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Make A Splash

Learn to Swim Classes

April 21 – June 2 (see online catalog or call for class times)

During Guppy classes, kids as young as 6 months to 4 years relax and work with parents in the pool and the Guppy class is just the beginning.  Children will progress through the various levels of swim training as they learn and become comfortable with an increased skill set in the pool. Details for all of the age/swim levels are available at the website below.

Spring Tune Up for Summer Team Swimmers with Mike Lane (Ages 6-18)

April 30 – May 25 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm

A four week program where one week is spent working on each of the four competitive strokes.  This program takes place at the Bloomfield Hills High School pool.  Girls and boys can enroll as long as they can complete one length of the 25 yard pool.  Accommodations made for ability levels.

Springboard Diving Training with Scott McHugh

March 8 – March 29

Lessons and training for students interested in learning competitive dives for competition. Learn and improve a list of dives for middle and high school competition.   

Beginners is recommended for younger divers with little to no diving experience (Recommended for Grades 1-5).  

Intermediate is recommended for younger divers with basic skills (Recommended for Grades 5-8)

Advanced is intended for competitive divers with competition experience (Recommended for Grades 6-12)


For more details on these programs or to register online, visit or call Recreation at 248-433-0885.

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Spring Break Camp (Ages 5-12)

Spring Break:  Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6

Are your kids looking for something fun to do on Spring Break???   Join us as we do everything fun!  Play kickball, floor hockey, make crafts, play games, bring a friend or make new ones.  Students must bring their own lunch, morning snack and beverage in a non-breakable container.   Before and after care available.

For more details or to register online, visit or call the Recreation Department at  248-433-0885.

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Maple Tapping Fun for the Whole Family

Start a new family tradition! Making maple syrup is a traditional right of Spring, which signals the end of winter. Help us tap the trees, collect the sap, and visit the sugar shack to watch the boiling process that produces pure maple syrup. Then, visit the log home for a taste of nature's sweetener! Meet in the Visitor Center for a guided tour. Tours are scheduled every 20 minutes and last approximately one hour. Space is limited and preregistration is suggested to reserve a specific time. 

Program Name:  A Day in the Sugarbush Maple Tapping

Tours run from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Nature Center; $7.00/person

Call us today at 248-433-0885 or register online at

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Boys &'s soccer time!

Come Play Soccer with the Bloomfield Hills Youth Soccer League!

The BHYSL is a recreational and instructional soccer league open to children of all skill levels, age pre-K through 8th grade who reside in or attend school (public or private) within the Bloomfield Hills School district. Join the nearly 1,000 children who play soccer in Bloomfield Hills.  Your child will learn to play the world's most popular sport while having fun and making new friends in the area. The spring season runs April 14- June 10.  Register by February 28 at   For further information, email

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Science Standards Instruction at the Johnson Nature Center

The BHS Johnson Nature Center is known for maple syrup, the walking trails and pond, and the hawks and deer that reside there. However, you might not know that it is also a key partner in teaching the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) to Bloomfield Hills Schools students. All K-7th grade students take two field trips each year to the 35-acre preserve.

"Our main function is to augment the classroom instruction," Dan Badgley, Nature Center Manager says. "We run programs that are topical by grade.  For instance, fifth graders learn to explore ecosystems and second graders learn about plants and habitats.  We start by explaining science concepts and we follow up with engaging questions to bring more depth to the topic. We incorporate literacy and reading, too. Then, we break the students into small groups for hands-on experiences."

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Feeling Artsy Crafty???

So many  artsy, crafty events starting up at all 4 elementary schools!  For more details or to register today, go to or call us at 248-433-0885!

Conant:  Friday Night Freak Out on Friday, February  9

Join us for an evening out with the girls having fun, playing games and more! Paint nails, braid hair, work on your cartwheels and tumbling, dance under the disco lights and, most of all, have a blast with friends.

Eastover:  Painting with Friends on Monday, February 22

Come hang out with friends as we step-by-step draw and then paint your very own work of art. Learn new techniques, make new friends and leave with a canvas masterpiece.

Eastover & Way:  Friday Craft Night on Friday, February 16 (Eastover) & February 23 (Way)

Join us for an evening of crafts. Use clay, paint, make jewelry, learn new techniques and go home with lots of beautiful projects.

Lone Pine:  Young Rembrandts Drawing from February 7 – March 14

Is your student filled with an abundance of imagination and creativity? Students will learn basic design and composition as they draw their own dollar bill.  Good color selection and proper coloring technique will be our focus as we create a drawing of an elaborate Trophy showcase.  We will also draw a soccer player.  Our art history lesson will feature master artist Picasso!

Lone Pine:  Neal Levin's Cartooning Workshop on February 12

You can learn to draw cartoons even if you're a beginner! This workshop will teach you through simple instruction and games. You'll even learn how to make up your own. The fee includes all materials and a free booklet to take home. This class is revised every semester so if you have signed up before, you will learn new characters and receive an updated booklet. Over 100,000 kids have signed up for Neal Levin's workshops so far!

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Summer Day Camps - BH Recreation

Back by popular demand, the weekly summer fun camps are back and registration is open!

  •      Huck Finn (Pre-K – Grade 3)
  •      Bloomfield Summer Fun (Grades 3-7)
  •      Sports & Adventure Camp (Grades 3-7)

All camps take place at West Hills Middle School at 2610 Lone Pine Road in West Bloomfield. Enjoy crafts, create fun and interesting art projects, play sports and games and participate in special events and weekly field trips. Campers will go to the water front daily for swimming and beach time. Other beach activities include water carnivals, fishing, canoe, and pontoon rides.   As soon as field trip information and mandatory forms become available, you will receive them.

For more details such as prices, dates and ability to register online visit our Community Pass website at or call 248-433-0885.

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A Friday Night Out

In need of a Friday night out? Bloomfield Recreation has you covered! Your child will enjoy the Friday Craft Night and/or the Friday Night Freak Out, held on several days in February, March, May, and June from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. while you enjoy dinner out on the town!

In the Friday Craft Night, students will enjoy using clay, paint, and new techniques to make projects that they will then take home at the end of class.  In the Friday Night Freak Out, students will dance under disco lights, work on tumbling, braid hair, and much more!

Siblings can register at a reduced rate - just ask the Recreation team - and don't forget to bring $1 for a pizza dinner. Space is limited so sign up today to reserve your spot: or call 248-433-0885.

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Sweetheart Dance

Get ready to cut a rug with your little lady!  Show her how much she means to you by taking her to the Sweetheart Dance on February 23rd. We have all of the makings for a fantastic time including a disc jockey with great music, cookies and punch, and a commemorative photo of the two (three, four, or more) of you. It's an evening that you'll cherish forever!

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The grounds are crisscrossed with more than two miles of pleasant trails, fit for snowshoeing in winter weather. Shoeshoes are available for rent at the Nature Center on weekends ($3 person/$10 family of 4 per hour). Trails are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - dusk and Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Educational Programs

The farm offers educational field trips for schools interested in enhancing the classroom learning experience through authentic, place-based learning. Community organizations such as scouts, neighborhood associations, family and church groups can also sign-up to participate. Program topics include Plant Science, Animal Behavior, Sustainability, Harvesting, Conservation and Genetics to name a few. Programs with specific topics run at different times of the school year, range in duration and price and target different ages/groups. Call 248.341.6475 for more information.

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Personalized Farm Events

We are happy to host various types of events such as birthday parties, family outings, showers, etc. We have a number of event areas available for rent. We are happy to discuss the integration of wagon rides, bonfires, and farm tours into your event, or help you create a theme for your special day. For more information please call 248.341.6475.

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