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Youth summer programs

2019 Bloomington Experience Catalog will be available mid-February - Check back soon!

First day of registration: 

Registration for The View and Mini View for residents only will begin on Monday, March 18th, 12:00 p.m. (noon).  All programs will accept registrations from residents and non-residents beginning on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Bloomington Parks and Recreation, the Bloomington School District and Artistry provide a variety of summer programs for children going into preschool through 9th grade.

The following PDFs contain information about programs offered by each agency. These are rather large files and may take a few minutes to download.

Catalogs will be mailed to homes with students enrolled in Bloomington's public school system by February 22. Copies are given to all non-public schools, and are available at Bloomington Civic Plaza, Community Education Campus and public libraries.

Register with the appropriate agency

Each agency (Parks and Recreation, School District and Artistry) has its OWN registration form and process, as explained in the catalog. Please review the catalog thoroughly to make certain you are aware of all program registration dates and processes for 2019 PRIOR to the first day of registration. 

  • Registration for Parks and Recreation programming may be processed online (see dates above) 24 hours a day until classes are full or registration closes for each session.  Fee assistance recipients may use the online registration system.  Click HERE to register online!  
  • For registration information about Artistry classes, visit https://artistrymn.org/education/camps.html
  • For registration information about the school district's SLAM classes, visit https://bloomington.ce.eleyo.com

City of Bloomington (Parks and Recreation) programs

Click on the headings below for information about the City of Bloomington's programs. Registration information for City programs can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Summer Adventure Playgrounds

Join us for a summer of FUN in a local neighborhood park! Enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts, and special events. Participants will be supervised by instructors experienced in recreation and working with children.  Registrations are accepted all summer with no prorating of fees!

  • Program Dates: June 17 - August 15, 2019; Monday - Friday with special events/trips built in!
    • No programming July 1 - 5
  • Program times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Who: For children entering 2nd - 7th grade in Fall 2019
  • Registration Fees:
    • On or before June 3 - Resident $125, Non-Resident $165
    • On or after June 4 - Resident $130, Non-Resident $165
  • Sites include:
    • Brye Park
    • Gene C. Kelly Park*
    • Poplar Bridge Park
    • Running Park*
    • Smith Park*
    • Sunrise Park
    • Westwood Park

*Free lunches are provided daily at Kelly, Running and Smith parks

Please note, this is a drop-in program so kids can come and go as they please. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to set boundaries and communicate limits with their children before they attend the program. There will be no staff available to supervise participants before or after program hours.

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2019 Bloomington Experience catalog at the top of the page.

The View 

The View is an opportunity for youth to explore leadership and participate in a variety of games, sports, arts and crafts. Experience supervised swimming at the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center EVERY afternoon. Participants will be supervised by instructors experienced in recreation and working with children. 

  • Program Dates: June 17 - August 9, 2019; Monday - Friday
    • No programming July 1 - 5
  • Program Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Valley View Elementary School with all afternoons spent at the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center
  • Who: For children entering 2nd - 5th grade in Fall 2019
  • Registration Fees:
    • On or before June 3 - Resident $215, Non-Resident $295
    • On or after June 4 - Resident $220, Non-Resident $295
    • NEW THIS YEAR: All participants will receive a Bloomington Family Aquatic Center season pass included in the cost of registration

Free lunches are provided daily at The View.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for Bloomington residents at The View and Mini View will begin on Monday, March 18, 2019, time to be determined.  For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2019 Bloomington Experience catalog at the top of the page.

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2019 Bloomington Experience catalog at the top of the page.

Mini-View 

Mini View is an opportunity for children entering preschool* through first grade to develop friendships and experience structured playtime and activities with peers. Your child will continue to expand their social skills and develop friendships as they participate in large and small group times, outside play, gym games, crafts, songs and stories led by engaging staff. Supervised swimming at the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center EVERY afternoon!

  • Program Dates: June 17 - August 9, 2019; Monday - Friday
    • No programming July 1 - 5
  • Program Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Valley View Elementary School
  • Who: For children entering Preschool* - 1st grade in Fall 2019
  • Registration Fees:
    • On or before June 3 - Resident $215, Non-Resident $295
    • On or after June 4 - Resident $220, Non-Resident $295
    • NEW THIS YEAR: All participants will receive a Bloomington Family Aquatic Center season pass included in the cost of registration

Free lunches are provided daily at the View.

*Preschool classes are for children who are independently toilet trained and turning age FOUR by September 1, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for Bloomington residents at The View and Mini View will begin on Monday, March 18, 2019, time to be determined. 

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2019 Bloomington Experience catalog at the top of the page.

Camp Kota

Camp Kota is designed to provide an opportunity for kids to learn basic outdoor skills while meeting new friends, singing crazy songs and having tons of fun. Activities include swimming, singing crazy songs, arts and crafts, singing crazy songs, active games, field trips, singing crazy songs, camp craft activities, singing crazy songs, and, oh yeah, learning outdoor skills such as knot tying, orienteering and setting up a tent.  Did I mention singing crazy songs?

Campers also experience a unique recreation schedule each grade section, so the fun keeps coming each year they return! Some of the opportunities they could experience are hiking to Richardson Nature Center, Key Log Rolling, canoeing, fishing, archery, rock climbing, and so much more!

  • Program Sessions: Monday - Friday with an overnight on Thursdays
    • Session 1: July 8 - 12
    • Session 2: July 15 - 19
    • Session 3: July 22 - 26
    • Session 4: July 29 - Aug 2
  • Program Times: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: East Bush Lake Park 
  • Who: For children entering 2nd - 7th grade in Fall 2019*
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident: $190 Non-Resident: $230

*See Kota Kids for children entering K - 1st grade in Fall 2019

For registered participants, you will receive a parent handbook, waivers for your child (if needed) and a schedule for the bus via email. 

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2019 Bloomington Experience catalog at the top of the page.

Kota Kids

Held at East Bush Lake Park in conjunction with Camp Kota, Kota Kids is designed to provide an opportunity for our younger kids to get a taste of all of the fun! Activities include swimming, singing crazy songs, arts and crafts, singing crazy songs, active games, field trips, singing crazy songs, camp craft activities, singing crazy songs, and, oh yeah, learning outdoor skills!

  • Program Sessions: Monday - Thursday
    • Session 1: July 8 - 11
    • Session 2: July 15 - 18
    • Session 3: July 22 - 25
    • Session 4: July 29 - Aug 1
  • Program Times: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: East Bush Lake Park 
  • Who: For children entering K - 1st grade in Fall 2019*
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident: $160 Non-Resident: $200

*See Camp Kota for children entering 2nd - 7th grade in Fall 2019

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2019 Bloomington Experience catalog at the top of the page.

Dakota Language Camp

A unique approach to language learning for both Dakota and non-Dakota children, the Dakota Language Camp provides an introduction to one of Minnesota's native languages. Learning is through hands-on experiences of traditional Dakota games, crafts, songs, dancing and foods.  Students will sit in a tipi to learn how it was used and furnished. As Dakota culture is rooted in the land, many words are learned during nature walks on the beautiful trails in the Minnesota River Valley. Dakota teachers will also explain their nation's values and history.

This camp is held at the historic Pond Dakota Mission Park, located on the bluffs of the Minnesota River Valley. Large grassy areas in the park are used for outdoor games.

The Dakota Language camp is a joint venture of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Dakota Language Department of the University of Minnesota, which creates the program content and provides experienced teaching staff. Lunch is provided.

  • Tuesday - Thursday, July 24 - 26, 2018
  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Pond Dakota Mission Park
  • For youth and adults of ALL AGES! (Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult or teen sibling who is also enrolled in the camp)
  • $50

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2018 Bloomington Experience catalog at the top of the page.

How to register for Parks and Recreation programming

Beginning March 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. - noon (with the exception of The View and Mini View for Bloomington residents only, which begins on March 18, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. - noon)

  • Register Online:  Available 24 hours a day until programs are full or registration closes for each session.  Fee assistance recipients may us the online registration system.  Click HERE to register online!
  • Unable to register online or need assistance in registering?  Please contact our office.

 

Teen volunteer opportunities

Are you too old to participate? Are you looking for a fun way to spend your summer and learn about leadership? Apply to volunteer with the Parks and Recreation Division! Click the following link to see what opportunities are currently available.

Tax Information

Our tax identification number is 41-6604990. If you need a copy of a previous program receipt, please follow our simple instructions! If you have an online account sign in to your online account at webtrac.bloomingtonmn.gov and click on the My Account tab.  If you are unable to access your account or have any other questions please submit your inquiry to parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov.

Contacts

  • Email: parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov
  • Registration: 952-563-8877
  • Parks and Recreation class information: 952-563-8877
  • Community Education class information: 952-681-6125
  • Artistry class information: 952-563-8575
  • Fee assistance: 952-563-8877
  • Inclusion services for students with disabilities: 952-563-8891