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Youth summer programs

The View and Mini View are now full! We are no longer accepting registrations including waitlist registrations. For those in grades 2 - 7, please consider our Summer Adventure Playgrounds program! 

First day of registration: 

NEW THIS YEAR! Registration for Bloomington residents at The View and Mini View will begin on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. All programs will accept registrations from residents and non-residents beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

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 23. 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 processes for 2018 PRIOR to the first day of registration. Registration beings at 9 a.m. on March 13, 2018 with the exception of the View and Mini View registration for Bloomington residents only, which begins at 9 a.m. on March 12, 2018.

  • Registration information for Parks and Recreation and Artistry options has stayed the same and you can register online with your current information at webtrac.bloomingtonmn.gov.
  • For registration information about the school district's SLAM classes, visit https://bloomington.ce.eleyo.com

City of Bloomington 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!

  • June 18 - August 16, 2018
  • No programming July 2 - 6
  • Monday - Friday with special events/trips built in!
  • 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • For children entering 2nd - 7th grade in Fall 2018
  • 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 2018 Bloomington Experience catalog at the top of the page.

The View - FULL

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. 

  • June 18 - August 17, 2018
  • No programming July 2 - 6
  • Monday - Friday
  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Valley View Middle School with all afternoons spent at the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center
  • For children entering 2nd - 5th grade in Fall 2018
  • Registration Fees:
    • On or before June 3 - Resident $180, Non-Resident $255
    • On or after June 4 - Resident $185, Non-Resident $255

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 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. 

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.

Mini-View - FULL

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!

  • June 18 - August 17, 2018
  • No programming July 2 - 6
  • Monday - Friday
  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Valley View Elementary School
  • For children entering Preschool* - 1st grade in Fall 2018
  • Registration Fees:
    • On or before June 2 - Resident $180, Non-Resident $255
    • On or after June 3 - Resident $185, Non-Resident $255

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, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for Bloomington residents at The View and Mini View will begin on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. 

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.

Camp Kota

Held at East Bush Lake Park, 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.

  • Monday - Friday with an overnight on Thursdays
    • Session 1: July 9 - 13
    • Session 2: July 16 - 20
    • Session 3: July 23 - 27
    • Session 4: July 30 - Aug 3
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • East Bush Lake Park and Sumac Knoll Group Camp Site
  • For children entering 2nd - 7th grade in Fall 2017*
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident: $190 Non-Resident: $230

*See Kota Kids for children entering K - 1st grade in Fall 2018

For participants already registered, you will receive a parent handbook, waivers for your child (if needed) and a schedule for the bus via email. They are also available below in late June.

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.

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!

  • Monday - Thursday
    • Session 1: July 9 - 12
    • Session 2: July 16 - 19
    • Session 3: July 23 - 26
    • Session 4: July 30 - Aug 2
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • East Bush Lake Park and Sumac Knoll Group Camp Site
  • For children entering K - 1st grade in Fall 2018*
  • Registration Fees:
    • Resident: $160 Non-Resident: $200
  • Registrations are accepted one week prior to the start of the program or until the program has filled

*See Camp Kota for children entering 2nd - 7th grade in Fall 2018

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.

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.

 

5 Ways to register for Parks and Recreation and Artistry offerings!

Beginning March 13, 2018

(with the exception of the View and Mini View for Bloomington residents only, which begins at 9 a.m. on March 12, 2018)

  • Online: This method is available beginning at 9 a.m. on March 12 or 13, 2018, and is available 24 hours a day until classes are full or registration closes for each session. Fee Assistance recipients may use the online registration system.
  • By mail: Registrations received before March 12 or 13 (depending on programming and residency) will be added to class lists (no earlier than the above dates) in order received as time allows. Processing may take up to two business days from time of receipt. Mail completed registration form with your payment either by check, money order (made payable to the "City of Bloomington") or credit card information (if paying by card, complete the credit card portion of the registration form, including the expiration date).

    Mail to: Parks and Recreation 1800 W Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN 55431.
  • In person: Starting March 12 or 13 at 9 a.m. (depending on programming and residency stop by and visit us at the Bloomington Civic Plaza, Parks and Recreation, 1800 W Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431. We are open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (If you need assistance completing the registration form or planning your child's activities, please arrive no later than 4 p.m.)
  • Scan and Email: Starting March 12 or 13 (depending on programming and residency if you have the ability to scan your registration form – this works great! Just scan with credit card payment information (including expiration date), and then email it to us at parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov. Processing may take up to two business days.
  • By fax: Beginning March 12 or 13 (depending on programming and residency fax your completed registration form and credit card information (including expiration date). Fax number: 952-563-8715. Please call 952-563-8877 to verify that we've received your fax registration. Processing may take up to two business days.

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

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