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Ada Park Summer youth programs for 2019

Get outside, meet new friends, and have fun! Every summer, Ada Parks offers 9 weeks of outdoor adventures for ages 3-13. Half-day programs are offered every month as well as four day camp experiences with exciting themes such as “Arts in the Park”, “Sports Spectacular”, “Eyes on Survival”, and “Pioneer Days”.

Click here to download the 2019 Summer Youth Registration Packet

Half Day Programs

Discovery Days – Ages 3-5

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon $5/youth/session

Pre-schoolers and guardian to have a fun adventure together in the parks with hands on activities, nature crafts and guided discovery experiences outdoors.

Beautiful Bugs

Tuesday, June 18 Roselle Park

What beautiful bugs live in your neighborhood? Go on an insect hunt and make a cool craft.

Jump, Frog, Jump!

Tuesday, July 30 Roselle Park

Frogs singing, croaking and jumping. Look and listen for frogs around the ponds, hop like a frog and make a fun “frog” craft.

Butterflies, Flying Flowers

Tuesday, August 13 Roselle Park

Dress up like a butterfly, learn what caterpillars need to grow up into a beautiful butterfly, make a caterpillar craft.

Young Explorers – Ages 5-7

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon $5/youth/session

Parents may drop off or join their youth for a fun morning of outdoor activities, nature study and crafts.

Bonkers for Bikes

Wednesday, June 19 Roselle Park

Bring your bike and helmet to the park! Get some safety tips and see if your helmet fits. Practice your skills on an obstacle course and ride the park trails.

Fishing Fun

Wednesday, July 31 Ada Park

Learn how to bait your hook and cast your line, then search for the best spot to hook a “big one” at the Ada Park pond. Fishing poles and bait supplied or bring your own.

Junior Naturalists – Ages 8-11

Each program includes hands-on nature and science activities, snacks and outdoor adventure-based outings.

Fishing Frenzy

Wednesday, June 12 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

$5/youth Ada Park

Learn about fishing equipment and where the “big fish” like to live. Go fishing at the Ada Park pond. Fishing poles and bait supplied or bring your own.


Wednesday, June 19 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

$5/youth Roselle Park

Bring your bike and helmet to the park. Learn about bike safety and ride the bike path for 5 miles.

Rocks and Fossils

Wednesday, August 14 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

$5/youth Ada Park

Learn types of rocks and fossils, make a collection to take home, go on a rock hunt.

Outdoor Adventurers- Ages 10-13

Outdoor adventure activities including games, nature and science learning, and snacks.

Adventure Challenge

Thursday, June 20 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

$10/youth Roselle Park

Learn teamwork and have fun as you try to complete a series of sports and problem solving challenges. You and your team will follow a map as you run, bike and climb through the park to the finish line!

Paddle the Grand!

Thursday, July 11 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

$25/youth On the Grand River

Learn paddle strokes, water safety and boat control, then canoe down the Grand River to practice your new skills.

Canoe, paddle and safety gear included.

Full Day Programs

Day Camp Adventures- Ages 6-11

Session 1: Arts in the Park

June 25- 27 Tuesday & Wednesday at Ada Park, Thursday at Roselle Park

Find the artist inside you! Try painting, drawing, sculpture, and more. Create some cool artwork to take home.

Session 2: Sports Spectacular

July 16-18 Al days held at Ada Park

Play some of your favorite sports or try something new as we go from baseball to volleyball, flag-football, soccer and even pickle ball.

Session 3: Eyes on Survival

July 23-25 Tuesday and Wednesday at Ada Park, Thursday at Roselle

Could you survive in the Michigan woods? Be prepared when you go outside – make a shelter, build a fire and learn other survival skills.

Session 4: Pioneer Days

August 7&8 Both days held at the Ada Museum

Take a step back in time to learn about history by living like a pioneer! Make butter, use old fashioned tools and play baseball and other games.