Youth summer programs

Due to current health protocols regarding in-person camps, and uncertainty regarding future protocols, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Camp Kota programming in 2021. Staff are working to incorporate outdoor recreation activities into existing programs, and create new outdoor recreation experiences throughout the summer. Thank you for your past interest and participation. We look forward to returning in 2022 to provide the excellent Camp Kota experience you’ve come to love.

Registration Dates for 2021

Registration for The View and Mini View for Bloomington residents only will begin on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12 p.m. (Noon).  Registration for all programs for residents and nonresidents alike, begins on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12 p.m. (Noon).

Register with Parks and Recreation

For ease of program registration, please make sure you have an active household profile in the Parks and Recreation online Webtrac system 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 instructions on how to set up an online account and/or process an online registration, read our Online Registration Instructions.pdf

2021 Parks and Recreation Programs

Click on the headings below for information about 2021 City of Bloomington 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!

  • Days:  Monday - Friday
  • Dates:  June 14 - August 12, 2021 
    • No programming July 5 - 9
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Who: For children entering grades 1 - 7 in fall 2021
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident $200, Non-Resident $300
  • Sites include:
    • Gene C. Kelly Park*
    • Poplar Bridge Park
    • Running Park*
    • Smith Park*
    • Sunrise Park
    • Westwood Park

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

There will be no staff available to supervise participants before or after program hours or at the park location during off-site Summer Adventure Events.

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2021 Bloomington Experience brochure (COMING SOON!).

The View 

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

  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • Dates: June 14 - August 6, 2020
    • No programming July 5 - 9
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Site: Valley View Middle School, 8900 Portland Ave. S. (some afternoons spent at Bloomington Family Aquatic Center)
  • Who: For children entering 2nd - 5th grade in Fall 2021
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident $400, Nonresident $600

Free lunches are provided daily at The View.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for Bloomington residents for The View and Mini View will begin on Monday, April 12, 2021, at 12 p.m. (noon). 

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2021 Bloomington Experience brochure (COMING SOON!).

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. Enjoy regular trips to Bloomington Family Aquatic Center for supervised swimming.

  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • Dates: June 14 - August 6, 2020
    • No programming July 5 - 9
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Site: Valley View Elementary School, 351 E. 88th Street (some afternoons spent at the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center)
  • Who: For children entering Preschool* - 1st grade in Fall 2022
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident $400, Nonresident $600

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, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for Bloomington residents at The View and Mini View will begin on Monday, April 12, 2021, at 12 p.m. (noon). 

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2021 Bloomington Experience brochure (COMING SOON!).

Camp Kota

Due to current health protocols regarding in-person camps, and uncertainty regarding future protocols, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Camp Kota programming in 2021. Staff are working to incorporate outdoor recreation activities into existing programs, and create new outdoor recreation experiences throughout the summer. Thank you for your past interest and participation. We look forward to returning in 2022 to provide the excellent Camp Kota experience you’ve come to love.

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! Campers experience a unique outdoor recreation schedule each grade section, so the fun keeps coming each year they return!

  • Days: Monday - Friday  (**CANCELED**)
  • Session Dates 2022: 
    • Session 1: TBD
    • Session 2: TBD
    • Session 3: TBD
    • Session 4: TBD
  • Program Times: TBD
  • Site: East Bush Lake Park 
  • Who: For children entering 2nd - 7th grade in Fall 2022*
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident: $TBD, Nonresident: $TBD

*See Kota Kids for children entering K - 1st grade in Fall 2022

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

Kota Kids

Due to current health protocols regarding in-person camps, and uncertainty regarding future protocols, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Camp Kota programming in 2021. Staff are working to incorporate outdoor recreation activities into existing programs, and create new outdoor recreation experiences throughout the summer. Thank you for your past interest and participation. We look forward to returning in 2022 to provide the excellent Camp Kota experience you’ve come to love.

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!

  • Days: Monday - Thursday  (**CANCELED**)
  • Sessions Dates 2022: 
    • Session 1: TBD
    • Session 2: TBD
    • Session 3: TBD
    • Session 4: TBD
  • Times: TBD
  • Location: East Bush Lake Park 
  • Who: For children entering K - 1st grade in Fall 2022*
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident: $TBD, Nonresident: $TBD

*See Camp Kota for children entering 2nd - 7th grade in Fall 2022

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.

  • Days: Tuesday - Thursday
  • Dates: July 13 - 15
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Pond Dakota Mission Park
  • Who: 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)
  • Registration Fee: TBD

For complete programming information including section and activity numbers for this program, please refer to the 2021 Bloomington Experience brochure (COMING SOON!).

Summer Galaxy

The Summer Galaxy program is a cooperative effort of Bloomington Public Schools' Community Education and the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.

Summer 2021 plans are currently being finalized. Once available, details will be posted and registration will take place on the Community Education website.

For more information, contact:
Krista French
After School Program Coordinator
Bloomington Public Schools
952-806-8606

How to register for Parks and Recreation programming

For Bloomington residents and non-residents, registration for all programs begins on April 12, 2021 at 12:00 Noon 
For Bloomington residents only, registration for The View and Mini View begins on April 13, 2021 at 12:00 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!  For instructions on how to set up an online account and/or process an online registration, check this out: Online Registration Instructions.pdf
  • 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 Department! 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
  • Artistry class information: 952-563-8575
  • Fee assistance: 952-563-8877
  • Inclusion services for students with disabilities: 952-563-8891