arbor, Dexter, and Chelsea. In Ann Arbor, camps offered directly by Challenge Island are held at St Paul Lutheran School and Genesis (St Clare’s Episcopal Church). There are also camps offered through Ann Arbor Rec & Ed that are held at Wines Elementary School (the preschool class is at the Ann Arbor Preschool and Family Center).

Challenge Island Summer Camp Registration

Detailed descriptions for each camp can be found on the Bricks 4 Kidz Ann Arbor website. Registration for classes offered directly by Challenge Island are available on this site. For classes offered by Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, Dexter Community Education, or Chelsea Community Education.  you will be taken to the appropriate website in order to complete your registration.

Our Previous Challenge Island Experience

My daughter attended a Kids Night Out through Bricks 4 Kidz® in October and loved the night. The Kids Night Out program combined elements of both Bricks 4 Kidz and Challenge Island. My daughter loved her night – both the Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO projects and the Challenge Island activities. This past fall my daughter attended a Bricks 4 Kidz® after-school class through Ann Arbor Rec & Ed with a Ticket to Ride theme. She loved the class and learning about different types of rides.

Bricks 4 Kidz Night Out

When I asked my daughter if she wanted to do one of the Bricks 4 Kidz/Challenge Island camps, she was immediately interested and had a hard time picking which combination of programs she wanted to attend the most–plus my input into the location as some locations are more convenient for us than others. After the camp my daughter attends, I will share more information on how she liked the camp and my thoughts as a parent.

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