• For youth entering grades 2 - 5 in fall 2016
  • Fascinating adventures in a safe, quality childcare program
  • 3- , 4- or 5-day schedule flexibility


Summer Power is a super-lively, full-day enrichment program focused on quality, small group, age-appropriate activities. We provide a Healthy Living experience for kids by educating on healthy foods choices and the right balance of physical activity. Kids stay motivated, entertained and are encouraged to make choices and exercise independent thinking. Each week is packed with an amazing variety of activities including multiple field trips to exciting places. Not only are the kids entertained and engaged, they’re learning new things, developing a healthy lifestyle and making new friends.

No two weeks are alike! Some of the popular things your kids will enjoy every week are:

  • Arts & Humanities – creative projects and learning through the arts
  • Science Projects – fun and learning through hands-on exploration
  • Health & Fitness – staying fit, healthy and strong while having a blast
  • Large-group Games – playing Capture The Flag, Kickball, Scavenger Hunts and other popular kids’ games and sports.
  • Values-strengthening Activities – projects, skits and more to help the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility come to life
  • Service Projects – having fun while helping others
  • Water Activities – trips to pools, water parks and other wet and wild fun
  • Wonderful Spaces – multiple outdoor and indoor areas enhance summer activities 

Intriguing weekly themes guide engaging activities and give kids topics to look forward to. Themes are outlined in this catalog. Trained YMCA staff provides supervision, care and guidance for participants in this unrivaled summer program. It’s honest-to-goodness fun!


June 13 – 17 and August 29 – September 2
Minneapolis Downtown YMCA
30 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402


June 20 – August 26
FAIR School Downtown

10 South 10th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403


June 13 – September 2
Blaisdell YMCA

3335 Blaisdell Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408


Dates & Hours

For youth entering grades 2 – 5 in fall, 2016

June 13 – September 2, Monday – Friday

Program Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Drop-off: 6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Pick-up: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. FAIR Downtown
Pick-up: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Blaisdell

Field Trips

Exciting themes guide weekly activities and field trips to keep kids engaged and learning new things.


Customize your child’s summer to fit the needs of your family. Enroll your child for the whole summer, choose a few weeks, or mix it up even more with full and partial weeks.

Choose from 3-, 4- or 5-day options.

  • $132 – 3 days/wk.
  • $156 – 4 days/wk.
  • $190 – 5 days/wk.

Registration Fee – $50 per child, one-time fee, non-refundable. Weekly fee includes all field trip admissions, open swimming, program t-shirt and program supplies. All fees are per child, per week of attendance.

Weekly Themes

There’s always something fresh and new at Summer Power. Exciting themes guide the weekly activities and field trips to keep kids engaged and learning new things. Some theme information may vary based upon the program dates available at each location.

June 13 – 17: Wacky Tacky
Let your crazy side out! Backwards Day, Kookie Hair Day, Wacked-out Relays. Who knows what’ll happen during this wild and wacky week?

June 20 – 24: This Place is a Zoo
Walk on the wild side while you learn about the animals around us. Art projects, games and field trips make the week so much fun!

June 27 – July 1: Just Add Water
Our regular camp games get a wet twist! We’ll play games like Sponge Tag, Water Balloon Volleyball, Water Hose Limbo, take field trips and have fun with Noodle Sprinklers in the pool.

July 5 – July 8: Pay It Forward
Make a difference and have a load of fun, too! This week is filled with having skill-building fun while helping others. Field trips and guest speakers help us help others.

July 11 – 15: Minnesota Madness
Find out what makes the great state of Minnesota so GREAT! Field trips help us discover our impressive state.

July 18 – 22: Walk on the Wild Side
Create your own adventure – let your imagination run wild! Arts and Crafts, Drama, Music, field trips and more fill this exciting week.

July 25 – 29: Support Your Sport
Root for your team! Show your team spirit and sportsmanship through sports-related activities and some pretty awesome field trips.

August 1 – 5: Stupendous STEM
Fire up your summer with a bit of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)! This week is filled with building, imagination activities, field trips and testing

August 8 – 12: Water Palooza!
Splish-splash – the water’s calling! Pack your suits, towels and goggles for a wet week filled with water games and field trips.

August 15 – 19: Fun and Fitness
Your body’s movin’ and groovin’ at this week filled with fitness fun and field trips!

August 22 – 26: Adventures in Nature
Explorers wanted! This fun-filled week is for the adventurous camper as we get involved with nature projects, outdoor activities and field trips.

August 29 – Sept. 2: Challenge Week
Go head-to-head with your friends in fun, individual and team challenges. Set goals. Challenge yourself. Achieve greatness! Field trips really ramp it up a notch.