Family & Community

Camps

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Blackbird Arts

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We are a nonprofit 501c3 educational arts organization offering year-round creative programs for children, families, and adults. We cater to all ages and ability levels in a supportive, relaxed environment that is focused on individual learning and success. We create classes that encourage creative exploration through meaningful connections and discoveries. 

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Michigan's Manistee National Forest

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp strives to maintain an atmosphere where students who want to learn may do so in an environment which encourages creativity and recognizes the importance of the individual.

Camp Daggett

Walloon Lake

A tradition since 1925 of providing quality character building experiences through educational and recreational programs in a safe, fun environment; serving all ages with an emphasis on youth.

Camp Lookout

Frankfort

At Camp Lookout we are driven by our philosophy which, at it’s core, is all about fostering positive connections and creating meaningful experiences for our campers. Our hope is for each individual to leave Lookout having gained a sense of self, and to feel more confident in their ability to interact with others and their surroundings.

Camp Tanuga

Kalkaska

Tanuga is deeply committed to the philosophy of a traditional camping experience. Values, as depicted by our respect for nature, the enviornment, and the development of accepting others for who they are, stand out in our mission.

Centre Ice Arena

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City of Traverse City

Traverse City

The City operates a Summer Day Camp program in conjunction with Grand Traverse County and it is held at the Civic Center.

Crystailaire Adventures

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A Crystalaire Adventure is ...... Playful......Inclusive.......Wild.......Meaningful

Dance Arts Academy

Traverse City

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Grand Traverse Conservation District

Traverse City

Summer is a great time to be outside discovering the natural beauty that surrounds us here in Northern Michigan

Grand Traverse Tennis Camp

Traverse City

Programs for ages 3+

Grass River Natural Area

Bellaire

Grass River Summer Camp is special because it is a uniquely small and personal day camp that allows kids to have a direct connection with the outdoors.

Human Nature School

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These camps focus on creative play, exploration and adventure. Our mission is to foster a deep connection to and awareness of the natural world, ourselves, and each other.

Interlochen Arts Camp

Interlochen

Located in beautiful northwest Michigan, Interlochen Arts Camp offers summer programs for grades 3-12.

NMC Extended Education - College for Kids

Traverse City

Kids love learning! Register Today

Old Town Playhouse

Traverse City

Our four-week intensive schedule of all-day camp (designed for kids 9 to 16 years of age) is designed to educate and stimulate that aspiring young actor in your family.

Pathfinder School

Traverse City

he Pathfinder School offers a variety of summer programs taking advantage of our beautiful 22 acre campus and wonderful teaching staff between June and August each year.

The Children's House

Traverse City

Programs for ages 3months - 12 Years

Traverse Area Community Sailing

Traverse City

Ages 8-17 can learn the art and fun of sailing! Designed to teach sailing basics and beyond.

Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer

Traverse City

TBAYS Summer Camp is designed to help each player reach his or her soccer potential through a challenging and rewarding camp program, centered around the World Cup Theme

Traverse City Area Public Schools

Traverse City

TCAPS Summer Adventure Day Camps are available to children ages 3 – 12. TCAPS Summer Adventure Camps are licensed by the State of Michigan to assure safety, health, and quality measures are met.

TCAPS - Athletics

Traverse City

Summer Athletic programs with Traverse City Central High School

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District

Traverse City

Programs at the end of June for Grades 5th, 6th and 7th.

Traverse City Hockey Association

Traverse City

Various Hockey programs

Wolverine Camps

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Join Us in 2017 as we celebrate out 49th Summer!

YMCA Summer Camps

Traverse City

Summer Camps, 12 weeks, 10 Camps, 1 unforgettable experience

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Festivals

Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival

Eastport - Spring

The Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival celebrates one of Michigan's finest natural resources - the unique Petoskey Stone, Michigan's official state stone

Charlevoix Apple Fest

Charlevoix - Autumn

Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the 39th annual Charlevoix Apple Festival. Join the festivities and support our local farmers, orchards and non-profit organizations while celebrating the season in scenic downtown Charlevoix this October.

Cherry Capital Comic Con

Traverse City - Spring

C4 is Northern Michigan’s largest comic book and pop entertainment expo. Located at the scenic Grand Traverse Resort, C4 is Northern Michigan’s perfect gathering of comic book creators, exhibitors, and fans.

Empire Asparagus Fetival

Empire - Spring

Dance, drink and be merry with us under the big tent! Strobelite Honey will be performing live and we'll be serving up a delicious pig roast. It's the perfect way to kick off the 2017 Asparagus Festival weekend! 

Festival of Trains

Traverse City - Winter

Presented by the Northern Michigan Railroad Club, City of Traverse City, and the Great Lakes Children's Museum.

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Williamsburg - Summer

These nationally rated hunter/jumper competitions feature weekly classes and Classics for children, juniors, adult and amateur-owner riders.  Also during the week the festival has classes for young horses, professional hunter derby, open jumper classes and the premier Grand Prix held each Sunday during July and August. 

Interlochen Arts Festival

Interlochen - Summer

Interlochen hosts world class concerts and performance events throughout the summer.

Morel Festival

Boyne City - Spring

At this Boyne City festival, hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country come to seek that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel. Found in nearby woods and clearings, morels are favored by those who know their mushrooms and during the festival, hunters hit to Northern Michigan woods to take home the top prize for the most mushrooms found.

National Cherry Festival

Traverse City - Summer July 1-8

The Festival takes place in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan! Although many of the events take place at the Open Space (near the corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway) there multiple locations across town. The National Cherry Festival has over 150 events and activities and 85% are free for all!

National Trout Festival

Kalkaska - Spring

The National Trout Festival is an annual festival held in Kalkaska, Michigan to celebrate the opening of trout season in Michigan. The 81st National Trout Festival will take place from April 26 to April 30, 2017.

Events of trout festival include; fishing (17 and younger), fair, parade, fireworks and flea market.

Northwestern Michigan Fair

Traverse City - Summer

With the fair having a history as rich as it is old, the sole purpose of the Northwestern Michigan Fair has not changed from what it was in 1908. The promotion of Michigan agriculture, horticulture, education, mechanical arts, fine arts, fruit and grain products, stock raising and dairy products, domestic science and kindred interests throughout the Grand Traverse Region, to be accomplished in part by hosting the annual Fair celebrating area agriculture and youth programs still remains as the sole purpose of the fair toda

Traverse City Beer Week

Traverse City - Autumn

Every November we celebrate our craft beer scene with seven days of beer tastings, dinners and workshops. Join Us!

Traverse City Children's Book Festival

Traverse city - Autumn

TCCBF is a celebration of children, families, community, and literacy. The festival offers a sampling of books for the entire family from a variety of Michigan and national publishers! Local non-profits will be on hand with fun, kid-friendly activities and crafts.
 

Traverse City Film Festival

Traverse City - Summer

The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to the idea that “One Great Movie Can Change You: Just Great Movies” and to helping save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August.

Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival

Traverse City - Summer

We invite you to experience an evening of savory, thirst-quenching craft brews, the music of accomplished performers – local and national, and appetizing eats from local food vendors. Since the summer of 2009, we have celebrated, along with thousands of brew and live music devotees, the craft brew culture and musicians – of Michigan and beyond.
 

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Traverse City - Summer

Join us for the 9th annual Traverse City Wine & Cider Festival to celebrate local wine, food and culture. Get a true taste of the region with great wines, art, food trucks and live musical entertainment all in one location!

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Club Sports
 

Grand Traverse Ski Club

Traverse City

We are a volunteer run non-profit club dedicated to offering quality instructional ski and ski racing programs for kids aged 4-14 at an economical price. Developing good skiers and ski racers with a focus on fun and sportsmanship.

Grand Traverse Hockey Association

Based at Centre Ice Arena

Programs for all levels and ages. Boys and Girls.  Contact for more information.

Long Lake Baseball and Softball Association

Traverse City

Long Lake Baseball & Sports Association is designed to introduce, engage, and develop youth players from tee ball to baseball.

Traverse Area Girls Softball

Traverse City Area

Games begin the week of May 30.  Each team will play 2 games per week for 5 weeks.  With the exception of D league, the regular season will be followed by a single elimination tournament.  First round games will be held on Wednesday, July 5 .  The semifinals will be on Monday, July 10 and the championships will be on Wednesday, July 12.

Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer (TBAYS)

Traverse City

Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer(TBAYS) is comprised of three different divisions. Juniors(4-7), Youth(7-12),& North Storm(10-18). Juniors(4-7) teams are formed by players grouped together by school and school grade. Youth teams are formed by the TBAYS Staff. Youth players are grouped to create evenly skilled teams.

Traverse City Little League

Traverse City

Little League® is an international pastime that has been a fabric of societies throughout the world for 75 years. Since its founding in 1939 by Carl Stotz, Little League has instilled leadership, character, courage and loyalty in all that participate, including the nearly 1.5 million adult volunteers. Little League can be found in more than 80 countries worldwide with more than 2.4 million children participating each year. Little League has celebrated many milestones due to the dedication of its players, parents and volunteers.

Traverse City Legion Junior Baseball

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Since 1925, The American Legion has sponsored a nationwide youth baseball program. During these past seven decades, millions of young players have enjoyed playing baseball. The American Legion and their 2.8 million members have raised millions of dollars each year for players to learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship. The American Legion sponsors American Legion Baseball to give players an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun.

Traverse City Waves Softball

Traverse City

The Waves is an organization formed in 2004 and based in Traverse City, and provides the opportunity for young players to learn and enjoy the game of softball. Former Waves players have had successful high school sports and academic careers...played softball in college...won national championships in rowing...earned all-area, all-region, and all-state honors in softball and other sports...made successful transitions into college, graduated from college, established professional careers...and more! 

Traverse City Youth Football Association

Traverse City

As always, your 2017 TCYFA Board of Directors is committed to making your player's Pop Warner football experience a great one! 2017 TCYFA football is designed to develop leadership, teamwork, patience, self-respect and respect for others in our youth. In our program, winning is not the objective. We applaud the efforts of the team and reinforce the importance of teamwork to our players.

YMCA

Traverse City Area

The Grand Traverse Bay area YMCA offers a plethora of sporting activities including Basketball, LaCrosse, Flag football, Soccer, Taekwondo and of course Swimming.  Call for information and seasonal brochures

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Skiing

Boyne Mountaing

Boyne Falls

With 60 downhill runs, our commitment to skiing is every bit as strong as it's always been. When snowboarding came along, we were quick to welcome new generations of riders to the slopes - and to make way for seven terrain parks where skiers and snowboarders alike could catch air and push winter's boundaries. Add the allure of the nation's first six-person high-speed chair, 35 kilometers of cross-country trailssnowshoeing, and ice skating, and Boyne Mountain still claims its place as the perfect spot to blow off some winter steam.

Boyne Highlands

Harbor Springs

At Boyne Highlands, our winter visitors have access to 55 beautifully groomed and maintained downhill runs, and a wide variety of terrain parks suited to riders and skiers of every ability - all served by a network of lifts designed to make the most of each and every day. And when skiing and riding winds down, the fun continues. With tubing, snowshoeing and a host of other activities available, you'll find more than enough fun to chase away the winter blues.

Crystal Mountain

Thompsonville, Benzie County MI.

58 Downhill Slopes. Slopes set up for night skiing. Lessons Available. BUT You don’t have to be flying down the mountain to fall head-over-heels for the winter season. We have plenty of activities outside of skiing and boarding that you are more than welcome to try; such as snowshoeing, ice-skating, and hiking. You just may find a new sport or activity that you really enjoy! If you prefer something more relaxing, one of our luxurious spa services or a horse-drawn surrey ride may do the trick.

Hickory Hills Ski Area

Traverse City

Hickory Hills features 8 runs with 1 beginner, 5 intermediate, and 2 advanced runs that are serviced by 5 rope tows. Night skiing is available on 7 of the runs. Cross country skiers will find 4k of trails with a 1k trail lighted for night skiing. The Ski Patrol assists by promoting safe skiing and offering first aid services

Mt. Holiday

Traverse City

Since 1949, we have been providing a place for safe outdoor journeys. With views of Grand Traverse Bay and over 59 acres, Mt. Holiday is your year round play ground. Many generations have left their foot prints on the hill and we look forward to future paths being made. Welcome to Mt. Holiday where the same traditions hold true and new adventures are being discovered. 

Nub's Nob

Harbor Springs

53 total including 12 runs on Pintail Peak. 9 experts only, 8 most difficult, 21 more difficult, 15 easiest, two award winning terrain parks. 248 acres of slopes rated 20% Most Difficult, 50% More Difficult, 30% Easiest.

Timber Ridge Resort

Traverse City

With the popularity of our trails, lit loops and adjacent VASA Pathway, we have made many neighborhood friends that we see exclusively in the wintertime. In addition to local residents, many “downstaters” are finding that our grounds make for a perfect “Up North” winter weekend. Our cozy lodge with fireplace and outdoor, circular fireplace often see guests mingling, warming their toes and enjoying a cup of cocoa. Guests also enjoy skiing, snowshoeing or snowbiking right up to their cottage, which are heated and open year round.

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Golf Courses

Northern Michigan Golf Guide

Guide for more area courses

Listing of all Traverse Area Golf Courses.

Traverse City Golf and Country Club

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Traverse City Golf & Country Club located in the heart of downtown Traverse City. Our 18 hole course is the center of our club with a classic Northern Michigan mix of maples, oaks, pines, and spruces. We welcome you to come experience why Traverse City Golf & Country Club is so often referred to as the Gem on the Hill.

Bahle Farms

Suttons Bay

Located in beautiful Leelanau County just minutes from downtown Traverse City.

Majestic golf with dramatic views of unfiltered Leelanau County that weave throughout working Cherry Orchards.

With a beautiful landscape, Bahle Farms is one of Northern Michigan’s finest public golf resorts.

Bay Meadows

Traverse City

To provide golfers of all ages and abilities a facility that can deliver an affordable opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of the ‘greatest game’.

Elk Rapids Golf Course

Elk Rapids

The historic Elk Rapids Golf Club was designed and built by legendary architect Donald J. Ross in 1922/23. Our course opened for play on July 15, 1924. As was the tradition in those times, course builders took the land they were given and created their designs with very few physical alterations to it. Ross was presented with an excellent lakefront location here and he made the most of it.

Elmbrook Golf Course

Traverse City

Elmbrook Golf Course has been providing an enjoyable golf experience for over 50 years. It is among the oldest public par 72 golf courses in Northern Michigan. The beautiful views, mature trees and challenging layout make Elmbrook a favorite among Traverse City visitors and locals alike. The 2016 Hot 100 List featuring the best places and services in the Grand Traverse region has Elmbrook as the Best Place to Golf! Elmbrook has also won many local “People’s Choice” awards over the past several decades.

Interlochen Golf Course

Interlochen

The Interlochen Golf Course has been a local favorite since 1965. The 18-hole course showcases superior conditioning and offers every golfer a great customer experience.

One of the most scenic courses in the region, Interlochen offers velvet greens and lush fairways. Click above for course map, rates, league and membership information, and tee times.

Grand Traverse Resorts - The Bear

Acme

Welcome to The Bear, every bit the bruin it was when Jack Nicklaus first unleashed the course on June 17, 1985. Celebrated as not only the toughest 18 holes in Michigan, The Bear was ranked as the 18th toughest course in America, according to Golf Digest.

Grand Traverse Resorts - Spruce Run

Acme

Spruce Run, the Resort’s original resort course, began as a nine-hole Acme Public Golf Course and was expanded to 18 holes in the 1970s. The course was redesigned as a 6,741-yard par-72 course in 1979 by former University of Michigan Golf Coach William Newcomb and renamed The Resort Course.

Grand Traverse Resorts -Wolverine

Acme

Gary Player’s first signature course in the state of Michigan is designed to take full advantage of the Resort's richly diverse environment. Flexibility, versatility and playability with four sets of tees allow the course to be set up to accommodate golfers of all abilities.

Lochenheath

Williamsburg

LochenHeath Golf Club is a private golf course welcoming limited outside play. LochenHeath is meticulously carved from a 300-acre cherry orchard that hugs the coastline of Grand Traverse Bay. One of Michigan's highest ranked golf clubs, offering private golf memberships, and located near Traverse City, Michigan.

Manitou Passage Golf Club

Cedar

et in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Manitou Passage Golf Club is an Arnold Palmer-designed celebration of the game we love. Located a short distance from Traverse City, Manitou Passage offers world-class golf, as well as a wide range of services and amenities.

The Crown

Traverse City

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Traverse City, The Crown Golf Club is the centerpiece of a 286 acre residential golf community. Known for excellent conditions, the course is nestled into the rolling hills just southwest of town. The Championship 18 hole layout offers scenic vistas and elevations that will challenge your club selection. The course is inviting and playable, yet it will test all the skills of a low handicapper. With 4 sets of tees, any golfer can pick the perfect distance for their game.

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Places of Worship
 

All Saints Anglican Church

311 Beth-El Way, Traverse City, MI 49684

Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church

1030 Hastings St., Traverse City, MI 49686

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Carmelite Monastery

3501 Silver Lake Rd. Traverse City, MI 49684

Church of the Living God

1514 Birmley Rd., Traverse City

Congregation Ahavat Shalom

3143 Logan Valley Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684

Congregation Beth El

311 Beth El Way, Traverse city, MI. 49684

East Bay Calvary Church

2225 Hammond Rd. E., Traverse City

Feast of Victory Lutheran Church

4400 Mt. Hope Road, Acme

Fellowship Church

2555 Garfield Rd., N. Traverse City

First Christian Church

3686 South Airport Road West Traverse City, MI 49684

Grand Traverse House of Prayer

3211 N. Garfield Rd., Traverse City

Journey Church

2825 S. Airport Rd, Traverse City

Kensington Church

6880 Secor Rd., Traverse City

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Living Hope Assembly of God Church

3050 S. Airport Rd., West, Traverse City

Long Lake Friends Church

4172 Chruch Rd., Traverse City

New Hope Community Church

5100 Bethesda Court, Williamsburg

Northern Lakes Community Presbyterian Church

5444 Herkner Rd., Traverse City

Orchard Church

4288 US 31 South, Traverse City

Presbyterian Church

701 Westminster Rd., Traverse City

Redeemer Lutheran Church of Interlochen

1896 Rogers Road, Interlochen

Resurretion Life Church

2586 Crossing Circle, Traverse City

St. Michael's Lutheran Church

912 S. Garfield Ave., Traverse City

St. Patrick Catholic Church

630 W. Silver Lake Road, Traverse City