Summer Opportunities 2019

Summer Camps, Classes, and Activities 2019!

MPS Summer Programs:

High Five: High Five Summer Session is located at the K-4 cluster sites. Due to funding requirements, the following criteria must be met:

- current High Five Student

- qualifies and has a completed Early Learning Scholarship

All forms and completed Early Learning Scholarships are turned into your child’s High Five Teacher.

K-7 Summer School:  This program is hosted at Cluster Sites around the city.  The program focuses on Reading and Math, but also includes subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education and other classes. Students who qualify are notified by invitation and receive transportation to their home cluster site. Students will receive breakfast and lunch. 

8th Grade Fast Track Scholars:  This program will be held at South High School and is for 8th graders invited to Summer Session, along with all 8th grade AVID students.  Fast Track Scholars will have the opportunity to connect with future high school classmates, counselors, and teachers, as well as earn elective credits towards graduation.  Courses include;  Algebra, Literacy, Science, Engineering, Geography, Physical Education, Health, English Second Language, Website Design, Work Readiness, Robotics, Ceramics, Drawing, Guitar, Theater and more.

GEMS/GISE/STEM:  This program is for MPS Little GEMS/Junior GISE and GEMS/GISE students in grades K-7.   The program focuses on STEM learning, in a project / problem based curriculum and instructional approach.



Augsburg Summer Camps:

(Debate Camp, Medieval Minnesota, and others) provide an exciting opportunity for junior high and high school students to learn from our outstanding faculty and to experience life on a small college campus. Augsburg’s unique location in the heart of Minneapolis gives you perfect access to all there is to see and do in our vibrant, diverse city.

The Bakken Museum3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55416

Summer Camp is a week-long program where students design and build their own inventions, practice creative thinking skills, make magic tricks, and play games. Camps run from June through August and are designed for students entering grades 2 through 9 (ages 7-14).

Youth Farm:

For three days a week, anywhere from 50-70 youth spend six hours a day splitting their time between farm and growing activities, lunch and cooking activities, and other community based projects that relate directly to our mission. The Summer Program is run in each of the five neighborhoods we serve and the program ends with a community Harvest Festival. Each festival highlights the hard work and dedication of our youth that culminates in a free community meal.

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board:

Children and teens are invited to participate in a variety of city-wide programs designed to be meaningful and fun, most at little or no cost.

YWCA Summer Camps

YWCA Minneapolis Summer Camps promote healthy attitudes and lifestyles through safe, respectful, fun and diverse learning experiences.

YMCA Summer Camps

The Y is a movement that enables kids to realize their potential, provides lifelong skills and offers ways for families to have fun together. Find out what summer at the Y provides, plan your child's summer, and learn the impact a summer at the Y can have on your child.

Summer Events at Hennepin County Libraries

Your public library offers events in the following areas:

Science and nature

Explore the world around you.

Arts and crafts

Creative, hands-on activities for your inner artist.

Fandoms, games and play

Get active, use your mind and celebrate your fandom.



Read, Write, Draw through Hennepin Public Libraries

Keep reading over the summer months, a time when reading skills may decline. At the library, kids and teens can participate in Read Write Draw or Best Book Ever to celebrate reading success and win a free book.

Book clubs through Hennepin Public Libraries

Talk about great books with other kids and teens! Clubs read books in a variety of genres and are available for youth entering kindergarten through grade 12.

Barnes and Nobles Reading Journal

This summer, earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for kids in Grades 1-6. No purchase necessary.

Half Price Books Summer Reading Club

Kids 14 & Under read 15 minutes a day to keep up an appetite for reading all summer long. Grown ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.

Download and use the reading log in June and July. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you've reached 300 minutes or more, bring your reading log into your local Half Price Books store to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 29, 2019. No purchase necessary to participate.

Red Balloon Summer Book Bingo

As you read, fill in each square with the title of a book that matches the category. Each box should have a different title. When you complete a bingo, stop in the store to get your sheet stamped and your prize! When you’ve filled in all of the squares, you have a blackout and can get your final stamp, your coupon, and details for the final-end-of-the-summer party.

Brightly Summer Reading Fun for Tweens

This is a summer reading aid. Brightly (which is part of Penguin Random House) offers reading lists, tips, activities and a Summer Reading Challenge to download.

DOGO Books Summer Reading 2019

This program offers summer practice in both reading and writing. Read books, write reviews. The more reviews a child writes the more the increase their odds of winning a prize.

Dr. Seuss Word Challenge

Keep track of words read with the Word-Counter-Upper to help reach the combined goal of 20 million word. Enter to win prizes.

Pizza Hut Bookit Summer Reading

To help increase reading time during the summer months, parents can sign up to receive weekly emails with summer reading activities.

Scholastic Magical Summer of Reading Program

The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months.

Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.

Sync Audiobook Program for Teens

This free summer audiobook program for teens gives away two complete audiobook downloads each week. This program started in April, so if you sign up now, you’ll have missed a few titles already.